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.
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:
Raymond Death Rowe is sentenced to life in prison for a crime he did not commit. An unscrupulous organization pays the prison to have criminals fight in the ring, paying them nothing, but offering them freedom by bribing officials if they manage to win a dozen matches in a row. The organization manages to create a buzz and hype for this kind of event and they rake in a lot of cash from thousands of attendees swarming in from all over the country to attend the show. Raymond trains hard for this and fights his way through the tournament. He valiantly and bravely wins against 11 of his competitors, all fighting fiercely to get a ticket out of prison.
In his last match, an exhausted Raymond Death Rowe faces the ruthless Killer McKenzie. Everybody knows that a match with Killer McKenzie means a guaranteed loss, but Raymond refuses to give up. Killer McKenzie is actually hired by the organization to make sure that no one ever gets their 12th win and hence, never leave the prison. He is known for his deadly bearhugs, where he breaks the back of his opponents, basically barring them from competing ever again. Raymond fights to the finish, but he gets caught in Killer's killing bearhug! As Killer McKenzie crushes him in a bearhug, he whispers in Raymond Rowe's ear that he is the real criminal and that he organized everything to frame it all on Raymond.
Hearing this, an infuriated Raymond miraculously breaks free from the bearhug and manages to knock the Great Killer McKenzie unconscious, winning the fight and claiming his freedom. Looks like a great cliché B-Movie for a Monday evening. I just hope I won't get sued for writing down this kind of crap.
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.
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.
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...
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.
These aren't really video companies, but rather bodybuilders who have decided to go out on their own and do the things that people ask them... such as carrying, lifting, flexing, dominating, showering, trampling and of course, bearhugging.
Hence, we have new bodybuilders sprouting like Bruno Piveta and Gabriel Muscle Dominus. They cater to their fans who request specific situations and scenarios, such as bearhugs:
If you find more like these, feel free to let me know so I can give a shout on this page and take a couple of snapshots from their videos and add them to the Bearhug Uploads. These guys need all the exposure they can get, because the limelight is easily stolen by the monstrous companies that dominate and saturate the gay wrestling video market.
In addition, these bodybuilders really struggle to survive because they use the YouTube platform to make themselves known, but what happens when they use YouTube to show their muscles and bearhugging skills? Well, their account gets terminated because it violates YouTube's policy on nudity or sexual content. Doh! It's not as if they are having a hard on when they give out bearhugs... but we might or maybe their victims might get one.
I see a lot of uploads being submitted that has low quality snapshots from videos, some directly taken from YouTube with the magical "Print Screen" key from the keyboard.
There are better ways to do this.
I personally used Freemake Video Downloader, but they recently started putting a speed limit and a watermark, so I've started using instead Online Video Converter and Convert 2 MP3. Despite the title, you can also convert your videos to MP4 (which is a video format that is optimal for your operations).
These sites will allow you to save a copy of the video at the highest quality on your computer. After which, you can open them up in VLC, scroll to the desired area and make better quality snapshots, provided that the video had at least 720 or 1080 pixel resolutions when you saved it.
Yeah, I know, this is very technical for some, but if you ever give it a shot just once, you'll fall in love with it and you'll stop taking snapshots directly from YouTube.
I thought I posted this one before, but I apparently haven't.
Jos Leduc plays the gimmick of a Canadian lumberjack that just won't stop crushing his opponent, even after a successful submission. The referee asks him constantly to stop, but it's the manager who must come in and save the day...
Can you hear the crowd boo?
You gotta love the announcer:
"...In a tremendous bearhug! .. Jackson says he will submit! The pressure is too intense! But Leduc is not letting him loose. Keeps the pressure and eyeballs him. Ringo now slowly comes into the ring and tries to tell him to release, but he just puts on more pressure. Come on, let him go! You might break his back!"
I bet he had a blast commenting this match.
This was previously submitted by Boy (id 1404) just a couple of months ago. You can rate this under Link ID 3545 to get a +3,000 points bonus.
WalterG (id 2846) just added a handful of new BG, Thunder's and MDW bearhugs in the Uploads section. The ones from Thunder's are usually the highest rated on the site, followed by stuff from BG, but MDW is starting to make their way into their territories. If you check MDW's site, it's funny to see the subtle similarities they have with BG's website. If a formula works well, why not reuse it?
Here's one shot from each of the company he posted:
WalterG is currently the #1 Top Uploader of the site with more than 6,000 images contributed over the seven years he has been with us. He actually travels often. So, if he ever is in your area, you can show him your appreciation of his work and time for us by giving him a few bearhugs.
Speaking of Top Uploaders, here is the current Top 20:
We currently have 29,561 bearhugs on the site and these Top 20 Uploaders account for 21,365 bearhugs, which represents 72% of the material that was contributed to the Uploads section.... pretty impressive! A million thanks to all these guys for helping us and adding to the success of the cataloging of bearhugs.
I wrote for both these guys a scenarized match that I completed yesterday and received approval from both wrestlers.
Have a look at Match ID 325 for a little bit of fun ring action.
Bear in mind, you can create your own matches on the site at any time. You can consult the other matches available on the site by clicking here or if you are feeling lucky, you can try to randomize the results.
I love this big lug. If you haven't noticed, I added a couple of old school wrestling links containing Ted Arcidi giving some good old bearhugs. Many of them contain an actual submission win. Yeah the 80s and the 90s... it was a nice era where bearhugs actually made people submit. It is believable when it was given by the muscular arms of Arcidi and when the opponent is not another over-buffed gym jock, but just an average joe.
Arcidi didn't stay long in the pro circuit. He had this little rivalry against Bill Kazmaier, which had so much potential, but meh.. both these guys didn't generate enough interest from the crowd to last long enough.
I'm thinking of putting together a little compilation video of all the bearhugs he gave... it would make a nice bearhug-fest. This guy really knows how to squeeze and crush and squash all of his jobbers. If Ted Arcidi bearhugged William Wallace, the guy would yell for "mercy" instead of "freedom". I know.. that last sentence was lame.
You can take a look at his new collection by clicking here. In my opinion, some of the shots are pretty impressive. The size of Hard4You probably implies that his bearhugs are quite powerful.
I do realize that not all the images that were posted are bearhugs, but since Sam kindly shared his personal photography from his own matches with us, I've decided to make an exception. On top of that, he posted the full scale originals, which are larger than what your desktop wallpaper can hold.
Please guys, don't be tough on your rating. If you think you can do better than this, then by all means, please share with us your own bearhugs.