Epiphany (id 1458) told me yesterday that Johnny Bravo is now marked as a retired wrestler on Thunder's Arena roster.
The big lug was a great wrestler with quite some charisma. He puts a lot of enthusiasm and character when he wrestles. He pretty much help define what Thunder's Arena is today. His overwhelming number of matches shows how much he was a dominant and destructive heel, although he was instructed to lose a couple of matches once in a while, because this was requested by some of us.
His current highest rated upload is this one down below (Upload ID 15273), although this might change soon, because each time I put something up here, the votes go haywire and all across the place (from ratings of 1s to rating of 10s).
Epiphany also pointed out to me that this guy is straight and married in real life. While we won't be seeing him anymore in the wrestling scene, you can still follow him on the usual social media networks under his real name: David Riley.
Considering that amateur or greco-roman wrestling is usually fast-paced, shots like these are quite unique because they catch the essence of an intimate bearhug that the public would not have caught otherwise.
I still don't know who are these wrestlers, so if you happen to do know their identity, please be kind enough to fill in the blanks. Head straight to Upload ID 40128 and share with us your knowledge.
I initially thought this came from Wrestle Arena, but it is nearly impossible to locate a single image through the infinite content and the endless galleries these guys are offering us. It may also be possible that the version of the above image is cropped since I wasn't able to locate it either through a reverse image search. Usually, a Google reverse image search is intelligent enough to locate the original of an image even if it has been modified, but if on top of that you've altered the quality, change its contrast or brightness, it may be enough to throw it off. We're still not yet in an era of advanced artificial intelligence to allow these systems to correlate all of our faces in the grandeur of all our facial expressions. I'll actually come back on this statement in a decade or two to see how wrong I will be.
I should stop posting YouTube links because they disappear faster than I can post them, but this one seems to have survived the ravages of time. After all, if it was not removed since 2011, then it will probably last a few more decades.
I am wondering how I come I never posted this one before. It's a rare gem and one of the longer bearhugs I've seen in professional wrestling... probably the longest that the World Wrestling Council (WWC) has ever produced (just kidding). In this clip, The Crusher starts bearhugging Victor Jovica. Jovica fights out of it several times, but The Crusher keeps hugging him back again and again. Eventually, Victor Jovica counter attacks with a bearhug of his own. The quality is poor, but you can still see the bearhug nicely enough.
It's archived under Link ID 221 and you can still put your vote on it for some bearhug balls... or points.
That being said, you can also check the GIF animation that was created out of it under Upload ID 40026 for even greater bearhug balls.
Landon (id 718) kindly shared with us a couple of bearhugs that are not your usual ones.
Take for example this Russian gym where a big powerlifter goes against a little wrestler. One could wish that the little wrestler takes on his opponent with his shirt off, but I suppose you can't have everything.
Landon also submitted this interesting vlog where this blogger by the name of McKenzie trades bearhug with his pal. My guess is that any way is a good way to drum up a couple of viewers and subscribers alike. Not that I'm complaining. These guys are just having fun really.
Lately, I've been receiving a handful of removal requests from artists who claimed that they've never given anyone the permission to post their artwork on this site.
If you are about to post a bearhug illustration or CGI artwork coming from sites like Furaffinity or DeviantArt , but even Twitter and Tumblr, please make sure you've obtained the permission of those artists (unless of course, you're the artist, owner or commissioner).
Photographs "sort of" take a second to take, but artists spend hours, if not days, to make an illustration perfect, which is why I can understand why these artists are conveying to me their frustration when their masterpieces are posted elsewhere uncredited or copied and used without their consent or knowledge. This becomes worse when their original images have been cropped and altered.
Most artwork will come with a signature or at least the initials of the owner. Out of respect for them, please don't edit or crop that out either. In fact, try not to alter their image in any way. The only exception is when you are attempting to convert it to a valid image format.
In any case, we can already see the impact of people cropping out watermarks. For example, I've been seeing recently quite a few companies and individuals taking an aggressive stance by putting their watermark on the whole image rather than on a corner or on the side of a border. They put it in such a way that makes cropping impossible. As a result, the watermark itself completely destroys the image. I mean how awful is it to have a nice bearhug with big letters on it that says "Property of XYZ"? If everyone respected other people's work by keeping re-posted images intact, we wouldn't have to deal with this sort of crap, really.
I took a quick look at the List of Requests for Video Clips today and processed two of them that had a minimum count of 3. Those two requests have been processed and they will now show up in the Clips Section provided that you have the minimum trust rating for it. I also cleaned up a few requests that could not be fulfilled because the video did not exist or the end-user would not provide the video.
Again, team up with your mates to bring up the minimum count of the clips you want to see. I'm ready to take on new ones. Anything with a count less than 3 is ignored, so make sure you make your request count by choosing a request that already has a vote of 1 or 2.
I thought I did an update about this not long ago, but apparently I haven't mentioned anything about stories since December 2016 (!). Well... silly me.
Anyway, there's been quite a handful of new stories since then. If bearhug fiction or wrestling fiction is your thing, then make sure you check out the Bearhug stories.
Also, please note that I no longer require that bearhugs appear in the story. A story submission just about wrestling will do. There's still the minimum requirement that all participants in the story, whether fictional or non-fictional, be of legal age. (Yes, that boy you include in the story should be 18 or 21 depending on your locale). And if possible, use common sense if topics other than wrestling are involved. Meaning, don't try to mention anything that is sensitive to a race, a group or for example, make fun of people with disabilities, etc. In truth, I barely filter or read completely the stories, due to the lack of time. Most often, I rely on the readers to tell me if a story is appropriate or not for the site.
You'll notice that most of the stories I get nowadays are adult-oriented. So yes, you'll have to log in to view them. Or, if you understand how my website works, you can try to be naughty and actually bypass the login process simply by decoding the pattern I use to store the stories on the site. I actually shouldn't say this, but in any case, it's more to prevent Google from indexing those pages.
In another life, this page could have been called "The Full Nelson Body Scissors Submission Page" . It would probably have a web address like fnbs.net or fullnelsonbodyscissors.net or something tediously long of the sort... So maybe it's a good idea I stayed with the bearhug.
Most people are stronger in their legs than in their arms, so they are more likely to give better body scissors than bearhugs.
Anyway, since I like this hold so much, I was thinking of posting pics of it once in a blue moon. Here's Vinny applying one on Blayne. This one is from Ringwars 47 from Thunder's Arena.
Maybe one day I should open a separate section for other specific holds, but truth be told, I'm already spending a lot of time maintaining the Bearhug Uploads, so I'll take it easy instead. One little baby step at a time.
I just want to wish every one a happy holiday season. I probably will be away with my family for a little while, so you won't hear for me for a bit, but... I did leave behind two video clips with relatively small points amount.
You can unlock them if you have at least a trust rating of 7 and 14 respectively.
Enjoy! Just in case I don't see you guys before next week, I'd like to wish you guys Happy New Year 2018 as well. Let the new year be full of bearhugs... or racks or scissors or just insert here your favorite hold. I suppose I should just say "a happy new year full of wrestling altogether".
Boy (id Boy) submitted this video last month where The Super Destroyer destroys Cliff Thomas in four consecutive bearhugs. Given his affinity for bearhugs, shouldn't he be called The Super Bearhugger instead?
If you haven't voted yet on this video under Link ID 3609, now's your chance to get +1,000 bearhug points.
This new company seems to have appeared not too long ago. I was only aware of it when someone submitted a bearhug from their products. From its initial design, it looks like a clone of Rock Hard Wrestling, or perhaps they used the same selling brand/framework.
It's a bit too early to tell how well these guys will fare, but like many other startups, they can use your feedback as to what products they should develop over the coming months. It is not uncommon that these guys pick up on bearhug requests or any particular fantasy their fans ask for.
There is also these following two companies which I have not mentioned here before, but they could be of potential interest to us:
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.
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.
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.
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.