The Night of the Living Dead began for several reasons. First, the country needed a professional deadlift only meet as there was not one at its inception. Second, the area had forgotten its rich deadlifting history and needed an event to remind the people of their iron-laden past. Third, I had just started a high school powerlifting team and we had no money. The NOTLD allowed us to raise money for the kids and to bring in some of the greatest deadlifters on earth to inspire them to new heights.
What began as a small meet with 10 lifters has turned into the most exciting deadlift meet in the world attracting the premier deadlifters from America and even a few from overseas.
Here is Joe in true NOTLD fashion prepping for a big pull in 2011.
Here is Rheta in the warmup room before the 2011 NOTLD
VINCE URBANK AND ALEX CAMPBELL
Here is Alex Campbell (meet director) congratulating Vince on his victory at the 2011 Andy Bolton Challenge
Andy gets pumped after the biggest opener in NOTD history!
MIke is just an unbelievable deadlifter and we were glad to see him hit his first ever 700+ pull at the NOTLD 2011. Not bad for a TEENAGER!
Orlando was a vritual unknown in powerlifting circles, but the strongman lifter came in and showed he has deadlift power that can hang with anyone as he finished a remarkable third in his first sanctioned deadlift outing. He has all kinds of potential to go along with his insane backstrength.
Damon was a firs time lifter in 2011 and a crowd favorite (especially with the ladies)!
Ryan is a pint sized powerhouse that traveled a long way to compete in 2011. He did a great job after al that he endured and we hope to see him back again soon.
JENNIFER "BOOTIE" PAYNE
Jennifer was a first timer from North Carolina and a crowd favorite. She has affectionately named herself "daughter of the Undertaker" after this famous photo of her popped up in Powerlifting USA
Natty is the 2010 NOTLD female deadlift champion. SHe is an amazing lifter and we hope she comes back to defend her title
Kurtis is a fine young lifter from NC who packs quite a deadlift for someone so small
2 MAN DEADLIFT
Although the 2 man deadlift is not a part of the NOTLD, these youngsters (Braylon and Brogen Campbell) are making a big push to have it accepted
NEVER TOO EARLY
It is ever too early to begin training for the NOTLD as evidenced by 3 year old Braylon Campbell
EISEMAN IS FOCUSED
Eiseman has been compared to a 10th degree black belt right before he crushes a pile of bricks...can you see the similarity?
Robert is not just the 2 time Arnold deadlift champ, but also a fine bodybuilder
RHONDA "RUDY" CLARK
Rhonda is a super lifter from Dallas, TX that has the NAPF deadlift record
Brooks is another junior age lifter with huge potential...and a huge deadlift
Mark is a TN lifter that pulled so hard he passed out last year
Mike pulled his way into the Anrold, then posted a top 5 finish on the Arnold stage in 2010 with an 800+ lift
George is an open IPF multi-time world champion and lifting legend. He graced the stage of the NOTLD in 2009
Eli is a junior phenom deadlifter that pulled his way into the Arnold with a 705 at about 200 pounds
Dale is a raw competitor that has made it all the way to the Arnold
Doc is a lightwieght deadlift powerhouse with pulls over 600 pounds at 132/148. He has finished runner up on several occassions
Not only has Jen posted the best pound for pound bench press in IPF world history, she is also quite the full meet lifter as she proved at the 2009 contest
THE FANS ARE WHAT MAKE THE NOTLD SO SPECIAL
What sets the NOTLD apart from other meets? It is the hundreds of insane fans that bring noise makers, paint their faces, and hold signs for their favorite lifters
Bob is just another IPF world medalist that has graced the NOTLD stage
Sarah won 3rd at the 2009 USAPL High School National Championships
CHARLIE "C-REX" CONNER
Charlie is the #3 ranked powerlifter in America in the 165 class
Josh is just another IPF world medalist that has graced the NOTLD stage
Robert is the 2 time reigning IPF Arnold pro deadlift champion and he has also done some fine lifting at the NOTLD
Thomas "the New Jersey Freak Show" Eiseman
Eiseman is the only man to ever repeat as NOTLD champ and has won 5 straight
Mike "the Bull" Nease
Big MIke was at the first 6 NOTLD's and he never disappoints
Tee "Skinny Man" Meyers
Skinny Man has hit the NOTLD stage more than once and always brought some fine lifting