The 2023 Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition Prejudging was the event of the night, with all ten competitors showing up in top form. I was very impressed by everyone and found it difficult to focus on just one competitor.
The most impressive competitor of the night was Big Ramy, the 2-time Mr. Olympia, who has made some significant improvements. Unfortunately, Ramy didn’t get a chance to show off his skills and was quickly pushed to the side. Coming out of the Olympia in December, Ramy needed to prove himself and come back better, and he indeed did that. However, the competition is simply too strong for him to edge out the other competitors with his sheer size.
One specific competitor that impressed everyone was Samson Douda. I had Samson second place in my pre-show predictions, but Samson might have edged everyone out. Andrew Jacked and Nick Walker were also in mind-blowing condition, but Nick Walker might have lost too much size since the 2022 Olympia, which didn’t play to his strengths.
I am ecstatic about Andrew Jacked’s shredded physique, which I’ve been waiting to see for a long time. I truly feel that Andrew Jacked might have similar genetics to Ronnie Coleman, as his body seems to be responding so well and quickly to diets, training, and super supplements.
Lastly, Shaun Clarida, who might not have been the biggest guy on stage but was incredibly conditioned. There’s no wonder why they call Shaun “The Giant Killer”. Shaun was able to go toe to toe with competitors such as Ramy, who was almost literally twice his size. Shaun is an incredible competitor and although he will not be in the top 3, this is nothing to be ashamed of. Shaun should be very proud of his performance.
What do you think will be the final placings tomorrow?