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Happy Holidays 2016!
Happy Holidays!
Happy 17th anniversary!
Notice about financial exchages
The Digital Era
Backlog cleared
Wow! Thank you thank you
September/October break
Pro Fantasy
POTM #104: Musashi vs Bearhugmanila
Happy Holidays!
Image Recognition
Thank you :)
Something special...
15 years!
POTM #96: Jock Samson
Back from the fest
A polite content removal request
WWW or without
Happy New Year 2013!
MP4 Test
November break

2016-12-23: Happy Holidays! :) Happy Holidays 2016! - Friday December 23rd 2016 (News ID: 1724)   [ Back to top ]

Another year is reaching its end soon and most of us are already with our friends and family to celebrate the holiday season.

On top of the usual joy, love and happiness with your loves ones, here's to hoping that all of you will get lots of bearhugs for the coming year.

Stay calm, stay safe and keep on wrestling!

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2015-12-25: Happy holiday season to all of you guys! :) Happy Holidays! - Friday December 25th 2015 (News ID: 1682)   [ Back to top ]

Hey guys, I'd like to wish you guys a happy holiday season.

Hope you'll be spending it with your family, friends and/or loved ones.

Have fun, don't drink & drive, but do wrestle as much as you can!

I'll be away during the holidays so I won't be posting anything new for a little while.

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2015-06-30: Happy 17th Anniversary! Happy 17th anniversary! - Tuesday June 30th 2015 (News ID: 1657)   [ Back to top ]

I honestly don't even look at the site's anniversary counter anymore. It's people visiting the site that tells me that the main page is flashing 17 years, so then I go check it to make sure and I see the fireworks and balloons per-programmed to go out every year around the end of June/beginning of July.

Happy 17th Anniversary and thank you everyone for keeping the site going and strong!

I don't have anything special to offer, but if you check the Uploads Section, various members recently submitted about 70 bearhugs... which is very well appreciated and it's an absolutely heart-warming way to celebrate this event!

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2015-06-14: Posting a small notice about financial exchanges Notice about financial exchages - Sunday June 14th 2015 (News ID: 1654)   [ Back to top ]

Since a couple of issues has been brought to my attention as of late, I've decided to post a little notice about financial exchanges on the site.

The site does not support nor condone or condemn any forms of financial exchanges on the site, but I strongly recommend not to do them here on

There are many other sites out there that will cater to these types of exchanges. They will help you set them up, whether it is for goods (buying tapes or videos, purchases of wrestling gear) or for services (commissions for drawings, rental of wrestling rooms, fees for wrestling conferences) like eBay, iOffer, AirBnb, deviantArt, Paypal, etc.

Most of the above services offer some sort of warranty or insurance in case of damages or non-payment. Those sites also provide the communication mediums required to properly record written conversations and forward them to reps, agents, law enforcement officials that will help you troubleshoot any type of problems that can happen between you and the buyer, seller or the service provider. does not offer any type of warranty or insurances.. so please don't do any of your transactions here. Do them elsewhere where you'll have the protection required to keep you calm and happy.

Mind you, if you are sending someone your gear, your videos or your services for free, then you don't need any protection, so you are still free to do that here. Now, if you expect something in return, then that's another story. You might have to use a different service unless you built a good trust relationship with your recipient.

Thank you.

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2015-05-02: The Digital Era has also been tough for adult wrestling companies. The Digital Era - Saturday May 2nd 2015 (News ID: 1649)   [ Back to top ]

If you think the Digital Era has been tough to Hollywood, think about the rest of the film industry, that is adult wrestling companies included.

While many of these companies have struggled to fight piracy, they've learned to adapt with the changes and accept or deal with consequences of this era. Anyone holding a copy of their products can easily upload it to someone else through systems like Dropbox or Google Drive, or even, distribute it over peer-to-peer networks where it would reach thousands, if not millions of other users that can't wait to snatch a copy. Yep... information dissemination is much faster nowadays than it was 10 years ago.

I still remember when everything was on video tapes and it would take you 2-6 hours to record a copy, and even there, the 2nd copy would be at a reduced quality compared to the master tape... It's funny, you'd talk about these video tapes to the new generations and they wonder what they are. I guess I never saw myself a Beta or an 8 mm so I shouldn't talk...

Anyway, in contrast, digital copies are a perfect identical replica of the original one each time. On top of that, with today's HD, they are far superior in quality compared to what you obtain if you have ordered a DVD. I mean, why go for a DVD with a one week snail mail delay when you can go for an instant downloadable digital HD video files in MP4, MPG and AVI format that gives a higher and clearer resolution?

What used to be a library of video tapes that took half the space in your cupboard can now be squeezed into a small portable external hard drive of 1 or 2 terabytes. Assume that a single match is about 500 MB or 30 minutes of wrestling at a cost of for 30$ each file. At full capacity, you have an 1 terabyte (TB) external hard drive that contains about 2,000 videos or 60,000 minutes (2,500 days) or 60,000$ in revenues for a wrestling company gone in smokes because it can easily be given to anyone you want. You have here more content than the amount of time available to view them all, which is why most users just skip the video to watch their favorite part(s).

The wrestling and film industry faces hard times, but I think both have managed to stay on top of it by constantly producing more content, despite being faced with stiffer competition through the proliferation of new companies popping up faster than the amount of dandelions sprouting in your backyard. We've even noticed that a good amount of bodybuilders out there learned to bank on their muscles and start their own venture by taking a camera bought on sale at Wal-Mart and filming themselves bearhugging and wrestling their gym buddies. Not that I'm complaining... I go for their stuff first because they are much rarer than the popular firm's video that's already been advertised and posted everywhere, and that everyone already has a copy.

Anyway, there were just a few observations that I wanted to write down so that 10 years from now, I can look back at this post and think: "Baaah... external hard drives are a thing of the past, we have this [name of new technology] now that contains every video you want for anyone, that can be accessed from anywhere, for free.

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2015-02-12: Backlog cleared. Backlog cleared - Thursday February 12th 2015 (News ID: 1635)   [ Back to top ]

As of today, everything should be clear. If you've recently submitted anything to the site and it has not appeared yet, please re-submit it.

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2014-12-18: Thank you for all the replies for yesterday`s topic. Wow! Thank you thank you - Thursday December 18th 2014 (News ID: 1625)   [ Back to top ]

I received a good amount of replies for yesterday's topic, so thank you to all of you for providing the much needed feedback. Both myself, the newcomer (and the future newcomers) are/will be thanking you for all the valuable advice and counseling you guys gave today.

I've already awarded the points and decided to give each of you the max amount. If for some reason you did not get it, please let me know.

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2014-09-25: Blog entries will be held off until November 1st. September/October break - Thursday September 25th 2014 (News ID: 1617)   [ Back to top ]

Oops.. three weeks without a blog update.

I've been quite busy at work these days and I've been going home very late after a #@$% load of overtime. Things should hopefully calm down by the end of October. So... I'll hold off on the blog entries until November 1st.

I'm sure you guys will survive without my weekly input...

New links, uploads, matches and database entries will still be processed on a semi-daily basis for your viewing pleasure.

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2014-08-11: I`m looking for a general definition of pro fantasy wrestling. Pro Fantasy - Monday August 11th 2014 (News ID: 1612)   [ Back to top ]

Update: I actually got the responses from several users pretty fast. Click here to view the definitions that were given.

I'm looking for a general definition of pro fantasy wrestling. After promission, Pro Fantasy is the 2nd wrestling style that I am asked to define the most often. I mean... I know what it is, but I need someone with a better English than mine or better experience than me to define and describe properly this wrestling style.

Take the time to either write me to my profile or send me an e-mail with your take on this style.

On a side note, if you're willing to take the challenge, feel free to define also other wrestling styles listed in the profile modification page, but only those that don't already have a question mark link that shows the definition.

Thank you in advance. Your feedback will help the community understand better what they are choosing and listing on their user profiles.

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2014-06-23: Wow.. it`s that time of the year again... 16th! - Monday June 23rd 2014 (News ID: 1607)   [ Back to top ]

Wow.. it's that time of the year again...

Truth be told, the anniversary should be on July 1st of every year, but that's my far from perfect coding that throws the site's anniversary a bit sooner every year... :') Nevertheless, we should still see some fireworks and balloons popping down this page for the first 2 weeks of July.

I suppose I could do another long speech again, but I'll just make it short.

16 years have passed by and 16 years of amazing time I had with all of you guys. Thank you everyone for visiting the site, for contributing to the site both in terms of multimedia content and financially and for helping me go this far.

Thanks for being patient with me despite my very buggy site. I admit I haven't had much time to maintain it over the past few years, since I've been trying to juggle with work and family, but I still try my best to give it an hourly dose of maintenance on a daily basis.

Here's to hoping that the site will continue to go on for another 16 years... if not, much much more.

Thank you again to all of you!

Hmmm... if you are still here, I suppose you'd like some kind of bonus.. Vote on this upload and get +10,000 bearhug points.

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2014-04-11: Bearhugmanila and Musashi graciously shared this bearhug set last year. POTM #104: Musashi vs Bearhugmanila - Friday April 11th 2014 (News ID: 1597)   [ Back to top ]

Musashi (id 909) and Bearhugmanila (id 3433) graciously shared this picture that is part of an excellent bearhug set they created last year and I still think it's one of the best ones out there.

There aren't many users on site who take the time to produce their own bearhugs and share it with everyone. So, you'll understand that I appreciate it a lot when users go out of their way to offer unique content.

You can access the full set by clicking here and you can vote on Upload ID 16372 for an extra +4,000 bearhug points. Please do encourage these guys in sharing more images by giving them a good rating or by posting a nice comment.


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2013-12-20: I will be technically offline between December 20 2013 to January 5 2014 Happy Holidays! - Friday December 20th 2013 (News ID: 1581)   [ Back to top ]

I will be off to celebrate the holidays with my friends, family and relatives, so I technically won't be touching the site from December 20 2013 to January 5 2014 except maybe from doing quick approval of wrestling profiles and image uploads.

I'd like to wish you guys a happy holiday season and also a Happy New Year 2014 in advance.

I know I used to stay at my computer during the holiday season of previous years, taking the time to do more site updates, but I'm taking a little sabbatical this time around to take it easy and relax. I hope you guys will be doing the same.

Have fun, be safe and make sure you get plenty of bearhugs and wrestling!

Thanks to everyone for visiting and supporting the site! See you next year.

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2013-12-12: Finding the source of an image has become less of a burden nowadays with new technologies that can correlate pictures based on their ressemblances. Image Recognition - Thursday December 12th 2013 (News ID: 1577)   [ Back to top ]

Finding the source of an image has become less of a burden nowadays with new technologies that can correlate pictures based on their ressemblances: Tools like TinEye and Google Images allows you to do a reverse image search to determine the original sources of the picture and other similar ones.

While this can be a blessing for pictures stored in the Uploads Section, it is somewhat a growing concern for those images that we post online for social networks, wether it is on, on Global, on Facebook, on Flickr or on any other website.

Sad to say, we are moving towards a digital era where you can retrieve the whole history of a person using a single image. But hey, I hope you're not surprised to know this considering that the media tells us that the government just looks into anything you send and receive with your GMail, your Hotmail or your Yahoo. While today's face recognition technologies are far from perfect, it is only a matter of time before someone can find the right algorithm to do this work easily with a click of a button. Honestly, I'd give it, at most, less than a few more years.

If you are concerned about privacy, remember to set your profile to private. This will make your profile page hidden from Google's spider robots that visits each page of the site. You can do so by editing your preferences after logging in. Simply check the option " Private profile: Make my profile visible only to members".

This will also hide from Google all the images associated to your profile, although it can take up to 6 months for Google to remove the images from their own storage of cached files.

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2013-11-27: Thank you for taking the time to identify products for bearhug uploads. Thank you :) - Wednesday November 27th 2013 (News ID: 1574)   [ Back to top ]

Thank you for those who gave their time to identify products for bearhug uploads. We went from a 33% rate of identified images for company images to an impressive 40%. A 7% increase means that you guys identified more than 800 images in the past few days.

Thank you so much! You have no idea how much time this saves, not only for me, but for everyone trying to look around and pondering where this and that bearhug came from. Hence, I gave a special points bonus to those who spent their time doing identifications. If you have not received yours yet, let me know and I'll double this bonus.

As you can see, there is still a lot of work to do, so it is not too late to continue to identify those that are not identified yet.

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2013-10-03: Have a look at the Upload Panel Something special... - Thursday October 3rd 2013 (News ID: 1561)   [ Back to top ]

If your trust rating is 15 or higher, log in first and have a look at the Uploads Panel.

I've set aside something special for you guys.

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2013-08-06: We`re taking a short break in August, to resume blogging in September. August - Tuesday August 6th 2013 (News ID: 1553)   [ Back to top ]

Yea.. you guys probably noticed that I wasn't able to get my one entry per 5 days quota recently...

I actually just came back from a wrestling week-end from Toronto where I took a nice break, but I'm now back to work at full speed, which unfortunately means little time for site updates for the remainder of this month.

Maintenance will be kept on a daily basis, but new entries & updates on this blog will have to wait for September.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the summer and take advantage of it by going out and play in the sun... hehehe. See you guys in September.

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2013-06-27: The site reached its 15th anniversary. 15 years! - Thursday June 27th 2013 (News ID: 1546)   [ Back to top ]

Oh wow!!! 15 years already! I still can't believe it! The site started 15 years ago as a small hub that archived bearhug pictures on the net, and here we are today, still alive and growing!

Bearhugs expanded into scissors, racks and nelsons were included, wrestling personals were created and today, the site accommodates just about any type of wrestling or just about any wrestling holds along with a handful of other interests such as gut punching, shoulder lifting, heroes and villains, heel vs jobber and many more interests and styles...

Thank you to everyone who took the time today to write me your comments and your appreciation of the site. It means a whole lot to me and it's users like you who give me the boost required to keep the site going. It's also users who invested their time on the site under different ways such as giving their opinions, uploading new images, fixing database entries, writing new stories, reviewing products and creating photo matches that makes the whole site experience enjoyable for everyone.

I hope you guys will continue to use and enjoy the site for the years to come. Let's make the site last for at least another 15 years!

If you have a trust rating of 5 or greater, take a look at the Clips section for a little bonus...

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2013-06-02: Today`s bearhug features the beefy Jock Samson bearhugging the lights out of Takoda Moon. POTM #96: Jock Samson - Sunday June 2nd 2013 (News ID: 1541)   [ Back to top ]

Today's bearhug features the beefy Jock Samson bearhugging the lights out of Takoda Moon. A similar pic was actually randomly selected by the Daily Group Selection last week, but I do feel it deserves a bigger spotlight.

Pretty nice shot here. Close contact, you can see Jock bearhugging him close and not leaving a gap between his body and his opponent (unlike many other pics). Takoda is doing a great effort in selling the hold by panicking and requesting for a tag with his team mate. Ah.. pro wrestling, it's all about giving a great show.

This is actually part of a larger Flickr collection. Submitted by Terry (id 3708) about a year ago, you can get more information about this pic and its related video by checking out Upload ID 17021.

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2013-04-21: For the remainder of April and perhaps the first week of May, I won`t be around.  I just need a little bit of time to put things back into order. Oops! - Sunday April 21st 2013 (News ID: 1533)   [ Back to top ]

I have been a bit busy lately and completely forgot to put in some new entries.

For the remainder of April and perhaps the first week of May, I won't be around. I just need a little bit of time to put things back into order.

As usual, new profiles, pictures, entries and such will still be processed.

Sorry for this inconvenience.

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2013-02-24: I`m back from the Wrestlefest in NYC Back from the fest - Sunday February 24th 2013 (News ID: 1521)   [ Back to top ]

I am back from the Wrestlefest in NYC, but I haven't had a chance yet to write a summary of my time there.

I'll try to post it in the next 2 weeks.

The short summary I can give you is that I was able to have 31 matches in NYC and I had an amazing time there!

That being said, I am slowly going through all the updates I missed and items I need to approve. This queue should be cleared by the end of the week. So if you are still not seeing that story, that link or that image you uploaded, then please stay calm, I'm getting there.

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2013-02-09: I`m looking back on a content removal request mail I received... A polite content removal request - Saturday February 9th 2013 (News ID: 1517)   [ Back to top ]

I was reading some of my archived mail the other day and fell back on this letter from a model who requested politely a content removal. Here's the complete letter, but anonymized to respect the user's privacy:

Good Morning,

I am a model that is featured on your website under the name {model name}. As a result of a recent post on the internet an association has been made between the stage name {name}, and my real name. This association has caused me significant personal embarrassment, and has impacted me professionally as my firm has a "morality" clause for its employees.

I was given a formal notice by my employer to do everything in my power to have the materials featuring {name} from the internet. Please note that {company} has (also) removed my videos/pictures, and many of the sites that had used copyrighted images have now taken them down. This is a work in progress, and at the time when I had these type of pictures/video taken (early 2000's) one could never have understood the persistence of the internet. As so many years have gone by since I had any exposure to this type of thing, I had assumed (maybe optimistically) that it would all go away on its own - it seems I could not have been more wrong!

I am sending you this message to ask you to please remove the bearhugger images of {model name} from your blog/website. It would be a great favour to me, and to my family, as they will be spared future embarrassment from my past bad decisions.

Please feel free to reach out to me for further information.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Best Regards,
{real name}

I was actually very surprised when I received this letter because I didn't think that people could still write respectful letters with civility like these without using written violence or threats, especially when it deals with content removal that can affect your reputation. This is probably the most polite content removal request letter I ever received. The tone used shows that the individual behind it is well-mannered and humble. This definitively pushed me to grant his request as fast as possible.

Oh believe me, I do get content removal requests with very varying tones. I had of course letters from other models and companies whose first mail they send me is in the range of "I'm gonna sue your f#@&$* a** if you don't remove my f@#&* pictures!". I'd have to say that with letters like these, I sometimes wish that their pictures continue to circulate in Yahoo groups, thrown into Facebook, dragged into Flickr, pushed into Usenet groups and spreaded in peer to peer networks, where they will be archived for centuries... if not however.

Anyway, this does show the net can haunt you very badly and this explains why up to today, I still let users create profiles without posting a picture. I had some users complain about this option. Some say that in the 21st century, everyone should post their images. Some people are very comfortable with showing pictures of themselves on the internet while others are very scared of the possible repercussions, such as in this case, an impact on the professional career of this model. Hence, the freedom of choosing to post or not to post your pic should always be given.

Ooo boy, it's not everyday I write blog entries like these...

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2013-01-24: If you have trouble surfing the site or logging onto your account, make sure you use the full address instead of the shortened (without the www) WWW or without - Thursday January 24th 2013 (News ID: 1511)   [ Back to top ]

If you have trouble surfing the site or logging onto your account, make sure you use the full address instead of the shortened (without the www)

For some reason, the missing www causes a big screw up when you log in.

Most browsers are now removing the www, but it is still possible to force it. The login page should already do a check-up (it's supposed to add the www for you), but if you noticed that it disappeared for some reason, then feel free to add it back.

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2013-01-01: Happy New Year 2013! Happy New Year 2013! - Tuesday January 1st 2013 (News ID: 1504)   [ Back to top ]

Wow... already another year has passed by...

Happy New Year 2013 to everyone!

Let's see what has been added to the site in retrospective of 2012:

- 4275 uploads
- 1267 profiles
- 350 links
- 224 database entries
- 108 contenders
- 30 video clips
- 18 matches

Let's hope we keep these numbers up and going for the new year as the site continues its 14th year of existence to gradually go to the 15th later in mid-2013.

I wish to you all joy, love, happiness, health, wealth, and most importantly, lost of new wrestling matches! I'll keep on hoping the site continues to make you guys meet more wrestlers and make more friends. Thank you for being part of the bearhug and wrestling community!

I've said it before and I'll say it again, this site exists only today because of you guys. All of you have a million thanks from the bottom of my heart. Words of encouragement, fan mail, site contributions, new content, all of your support keeps me going on for yet another year and for the many more years to come.

I can't say that my site's goal for 2012 have been accomplished and I won't start making resolutions I won't keep...

Most of the site's enhancement and new feature projects have been put on-hold in favor of updating security mechanisms and performing on-going site maintenance. Discussion forums are still my next priorities, so I'll do my best to implement this feature... hopefully this year.

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2012-12-24: The site now supports MP4 file formats for video clips MP4 Test - Monday December 24th 2012 (News ID: 1501)   [ Back to top ]

A couple years back, I've only supported the Window movie file format for video clips. However, everybody knew that Windows sucks and that there would be plenty of compatibility problems, notably, no support for Mac products.

So, I've decided to make the switch to the Adobe Flash format about a year and a half ago. Well, it turns out that many suppliers are dropping support for Flash because it consumes a lot of memory and drains batteries quickly on tablets and smartphones.

Hence, I am now trying today the MP4 format. I still can't play the clip on my iPod with the encoding I've used, but I hope anyway that this will increase the compatibility on other devices, platforms and browsers. Note that this will generally only apply to newer video clips posted on the site.

You can try out the different formats by clicking the following links:

MP4: Lance Lyman bearhug
FLV: Don Muraco bearhug
WMV: Mike Pope bearhug

A couple of members gave me their results of their tests. Here's what I got for compatibility results:

Amount of times MP4 works: 13
Amount of times FLV works: 10
Amount of times WMV works: 6

Amount of times MP4 did not work: 1
Amount of times FLV did not work: 1
Amount of times WMV did not work: 5

The tests are now completed. If you made a test for me and have not received your points, please let me know.

These results confirms that the MP4 file format will be preserved from now on and will be the standard encoding used for future clips.

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2012-11-03: I will be taking a little break from blogging for November 2012. November break - Saturday November 3rd 2012 (News ID: 1491)   [ Back to top ]

I'll be taking a little pause from blogging for November 2012, so there won't be any new items on this page until December 2012. Please don't mind me, I've been doing this for 14 consecutive years and I sometimes enjoy a little break now and then.

The rest of the site will still continue to receive their updates, so feel free to keep those uploads, links, profiles, entries, reviews, clips and contenders coming.

I'll write to you guys again in December.

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