Notwithstanding this has zip to do with Romney, I argued that he'd be better for this country than Obama was. And, it turns out I was right, because the disasters that would fall on this country via a second Obama term are hitting, almost exactly as predicted.
And, we're barely into his second term.
Did or did not Cutler and Jackson defeat the likes of Levrone, Ray, Cormier, Wheeler, et. al., while they were STILL among the elite in bodybuilding?
Did they or did they not win the one title that those men could not win, Mr. Olympia?
Since you obviously know the answers to that, your claim that Cutler and Jackson aren't among the best of all time is beyond absurd. You and Bevo act as if those 90s guys suddenly turned into Ken Joneses and Jocelyn Peltiers, when Cutler and Jackson started defeating them.
I can't speak to what Bevo and Groink said, but you're right: Jay and Dex did beat some of the 90s stars while they were still, as you said, among the elite. And said 90s guys definitely weren't just pathetic shadows of their former selves ...
... however, it is fair to say Kevin, Flex and Shawn (dunno about Chris, he had some good showings after his peak in '99) were definitely not
as good as they were in the 90s. Even by 2000, Kevin's wheels were way down from what they had been. Flex was getting smoother by the year and all puffy with oil. Shawn was still good but not as shredded as in '92-'96 and '99.
Is that to say Jay and Dex would never, ever beat those guys at their respective peaks? Hmm. I honestly don't think Dexter could. Jay, maybe; it depends on a number of things.
I think it speaks volumes that the top contenders from 2000-2010 would, at best, struggle to beat over twice as many contenders from the 90s, though. We all know the field was a shitload deeper back then, even if some people tend to overstate just how lousy some of the talent is today. There are plenty of good bodybuilders out there that simply haven't put it all together yet. How many years did it take Ronnie, Milos, Darrem and such to win their first pro shows?