Well I didn't get to see the finals on Sunday, but watched the pre-judge saturday. For me it went: 202s
1. Flex - holy crap... just incredible shape, size, condition, fullness, spot on, seriously impressive
2. John Hodgson - immense, completely peeled, exactly how I hoped I'd get to see him at some point in my life, superb
3. James L - again insane condition, good lines, and enough mass to stay ahead of the rest of the pack
So I got top 3 right, woot
Thoughts on others - great to see Paul G up there, rate his physique incredibly highly. Simply not enough mass in the 202s, but that doesn't take a thing away from one of hte classiest packages of the show. Shaun T looked immense when on his own, but unfortunately when the stage was full, he was a bit lost for me, still, superb. The foreign guys (sorry, didn't recognise/remember the names!) were pretty much all on the money, a couple who could easily have challenged into the top 3. Open
1. Branch Warren - the second he came out it was clear he would win. I sat down with a very open mind, trying hard to like his physique, but I couldn't. He looked like a lump of crap to me, don't get me wrong, incredibly impressive, scary looking crap, but not a physique I find inspiring. He looked softer on Sat then he did on the pics above, he actually looks a lot better in the pics, so fair does to the guy.
2. Ronnie Rockel - don't know what to say about the guy, other than pure class. The only reason I didn't place him 1st is because I knew Branch would win it. Looked superb from every angle, full, conditioned, lovely lines. How he came 4th...?!?? Baffled by that, something must have gone wrong on Sunday? Or I was a bit blind on saturday??
3. Roelly Winklaar - beautiful physique, great condition & mass, he was close to Ronnie but not past him in my eyes. His frame looks like it can hold a lot more mass (vs Ronnies which is at its limits I reckon), which could be why I had him lower. Given the rate this guy has come on, in my mind there's no questioning him hitting the podium at the 'O' in the next few years.
Hmm, so got 1 right, and it was the 1 I wanted to get wrong, lmao!
Others - JOJ - holy cow, what an upper half, I really feel for the guy that he doesn't have calves... Massive, bursting, flowing, very impressive. Alvin Small - great to see up there not being horrifically outmassed, still a way off the top guys, but looked great IMO. Tony F - thought he'd looked better? Still, big guy with good lines - stood next to Alvin showed the mass difference at that level.
Overall I prefered the 202s - nicer physiques IMO
Massively jealous of the seats that Daz, IB, etc got - I was sat about 50 fecking feet back with my VIP ticket... note to self, buy ticket sooner next year!!!