Hi there Webnauts,
To be sure - I have extensive experience in optimization so this is not an issue.
My post was nothing more than encouragement to others have worked hard to break through GT - Lighthouse - Pingdom - etc. and to show it can be done - nothing more.
Honestly, I have no idea how you received those screenshots unless it happened at the exact same moment we had removed GZIP to make a modification (We are implementing Imagga image tagging at the moment - so maybe it was that?)
I just ran the same exact play you did once again but this time with all of the fields you set in Advance and our results (yours and mine are night and day different)
The only minor difference I can see between the 2 is you set yours for 3G fast and I went for cable/mobile. Unless you are in a Siberian valley, there is no place on the planet running 3G any longer. In fact, 4G is soon to be obsolete. It would be the same as us testing for Lunascape browsers
I also demonstrated from our Lighthouse scores everything meeting or exceeding 90 and above.
Davwaii - thank you for the guiding hand. We will look into that today and let you know how it works for us.
I just ran our site again - this time with WPTest and here are our results as I normally see them.