| | 2016 Superhero Smackdown – Round 2 Results

Author / John

ELECTRIFYING. It’s the one and only word I have for Power Athlete Nation that can describe Round 2 of the 2016 Superhero Smackdown! The 8 competitors that advanced from Round 1 threw down to continue their quest to be crowned as Power Athlete Nation’s Fittest Superhero. To view Round 1 results, Click Here.

Round 2 consisted of the following workouts:


For time, with 20 / 14-lb. of body armor:
1-mile run
100 pull-ups
200 push-ups
300 squats
1-mile run

Each athlete will wear weighted body armor for the duration of the event. There will be a 55 minute time cap.


Unlike the 2015 CrossFit Games event, we will NOT be breaking this event down into 3 rounds. Athletes will work their way through this ladder for time, and then be awarded points based off of how fast they complete the speed ladder.

For time:
1 squat snatch at each ascending weight for time:
190, 200, 205, 210, 215, 220, 230, 235, 240, 245, 250, 260, 265, 270, 275 lbs


Heavy DT
5 rounds for time of:
12 deadlifts
9 hang power cleans
6 push jerks

The weight will be 205 lbs. Athletes will complete 5 rounds of the barbell complex, advancing forward after each round.



Oh how the mighty can fall. Hancock, the Smackdown’s only physically invulnerable athlete, no shows for Round 2 of the Smackdown! Some of you called it early on; the event staff found Hancock passed out on the bench outside of the competition with empty bottles of Pap Smear Vodka strewn about. While they attempted to wake him, he didn’t budge. With or without Hancock, the show must go on.

Another big fall from the top was Django Freeman, who put up absolutely stellar numbers in Round 1. Django found himself securing last place in Round 2. My only advice for Django: FIRE YOUR COACH! Django suffered various no reps from head judge Liam Neeson in Events 4 and 5 of Round 2. Django’s Oly lifting and overhead ability is about as good as plain boiled chicken tastes. He put on a terrifyingly disappointing performance in both the Snatch Speed Ladder and Heavy DT. Unfortunately, Django will not be advancing to Round 3.

Rounding out the final two competitors that will NOT be advancing to Round 3 were the two featured athletes in Round 2 of our Superhero SHOWDOWN: Team Field Strong’s Bane and Grindstone’s Tommy Conlon.


Simply put, Murph was the deciding factor for these two warriors. I pegged them as potential front runners in this event, and I know I’m not the only one. As Murph unfolded in the Superhero Smackdown Conlon and Bane reaffirmed our suspicions, they were dominant… up until the last mile run. The two were easily 2+ minutes ahead of the next fastest competitor going into the final run and were stride for stride until the half mile turn around.

It was at this point that words were exchanged, and a brawl broke out. The exact cause of the fight is unknown, although the rumor mill is turning. Conlon’s technical abilities were met equally with Bane’s tenacity. The two duked it out for about 6 minutes until Conlon managed to edge out the win in Murph as he unmounted from a ground and pound on Bane. As Bane stood up expecting Conlon to come try and finish the fight, the cage fighter had already turned for the finish line giving him just enough of a head start to take the event.

During the melee, the rest of the competitors overtook Bane and Conlon resulting in a disastrous overall finish on the day for the two of them.

Conlon, being a better technician than Bane in the Olympic lifts, was able to squeak out a victory in the Snatch Speed Ladder. The same couldn’t be said for Heavy DT. Bane put on an absolute CLINIC! Heavy DT was no match for Bane’s power and strength. “It was just like picking up and throwing around the bodies of those who oppose me,” said Bane after the event.

While both are not be advancing to Round 3, at least Bane can walk away with his head up as this round’s victor of the Superhero SHOWDOWN.

Let’s talk another big story! One man, 6 syllables:


This is the top story of Round 2’s winner circle! He and Smackdown foe Luke Hobbs gave the crowd a neck and neck finish Murph, with Hobbs giving Toretto a taste of his own medicine! Toretto had a strong lead the entire event, even into the final mile run. But Hobbs, trailing closely behind, hit the NOS perfectly in the last 400m stretch of the 1 mile run. He flew by Toretto and took 1st place.


Toretto, not a man to known to be held down by any adversity, absolutely BLINDSIDES the entire crowd with his amazing snatch technique in Event 4, the Snatch Speed Ladder. One of life’s classic sayings, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, holds true! Because this grease monkey can lift some weights! Not only did he smash the Snatch Speed Ladder, he also crushed Heavy DT, obliterating Hobbs’ time by almost a minute and a half!


Also advancing to Round 3 are the Smackdown’s two most famous soldiers, John Rambo and Alan “Dutch” Shaeffer. These boys hung in there to not only secure their spot in Round 3, but will also be featured in the final round of the Superhero SHOWDOWN!

You can see the results for each event below. Remember, only the top 4 will be advancing to Round 3, and NO POINTS carried over from Round 1.


As we enter Round 3 of the Superhero Smackdown both Team Grindstone and Team Field Strong are tied with the number of competitors advancing.


War veterans and all around bad asses Dutch and Rambo will be facing in the third round of the Superhero SHOWDOWN! Place your bets people! Head to our Instagram post to place your vote and enter for a chance to win some serious Power Athlete SWAG! Who do you think will come out on top with the best scores in Round 3’s events:


For time:
Sprint north through obstacle course (Sprint Course 1)
Sprint south through obstacle course (Sprint Course 2)

In this event, athletes will sprint across the soccer stadium through a series of obstacles (Sprint Course 1), rest briefly, reset, and then sprint back the opposite direction through the course (Sprint Course 2). The athlete’s scores will be their times for each sprint, scored as separate events. Athletes will receive a 2-second penalty if they knock over a hurdle.


For time:
100-ft. 560lbs Pig flip
4 legless rope climbs
100-ft. handstand walk

Athletes will begin by flipping the Pig halfway across the field to the rig, where they will then perform 4 legless rope climbs. They will then proceed to the handstand walk, which will be divided into 50-ft. sections. Each section must be completed unbroken, without the athlete coming back down to their feet. If the athlete comes down from their hands they must return to the start of that section. The event is complete when the athlete finishes the last section of handstand walking.


1-rep-max clean and jerk

Athletes will have two 20-second windows to perform a max clean and jerk, rotating through with only one athlete lifting at a time.


15-10-6 reps for time of:
Thrusters 165lbs
Bar muscle-ups

Athletes will complete 15 thrusters, then 15 bar muscle-ups, 10 thrusters and 10 bar muscle-ups, then 6 thrusters and 6 bar muscle-ups.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. Josh McGee on July 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, if this was Arnold vs Sly…Arnold all day.But..we’re talking about John F-ing Rambo…Rambo all day!

    “Talk to me Johnnie”

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