Monday, October 20, 2014

Italian Muscle

Hey, can you believe I'm doing a second post in the same week?  I need to make up for neglecting my blog for much of the year. Also, today's post just can't wait.  I have always been interested when bodybuilders make wrestling videos for sale.  It's a win-win proposition.  Those who appreciate muscle wrestling get to see some fun action, and the bodybuilder gets to earn some money to help fund his training.  Bodybuilders who do this include Karl Kasper at Hunk Muscle Show, Steel Muscle God, and Evander.  Recently I came across another dude who is eager to show off his muscles in the wrestling ring.  The guy in action here is known as Italian Muscle.  He was kind enough to send these amazing screen caps from a couple of his matches where he shows off his strength and power.  Italian Muscle has a website that is worth checking out. He has previews for several other videos, including wrestling.  There are links to his social media sites, plus information about how to connect with him for private videos.  Let's hope we see him bodyslamming many more dudes in the future.

When you think of Italy, wrestling doesn't immediately come to mind, but Italian Muscle shows just how universal wrestling is.  You know, maybe it's time for me to take that vacation to Italy that I keep putting off . . .

Check the website:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brodie Brings It

It's hard to believe that it is already October.  The year has gone by fast.  At the end of last year, I crowned Brodie Fisher of Rock Hard Wrestling the Wrestler of the Year for 2013, but it seems like he has kept a low profile in 2014.  I think he's appeared in just one match this year, so maybe he has moved on to other things.  It would be a shame to not see him wrestling anymore, but then again, sometimes to old has to make way for the new, and RHW has brought onboard some stunning new talent recently, like Dash Decker and Bruce Ballard.  I'm pretty confident those two dudes will give me some good material to blog about soon.  But back to Brodie, here he is above delivering some slams and backbreakers in a match against Colt Palmer.  It's not really much of a match to be honest.  Except for a few minutes of boxing at the beginning, Colt doesn't really fight back.  That's my kind of opponent.

On another note, the photo below comes from a recent college wrestling match in California, and I love it!  A lot of ingredients go into making a successful wrestler, such technique and skill, strength and muscles, drive, and a good dose of insanity.  A cocky attitude is also essential for success in wrestling, and this photo captures that perfectly.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Muscles in Action

I know it has been many months since my last post.  I guess over the past year I have found less and less time to spend on this blog, and to be honest, it's probably pretty much run its course.  How much more can you say about a bodyslam anyway?  Luckily, while I may be running out of words to say, wrestling productions are still turning out products that continue to inspire, and every once in a while I come across some things that are worth saying a few words about.  If you have followed this blog, it's no secret that I like OTK backbreakers, so you can figure out why these pictures appeal to me.  The first two action photos come from a match at Thunders Arena featuring Brad Barnes against Tak.  I've seen the whole match and found it well worth the price of admission.  The backbreaker Barnes gives Tak is probably one of the best I have seen.  It actually begins with Barnes flat on his back and Tak on top of him.  Barnes takes a hold of Tak and somehow works his way to his feet, taking Tak up with him.  It's a testament to the strength and power of the bodybuilder wrestler.  But the best is yet to come when Barnes drops Tak over his knee and holds him there for almost  minute.  Tak squirms and cries out in agony, but he just can't break free of Barnes' powerful arms.  It's pretty impressive.  The next photos come from a match at No Rules Wrestling between Dave Calbrese and Lorenzo Smalls.  I haven't seen the entire match, but from the preview, it looks like Calbrese gets in some good power moves, including this sick OTK backbreaker.

Aside from the crotchlifts and backbreakers, it's the specific pairing of wrestlers in these two matches that leads to good quality action (at least in my opinion).  I have always liked a wrestling contest where a muscular wrestler dominates a slightly smaller opponent.  Maybe it's because I was a wrestler back in school, so I like to see the muscle guy win.  In his match against Tak, Brad Barnes does a lot of showing off and flexing of muscles, and then he puts those muscles to good use with his awesome backbreaker.  Dave Calbrese's muscularity is readily evident in the third photo, especially compared to the much leaner Lorenzo, who fruitlessly struggles in Calbrese's powerful arms.  All in all, both matches present a great combination of muscles, lean bodies, and power moves.

Well, I hope you dudes enjoy these photos.  Let's hope it won't be another six months before I make another post.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Beefcake Brian Cage

I know I haven't been posting much lately, but it's been getting harder for me to spend time on my blog.  But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to post these pictures of Brian Cage in action for Pro Wrestling Guerilla in California.  This is also my way of tipping my hat to Bruno and his Beefcakes of Wrestling blog, of which I am a fan.  The first two action photos are particularly awesome because they show Brian Cage tossing around fellow beefcake wrestler Tony Nese.  The next two photos feature Cage humiliating two jobbers whose names I don't care to learn.  There's just something about a muscled up dude taking apart an inferior opponent in a wrestling ring.  All in all, I like these pictures.  (By the way, great photos by Devin Chen photography.)

Friday, February 7, 2014


I've been surfing the net looking for more good action photos of Kota Ibushi and Hiroshi Yamato, but they have been hard to come by (good bodyslam photos at least).  On the plus side, I've come across other good action pics to share, all keeping with my current celebration of Japan and its unique version of pro wrestling known as Puroresu.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hiroshi Yamato

I want to stay in Japan and this time take a look at Hiroshi Yamato of All Japan Pro Wrestling.  He's a lean, muscular dude at 5'10" and 180 pounds.  Yamato has an amateur wrestling background, and these skills are evident in his pro matches with his frequent use of suplexes.  Of course, he does a nice bodyslam now and then, too.  Check him out in action on YouTube.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Kota Ibushi

Japanese wrestler Kota Ibushi comes in at a strapping 5'11" and 190 pounds.  Very good stats for a wrestler, in my opinion.  In the past he's appeared at Ring Of Honor, but his current home is Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) wrestling in Japan.  DDT has several videos on YouTube that are worth checking out.  They have put on shows in some creative locations outside of a ring, including an apartment complex, a camp ground, and a parking lot.  I like the originality of it.  They think outside the box (or squared circle).