Monday, July 16, 2018

Beach Wrestling

I remember several years ago when USA Wrestling began promoting competitive beach wrestling.  Beach volleyball had been popular for years, so why not do the same thing for wrestling?  It's a warm summer day, rolling around with another dude on the beach.  Sand up your nose.  Tiny pebbles in your hair.  Little shell fragments embedded in your back.  What's not fun about that?  I have to admit that wrestling on the beach in Florida or California is probably a lot more fun that on the shores of Lake Michigan, but hey, who am I to complain about another excuse to wrestle?  Anyway, beach wrestling is still going strong, and not just amateur style.  Wrestler4Hire has an awesome beach wrestling match that features Brad Barnes, who is one my absolute favorite wrestlers.  Brad's opponent in this one is Jake Steele, who at 6' 1" seems to tower over our bodybuilder hero.  But given Brad's thick muscles, both wrestlers are close in weight.  At the beginning of the match, Jake brags about his prowess in yoga.  Umm, yoga?  How much do you think yoga is going to help out Jake in hand to hand beach combat against Brad?  Based on these screen caps from the match, I think you get the picture.  W4H says about Jake that he's a fitness guru and jock who enjoys trying new things.  After his run in with our muscleboy Brad, I don't think Jake will be trying any more wrestling.

Dude, I gotta hang out at the beach more!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pretty Boys

Here are some scenes from a custom wrestling match at Spotland Scrappers called Bridge 2 Far.  This is another "slam and bridge" themed match, like the one I posted about a few weeks ago called Building Bridges, which featured Sam Smiler and LJ Silva.  The stars of today's match here are smaller guys Sammy Scrapper and Franky Dare.  I think compared to the beefier Sam Smiler and LJ Silva, Sammy and Franky here fall into the category of "pretty boys" at Spotland Scrappers.  Sure, they aren't like the faces we get to see wrestling at places like Muscleboy Wrestling or Wrestler4Hire.  But in the world of British style pro-wrestling, which brings to my mind images of pasty, flabby, and toothless skin-headed dudes, Sammy and Franky easily qualify as pretty boys.  And Sammy shows that you can be both a pretty boy and a heel as he dominates Franky for most of this match.  This is another good production by Spotland Scrappers for those of us who like lift and carry wrestling.

Pretty Boy Sammy Scrapper gets carried away as he carries Franky away.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Chris Cannon

Chris Cannon at Muscleboy Wrestling.  I gotta admit, I really like this guy.   The 24 year old is 6 feet tall and 185 pounds.  With stats like that, a dude can be a wrestler or a basketball player.  Lucky for us, Cannon chooses wrestler.  Here we see him in a match against JT Atlas.  JT is only 5' 5" and 140 pounds, so he's at a big disadvantage sizewise against the larger Cannon.  But JT can turn some heads himself with his ripped physique, which is on nice display in this match while adorned in those white wrestling trunks.  But we all know going into this that JT is going to have his hands full with Chris Cannon. 

Actually, it's Cannon who literally has his hands full of JT.  I really enjoyed this match, watching these studs going at it hard.  What better way is there to celebrate Independence Day than to have two All-American dudes giving it their all in combat on a wrestling mat?  Chris Cannon is the real show here, entertaining us with bodyslams, torture racks, bearhugs, and piledrivers, proving in the end that he's all wrestler.  I bet JT is the one seeing fireworks after this one is over.

Two words . . . WOW!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bodyslamming Beefcakes - Brian Cage

Most of you probably follow Bruno's blog at Beefcakes of Wrestling.  He's got good stuff, and I like to check it out myself.  I also like to borrow his "beefcake" theme every once in awhile, so that's what I'm doing today with a post featuring Brian Cage.  He's about six feet tall, 260 pounds, and totally musclebound, so Cage definitely meets the definition of a beefcake wrestler (and seeing how often Bruno has featured this guy on his blog, Bruno thinks so, too).  Cage wrestles a lot on the indy circuit.  In fact, I just saw him put on an impressive show the other night on Impact Wrestling.  But he's no stranger to underground wrestling on the internet, making appearances at Thunders Arena and Wrestler4Hire (as Barry Burke).  One of the things I like about W4H is how it features a lot of "regular" dudes, the type who are jocks but you won't normally see in a pro wrestling federation.  Can you imagine being a guy like that, showing up at W4H one day, and then finding out you're gonna perform in the ring against Brian Cage?  Holy shit!  Lucky for us, Cage likes to step into the ring and play around with these dudes.  After all, what else is a wrestling beefcake going to do?

But don't think it's just a walk in the park.  Brian will tell you, it's not always easy being a beefcake!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Bodyslams and Bearhugs

There are a lot of wrestling moves that I like, not just bodyslams.  I just choose to use the bodyslam as the inspiration to blog about wrestling.  The list of awesome wrestling holds and moves is almost endless, but the bearhug has to be near the top.  A really great match is one that features both bodyslams and bearhugs.  The two go together very well, like beer and pizza, steak and potatoes, peanut butter and jelly . . . (and why am I suddenly hungry?).  So, I was super excited to come across this match at Wrestler4Hire between Zach Altovito and Ronnie Pearl called Bodyslams and Bearhugs.  The match is really all about 23 year old Zach, who is a 5' 10" and 245 pound bodybuilder.  Wow.  Those physical stats are staggering.  Zach appears in several matches at W4H, and it seems more often than not he's on the wrong end of a beat down.  But in this match, it's almost as if Cameron Matthews let the big guy loose and told him to do what comes natural.  And when you're  23 year old, 5' 10" and 245 pound bodybuilder, power wrestling moves just comes naturally.  For fans of lift and carry wrestling, this is a fun match to check out.

Who wants to be bodyslammed and bearhugged by this muscleboy?!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Building Bridges

It's no secret I love a good bodyslam.  I also like when the slam is over, the wrestler who gets thrown to the mat bridges and arches his back in pain from the impact.  It's that little extra thing that makes a good bodyslam even better, kind of like the cherry on top.  And when you bodyslam a guy, you know you've executed a good one when you look down and see him writhing and groaning on the mat like that.  To be honest, it's kinda hot.  I guess I'm not the only one who appreciates this.  Spotland Scrappers out of the UK has produced a custom video (requested by a fan) with a "slam and bridge" theme called Building Bridges.  The starring wrestlers are Sam Smiler (in the yellow trunks) and LJ Silva.  As advertized, it features a ton of bodyslams, but the wrestlers dish out other forms of slams and back punishment, so if you're a fan of lift and carry wrestling, this is a fun match to watch.  Although there are good moves by both wrestlers, my post highlights Sam Smiler in action.  I've been watching Spotland Scrappers off and on for several years now, and Sam is one of my favorite wrestlers on their roster.

Now, if you don't mind me going off on a slight tangent here, as I was preparing this post, I realized that Sam Smiler kind of looks like Tim Tebow in these pictures.  To be clear, I am not a fan at all of Tim Tebow.  He was an overrated quarterback, especially when he arrived at the NFL, and all the hype about him was an undeserved media creation.  But the thought of Tim Tebow in a wrestling ring, scooping up another wrestler, carrying him around, then bodyslamming his ass . . . well, I don't really know how else to say this, but that's kinda . . . hot.

Is this what it feels like to be bodyslammed by Tim Tebow?!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Blonds Have More Fun

The blond stud featured in today's blog is Austin Tyler.  He sports a pretty good physique on the wrestling mat at 5' 10" and 175 pounds.  The pics here come from a recent match of his at Muscleboy Wrestling against Jesse Zane.  The over the knee backbreaker is one of my favorite wrestling moves, and during this match Austin shows the best way to deliver it, which is by cracking your opponent over your knee, holding him there to stretch him out, then lifting him back up so you can crack his back all over again.  Austin looks totally alpha in punishing Jesse Zane here.  (And I have to say that Jesse doesn't look so bad himself splayed out over Austin's knee.)  Austin is what I like to call a circuit wrestler because he travels the circuit of wrestling companies.  Not only can you see him at Muscleboy, he also appears at UCW and Wrestler4Hire.  You can also find him on the indy wrestling circuit as Ace Austin.  What a life he leads, going around from place to place pounding on guys in the wrestling ring and on the mat.  I guess it's true what they say.  Blond muscleboys do have more fun!