Brian Bullman's 2009 IFBB Europa Super Show Review!

Ed and Betty Pariso have pulled off yet another amazing weekend of bodybuilding and fitness. IFBB fans got their money's worth when they made the trip to Dallas for the 16th annual Europa Super Show. The weekend was full of headline making news.

Oh my God, what a weekend! Ed and Betty Pariso have pulled off yet another amazing weekend of bodybuilding and fitness. IFBB fans got their money's worth when they made the trip to Dallas for the 16th annual Europa Super Show.

Dennis 'The Menace' James wins his second pro show in as many weeks. Jacksonville Pro Champion Stan McQuay fails to make the posedown, British 202 juggernauts John Hodgson and Lee Powell trade places from last week but both fail to make the top 3!! In the men's open division, Joel Stubbs gets an invite to the Olympia, after failing to place in the top 10 in Tampa. The weekend was just full of shocks, and headline making news.

This is the reason I love bodybuilding; on any given day anyone can be beaten!!


Men's Open Class Results


1st Place: Dennis James

    In the men's open class, Dennis James came in fuller (if that is even possible) and a whole lot tighter than he was when he took the victory in Tampa last weekend. Last year he finished second to The X Man Toney Freeman, so this year James came to Dallas with one thing on his mind, and that is to WIN again on American soil.


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Dennis James At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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    From the onset of the show James was the man to beat. He held his lead over the two day contest, from prejudging on Friday right up to finals on Saturday. I had predicted that rookie Ed Nunn would storm into this show and rain on the parade of the seasoned pros, but instead he was merely a mist. He finished in 7th place.


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Dennis James At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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2nd Place: Bill Wilmore

    Second place went to Big Bill Wilmore, who was shredded. Last weekend in Tampa he narrowly missed out on an Olympia qualification, but dialed his conditioning in another notch and snatched a second place finish (the highest in his pro career) along with the prize money and a ticket to the O. I had predicted Wilmore to finish in 4th place based on last weekend's lineup, but he came in stronger. When other competitors faded, he stayed strong and was justly rewarded.


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Bill Wilmore At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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3rd Place: Joel Stubbs

    Finishing in 3rd place was the world's biggest airline pilot, Joel Stubbs. He was the dark horse of this show, coming from a 13th place finish in Tampa to a podium finish in Dallas. I don't think anybody saw this guy coming, especially Fouad Abiad, who was relegated to 4th after losing out to Dennis James last weekend. Stubbs was without a doubt in the best shape of his life. Although he was lacking in quadriceps development due to a double tendon tear, he was in shape. I hadn't even taken Stubbs into account in my predictions and he went home with a check and an invite to the Mr. Olympia for the second time in his career.


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Joel Stubbs At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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4th Place: Fouad Abiad

    The fourth place finisher was indeed the unhappiest man in Dallas, although he accepted his placing like a true champion. Fouad Abiad came to Dallas expecting to do battle with Dennis James and maybe earn his first professional victory but it was not meant to be. Abiad was not as sharp as he was in Tampa, and that thin film of water was enough to push him out of the top 3. I had predicted a 3rd place finish for Abiad; this was one of my more accurate predictions!!


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Fouad Abiad At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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5th Place: Robert Piotrkowicz

    The fifth place finisher was also a great surprise not only to the bodybuilding media, but to the fans as well. Poland's Robert Piotrkowicz came from 15th place to making the posedown for the first time in his professional career. The former IFBB World Amateur Champion will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with should he take the stage in Atlantic City. I actually had predicted Ben White to finish in 5th and had not even considered Piotrckowicz as a contender for a spot in the top five. Ben White finished in 6th place.


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Robert Piotrkowicz At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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Men's 202 Division Results

In the men's 202 division there was upset after upset. When the contest began and the athletes came out for their individual compulsory poses, Pedro Barron Cullas, who I had predicted would be the dark horse of the division, looked sensational and almost unbeatable. But the further in the contest he went, his inexperience became more evident and he faded. The British lions, John Hodgson and Lee Powell who were by far the men to beat coming into the contest, were edged out of the top 3 finishing 4th and 3rd respectively.


1st Place: Tricky Jackson

    Earning his first ever professional win was, Tricky Jackson. Jackson spent most of his time as a 202 competitor finishing just shy of the winners circle, but in Dallas all that changed. He came into the show looking sharp, symmetrical and thick, a perfect combination to earn his first victory. I had predicted Mexico's Pedro Barron Cullas would take home the gold, but when it came to the crunch, he just was too inexperienced to compete with the veterans of the IFBB and finished in 6th place.


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Tricky Jackson At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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2nd Place: Charles Dixon

    Second place went to Charles Dixon; this guy is a ball of muscle. His thick and round muscle bellies look more at home on a super heavyweight than on a 202 competitor. He stepped his conditioning up a notch from his 4th place finish in Jacksonville to earn his highest professional placing to date. I had not even considered Dixon for a top 5 spot when looking at the line up, but that is the way the cookie crumbles.


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Charles Dixon At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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3rd Place: Kris Dim

    Taking the final Olympia invite was the 2004 U.S.A. Champion, Kris Dim. I have not seen a comeback of such magnitude since 1985 when England's Frank Richards came back from a near fatal accident to place in the top 10 at the Mr. Olympia in Bruges, Belgium. Dim who had open heart surgery some time ago had an awesome day, recreating his Olympia conditioning to earn yet another invite to the big O. I had imagined that Dim's surgery would have been too much to come back from but he proved me and all the nay sayers wrong. This guy messed up my predictions and is going to the Olympia, congratulations!!


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Kris Dim At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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4th Place: Lee Powell

    Fourth place went the UK's Lee Powell. I had predicted Lee after a stellar performance last weekend in Tampa to finish 2nd at worst here in Dallas. And although he improved his conditioning a notch, it wasn't enough for the English man to impress the judges this time round. I had predicted that Jacksonville winner Stan McQuay would finish here, but he was outmuscled in Dallas and was relegated to 8th place.


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Lee Powell At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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5th Place: John Hodgson

    Rounding out the top five was Lee's fellow country man John Hodgson, who was yet again SHREDDED, yet he failed on improving from his 2nd place finish only one week ago. I actually had predicted that Tricky Jackson would finish here in 5th and that John would finish 3rd behind Lee Powell. I guess Powell beating Hodgson is the only thing I got right this weekend!


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John Hodgson At The 2009 Europa Super Show.
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Conclusion

All in all the 16th annual Europa Super Show was a great weekend of bodybuilding with some unhappy fans and competitors and some ecstatic fans and competitors. There were few expected results and loads of surprises, but hey, this is what makes sports so great. Congratulations go out to Bill Wilmore, Joel Stubbs, Charles Dixon and huge congratulations and welcome home to Kris Dim. See you all in Vegas.