I was never the biggest fan of Phil, chalking up his wins solely as being the best guy on stage, and the entire lineup not being comparable to what the previous Olympia winners had faced. With each outing though, his conditioning seemed to get worse and worse, and Rhoden, even though in small steps, continued to improve without destroying his lines. So, when Rhoden one, he was certainly deserving.
Curry, in my opinion, has always been an amazingly complete bodybuilder, but never one I truly expected to win the top Spot at the Super Bowl of bodybuilding. Without actually seeing them all lined up side-by-side, just running off the top of my head I could see Rodan edging out both Curry and Phil.