The 43rd Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest took place on July 4th as it has since 1972. The eight-time defending champion Joey Chestnut took the stage and looked to walk away with his ninth straight world championship. It was a YouTube sensation that showed up the veteran and walked away with the title belt.
The day started off with the women’s portion of the contest. Miki Sudo won her second straight championship by eating thirty-eight hot dogs in just ten minutes. She held off the three-time champion Sonya Thomas in the fifth women’s hot dog eating contest.
Major League Eating Commissioner George Shea took the stage to introduce the men to the stage for the start of their competition. Shea put on an introduction performance that would have made the Buffer family jealous. His best introduction was the sick set of bars he threw down when bringing Eric “Badlands” Booker onto stage.
Matthew “Megatoad” Stonie was just five hot dogs behind Chestnut last year and he looked to dethrone the champion. You may know Stonie from his infamous “Michael Phelps Challenge” where he ate an entire sixteen-inch pizza and a pan of pasta in thirty minutes. The video went viral with over six million views on YouTube.
Chestnut had a slight lead from the opening horn, but Stonie fought his way back into a tie with the champ. Stonie then burst out in front at around the four minute mark and held a three dog lead. He never looked back.
Stonie ended up eating sixty-two hot dogs, one more than Chestnut did last year. Chestnut only ate sixty hot dogs and we had a new champion. The twenty-three year old did his best to beat the veteran last year, but came up short. He finally achieved his goal and took home the “Mustard Belt.”
Some people are usually disgusted to watch the contest and others absolutely love the pageantry of the event. You can not deny that it has been a terrific contest and I honestly hope that it continues into the distant future.
The Era of Chestnut is over and as Paul Heyman would say “Matt Stonie is the one in 8-1!!”