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Rediscovering gems
Big John Studd vs Tony Atlas
Jos LeDuc bearhugs Perry Jackson to submission and beyond
Ivan Rasputin: The Bear Hugger
Andre the Giant vs 2 jobbers
Old school... very old school!
The Beast vs Eric Pomeroy
All you can eat bearhug buffet
YT: Warlord bearhugs Carlos Colon
YT: Hercules vs Steve Casey
Why not some NRW?
Kevin Kross vs Dan Joseph
Power Twins vs Mask Confusion
Another indy
Pampero Firpo vs Gary Vallon
Titan vs Scott Phoenix
The Big Texan bearhugs Gary Jackson
Bounce him off the ropes!
Giant Ron Reis bearhugs The Warlord
Pure love demonstrated with 5 bearhugs :)
The Russian Gimmick... again!
Big Connor
A couple of YouTube
Superstar Billy Graham vs Ted Adams
Dino Bravo vs Hercules



2017-11-03: Which bearhug is better?  Superstar and Barbarian against Starship Coyote?  Or Ivan vs Ivan? Rediscovering gems - Friday November 3rd 2017 (News ID: 1755)   [ 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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2017-09-13: Big John Studd vs Tony Atlas - Wednesday September 13th 2017 (News ID: 1751)   [ 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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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 (News ID: 1734)   [ 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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2017-01-05: It seems that every Ivan Rasputin video has a bearhug in it. Ivan Rasputin: The Bear Hugger - Thursday January 5th 2017 (News ID: 1727)   [ Back to top ]

It seems that every Ivan Rasputin video has a bearhug in it. This bearish massive guy really knew how to use his strength to instill fear to his opponents.


Check out his other bearhugs by clicking here. Voting on any of the Rasputin videos should give you a +3,000 bearhug points for each of them.

These videos are courtesy from the Chicago Film Archive. A million thanks to them for bringing back to life the matches that were long lost for more than 60 years ago.

 
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2016-08-29: The Giant versus 2 jobbers in a handicap match.  What else did you expect? :) Andre the Giant vs 2 jobbers - Monday August 29th 2016 (News ID: 1715)   [ Back to top ]

Here's another one of those giant vs small gimmick.. actually, an even better one: Andre The Giant vs 2 small jobbers in a handicap match!


The Giant starts by bearhugging Johnny Rodz at 9:22, but this guy is so strong he can actually do a double bearhug by crushing both Rodz and Frank Rodriguez near 9:43! He finally delivers the final submission to Rodriguez at 11:54.

The Giant is so powerful! Can he ever be stopped?

Remember to rate this bearhug under Link ID 3505 for a +3,000 bearhug points bonus.

 
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2016-06-22: You know it`s very old school when the video is in black and white! Old school... very old school! - Wednesday June 22nd 2016 (News ID: 1708)   [ Back to top ]

You know it's very old school when the video is in black and white ... and when this happened all the way back in 1952... when I wasn't born yet.

In the following video, Ivan Rasputin bearhugs Rudy Kay down to the mats and gets a 3-count this way. The bearhug lasts from near 18:05 and all the way until 18:57 with multiple escapes, but Ivan just keeps on re-clamping the bearhug. Talk about perseverance!


This video is courtesy of the Chicago Film Archives presenting "Wrestling from Chicago". You can vote on it in Link ID 3458 for +3,000 bearhug points.

 
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2016-05-24: This is real vintage stuff, but by vintage, we often hear submission. ;) The Beast vs Eric Pomeroy - Tuesday May 24th 2016 (News ID: 1702)   [ Back to top ]

This is real vintage stuff, but by vintage, we often hear submission. The other great thing about it is that they last much longer. The crowd gets all excited about it and they don't shout "Boring!" (Believe me, that's all you hear when I did the mistake of going to a real WWE live presentation at the Forum a few years ago... You hear that and a lot of "Wooo!" each time Ric Flair goes on stage...)

In the following video, The Beast manages to bearhug Eric Pomeroy twice and actually makes him submit on his second try. (Bearhugs at 1:51 and 4:19)


You can vote on this under Link ID 3359 and get a bonus of +3,000 bearhug points.

 
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2016-04-24: Someone sent it this link where Tom Zenk and Ken Patera are trading turns to bearhug the members of the tag team known as Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka). All you can eat bearhug buffet - Sunday April 24th 2016 (News ID: 1696)   [ Back to top ]

Someone sent it this link where Tom Zenk and Ken Patera are trading turns to bearhug the members of the tag team known as Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka).



This is now archived under Link ID 3445... and guess what? You can vote on it for a +3,000 bearhug points bonus.

Update (2016-07-11): Since the video has now been removed, you can view it instead under Clip ID 290.

 
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2016-01-20: Here`s a bearhug from the WWC federation based in Puerto Rico. YT: Warlord bearhugs Carlos Colon - Wednesday January 20th 2016 (News ID: 1684)   [ Back to top ]

Here's a pretty nice bearhug from the WWC federation based in Puerto Rico. Out of the blue, Warlord has decided to give Carlos Colon some tough love!

Many thanks to Boy (id 1404) for sharing this.


You can vote on this Link ID 3395 for a +1,750 bearhug points bonus.


 
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2015-11-29: Today`s recommended YouTube video is a bearhug between Hercules and Steve Casey YT: Hercules vs Steve Casey - Sunday November 29th 2015 (News ID: 1679)   [ Back to top ]

I'm running out of videos to recommend because I always forget to take note of the ones I really like. When this happens, I just start browsing all the links and I order them by rating. The ones near the top means that many of you enjoyed it, so they're probably worth mentioning to other viewers.

Hercules was always one of my favorite wrestler as a kid. Beefy, bulky, bearded. Hmm.. I really don't need to add anything else. This bearhug lasts one minute, so take advantage of it.


+2,500 bonus points will be awarded if you vote on this Link ID 2896... provided that you have previously unlocked bearhug points.

 
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2015-10-18: I can`t post any pictures from NRW, but I can provide a link to an external video. Why not some NRW? - Sunday October 18th 2015 (News ID: 1674)   [ Back to top ]

About 5 years ago, NRW asked me to remove all their pictures from bearhugger.net. They told me it was out of concerns for some of their performers who didn't want their faces to appear on some sites.

That doesn't prevent me from posting a link to a Youtube content, which is held on a third-party server outside my jurisdiction. There's this user called Arata Furu that has been posting a couple of full NRW videos, some of which contains good bearhugs. Here's one where Meadlock bearhugs Krush. You can browse his channel for similar videos.


I'm kind of surprised NRW didn't close his account yet after 8 months of this video being on the networks. I suppose they don't mind the free advertisement, although they usually only allow trailers rather than full matches. Oh well.. *shrug* It's not for me to decide which video stays or which video gets eradicated from YouTube. However, if it was a full length BG video, it would probably have already disappeared from the face of the earth...

 
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2015-09-21: Dan Joseph is bearhugged in four different occasions by Kevin Kross: one from behind, two lifted and one grounded.  Talk about perseverance and persistence! Kevin Kross vs Dan Joseph - Monday September 21st 2015 (News ID: 1672)   [ Back to top ]

Today's bearhug is another recommendation from TheChanges (id 3876).

Dan Joseph is bearhugged in four different occasions by Kevin Kross: one from behind, two lifted and one grounded. Talk about perseverance and persistence!


Have a look at Link ID 3354 to get the location of all four bearhugs.. and while you're at it, why not vote on it for a +4,000 bearhug points bonus?

 
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2015-08-21: You are being tossed in a ring with two beefy wrestlers that are actually twins and one of them catches you in a bouncing bearhug. Power Twins vs Mask Confusion - Friday August 21st 2015 (News ID: 1667)   [ Back to top ]

Hmmm.. this is like a wet dream come true.

You are being tossed in a ring with two beefy wrestlers that are actually twins and one of them catches you in a bouncing bearhug.

You'd however wish that this dream would last longer and hope that the other twin will eventually bearhug you too. Oh well... I guess you can't have everything.


Voting on this Link ID 3321 will make your account +4,000 bearhug points richer, but you already knew this was coming, right?

 
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2015-08-14: This one features AM Vision vs Ruffhouse Jordan. Another indy - Friday August 14th 2015 (News ID: 1663)   [ Back to top ]

It's an indy and it's an obscur bearhug that most of you probably haven't seen yet.

This one features AM Vision vs Ruffhouse Jordan.


It's big guys like this that gives the bearhug a convincing look.

But why.. oh why did his opponent have to bite out of it? And why does it have to be so short? *sigh*

Luckily, we get the same bearhug... but from a different match.


Now, in this one, Ruffhouse Jordan bearhugs AM like a ragdoll in a much more satisfying bearhug, but in the end, you get the same result: yes, another lame bite... a déjà vu...

*shrug*... In any case, you can vote on these bearhugs in Link ID 3274 and Link ID 3275 for a +1,250 bearhug points bonus each.

Thanks goes to TheChanges23 (id 3876) for submitting these videos a couple of months ago.

 
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2015-06-29: This was before my time, but I still get e-mails today from fans who tell me that Pampero Firpo was one of the greatest bearhuggers of all time. Pampero Firpo vs Gary Vallon - Monday June 29th 2015 (News ID: 1656)   [ Back to top ]

This was before my time, but I still get e-mails today from bearhug fans who tell me that Pampero Firpo was one of the greatest bearhuggers of all time. This wrestler often finished his match with the bearhug submission hold.

Luckily, with YouTube, you can dig out a good sample of just about anyyhing.



Sure, you look at it today and think about it, heck that's nothing. Today, you get all those steroid big muscular guys in pro wrestling with iffy acting skills that look like they could crush you in a bearhug. But hey, to each their own taste.

Many thanks to Boy (id 1404) for sharing his findings with us

Archived under Link ID 3307, voting on this clip will net you 500 points.

 
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2015-06-09: Here`s another old indy bearhug: Titan delivers a mighty bearhug against a fighting Scott Phoenix Titan vs Scott Phoenix - Tuesday June 9th 2015 (News ID: 1653)   [ Back to top ]

Here's another old indy bearhug. I figured it's a bit pointless for me to show either a WWE bearhug or a company-based bearhugs since they are way too mainstream and most of you have seen all of their bearhugs already... So, the ones from independent federations and wrestling associations are the ones that are most often overshadowed, overlooked, underrated and rarely seen by anyone.

This one features a bearhug from TCW, which I guess is Traditional Championship Wrestling. Titan delivers a mighty bearhug against a fighting Scott Phoenix that tries to find a way out of it.



Listen to the commentators here... they're pretty excited about it!

This was already recorded under Link ID 2952 some time last year by Thechanges23 (id 3876) (who by the way, submitted so many overshadowed and rare bearhugs in the links section).

If you vote on it, you'll get a nice +3,000 bearhug points.

 
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2015-02-27: Here`s a good bearhug posted 2 months ago by K33f The Big Texan bearhugs Gary Jackson - Friday February 27th 2015 (News ID: 1639)   [ Back to top ]

This was posted 2 months ago by K33f (id 328) and it's a very nice bearhug for an indy.


I always wondered how you could possibly see well or breathe well behind those masks, but these wrestlers have apparently no problem with it.

You can vote on this Link ID 3236 for a +1,500 bearhug points bonus.

 
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2014-12-20: Steve Speed bearhugs Kid McCoy and bounces his opponent off the ropes. Bounce him off the ropes! - Saturday December 20th 2014 (News ID: 1626)   [ Back to top ]

Well this one isn't your typical bearhug: Steve Speed bearhugs his opponent Kid McCoy and occasionally bounces him against the ropes to then re-tighten the bearhug again.



I suppose when he catches his opponent, the bearhug catch or grasp makes the bearhug a bit more effective. Mind you, McCoy could have just tried to avoid getting caught again, but something tells me he probably doesn't mind it...

You can vote on this Link ID 2436 for a +2,000 points bonus.

 
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2014-08-31: Here`s a relatively rare bearhug from Ron Reis. Giant Ron Reis bearhugs The Warlord - Sunday August 31st 2014 (News ID: 1615)   [ Back to top ]

Here's a relatively rare bearhug from Ron Reis (or Ron Reese?). You don't see him much in action despite being billed as one of the tallest wrestlers in the pro federations.


Ron Reis is better known for his work during his WCW days under the gimmicks Big Ron Studd and the Yeti.

This video is archived under Link ID 3122 and you can vote on it for a +2,500 bearhug points bonus.

 
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2014-03-29: Bulldog MacBain just can`t enough of Silverback.  He likes him so much that he bearhugs him five times throughout the match. Pure love demonstrated with 5 bearhugs :) - Saturday March 29th 2014 (News ID: 1595)   [ Back to top ]

I'm just kidding with the title... but in this video shared by Thechanges23 (id 3876), Bulldog MacBain just can't enough of Silverback. He likes him so much that he bearhugs him five times throughout the match.

Don't believe me? See for yourself:



Bearhugs are at 12:42, 14:14, 15:03, 16:07 and 17:45 as courteously calculated by Thechanges23 (id 3876).

You can vote on this link (Link ID 3009) for a +2,000 bearhug points bonus.

 
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2014-02-07: Ivan Koloff, NIkita Koloff and Krusher Khruschev all want a piece of Tommy Lane! The Russian Gimmick... again! - Friday February 7th 2014 (News ID: 1588)   [ Back to top ]

This one is either a jobber's wet dream come true, or a heel's worst nightmare. It's probably the first one...

The heels here are studly, manly, enormous Russians that are none other than the great trio of Ivan Koloff, NIkita Koloff and Krusher Khruschev who all want to have a piece of Tommy Lane, or shall I say, a hug.


Yea, this is the kind of handicap match I'd love to have. Me being the jobber of course. Hey, who doesn't want a bearhug shared between these three so huggable guys?

If you don't have the patience to wait, you can skip right through: Ivan's bearhug is at 1:42, Nikita's bearhug is at 3:07 and Krusher's bearhug is at 4:06.

This was submitted by Thechanges23 (id 3876) not too long ago under Link ID 2966. You can vote on it for a +3,000 points bonus.

 
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2014-01-11: Big Connor produces videos that covers topics like test of strength, lift and carry, wrestling, and of course, bearhugs. Big Connor - Saturday January 11th 2014 (News ID: 1584)   [ Back to top ]

A year or two ago I wouldn't have posted this, but now, Big Connor has the legal age and he has been working very hard in becoming an aspiring top shape bodybuilder.

Big Connor produces videos that covers topics like test of strength, lift and carry, wrestling, and of course, bearhugs. You can check out his channel to get a glimpse of his workout. He goes under the YouTube nickname: WizeMan94

https://www.youtube.com/user/WizeMan94

Or you can visit his website:
http://www.bigconnor.com

Lucky for us, there is an increasing trend of bodybuilders who creates digital content using the right keywords and ready to fulfill most standard requests. Hey, might as well put those muscles into good use. For more related content, you can check out the links section under "Commercial Bodybuilder Website".

You can also vote on Link ID 2482 for +2,000 bearhug points or check out existing bearhugs with Big Connor.

 
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2013-11-16: Thechanges23 submitted a couple of YouTube videos with bearhugs in the links section. A couple of YouTube - Saturday November 16th 2013 (News ID: 1571)   [ Back to top ]

Thechanges23 (id 3876) submitted a couple of YouTube videos in the Links section, many of which have some pretty good bearhugs.

We'll watch today the bearhug between Grizzly House Jones bearhugs Kaleb Krosby. Kaleb eventually submits in this Grizzly-is-so-damn-powerful gimmick.

As TheChanges23 describes it: Afterward, an ambulance comes to pick up the injured Krosby. Fun Stuff. ;)


The Grizzly can come and bearhug me anytime.

Archived under Link ID 2913, you can vote on it to get an extra +1,500 bearhug points.

 
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2013-10-27: Will Billy Graham led Ted Adams go? :) Superstar Billy Graham vs Ted Adams - Sunday October 27th 2013 (News ID: 1565)   [ Back to top ]

Here's another old school classic. As soon as I bumped into this one, I felt the urge of sharing it.

The jobber Ted Adams submits after being bearhugged for 5 seconds, but Superstar Billy Graham ignores the victim's plea and continues to bearhug him continuously... His manager has to come in and tell him to drop him off!


Ted Adams has no choice but to grind the bearhug and to be the subject of endless torment from Graham's unescapable squeeze... okay, I could compose some nice fiction just there and distribute a novel...

Recorded as Database Entry ID 2065, make sure you cast a vote on it for a +2,500 bearhug points bonus.

 
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2013-10-10: Today`s YouTube video is Dino Bravo vs Hercules Dino Bravo vs Hercules - Thursday October 10th 2013 (News ID: 1562)   [ Back to top ]

I was browsing the links by highest rating and here is one that came up: an old school bearhug where Dino Bravo squeezes the senses out of Hercules.


Hercules struggles for a whole 2 minutes in this bearhug, but he unfortunately manages to get out. Booo.

You can vote on this Link ID 2235 to get a +3,000 bonus points.

 
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