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Tuesday August 15th 2017:  Review: Beast vs Fang
Friday July 28th 2017:  The Rebel Gladiator
Wednesday July 12th 2017:  Free Bear Hugs #2: Brandt Roessler
Monday June 26th 2017:  19 years!
Sunday June 18th 2017:  Heavy Machinery: Toss and catch
Saturday June 3rd 2017:  Downtime this morning
Sunday April 23rd 2017:  POTM #125: Killer McKenzie vs Raymond Rowe
Saturday April 22nd 2017:  Top Faceoff Voters
Friday April 21st 2017:  Discreet blocking
Saturday April 15th 2017:  POTM #124: Lance Lyman
Sunday March 26th 2017:  The Seven Magnificent Gladiators
Saturday March 25th 2017:  Bruno Piveta and Gabriel Muscle Dominus
Sunday March 19th 2017:  Tools to take snapshots of your videos
Friday March 17th 2017:  Jos LeDuc bearhugs Perry Jackson to submission and beyond
Saturday March 11th 2017:  Walter's Uploads and the Top 20 Uploaders
Saturday March 4th 2017:  30 contenders and free bear hugs
Wednesday March 1st 2017:  Hidden Uploads
Monday February 20th 2017:  Marty vs Canwrestle
Monday January 23rd 2017:  It's Arcidi Time!
Monday January 9th 2017:  POTM #123: Slovak Muscle Men

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2017-08-15: A new review has been submitted by Ephpany. 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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2017-07-28: Firebrand shares with us a nice peplum bearhug from the good old days. 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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2017-07-12: Another cute guy who gives free bear hugs. 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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2017-06-26: 19 years! 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:

Profiles: 9,300

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.

Uploads: 30,500

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.

Links: 3,235

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.

Database: 2,155

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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2017-06-18: The Heavy Machinery tag team came up with a new type of toss and catch bearhug. 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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2017-06-03: The server had a bit of downtime this morning and probably yesterday. 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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2017-04-23: 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:

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.

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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2017-04-22: Who spends all their time voting on faceoffs? 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)

RankIDNameAmount of Faceoff Votes% from All Votes% from Rank 1
4640Magnus Orestes157592.88%12.59%
171000Primal Chaos37850.69%3.02%
24688Jobber in NYC28260.52%2.26%

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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2017-04-21: What happens to blocked messages? 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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2017-04-15: Lance Lyman is another one of those companies that disappeared. 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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2017-03-26: I completely forgot about this gem until someone recently uploaded a bearhug from it in the Uploads section. 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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2017-03-25: 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, bearhugging, flexing, etc. Bruno Piveta and Gabriel Muscle Dominus - Saturday March 25th 2017   [ Back to top ]

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.

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2017-03-19: 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. Tools to take snapshots of your videos - Sunday March 19th 2017   [ Back to top ]

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.

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2017-03-17: Jos Leduc plays this gimmick of a Canadian lumberjack that just won`t stop crushing his opponent, even after a successful submission. Jos LeDuc bearhugs Perry Jackson to submission and beyond - Friday March 17th 2017   [ Back to top ]

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.

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2017-03-11: WalterG just added a handful of BG and Can-Am bearhugs in the Uploads section. Walter's Uploads and the Top 20 Uploaders - Saturday March 11th 2017   [ Back to top ]

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:

1WalterG contributed a total of 6023 bearhug uploads.
2Tigrexmen contributed a total of 3661 bearhug uploads.
3Magnus Orestes contributed a total of 3605 bearhug uploads.
4Brunomariner contributed a total of 1773 bearhug uploads.
5MisterWoodtoyou contributed a total of 1135 bearhug uploads.
6SamLovesBearHugs contributed a total of 1107 bearhug uploads.
7Stritoloso contributed a total of 719 bearhug uploads.
8Apeman contributed a total of 582 bearhug uploads.
9Jobberboy contributed a total of 463 bearhug uploads.
10Paul M contributed a total of 422 bearhug uploads.
11Rick contributed a total of 293 bearhug uploads.
12Bearhugmanila contributed a total of 283 bearhug uploads.
13Aztightsqueezer contributed a total of 214 bearhug uploads.
14Squeezerian contributed a total of 191 bearhug uploads.
15Paul contributed a total of 163 bearhug uploads.
16Bigsqueezer contributed a total of 156 bearhug uploads.
17Pepitomassalia contributed a total of 152 bearhug uploads.
18Eric contributed a total of 151 bearhug uploads.
19Rickrudefan contributed a total of 143 bearhug uploads.
20Landon contributed a total of 129 bearhug uploads.

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.

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2017-03-04: 30 new contenders have been added after a 2 year hiatus. 30 contenders and free bear hugs - Saturday March 4th 2017   [ Back to top ]

After almost a 2 year hiatus, I was able to add 30 new fighters in to the Contender Section.

I did a bit of cleanup, weeded out the duplicates, so we should be safe for a little while... you should see the amount of times people just submit the same person over and over again.

What caught my eye was a submission where this bearish guy is holding a sign saying "Free bone-crushing hugs". That's where I told myself: I have to get this guy in.

This particular submission is Contender ID 871, a bodybuilder who goes by the name Jesse McMaster. Make sure you give him some good votes just for putting that sign up.

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2017-03-01: Some bearhugs will not show up if you are not logged in. Hidden Uploads - Wednesday March 1st 2017   [ Back to top ]

If you haven't noticed already, some bearhugs from the Uploads Section do not show up if you do not login.

Why is this so?

Simple. Some companies (I won't mention which ones exactly) don't want their wrestlers to show up in Google Searches. By having these uploads private, they won't show up in Google.

So yeah, if you log in, you should be able to see more of them. Don't get excited though... you'll just see slightly more.

Most companies know the value of free publicity for their products, so the majority of them allow people to post them everywhere as long as their watermark is visible.

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2017-02-20: I wrote for both Marty and Canwrestle a scenarized match that I completed yesterday and received approval from both wrestlers. Marty vs Canwrestle - Monday February 20th 2017   [ Back to top ]

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.

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2017-01-23: Ted Arcidi links :) It's Arcidi Time! - Monday January 23rd 2017   [ Back to top ]

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.

Anyway, each active link containing an Arcidi bearhug should give you an extra +500 bearhug points for each vote.

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.

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2017-01-09: Hmm.. new bearhugs from Slovak Muscle Men :) POTM #123: Slovak Muscle Men - Monday January 9th 2017   [ Back to top ]

Fightwin (id 525) uncovered these "flexing" bearhugs from Slovak Muscle Men, which are actually pretty good.

Yeah I know.. the flexing bearhug makes the victim pretty much full of himself, but that's part of the deal, right? You can click here to view other images from that set.

Slovak Muscle Men has been merged into Europe Bodybuilding since a few eons ago. Their site now features a relatively good amount of bodybuilding men showing off their "assets" to the general public.

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