Saturday, April 23, 2016
One of the more prolific wrestlers at No Rules Wrestling, especially in its earlier days, was Drake. When I first came across NRW I though that maybe Drake was the owner of the company because he wrestled everybody and appeared in so many matches. But without any fanfare Drake just sorta disappeared from the ring one day, and Dave Calbrese became the undisputed dominant force of No Rules Wrestling. But there's good news for all you Drake fans out there . . . Drake is back! And one dude who really seems happy about this is Dave Calbrese, who is celebrating Drake being back by breaking Drake's back over and over again. Drake looks bigger and more muscular than ever, but can his new and improved physique help him withstand double punishment from the Calbrese brothers? Looks like he's got a tough road ahead of him if he wants to reclaim his status as king of the ring at NRW.
Monday, April 18, 2016
My last post was inspired by an idea I stole from Bruno's Beefcakes of Wrestling blog. Since that worked so well, I'm going to steal another idea from him and feature Brian Cage in a Muscle Monday post. But this one is a double dose of muscle as we get to see the experienced bodybuilder pro wrestler appear in the ring with bodybuilder newbie Travis in a recent match at Thunders Arena. Travis is still learning the ropes of wrestling, so TA sends him into the ring to be coached by Joey King, but is it really fair to have the young kid face off against a monster like Brian Cage? Up to now Travis has been able to rely upon his massive muscles to get the better of smaller opponents despite his lack of wrestling skills. But how much help will his big muscles (and flexing) be when wrestling the 6' and 255 pounds Brian Cage, who has no shortage of muscles to go along with his years of ring experience? Looks likeTravis isn't the only one who gets to flex in this video.
Friday, April 15, 2016
I'm a big fan of Bruno's Beefcakes of Wrestling blog, and I assume that most of you are too. This week I have really enjoyed his "new faces" of wrestling series, so I'm going to shamelessly crib his idea and feature a new face of my own. The stud you see here is "The Statement" Andruew Tang, who bills himself as Singapore's first professional wrestler. Several of his matches are on You Tube, and he's a total beast in the ring. That's why it was surprising to learn that he comes in at only 5' 5" and 160 pounds (and I think that's a bit of an exageration). You'd expect a little guy like this to play jobber to the bigger wrestlers, but this dude is all heel. He shows no fear in going up against and dominating much larger wrestlers. That's partly because Andruew is ripped (I love how the match announcers can't stop gushing over his muscular and well defined body). But Andruew also succeeds as a heel because he has the attitude for it. A lot of things go into the making of a great wrestler (both pro and amateur), and attitude is one of the biggest. You better not tell Andruew Tang that he's too small to be in a wrestling ring, because this dude will destroy your ass.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Sometimes I think about changing the title of my blog to "Bodyslam and Torture Rack Fan", but since the current name has such strong brand recognition, it's probably best not to mess with it. Still, that doesn't mean I can't post awesome pictures of torture racks (since it's my blog, I guess I can post whatever I want). I like shoulder racks for many of the same reasons I like bodyslams. It's a great lift and carry move that gives the alpha wrestler the opportunity to show who is in charge. And it's easier to pick up and carry around your victim in a rack than it is for a bodyslam. But from a jobber's perspective it can be different. A bodyslam can be kind of fun at first because you get picked up and carried around before the pain of the slam, but with a torture rack, the punishment comes immediately with being carried around. And if you want to be a super alpha wrestler, you can make the jobber suffer for as long as you want with a rack. Several of the pics above come from Thunders Arena because the wrestlers there do a great job with torture racks. But the move has universal appeal among all wrestlers, so you can see it pretty much anywhere. It's just an awesome move.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Sorry dudes! I know it has been a while since my last post, but sometimes life gets in the way of my blogging. You know how it goes. Anyway, to get us back on track, here's an excellent photo series of a cocky Dave Calbrese at No Rules Wrestling delivering an awesome over-the-knee backbreaker on Jordan Prince. Who doesn't enjoy a good backbreaker? It's sure to put a smile on every wrestling fan's face. I love that Jordan is clad in white Under Armour shorts in this match. It's a great look. I just wish Calbrese was wearing UA shorts, too. I know all you boys out there want Dave Calbrese to do this to you, too. Sure, having your back broken over some wrestling stud's knee looks like a lot of fun, but just remember that you can end up like this:
We've seen Jordan Prince in my blog before pretty much suffering the same fate in another match against Dave Calbrese and one against Kevin Calbrese. You've been taught the move, Jordan, so now it's time for you to give it a try.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
After my last post the fans begged for more of Braden, and who am I to say no? So here you go with a bonus collection of photos from the ripped wrestler's domination match against Bart Barron. Braden starts off by flexing those big biceps of his, and then he shows us what biceps are good for by punishing his lesser opponent. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are five thousand words for you. Enjoy!
Monday, March 14, 2016
Let's revisit our Wrestler of the Year Braden Charron. My last post that featured him was all about how the new guy Braden got owned by the experienced heel. But Braden doesn't always play the role of a jobber. In an early match of his back in 2007 at BG East Braden faces off against a dude named Bart Barron. We've all probably seen pictures of a big, beefy Braden, but in this match, he's leaned down considerably and is ripped. Clearly he's in bodybuilding competition mode when this match filmed, which probably had an effect on his ring persona. To prepare for a competition, bodybuilders enter a cutting phase where they greatly control their diet to drop body fat. This is similar to what wrestlers do when they cut weight during wrestling season. Cutting back on food and drink and calories to drop weight does several things to a wrestler. You can end up weak and without energy, which is not good when it's time to wrestle. But often times the hunger makes you angry, mean, and almost animalistic. You tap into the beast inside you to give you the strength and stamina needed to train and compete. It looks like this is what happens to Braden in this match. He's lean. He's hungry. He's a beast. Braden can barely control himself as he tears into his soft opponent. If not for an advantage Bart gained by a cheap shot at one point in the match, it would have been a total squash job. But ultimately Bart's cheap shop just angers Braden more, and the muscle stud makes the jobber pay for it in the end. In doing so, Braden shows why bodybuilders can make such awesome wrestlers.