What Superstars hold weightlifting records?

Ted Arcidi

Before Mark Henry claimed the title of “The World’s Strongest Man,” the moniker belonged to former WWE Superstar Ted Arcidi. On March 3, 1985, a few months before his WWE debut, the monstrous Arcidi became the first person to bench press 700 pounds in an official weightlifting competition. In fact, the behemoth pressed 705 pounds, setting an unprecedented world record.

Arcidi briefly competed in WWE — including the famous WrestleMania 2 Battle Royal. Using his herculean strength to his advantage, the Boston strongman utilized a bear hug to squeeze the air out of his opponents. Following his tenure in WWE, Arcidi competed in Stampede Wrestling and WCCW before returning to the powerlifting circuit.