ARLINGTON, Texas – The PBR came stomping into AT&T Stadium this past weekend, Thursday November 12th – Sunday November 15th bringing the biggest event on dirt to Texas for the first time ever. The PBR World Finals is normally held in Las Vegas but due to COVID it got moved to the biggest stadium in the U.S. the house that Jerry built, AT&T Stadium.
Only the best of the best of the best were invited and what a spectacular event it was! Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardon, Brazil) who went on to win the 2020 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Championship inside AT&T Stadium Saturday night with one of the biggest rides in PBR World Finals history, putting a giant exclamation point on his season for the ages.
He delivered a 95.75-point score during the final out of the night, the highest-marked ride of his career, to win the 2020 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast, securing the coveted gold buckle and $1 million Monster Energy World Champion bonus.
Facing No. 1-ranked ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.) Classic bull Woopaa (Barker Bucking Bulls), Leme was in perfect form as he matched the powerful athlete jump-for-jump, reaching the requisite 8 for his gargantuan score.
“It’s hard to explain this moment – the best moment of my career,” Leme said from center stage in AT&T Stadium. “I worked a long time, and I came to show to everybody I deserved this. I’m so blessed to enjoy this.”
This win allowed Leme to clinch the season’s PBR World Championship as he expanded his lead over No. 3 Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) to 788.5 points with only 760 points remaining to be won on the final day of competition for the 2020 season.
The high-marked ride by Leme also tied for the fourth-highest scored ride ever recorded at a PBR World Finals and made Leme the front-runner for the 2020 Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award, presented to the rider with the high-marked score at each PBR World Finals.
Leme is the sixth rider in league history to capture the event title and World Championship in the same season, joining Jess Lockwood (2019), Mike Lee (2004), Renato Nunes (2010), J.B. Mauney (2013) and Silvano Alves (2014).
Boudreaux Campbell Wins 2020 PBR World Finals to be Crowned Rookie of the Year. Texas’ own Boudreaux Campbell (Crockett, Texas) Competing at his first-ever PBR World Finals delivering a near perfect 4-for-5 performance inside AT&T Stadium, placing him at No. 3 in the world.
Just as the 2020 PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme (RIbas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) had loudly announced his arrival at the top of the sport by dominating the World Finals event in 2017, Campbell, winner of the four-day 2020 season-event, also put the bull riding world on notice that a new title-contending cowboy is on the scene.
“I’m lost for words,” Campbell said. “I’ve been working at this all year long, especially with the year we had. It was crazy. We had to go through a lot of obstacles. PBR went through a ton of stress to get us to where we are. And heck, my emotions right now are so happy. ”I’ve always dreamed of a PBR World title. This is one step closer to that goal. It’s a big accomplishment.”
The PBR season kicks off again on January 9th in Duluth Ga and will return to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on November 3rd-7th 2021 for the World Finals so mark your calendar and be sure to not miss any of the action.