- Sep 29, 2006
So I had the chance to go down with some guys from bodybuilding.com for the Olympia and was fortunate enough to get top class seating to pre-judging, VIP for night show and VIP for a kick ass after party at XS. My thanks goes out to Jeremy Deluca for hooking it all up. For the pre-judging, i sat in the row in front of Jay's wife, which were very good seats to see the show. First competitor to come out was Branch and I know right when he walked out that this was the best Branch we have ever seen. I turned and told my friend that if he had a little better arms and slightly tighter back, he could walk away with the show. I had no idea how close I really was with that statement. The one thing that I have said in the other thread and that I will say again is that as soon as Cutler came out, we were looking at a man on a whole different level. I turned to Kerry after ten seconds and said, "Congrats! He just got the title back!" Gotta give it out to her for her devotion to her husband. She was a nervous wreck waiting for him to come out and she must have lost her voice screaming for him. No big arguments from me in concerns to the results. Victor needs more quad detail and needs to be more dry. Kai looked great but lacked that dry, grainy look and he should be shot for the way he holds his front relaxed. Heath looked good but again, just needed to be a little more conditioned and his muscle maturity is quite a ways behind dex and jay although I must say, I think his back improved even more and looked amazing. Love the guy's energy on stage. Dex Looked great but didnt stick out. Branch NAILED it but needs arms and a back that flows a little better. Jay exceeded his 2001 package. Awesome show and the after party at the XS was the best night of my life. Vegas kicked my ass but it was AWESOME!