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Bearhugs! - Sunday March 19th 2017Bearhugs

It's Bearhug Time!

I was browsing my archives to determine the next match I was going to write a scenario. While I'm on a roll, I might as well continue on that streak rather than be lazy and wait a year or two before writing another one.

Anyway, while I was searching, I tumbled on a bearhug I did with Asiart (id 889) back in 2013. Very nice guy from France with an affinity for both sub and pro.

Asiart was selling it here, because I'm pretty sure my bearhug did nothing to him.

I also retrieved these shots that were taken in 2014 with KidTangler (id 973). He came to Montreal twice to come and visit me before I went to see him in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A very passionate wrestler that was still discovering and exploring the wrestling underground. Here's one bearhug to him.

KidTangler then attempted to counter attack with either a headlock or a reverse sleeper.

I unfortunately lost touch with KidTangler. If anyone know of his whereabouts, please feel free to write me.

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Racking action! - Friday March 17th 2017Video clips

I added a clip today where Marty (id 6169) racked me and then applied the fireman's carry. Yes, this was taken during our ring session last week. We took a couple more, but I'll have to edit it first and cut-off the unwanted portions before posting them.

You can view this video under Clip ID 304.

Meanwhile, here's a snapshot of Marty flexing while racking me!

It shows how strong and manly Marty really is... but wait until I give him a few gut punches because of the sore loser I am!

A fun fact about this clip, I told Marty I no longer wear masks because it ruins shots like the rack. When you rack someone, it inevitably moves your mask sideways and you end up sometimes looking a bit weird. In Marty's case though, his mask stayed mostly in place and tilted just a little bit. He needs it though to protect his identity.

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Loserboy vs Kolter - Thursday March 16th 2017Scenarios

I completed a few days ago writing the match between me and Kolter (id 11988). I had to wait for his approval and for a couple of changes that he wanted to bring to the match. The final result is Match ID 327.

From the total of 600 images we previously took, I narrowed it down to about 35 pics. I didn't felt like doing a 8 to 10 pages match again, because it is pretty time consuming to create a story this large. Instead, I summarized it into a short and sweet 4 pages. In the end, there were a lot of un-used images. Here are a couple of them that didn't make it through, either because I couldn't fit them in the story or that I didn't want to make it bigger than it actually already is.

I admit this bearhug would look nice in the story, but I already give bearhugs in most of my matches anyway... even though everyone know they are useless for a guy with my size. Also, if you look at Kolter's head carefully, it's as if he's wearing a bandana instead of a wrestling mask.

You get the traditional full nelson. Since Kolter was already using way better technical holds from his pro training, I simply discarded the sets involving this hold away as unnecessary.

The same goes for the camel. Kolter doesn't need basic holds to get rid of me.

That still makes about 550 images not shown here, but trust me, most of them are repeated poses or in-preparation shots. Plus, when you take lots of pictures like these in a continuous stream, usually only 5-10% end up being good and usable.

I think Kolter was happy with the scenario. I was worried that the not-so-subtle adult reference in the ending would make him uncomfortable, but he told me to edit it further to make it even more evident. You'll know it when you read it: Match ID 327.

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Fun with Photoshop - Sunday March 12th 2017Some pictures

I was talking about this difference stance some time last week. Turns out that I had a little bit of time on my hands today after a match cancellation, so I've decided to play a bit with Photoshop. Yeah, just for the fun of it, but also to explore for future uses. It's killing two stones with one bird.

For the shot below, I simply added two blue flares on each hand and a connecting curving bolt that took me ages to find on the net.

Throwing fire/ice/bolt balls or Hadokens is also very fun. If you click on the images below, you can get the animated version. I've always wanted to throw one of those. ...And yes, I do realize that the fireball actually comes from a basketball sport logo, but it's still one of the best fireballs I can find. The bolt one is from a special effect search on Google and the "ice" one is from Street Fighter Alpha 3. I realized afterwards that I should have doubled the size of the ice ball on that last one, because it makes it look like a very worthless spell...

All of this is very amateurish, but it's really just to experiment and to have fun while I'm learning.

It's not uncommon that I add a little bit of silly effects in my match. I usually stick with lens flares, Onomatopoeia (in the style of the old TV batman show in the 1960s) or the traditional balloons to denote a thought or a character talking. I think the first time I really made full use of special powers and lens flares was for my matches with Dr. Monarch. Back at the time, Dr. Monarch asked me to add even more flares and increase their intensity. The following year, I used the same pattern with my match with Bane. For a full use of Onomatopoeias, there's the one that Phil and I coordinated. For balloons and energy gauges, there's the 3rd chapter with WolfJobber.

This obviously does not cater to everyone's taste because it just reduces the seriousness of the match, but most of you know that I just make fun out of my matches anyway, with a very campy and exaggerated style. Most of my matches will however stay within the realms of somewhat... accepted reality in a jobber vs heel match. These effects allows me to occasionally throw in something different. Hey, some people like to post picture of selfies, the places they travel and the food they eat on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. On my side, I like to post wrestling pictures on my own site, with sporadic random alterations and special effects. To each their own.

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Marty :) - Thursday March 9th 2017Recent matches

I got into a match with Marty (id 6169) again.

There we are at our 3rd encounter in less than one month. Before that, we haven't seen each other for years. Marty was nice enough to tell me his availability and I did everything in my power to meet him.

I rented Bella's ring and we had a very good time.

At heart, Marty is a jobber even though he looks like a heel. He asked me to make sure I dominate him this time around since I "lost" my last match with him. You can see him struggling in this Figure-Four Leglock:

Oh no! He's in even bigger trouble in this Tree of Woe. I mean, might as well use the ring ropes to the max.

Marty loves pec punches... then again, he loves to flex and show off his muscles... but apparently only when he trains... and when he wrestles.

Of course, he has to at least put one hold on me, right? How about this camel clutch?

We took a lot of shots of him, so hopefully, in a couple of days or less, they will show up on his profile. I'm just waiting for him to confirm which ones he prefers.

We took a racking and fireman's carry video along with more videos with gut punches, because Marty definitely love those. I'll have to do some extraction and editing before I can post them.

I noticed recently that Bella had a wrestling championship belt lying around so I sneakingly borrowed it and took at least one shot with it. Yes, I can't be more full of myself in that pic. I still can't believe I did that face... ha ha ha.

Anyway, if you want to cheat and look ahead on what's in store for the scenario between me and Marty, you can take a look at his profile and you'll see in a summarized format of his pictures what's going to happen in our future match. Technically, when I make more than one chapter with someone, I make them win the first chapter, then I win the second one... and the flip-flopping continues. However, it might just happen that Marty is such a formidable wrestler that this rule will be broken.

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2 matches - Sunday March 5th 2017Recent matches

I met Vicious (id 5128) again yesterday. He was all out to work on part 2 of our previous match, mentioning that some people told him that I should get a punch in the crotch (a fake one of course, thank goodness) or be caught in a Tree of Woe. It was too late for a ring rental. Rentals are usually made at least a week in advance, that way I don't disrupt too much Bella's schedule... so instead, we met for the traditional 4 hours match. I told him to take it easy this time around, and in any case, he was recovering from a flu. According to him, a combination of coughing and me applying a body scissors may have caused some muscle pain near his ribs. Oops. He'll take it easy for the next weeks.

I did tell him that pics aren't necessary each time we meet, so we simply laid low and relaxed, occasionally trading a few holds. Vicious was kind enough to let a one week beard grow. In my honest opinion, he looks great with one... but then again I'm biased and as far as I'm concerned, a lot more people prefer guys that are clean-shaven. I guess I'm part of those weird guys that thinks the opposite. I won't be seeing him sporting any beards soon because his working field requires a bit more professionalism, hence, the razor comes daily into play. Booo.

Today, I had a 2 hours ring rental with BeastMtl (id 10067). Both pro and sub were on the menu, but trial and error was also part of the goal. It was a good time to experiment. It helps that BeastMtl has a very imaginative mind, capable of improvising and coming up with new holds.

BeastMtl had the great idea of taking shots first... because the last two times I met him, we wrestled sub and we were then too tired in the end to take pictures. After having learned our lessons, we've decided to take the camera out and BeastMtl was a very good sport to do traditional shots like the bearhug, the rack and the camel.

BeastMtl prefers his bearhugs with the arms in, because the opponent is helpless and he cannot defend himself (like hitting the opponent's head with the arms for example). I suppose you could still use a head butt... but I'm sure I would hurt myself in the process. Both BeastMtl and I agreed that this bearhug was particularly a very nice shot compared to the other ones that were taken:

I obviously won't let BeastMtl go away before putting him in my infamous rack.

One of BeastMtl's favorite hold is the camel clutch.

Oddly enough, it's after I placed the camera away that BeastMtl came out with absolutely excellent action poses and held me in all sorts of amazing holds that I would have wanted to capture.. but, meh... It will be for another time.

As the name implies, BeastMtl is pretty strong. In pro, he lifted me with ease in an Argentine Backbreaker (that's the rack that is done on one shoulder, the one that is done over both shoulders is called the Canadian Backbreaker). He also got me in a rare inverted bearhug and then an even rarer reverse-inverted bearhug.

When we were doing sub, I stopped doing my leg locks on him because his legs are so strong that he just reverses the hold in such a way that it hurts me instead. With boots, it's just worse. I'm tangled, can't get out and have to work hard to get my legs and feet free before I do anything else. He's also one of the few guys I've fought where my body scissors with full nelson are kind of useless... until he gets very tired. Then, maybe I can get that one little submission in there, but that is, yes, kind of a cheat. With a nickname like Loserboy, you'd have to expect me to cheat once in a while, right? Hehehe...

I was taking a few profile shots of me since I never took them with this somewhat unconventional combo of a gear for a ring... It's more a sub's gear than pro, except for the boots and kneepads. BeastMtl did tell me that some of my poses were a bit cliché and common (like the one with a foot on one rope), so I've decided to try out something a bit different.

I'm actually quite happy with this one. I probably should replace my current profile picture with that one above, but then again I'm going to scare the shit out of many wrestlers just because of my leather gloves. However, overall, I do look less menacing and somewhat playful, don't you think?

I'm thinking now that I should have also taken a side shot where I'm shooting a hadoken fireball from my hands... but that artistic photoshopping business (or silliness) will be reserved for another time.

I'm writing this down as a side note, but I just realized that I completely missed adding a blog entry about my match with Anonymous on Monday Feb 13 2017. I can't talk about this much, because his domain on journalism requires him to be a bit hidden from public view (how ironic!). All I can say is that he toughened up by a LOT since our last match and that I now recall that I should not give him free full nelsons... This is where I am facing down on the mattress and he climbs on top of me and latches his full nelson behind me. With a weight of 260-270 lbs on me, I obviously can't do a thing... and for some reason, that makes my opponent extremely happy.

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Mini-fest - Sunday February 19th 2017Recent matches

So I missed the Wrestlefest this year because I'm only going once every two years... still doesn't mean that I can't hold one back home.

We were a total of 4 wrestlers in the ring yesterday: NdRassle, CanWrestle (id 9693) and Marty (id 6169). I again didn't expect Marty to show up... and that's twice in a row he does, so I should stop having doubts about him.

We rotated our time in the ring and we even did a tag team match. Fun times.

Pics were taken for the match between Marty and CanWrestle. The guys inspired me so much that I was able to write a scenario for them on the same day. You can view their match under Match ID 325.

The invitation to join us in the ring was sent out to four other wrestlers, but as with the usual ratio with wrestling nowadays, half of the total invitees couldn't make it.

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Vicious vs Loserboy - Thursday February 16th 2017Scenarios

Vicious (id 5128) already posted a couple of days ago on his Meetfighters profile part of the photosets from our last shoot. This prompted me to write the story quickly, so you can now view it under Match ID 324.

With around 180 pictures taken by the camera automatically on a 2-second timer, I don't need to mention really that a large portion of the shots ended up being un-used. The more I take pictures with this new camera, the more I'm happy with it. The only thing I'm dissatisfied about is the freaking video that can't focus properly, for some obscur reason...

Anyway, here's three of those un-used shots:

This reverse bearhug just didn't fit in the story because I was smiling.

I can hold racks for a little while. I kept Vicious there for about 30 seconds so we had about 12 usable shots, but only 2-3 were sufficient for the scenario. Vicious weighed himself at 210 lbs. Usually, I kneel down when I rack anyone greater than 200 lbs, but Vicious was comfortable with the hold. Like I say to many of my opponents, when you trust me, you actually will weight much lighter and you'll end up making my life as a racker that much easier and simpler...

I was just fooling around in this last pic. It's just one way to say that I can make Vicious tap without using any hands. Look, ma. No hands. I bet Vicious didn't originally use this shot in his photoset because I look way too arrogant. Ha ha ha.

By the way, Vicious (id 5128) wants to create a rematch, so please forward your ideas to him, but beforehand, read the story on Match ID 324 to understand the context of the rematch.

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Vicious and Kolter + Bella's price increase - Saturday February 11th 2017Recent matches

Vicious (id 5128) is one of those wrestlers that is very often misunderstood. With a nickname like that and a description underlying that he likes dirty tactics (on top of adopting a mean persona when he talks to people), he is often shunned away. Ironically, he tells me that many guys refuse to fight him because he is either... too big... or too small. Like many other wrestlers, the key to wrestle Vicious is communication and establish what holds are legal and what holds are not.

I've had a rematch today with him.. I have to admit I haven't wrestled him since maybe 5 years ago, but I had quite a good time this time around. He did apply to me a couple of his dirty holds where he was pushing his fingers deep inside my armpits. Over the years, I've built a resistance to it, so I didn't mind... but he did flick me at one point near my chin and I told him: "No." and he diligently respected my wishes and never re-applied the hold. So yes, I told him what moves are okay and what moves are not.

We rented the ring for 2 hours and we mainly did sub, then switched to give and take. He was cool enough to take a few pictures provided that he wears a mask. I think next time however I'll ask him to wear different trunks, because in some of our other shots, it looks like a skirt. They are are supposed to be boxing shorts.

Vicious is seen here applying the traditional bearhug.

But what's a bearhug without one my dreadful revenge torture rack of vengeance? My second favorite hold.

I booked back-to-back the ring with another wrestler afterwards: Kolter was my opponent for the 3rd hour. You can see that Kolter here is a bit more technical due to his past wrestling experience. After all, he did get wrestling lessons given by a real professional wrestler, so he definitely knows his way around the ring. I don't even know the name of this hold, but it seems like a reverse arm bar with a knee lift.

I would apply the rack on him too, but Kolter prefers by far the Fireman's carry:

We had about 300 other pics in our session. Again, this is because of that nifty intervalometer on the camera. I'm not sure how I was able to survive in the past without this. In any case, I'll probably be able to re-use these images for a scenarized match some time in the future.

I just realized one of the reasons I hate these orange trunks is because of the thin fabric it is made with. You can see my crotch on many of those pictures, and on top of that, I was wearing another underwear underneath it, and yet, the crotch is still visible! I think I'll go back to the blue one... sigh.

On a side note, Bella increased the rental price of the ring from 40$ to 60$ an hour. It's still cheap considering that it's the only non-commercial individually-owned ring in the region of Montreal that doesn't require private insurance to use. My guess is that there has been an increase of people asking for the ring and maybe some people cancelling their appointments as well... which could be frustrating because it is quite some work to maintain a ring, to be there to receive the people to use it and then to clean up their mess. Other wrestlers have been telling me that the best way to reach her for the first time is through Facebook. She replies apparently promptly. If you gain her trust, I'm sure she'll give you her cell phone number for easier and faster communication. If you flake out of a rental, then good luck finding another ring in Montreal.

As someone has told me before, it takes years to build trust with someone, but it only takes a few seconds to completely lose it.

There are at least two other rings in Montreal that are owned by wrestling organizations, one by ICW and NCW, but I'm pretty sure they won't let you rent the ring without a private insurance that covers you in the case of injuries.

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Batched sessions - Monday February 6th 2017Recent matches

I was able to do two sessions of two wrestlers each this past week-end.

I had Lumber_Jack_G and Vinny (id 3382) together on the Saturday. On Sunday, I had Headscissorsguy (id 9989) and Marty (id 6169) together.

I usually try to wrestle people one-on-one, but these wrestlers agreed to try something different.

On Saturday, I tackled Lumber_Jack_G with our regular sub match and I still had a hard time making him tap. For some reason, he didn't really want to be in my scissors. Once Vinny arrived, we switched to pro, because Vinny is solely a pro guy. Vinny also took the opportunity to teach us a couple of new holds.. many of which I have already forgot... unfortunately. Overall, we had an excellent session and we did switch back and forth from pro to sub and sub to pro during our session. We also rotated, me against Vinny, Vinny against Lumber_Jack_G and me against Lumber_Jack_G, with occasional 2 versus 1. It went pretty well.

On Sunday, I started my match with HeadscissorGuy with the usual.. head scissors. A few moments later, Marty arrived... Yes.. Marty, I haven't wrestled him, *I think*, since at least 2-3 years. His schedule is pretty busy, but I've learned in that session that the best way to reach him is to send him a message asking him if he's available now. It seems that I cannot plan with him days or a week in advance because he doesn't really know if he will be free.

In any case, we also made a few rotations here and some occasional two versus one. It was the first time I see HeadScissorGuy doing a bit of sub, usually I just stick to give and take with him.

Marty is a bit the reverse of HeadScissorGuy in terms of scissor preferences. HeadScissorGuy loves head scissors, but hates body scissors, whereas Marty prefers body scissors, but doesn't really like head scissors. Marty tells me he doesn't usually submit to body scissors... except to mine, heheheh. I was happy to remind Marty of my scissors, which I absolutely love to lock on him.

From now on, I will try to wrestle Marty more often considering his non-schedule-type. I suppose I need to be a bit more spontaneous. He does want to do a ring match and he also said that he wants to do more photos and videos. Woohoo!

If you don't remember who Marty is, you can review our previous Match ID 152. Here is from that previous archived match one shot where I had him in a bearhug and body scissors combo that he just loves to sell...

..or maybe he was in pain. With Marty, I tend to put a little bit more pressure than the usual.

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