First off congratulations to our members who are participating! Its got to be a freaking rush to do it.
On to the main point of the thread...I've been reading over on www.powerliftingwatch.com about everything that's going on with the Bench Bash and the WPO finals. I was wanting to get a few other people's reaction to on the no videoing and rule changes. I'd love to see more lifters get money out of this but if they aren't receiving any money from the proceeds I don't see the point of it. I'm sure its got to cost a bundle to run the Finals at the Arnold but is there not more revenue from other areas coming in to pay the lifters, some of which have yet to receive money owed.
And the rule changes like the length of the wraps and the 3-ply limit? Are they not allowed to have briefs under their squat suits? The limit on the bench shirts? How the hell can they change the rules of the APF/WPO for one event or is this going to be a permanent rule change?
And what's the deal with who is able to compete?
I thought that you qualified and were able to compete. Where's Donnie Thompson? I thought for sure he had qualified. Even if he didn't do a APF or WPO meet this year, I thought his placing last year or the year before secured him a place. Is this the roster of people that have accepted and paid their way or just a tentative list.
From reading over there, it just seems like there is a lot of BS happening in the background and none of it sounds good for anybody. I'd love to hear other peoples' opinions that are closer to the situation.