Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Anthony Bravado

A bodybuilder by definition builds up his body. But when you turn a bodybuilder into a wrestler, this usually ends up in bodies being broken (by the bodybuilder, of course). I've always found a little irony in that. Not that I mind. In fact, I think it's awesome to see a dude who likes to put his muscles to use rather than just posing with them. One such bodybuilder/wrestler is Anthony Bravado, seen here gorilla pressing Chris Hero, which is no small task since Hero weighs over 220 pounds. Bravado is more than up for the task, though. I like the first photo where he let's you know what he's going to do to you once you step into the wrestling ring. Some might call that being cocky, and I suppose that's true. But some people have earned the right to be cocky, and that includes a wrestling bodybuilder like Bravado who can hoist muscle dudes up over his head with ease. (Special thanks to Jim from Chicago for sharing these awesome photos.)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kyle O'Reilly

Kyle O'Reilly is a young Canadian wrestler who, at least early in his career, appeared in several Cyberfights matches. The contrast between this little dude and his bigger opponents is often striking. He looks almost infantile compared to the likes of muscled and mature wrestlers Johnny Handsome, Fade, and Nelson Creed, among others. And the comical and exaggerated look of fear on O'Reilly's face every time he's picked up for a slam just makes him look even more juvenile, like he's crying out "Jeepers, Mr. Fade, please don't hurt me!" At first it's funny to see, but after a while you just want to yell at him, "Hey kid, go back to your sand box and let the big boys play."

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fear Factor

I get a laugh sometimes when I see pics of bodyslams, and the guy being carried around has a look of abject terror on his face, or at least one of extreme discomfort. I mean, the guy in the third picture looks like he's auditioning for a hemorrhoid commercial. C'mon guys, why the fear? Think of when you were a little kid and being taken for an airplane spin by a bigger brother or someone. If someone like Scotty Mac were carrying me around like this, I'd sure have a smile on my face. This is the highlight of the bodyslam because things aren't going to get any better when the slam comes. Only the dude in the last picture has the right attitude. Enjoy the ride while you can, my friend. Enjoy the ride. (Note: Top photo from Cyberfights, second and fifth from BGEast, and the fourth from Thunders Arena. All sites have great wrestling action. Anyone know where the third photo comes from?)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Stoner Wrestling

I don't know anything about who these guys are or where they are wrestling, but I love the look on this guy whose about to get slammed. The dazed expression. The bloodshot eyes. The listless air about him. He looks completely stoned (probably hits him about 4:20 into each match). Before you step into the ring to face a singlet clad muscle dude, you better have your wits about you. Otherwise you'll probably end up like this.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

More Fahd Rakman

So, let's just spend a little more time with our buddy Fady the Arabian Bull. According to his old profile at Independent Wrestling Federation in New Jersey, he's comes in at an impressive 6'5" and 270 pounds. It also lists the powerslam as his finsher. It's easy to see why. When you're put together like the incredible hulk, there's no need for flashy and complicated high flying moves when you can use a simple but effective powerslam to waste your opponent. I especially like the third picture where he takes an elbow to the nose. It just shows that even muscle stud wrestlers endure some nicks and bruises while in the ring or on the mat. But that's merely a small price to pay for the joy of crushing another dude with just your hands.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fahd Rakman

Pictured here is Fahd Rakman, aka Fady the Arabian Bull. At 6'5" and 270 pounds, this guy is just pure beast. When you're that big and strong, you just can't help but want to show off your muscles by picking up and tossing other dudes around. Fahd wrestled in New Jersey for awhile before heading to WWE's Florida Championship Wrestling. But it seems last fall he was released by FCW. I hope he still wrestles. His bodyslam technique is flawless. I love picking up a guy to shoulder level and walking him around before the slam, the victim's feet up higher than his head. It's complete domination. If anyone knows what Fahd is up to these days, please let us know.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Lotta Italiana

I can't tell you much about these guys other than this action takes place in an Italian pro wrestling league. But this makes a point about why wrestling is so great. It's international. You get a muscle guy who crotch lifts his opponent up high, parades him around to show his dominance, then slams him hard down onto the mat. It looks good in any language.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


You see me standing there in the ring, lean and muscular, ready to wrestle. You're jealous of my youth and confidence. You don't like my cocky attitude, and you plan to wipe that sneer off my face. It's time to teach this kid a lesson, you think. But hey, guess what? I got you now. Surprised at how easy I scooped you up? You like being paraded around the ring like this, like you're my bitch? I bet you don't. That's my hand squeezing your ass, just to add to the humiliation. Your back is about to hit the mat hard, but you better get used to it. I'm going to do it again and again. By the time this match is over, you'll be calling me sir.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Jobber Hell

Here are some more action photos of Jason Wayne. The same guy is being pressed in all the pictures, and I think they come from at least two different matches. It just drives home how much you gotta love pro wrestling to endure the life of a jobber. Each night you know what's going to happen to you. You're going to step into the ring to face the crowd favorite, a young hulking muscle dude in the form of Jason Wayne. At some point during the match, Jason is going to grab you right between your legs and pick you up. You find yourself over his head as Jason parades you around in front of the jeering crowd, holding you up by your crotch. Being a jobber in a wrestling promotion must really suck because you have to face the heel outside the ring on a regular basis. How can this guy even look Jason Wayne in the eye after being manhandled like this? Show some pride, man.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jason Wayne

Wow, guys, sorry it's been so long since my last post, but I've been dealing with some new things in my life. While it's kind of exciting for me, I doubt you would find it interesting, at least not nearly as much as wrestling and bodyslams. So here's just a quick post with a couple of action shots of OVW champ Jason Wayne. I really like how high he gets his hapless opponent up into the air, and I'm not just talking about the overhead press. Jason shows off his strength and a good looking profile in the scoopslam photo. I love the look of a helpless guy draped over the shoulder of a muscle dude. Enjoy.