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Evan Singleton

Competing at The World’s Strongest Nation 2023
Nickname T-Rex Date of birth 09/10/1992 Country USA Height 1.98m (6ft 6in) Weight 159kg (351lbs)
About Evan Singleton

Life

Evan Singleton is a former professional wrestler and World’s Strongest Man finalist, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Known as “T-Rex,” Evan wrestled as Adam Mercer in the WWE, before injury forced him to retire. Wrestling’s loss has proved to be strongman’s gain and the charismatic American has been a regular face on the Giants Live tour.

Evan is known for his larger-than-life contest persona and tyrannosaurus rex claw tattoos on his hands, which motivate him daily to dedicate himself to winning the sports biggest prize and become, like the T-rex, the undisputed king of his environment.

Career

Singleton was an amateur freestyle wrestler in high school and achieved an impressive national ranking. After graduating, he signed for the WWE, but his career was cut short due to a serious head injury which left him unable to exercise at all. After a brief spell in bodybuilding, Evan came across a man log-lifting at his local gym in Lancaster, struck up a conversation and within two weeks had decided this was his sport.

Evan’s professional debut was North Carolina’s Strongest Man and in 2018 he made his first Giants Live appearance at the North American Open. A year later he returned to record his first major contest victory.

In 2020 he made his competitive debut at World’s Strongest Man after attending the previous year as an alternate and equipment tester. A biceps injury prevented him from progressing from his heat. More bad luck followed in 2021 when, once again, his WSM aspirations were thwarted by food poisoning.

However, 2021 ultimately proved to be a huge year for Evan. Winning the Giants Live World Open and Arnold UK shows, as well as deadlifting 1,000lb (453.5kg) in competition, all served to signal the arrival of a genuine World’s Strongest Man contender.

2022 proved to be a difficult year for the T-Rex. An allergic reaction scuppered his chances at WSM and his contest placings dipped due to some health issues. A long break from competition seemed to do the trick and in 2023 Evan finally put together the kind of performance everyone knew he was capable of at World’s. Placing second in his heat, he defeated Rauno Eythór Melsted in the stone off and went on to place 5th in the final.

Best Title

In 2021, Evan took top honours at the Giants Live World Open, claiming the biggest win of his career up to that point and joining the 1,000lb deadlift club with his 453.5kg lift. Leaving Britain’s Adam Bishop and 2020 World’s Strongest Man winner Oleksii Novikov in his wake, the T-Rex claimed victories in the Carry & Drag and Viking Press.

Competition Results

  • World’s Strongest Man: 2023 – 5th place, 2022, 2021, 2020 – qualified
  • Giants Live:
    • World Open 2021 – winner, 2022 – 9th place
    • Arnold UK 2021 – winner
    • North American Open 2019 – winner, 2018 – 8th place
    • Strongman Classic: 2022 – 3rd place, 2021 – runner-up
    • World Tour Finals: 2021 – runner-up, 2019 – 5th place
  • Shaw Classic: 2022 – 8th place, 2021 – 5th place
  • Official Strongman Games 2018: 8th place

Best Lifts

Competition Lifts

  • Deadlift: 453.5kg/1,000lb
  • Log lift: 181kg/400lb
  • Axle press: 185kg/408lb
  • Hummer tyre deadlift: 431kg/950lb
  • Hercules hold: 74.36 seconds
  • Circus Dumbbell: 140kg/308lb

Training lifts

  • Bench press: 261kg/575lb
  • Max log lift: 200kg/441lb
  • Log lift for reps: 182kg/401lb x 3 repetitions
  • Circus dumbbell: 140kg/308lb
  • Louis Cyr dumbbell: Pick-up with 2 x 95kg/210 dumbbells (one in each hand, handle 1.5 inches thick)

Present Day

Evan’s 5th place finish at the 2023 World’s Strongest Man contest in Myrtle Beach, could well provide a renewed level of motivation for him to fulfil the promises he has made to achieve his long-term ambition of becoming World’s Strongest Man. He will be returning to London’s Royal Albert Hall in July for the Strongman Classic in what will be a stacked line-up. It’s a contest he has previously finished 2nd and 3rd at, so it will be fascinating to see how he fairs.

Media

Evan’s exploits on the Giants Live World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour throughout the 2021 and 2022 season were broadcast on Channel 5 over the Christmas period, as was his performance at the World’s Strongest Man finals. He is certain to feature in the programmes that will be aired over Christmas in 2023.

Fans of Evan can stay abreast of his training and competitions through his Instagram account, where he has the handle @evan_trex _strongman. Singleton has some 65k followers and can also be found on Facebook as Evan Singleton Strongman. There are also numerous videos of Evan on YouTube, showing his contest performances and interviews for Giants Live Strongman and Laurence Shahlaei’s channel, Big Loz Official.

Videos of Evan Singleton

18:03

Strongman Classic 2023 – INSANE finish

Strongman Classic 2023 – INSANE finish
23:23

World’s most EPIC DEADLIFTS

World’s most EPIC DEADLIFTS
24.43

Arnold Strongman Classic UK 2021 – Events 1 & 2

Arnold Strongman Classic UK 2021 – Events 1 & 2
13:55

Conan’s Wheel FULL EVENT + WORLD RECORD | Europe’s Strongest Man 2023

Conan’s Wheel FULL EVENT + WORLD RECORD | Europe’s Strongest Man 2023
12:16

Load & Push FULL EVENT at Europe’s Strongest Man 2023

Load & Push FULL EVENT at Europe’s Strongest Man 2023
6:07

MEXICAN GIANT fights with 300kg ANCHOR!

MEXICAN GIANT fights with 300kg ANCHOR!
8:10

World’s Strongest Man 2022?

World’s Strongest Man 2022?
2:54

10 MUST FOLLOW Strongman Gym Rules for 2022!

10 MUST FOLLOW Strongman Gym Rules for 2022!
8:34

Its a DEAD HEAT! Arnold Strongman 2021 THRILLING FINALE!

Its a DEAD HEAT! Arnold Strongman 2021 THRILLING FINALE!
1:28

STRONGMEN try impersonate ARNOLD!

STRONGMEN try impersonate ARNOLD!
8:07

Stoltmans take on 150kg Log Press!

Stoltmans take on 150kg Log Press!
3:36

TOO CLOSE TO CALL! Car Carry SHOOTOUT in Scotland

TOO CLOSE TO CALL! Car Carry SHOOTOUT in Scotland
9:57

American GIANT sets new Nicol Stone WORLD RECORD! 🇺🇸

American GIANT sets new Nicol Stone WORLD RECORD! 🇺🇸
3:06

NEW LOG PRESS RECORD? – The GIANTS Answer!

NEW LOG PRESS RECORD? – The GIANTS Answer!
3:02

World’s Strongest Man 2022…? USA?

World’s Strongest Man 2022…? USA?
6:08

Giants VIKING PRESS dogfight!

Giants VIKING PRESS dogfight!
6:13

TAKE THE PAIN! GIANTS take on 30kg Hammer!

TAKE THE PAIN! GIANTS take on 30kg Hammer!
2:54

Castle Stones SHOWDOWN at Giants WORLD OPEN

Castle Stones SHOWDOWN at Giants WORLD OPEN
6:53

6 Giants DEADLIFT 1000lbs!

6 Giants DEADLIFT 1000lbs!
3:19

STRONGMAN Rivalry? Running with a 400kg FRAME!

STRONGMAN Rivalry? Running with a 400kg FRAME!
5:18

IRON BIBY vs T-REX Singleton in GIANT AXLE Deadlift BATTLE!

IRON BIBY vs T-REX Singleton in GIANT AXLE Deadlift BATTLE!
4:20

STONES Photo finish 📸 Novikov vs Singleton!

STONES Photo finish 📸 Novikov vs Singleton!
2:52

Ex WWE Wrestler BATTLES the Hercules Pillars!

Ex WWE Wrestler BATTLES the Hercules Pillars!
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