Yeah, you may also want to look at the rods that won the contest and the rods that did not do so well vs the rods they carry in the shop vs the rods they do not carry ;-) Seems they favor the sticks their shop has a dealership set up with. Big discussion on this shootout on another board where the results were really called out. Not saying that the Z is a bad rod, just saying some of the sticks that got bad marks were pretty darn nice rods. You can put any rod on a deflection wall but it doesn't really mean all that much. Check out the rod design article by Phil Monahan in the last issue of American Angler. Good insight in that piece that shoots holes all in that "rating" done by George's shop.
And like they said, it's all very very subjective. Cast them all and make your own decision.