2008 NPC Muscle Mayhem Bodybuilding, Figure & Model Search Championships Review!

Mayhem would be a feeble adjective to describe the complete pandemonium and utter bedlam that took place on May 24th in KCMO at the 2008 Muscle Mayhem Bodybuilding, Figure and Model Search Championships. Read on to learn more!

Mayhem would be a feeble adjective to describe the complete pandemonium and utter bedlam that took place on May 24th in KCMO at the 2008 Muscle Mayhem Bodybuilding, Figure and Model Search Championships. This was the second year that super-promoters Chad Nicholls and Kim Chizevsky brought together seventy competitors for a night of thrills at Kansas City's Folly Theater.

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Guest Posers Don Long & Dennis James.
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The show ran like a well-oiled machine and featured guest posers Don Long and Dennis "The Menace" James. In addition the eight hundred fans got a first look at the nearly recovered, Olympia heir apparent, the Big VZ, Victor Martinez.

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Guest Poser Victor Martinez.
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Open Men's Division
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Heavyweight and overall champion Kevin Jordon owned the evening. Jordon brought a physique to stage that mesmerized the Kansas City crowd. This dark horse possesses the genetics of a Phil Heath and the musculature of a Mark Dugdale. With the right guidance and diligent training Jordon could rattle the cage at the 2009 USAs or Nationals. Time is definitely on Kevin Jordon's side.

Super heavyweight Bryce Holmes was thick and his conditioning was excellent. With the swagger of a longshoreman, Holmes posed with the power of a Mike Tyson knockout combination. During the overall posedown he shrugged off the other class winners like a Kansas twister.

The light-heavyweight class was the most entertaining and most controversial of the evening. Masters thirty-five winner Scott Shoemaker, novice overall winner, James Campbell and recent Jr. USA contestant Jeff McCray were all in suburb shape.

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Scott Shoemaker & James Campbell.
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Shoemaker and Campbell competed in two classes in the morning prejudging and appeared to have flattened out a bit by the time the evening show open classes were called. At night McCray looked full and his energy seemed boundless. The judges placed it Shoemaker and Campbell first and second with McCray coming in third.

Mike West took home the first place trophy in the middleweights, Jeff Renner won the lightweight class and the entertaining Anthony Wells was named first in the bantamweights.

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Mike West & Jeff Renner.
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Open Women's Division
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In the open women's division Sarah Myers posed her way to victory over Regina Cruse and Melanie Madonia in the heavyweight class. Myers went on to defeat middleweight Amy Haake in the overall.

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Figure Division
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Rasha Didier is another Mayhem competitor that swept each class that she entered. The dark eyed, raven-tressed beauty won the women's masters figure division and then later was awarded the overall open figure sword.

Didier's main competition of the evening was cross-over bodybuilder Sarah Myers. An additional standout in both the masters and open classes was Chris Bremerman. Bremerman's conditioning was in perfect accordance with the new NPC guidelines and she presented her physique well.

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The Wheelchair Division
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Solo wheelchair competitor Nick "The Beast" Scott came out sporting twenty-two inch spinners on his pimped out ride. The only thing missing on his chair was hydraulic suspension.

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Fitness Age Nine and Under
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Cutie pie Isabella Valdivia took home the fitness award as well as stealing the hearts and minds of all in attendance. Valdivia's effervescent smile almost outshined her strength and gymnastics abilities. She executed a perfect one-handed cartwheel and well as knocking off several pike presses.

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Mayhem Model Search
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New to the Mayhem this year was the model search division. The judges were looking for a softer, less muscular physique, a pleasing facial structure, and hairstyle with a runway style presentation. The model search attracted four competitors but has a high likelihood of being much larger next year.

First place Christine Larson and second place Debbie Cove possessed two completely different looks and the judges had quite a time determining the winner. It was most likely the audience response that gave Larson the edge. Holly Finkemeir took second and former figure competitor Yumi Taylor placed fourth. Look for winner Christine Larson's face on the cover of industry magazines in the near future.

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Master's Bodybuilding
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The master's men divisions boasted a dozen of the best over thirty-five builders from the Heart of America. Masters 35 to 39 winner and masters overall winner Scott Shoemaker exhibited a well-muscled physique with rock hard conditioning.

Masters 40 to 49 and winner Gary Vain put forth one of the most spirited presentations of the masters and quite possibly of the evening. He made every pose count and seemed to be genuinely surprised at the response of the crowd.

In the class over 50 David Plew came shredded and easily walked away with first place. Plew gave both youngsters a good run for the gold in the masters overall.

The master's women division was short and sweet. Even though she was the only competitor Amy Haake gave a gallant performance. It would have taken an exceptional physique to beat her.

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Novice Bodybuilding
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With the advent of figure the women's bodybuilding numbers have been on steady decline all around the country. The Mayhem was no exception. The women's novice division had only two competitors. Melanie Madonia took first place and Amy Faber second.

The novice men were a complete contrast to the women. The numbers and the caliber of competitors were high. Although the posing was great throughout the evening it was the novice men who consistently presented well-choreographed great routines.

First place in the middleweight was the most vascular competitor of the evening, Michael Harpole. Quyen Hyyat placed second.

Light-heavyweight James Campbell came to the Mayhem with plans to win the novice and open overalls. His nearly quest was nearly fulfilled. He plowed his way through the largest class of the evening beating the likes of Tim Nardoni and David Yoo.

Both Nardoni and Yoo could have taken the light heavyweight on any other night. Kudos must be given to sixth place David Spady. Spady's neo-classical posing routine was untouched by any other competitors.

Heavyweight Damien Belgeri returned to Kansas City to try once again for the Mayhem overall. Lee Larson had other ideas and took the first place trophy and a chance to battle for the overall. Larson was another exceptional poser.

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Guest Posers
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It was great to see Don Long put his health issues behind him. He was still in shape from his recent New York Pro show and garnered quite a response from his adopted hometown.

The night was nearly over but the anticipation hadn't waned when Dennis James took stage for his guest routine. James had to drop out of his Olympia bid last year due to walking pneumonia. It is evident that the time off did him well.

He looked bigger then ever and his conditioning is not that far out considering he has twelve weeks to go before his comeback at the Pro Bodybuilding Weekly show in Tampa on August 9th.

Another IFBB Pro on the comeback trail in attendance was Victor Martinez. Martinez's knee injury is old news now. The question is will he be back in time for the showdown in Vegas? After being enticed by the room full of muscle maniacs VZ pulled his shirt off and gave a sneak peak at his upper body.

In one word he looked phenomenal. Come Olympia time if his wheels look anything close to the thickness upstairs Cutler, Dexter, and Wolf are going to have hell of a time.

Mayhem is one for the history books. If the show continues to grow in size and prestige it will soon be one of the premiere amateur contests in the region.