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Selectivity and technology
POTM #126: Amateur Time!
Big John Studd vs Tony Atlas
Birdman vs Wrestluchador
Review: Beast vs Fang
The Rebel Gladiator
Free Bear Hugs #2: Brandt Roessler
Heavy Machinery: Toss and catch
Downtime this morning
POTM #125: Killer McKenzie vs Raymond Rowe
Top Faceoff Voters
POTM #124: Lance Lyman
The Seven Magnificent Gladiators
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|Selectivity and technology - Thursday November 16th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
I was reading this article the other day that a friend sent to me. It's a BBC article about the creator of Gaydar who recently passed away. His website helped the gay community find each other, pulling them out of isolation, especially in countries where being gay is still not widely accepted.
It has its consequence as well. For example, the article mentions that it made the gay community too selective and that sites like Grindr and Gaydar may be the leading cause of the closure of gay bars.
The notion of selectivity evidently applies as well for sites like this one, or MeetFighters or Globalfight. During the times where classified ads in your vintage gay magazine was the only way to reach out to someone, you'd be happy to see a single wrestler in the whole directory of ads of gay men. Snail mail was the communication of choice and you'd wait for weeks to get a response and several months to plan a wrestling meet. Driving several hours to meet this one other wrestler who seemed to be the only other guy that wrestles in the planet was not uncommon. The choice back then being much smaller, one couldn't afford to be selective. The web changed all that. For most, it made it easier, but for some, it isolated them even more.
Every week, I find fake users who post pictures of the perfect bodybuilders that are from somebody else, not theirs. I close their profiles and I sometimes think of their backstory. Maybe that person experienced the disgust of being rejected countless amount of times and maybe that person wants the attention they could have had if they had the perfect body. Maybe seeing people drool over them gives them the satisfaction or the happiness they need to go on.
While you can't make things perfect for everybody, you can try to improve it for most people. Making the web a better place for gay men to wrestle other gay men became my new objective after I realized that I wasn't the only who shared this wrestling passion. The road to my objective was obviously rocky, but the end result definitely was well worth the effort even if it came with a few drawbacks. Knowing that I made a difference by reading the feedback I got from several users on how it reshaped or changed their lives is definitely a hint that I probably erred in the right direction.
Most sites have switched to the mobile format and I never really followed the trend or took the bandwagon. Will my site suffer because of it? Probably. Will I cry over it? Probably not. There isn't a month that goes by where I see technology evolving around me and the thing I work on becoming obsolete. No matter the changes and the transformation in the industry, I'm happy with my work and I'll keep on growing on it as long as the web continues to allow me to post content like this in the format of a web browser.
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|Rediscovering gems - Friday November 3rd 2017||[ Back to top ]|
I was cleaning up the links section by removing or assessing the broken sites and videos. However, most of the broken YouTube links can just be replaced by new ones. Chances are that if a video was taken down, then it was probably re-uploaded by someone else. This was the case for these two nice bearhugs I had the pleasure to re-discover:
Starship Coyote, or a young Scott Hall (Razor Ramon), gets to be in Superstar Billy Graham's bearhug. After a long and intimate hold, he tags out and asks The Barbarian to continue wearing out his opponent by bearhugging him some more. This is a nightmare for the young Coyote, but it is a fantasy come true for many of us.
You will need to fast forward to the 4:30 mark to see the exchange with The Barbarian.
In this next one, we get big heavyweights and powerstuds, mainly the Ivans: Putski and Koloff are determined to show who packs the better punch... or the better bearhug.
Putski was always one of my favorite as a kid. Who can say no to his awesome build and his charisma on the ring?
You can find the links to these videos archived under Link ID 3554 and Link ID 3569. If you haven't placed a vote yet, you can get +1,000 bearhug points from each of them.
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|Links - Tuesday October 31st 2017||[ Back to top ]|
Boy (id 1404) added a couple of links pointing to bearhug videos on YouTube. You can actually check his whole collection by clicking here. You'll find a mix of current pro, old school and independent promotions.
This one below is an excerpt from WWA4 wrestling where The Big Bear Boone bearhugs Prince Apollo to submission.
You'll get a +2,500 bearhug points bonus if you vote on this video.
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|Wrestling game - Saturday October 21st 2017||[ Back to top ]|
MuscleLover (id 11686) asked me to give a howler out for him for a personal project he is working on: it's a card game based on bodybuilding and a little bit of wrestling.
The site he is using is a Kickstarter equivalent so his project is entirely sponsored through individuals like us (so, crowd funding). If you're interested, have a look at the ideas he has in mind:
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|POTM #126: Amateur Time! - Friday September 22nd 2017||[ Back to top ]|
It's amateur time! It's about time for them to get some more limelight. I'll post a couple of my favorites:
Bilyal Makhov and Luis Felipe Vivenes are locked up in this test of strength.
Cenk Ildem clearly has Elis Guri in control. You gotta love hugging those Bulgarian wrestlers!
Last, but not least, these guys below still need identification. Although I have to admit, identifying them is probably next to impossible. The victim him doesn't seem to struggle that much...
You can vote on these bearhugs for a +1,500 bonus points each.
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|Big John Studd vs Tony Atlas - Wednesday September 13th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
What happens when two big wrestlers who both use the bearhug as a finisher are pitted against each other? Simple: They lock horn, duke it out in a test of strength to determine who's bearhug is the absolute strongest.
I actually thought that Big John Studd would dominate here, but apparently, Tony Atlas' bearhug is pretty devastating judging from Big John's reaction.
You'd think that Big John Studd's imposing size and height over Tony Atlas would actually do something, but apparently, size isn't everything. Or... Tony Atlas likes bearhugs so much that he can defend against it regardless of his opponents. The proof of it is that Big John Studd would struggle, express great pain and do everything in his power to escape Atlas' grip. On the other hand, Tony Atlas is simply telling Big John Studd to squeeze him as long as he wants.... even to the point of wiggling his torso and butt to taunt his opponent.
If you'd like some bonus points, you can vote on Link ID 3586 by giving your evaluation of this match up.
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|More reviews - Saturday September 2nd 2017||[ Back to top ]|
Epiphany (id 1458) is on a roll and there's no stopping him.
These are new reviews he wrote in the past two weeks. You can also check his complete listing by clicking here.
* Mutant vs Damien Rush
* Brute Baynard vs Kip Sorrell
* Steel vs Dolf
* Big Max vs Vic Scorp
* Brad Barnes vs Bryce Barrigan
* Vinny vs Scrappy
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|Birdman vs Wrestluchador - Sunday August 27th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
Birdman (id 1269) took the time today to write a match between him and Wrestluchador (id 10050).
The language that Birdman originally employed in his scenario is Spanish, but I went in his text and tried to give to the best of my knowledge an English equivalent. You will be given the option at the beginning of the match to select Spanish or English. The English I gave is not perfect because I got the translation from Google. We all now that the translation algorithm doesn't really understand the exact meaning of some words, sentences and expressions. It also has trouble picking up the context of a given situation (especially wrestling). Hence, I've altered the returned text from Google to make it a bit more legible, but it's still not a perfect 100% translation from Spanish. Feel free to correct my changes by providing me with alternative descriptions to some or all of the sections of his match.
Anyway, the result is in Match ID 333 which you can read now. Please do provide Birdman with a nice thumbs up and a few comments to encourage him to provide us a third chapter. He's one of the few match contributors that is still willing to take the time to write a story and share his pictures. Thank you!
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|Barbaric Brawn - Friday August 18th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
I spoke about Barbaric Brawn all the way back in 2014, but that blogger and artist really deserves a spotlight on his own.
The webmaster is Chris and he is very dedicated to his work. He maintained and uploaded computer-generated imagery on his blog since 2011. The topics he focuses on is very varied: it goes from cops to muscle worship, from father vs son to superheroes, from spanking to bondage and much much more. There's really something for everyone in his blog. Most of his collection comes with a complete storyline that connects the dots between his images and you'll see that this fellow has an imagination way beyond mine.
We've spoke a bit in the past and he's a very nice guy. We both found out that we were influenced by a wrestling video game called "Saturday Night Slam Masters" in our younger years. It was however our preference in characters that were slightly different: he would go for Biff and Gunloc, while I would pit Jumbo and Scorpion at each other.
Here's one of his masterpieces where Hercules and Ares are battling it out on the sacred grounds of mount Olympia!
Check the Uploads section for more of his bearhugs. Note that you are probably better off seeing them directly on his site because I have to require a log in on most of his images. It's the only way for me to perform age verification since his artwork is intended for mature audiences.
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|Review: Beast vs Fang - Tuesday August 15th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
Epiphany (id 1458) took the time to write a very lengthy (!!!) review of the match between Beast vs Fang from Thunder's Arena. You can read all about it under Review ID 144 or check out the listing of all of his reviews.
With the last review before that being written about 8 months ago, I'd like to thank Epiphany personally for bringing in some fresh air. In case you are interesting in writing reviews, keep in mind that reviews can be much shorter and it's okay to summarize it in one or two pages or even one or two paragraphs explaining your point of view, likes and dislikes of the product.
If you don't have a the video at hand, get in touch with me and I'll see if I can get a friend to lend you a copy.
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|The Rebel Gladiator - Friday July 28th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
Firebrand (id 2372) shows us that the peplum movies from the good ol' days were filled with testosterone. It was an era where bearhugs (albeit, short ones) was a common thing. It was a great way to display your superior strength in combat over your opponent.
What is it with gladiators and bearhugs? So much masculinity! These shirtless guys just can't wait to hug another shirtless buddy. Not that we should be complaining...
Anyhow, if you enjoyed this, make sure you give a good rating to Database Entry ID 2514.
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|Free Bear Hugs #2: Brandt Roessler - Wednesday July 12th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
A friend of mine sent me this while he surfed on Brandt Roessler's Instagram account. When I see a guy with a t-shirt like this, he immediately gets a freebie pass for the Contenders section.
Of course I'd ask you to give me a free bear hug... if I was in NYC. The guy complained that he "Wore my new favorite tank top to the gym twice today and yet not a single person wanted a bear hug".
Maybe he's a bit too intimidating? Or too cute?
Make sure you give him a good rating for Contender ID 902.
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|19 years! - Monday June 26th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
Yep, another year went by! 19 years already. One more year and it'll be the big 20.
Since I don't really know what to say or write aside from expressing my heartfelt thanks to you guys for your undying support, I'll just go ahead and write down a few stats:
The growth in profiles was a bit in the recent years since I've never really shifted for mobile support. Time and learning of new languages are constraints that prevented me to do so, but I have to say that I am happy with this small growth. I did say previously that I like this little hub to stay small since it's easier to manage.
It's nothing like the 100,000+ members that Globalfight and MeetFighters probably have, but each have their downside in terms of administrating their users and making everyone happy.
This wouldn't be the bearhug site if it didn't hold a heavy load of bearhug images. I would have to say that I am very satisfied how often this section is used. As much as I want to create new categories in order to find easily an obscure bearhug, one third of these bearhugs are still everyone's favorite lifted frontal bearhug and a third of these bearhugs don't have any company names listed.. which does make finding them a bit hard, unfortunately.
On the bright side, we're getting more and more higher quality images with the development of better lens and cameras. So now, you can probably view some of these bearhugs on your flat screen HD 4k TV.
I was hoping to populate this with personal home pages, but time really showed that it's all about social networks. 1,420 links alone are linking to YouTube videos. Personal home pages are a disappearing trend because of the amount of work required to maintain them. Most of those sites shifted into a blog format, which is much easier to search and categorize. Writing a daily or weekly post also requires much less effort.
It's a small section, but it has it's fan base. The stories section is a gold mine for the likers of the genre. The movies and TV shows are more and less used nowadays. It does have its purpose and I still use it now and then to recall a bearhug I've seen since eons ago.
The other remaining sections are small enough, so I won't discuss about them.
But all in all, it's been a blast and it's nice to see that everything is still up and running and that you guys are still around to submit new content, create new profiles and upload more of your images. Thank you.
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|Heavy Machinery: Toss and catch - Sunday June 18th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
Paul M (id 639) shared with us a very nice interesting bearhug combination: it is a tag team maneuver that involves a bearhug and then a toss and catch bearhug by the second teammate.
A video is worth a hundred thousand words... or was it a thousand? You can view this special hold under Clip ID 310. You will see a short 90 second clip that does not require any points.
If you are more of a picture type of guy, then you can check out a few of the screenshots taken.
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|Downtime this morning - Saturday June 3rd 2017||[ Back to top ]|
The server had a bit of downtime this morning and probably yesterday. My hosting service was issuing an upgrade and some of the stuff had to be reconfigured.
Everything should be back online now... I think.
I have been a bit busy lately, so please forgive me for the lack of site updates. Rest assured that whenever the site goes down, I will always rush to bring it back online as soon as possible.
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|POTM #125: Killer McKenzie vs Raymond Rowe - Sunday April 23rd 2017||[ Back to top ]|
The way this shot was taken, it looks as if it came straight from a movie. It features "Killer" McKenzie giving a devastating bearhug to the bearded and tattooed Raymond "Death" Rowe.
If this came from a movie, what would be the plot? Well... let me cook something up quickly:
By the way, if you feel like it, feel free to vote on the other images in this set. Each of them has a minimum +500 bearhug points bonus per picture.
The video of the match was originally provided by TheChanges23 (id 3876) under Link ID 3420.
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|Top Faceoff Voters - Saturday April 22nd 2017||[ Back to top ]|
I got a bit curious lately on who votes the most in the Contender section. So, I crunched up a few numbers and came up with some relevant stats.
The chart below shows the top 30 users that create the most faceoff votes. (A faceoff is when you pit one contender against another and determine who has the best bearhug)
These numbers are actually very interesting. Steve alone accounts for 23% of all votes, which is absolutely huge. This is followed by OTKHeel and Epiphany with 18% and 11% of all votes. Adding these top 3 together and you'll see that about 52% of all votes are generated by these 3 users. The rest of the people on the site account for 48% of the votes.
Yes, it looks unfair. I suppose if you have time you can also cast as many votes as you can, but time is not a luxury that everyone has.
Keep in mind that each user can only cast a single vote on a specific faceoff. The amount of faceoffs you can currently generate on the site is approximately ~640,000, so yes, if you really REALLY really have a LOT of time, you can cast a vote for each of those 640,000 faceoffs combinations for the current amount of contenders. Each time I add a new contender, that number goes up by around 800 new combinations. That also means that even though Steve casted a vote on 125,000 different faceoffs, he has only voted on 20% from the total amount of 640,000 total different faceoffs. Still.. that's some determination.
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|Discreet blocking - Friday April 21st 2017||[ Back to top ]|
Implemented back in July 2009, the block feature discreetly blocks someone from sending you messages.
It is somewhat different from what other sites do. When you are blocked on other sites, you visually see that you are blocked and you are prevented from sending to the user a new message. Some sites go beyond and even prevent you from viewing the profile in question.
On this site, you can still send messages even if you are blocked, but the recipient does not see them because they are automatically deleted by the system.
Is it worse or better? It really depends how you see it. There are advantages and disadvantages to both.
Most users who actively know that they are blocked by seeing a visual message will also know how to get around the system. That user can create a new fake profile and then be able to harass the profile again. Also, people who actively know that they are being blocked will sometimes seek retaliation out of anger, whether it is to file a complaint to the webmaster or by posting revenge porn/bad posts/false claims in forums. In this era where more users know the methods of social engineering, there's a lot at stake.
On the other hand, users that do not know that they are being blocked might continue to write messages. With no replies in sight, he might just think that the other end is ignoring him and give up in the end. The consequence here is that the blocked user is wasting time writing letters for nothing. (Not that you should really care if you blocked that person.) There's also a chance that the sender will forget about it on the long run. Mind you, there are ways to find out that you are discreetly blocked, it's just a tad bit harder for the average user to determine this and most users would not know the procedure.
In the end, it's a question of reduced management. Being alone in maintaining the site, I feel that it's a safer, pacific way to deal with these matters.
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|POTM #124: Lance Lyman - Saturday April 15th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
This is another one of those companies that disappeared. The videos they made was not bad at all, but in the end, I think the return on investment was too low or the competition was too fierce.
Aside from the heroes in chains series, Lyman also had some work done in wrestling and gut punching videos. Some of his videos are uploaded on YouTube, but most of the time, they'll be removed quickly enough because it is considered as inappropriate sexual content.. even though these guys are simply fighting shirtless and wearing jeans...
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|The Seven Magnificent Gladiators - Sunday March 26th 2017||[ Back to top ]|
A couple of years ago, Paul M (id 639) added an entry about The Seven Magnificent Gladiators, created at the peak of the sword and sandals era where women (and men) slobbered over musclemen wearing nothing but a toga (and a sword, no, not that type of sword). I completely forgot about this rare gem until someone recently uploaded a bearhug from it.
The movie itself features two reverse bearhugs. It's pretty laughable, but you have to admire still the physique of Ferrigno, despite his questionable acting skills. But yeah, back then, you don't really need to know how to act if you flex your muscles to the audience every few seconds. In my opinion, these elements actually adds to the style of the movie. It's almost a comedy. The video below shows the first bearhug.. the second one is meh, so I'll just skip it, but you can look at the movie's entry information if you really want to see it.
It's funny how Lou and Ivan just argue and fight for a bit, but it was all of a ruse from Lou to take a glimpse at Ivan's strength and fighting abilities. After testing him in a bearhug, a headlock and a few elbows, Lou enlists Ivan to join his forces to protect a village. What a great script! Enlist me too, please.
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