We have a new Wing Bowl champion.
"I'm happiest to be the oldest Wing Bowl champion, as well as the first champion from Pennsylvania in 20 years," Shoudt said.
The new champ took home $10,000, a Hyundai Sante Fe, a Wing Bowl ring, and a medal for his trouble. Dave "Tiger Wings & Things" Brunelli, who was invited to compete in the new "Legends Division," took second place with 386 wings , and won a Harley Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy motorcycle, that division's top prize.
Behind Shoudt and Brunelli were Dave "U.S. Male" Goldstein in third, John "Oink Oink" Bradley in fourth, and Monty "Moe Train" Wiradilaga in fifth.
Despite not eating in the main competition this year due to a rule barring previous winners, Schuyler defeated Bill "El Wingador" Simmons in a special 5-minute wing eat-off. If 95 wings wasn't enough, Schuyler followed it up by downing a record 5.5 pounds of steak and potatoes in just 3 minutes and 17 seconds. Schuyler's previous record for that same challenge was 3:22, which she set in 2013 at Steak & Main in North East, Maryland.
Josh "Meat Sack" Domico won this year's award for best winning entourage procession thanks to his literal Wentz Wagon, a small covered wagon emblazoned with the Eagles quarterback's name. Meat Sack, who ate 24 deviled eggs to get into Wing Bowl, entered the eating competition with 40-1 odds:
Between rounds of wing-eating, the crowd at Wing Bowl 25 was treated to a performance from rapper Coolio, who performed his famous 1995 track, "Gangsta's Paradise," which he recorded as part of the soundtrack for the film Dangerous Minds.
"Where my Flyers fans at?," the rapper asked as he walked out on stage wearing a number 25 Sixers jersey.
In a move that seemed to shock everyone, including the crowd and WIP host Angelo Cataldi, Wingette Catherine Clee from Blackwood, N.J. was named the Wingette of the Year. Catching Kelce star and South Jersey native Veronica Harwood judged the competition.
"I honestly don't even have words, " Clee said following her win to a smattering of boos from the crowd. The good news is she already knows how she plans to spend her $5,000 prize.
"I'm going to pay for school," she said.
Wrestling legend Ric Flair, accompanied by his longtime entrance song "Also Sprach Zarathustra," walked into the Wells Fargo Center to a standing ovation from the sold-out Wells Fargo Center crowd.
"Wow, Philadelphia looking good," Flair said. "I probably have some children in the audience here."
Flair, donning a "Nature Boy" Flyers jersey and holding a replica Lombardi trophy, said Wing Bowl had lived up to everything he was told. He also had a message for fans sober enough to listen.
"Get drunk, eat chicken wings, then take your woman home and do your thing! Woo!" Flair yelled.
Speaking of romance, three-time Wing Bowl contestant Charles "Eggman" Rifici proposed to his girlfriend, Debbie White, after he was ejected from the first round of the wing eating competition. Love must have been in the air, because she said "yes."
So with Cataldi pondering retirement when his contract runs out later this year, was this the last Wing Bowl?