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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Scrappy Grappling

Connor Flynn vs. Aron Stokes

One of the main things that sets Movimus Wrestling apart is its focus on mat grappling.  It's not so much about "characters," and any story is purely told by the action.  But judging from this match, that's motivation enough for the wrestlers.  Connor Flynn vs. Aron Stokes: These guys go at it with their all, squeezing the life out of each other with as much viciousness and purple-faced intensity (yeah, there are some pretty tight holds!) as you could hope for.

This match was generously provided for review by Movimus Wrestling.

Friday, February 21, 2014


For today's post, I decided to do an image search for "Randy Orton Fear."  Here are some of the dear and glorious results (although some might technically be more "pain," but who's to say there's not a little fear mixed in there).  Happy Randy Friday, Inner Jobbers!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

One More Tap Redux

After yesterday's post covering the BG East match between Joe Robbins vs. Eddy Rey in Hunkbash 15, I'm happy to post this follow-up, featuring superior images provided by Mr. BG East himself, Kid Leopard.  (You heard me.)

Without further ado, Joe Robbins and Eddy Rey, in all their HD glory.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

"Come On, What's One More Tap?"

Eddy Rey sizes up Joe Robbins in BG East's Hunkbash 15

Joe Robbins vs. Eddy Rey in Hunkbash 15: Holy packed trunks!  (That's all I'll let myself say about the gear in this match, for fear that would become the ONLY thing I talked about.  At one point I was even tempted to write this post from the point of view of Joe Robbins' ass, but decided that might be a little too surreal.)

Eddy Rey has had some pretty good offense in his matches, but he's doesn't have the winningest record.  So maybe what happened first in this match shouldn't have surprised me, but it did.  As Joe Robbins was posing, Eddy slipped on a surprise full nelson.  On Joe Robbins.  Now, the only other Joe Robbins match I've seen thus far has been vs. Rio Garza in the Rio Garza Wrestler Spotlight.  That match saw a pretty dominant Joe, and with his huge physique, no-nonsense wrestling style and even his haircut, he always put me in mind of an old-school grappler, the kind you don't often see anymore, who cares more about taking care of business than showboating.  By contrast, I never fail to be dumbstruck by how beautiful Eddy Rey is.  With his movie star good looks, I've already cast Eddy Rey in my mind as comic book hero Namor, the Sub-Mariner.

We have a wastefully good-looking star against an all-business punisher of pretty boys.  So a surprise attack seemed particularly ballsy on Eddy's part, considering his win-loss record.  But then, that makes sense: Eddy needed the upper hand, and took it.  And as his offense continued, I wondered: Is this the beginning of a new direction for both these guys?  Is Eddy going to back those muscles up with an impressive upset victory?  Is Joe going to see what it's like to be on the receiving end of some punishment?

Or is Eddy only pissing Joe off, making things that much worse for himself once Joe regains control?  Because Joe Robbins seems to me to be the tough type, who doesn't particularly care if he's cool and seems all the cooler for it.  But if you embarrass someone like that, well, they don't like it!  But suddenly Eddy has given Joe something wonderful: Motivation.  A jobber's going to try to make a fool of him, embarrass him on his own turf?  Guess what's scarier than a vicious heel.  A vicious heel who's pissed off at you.

Know what's hot to me?  When someone's in a submission hold, and he's summoning all of his resolve not to give in.  With the contortion of his body, the expression on his face, and the rise in his cries, you know each second is painful, and every second that passes is a testament to his will and strength.  But finally, enough is too much, the breaking point is reached, and he has no choice but to give up, tap out, admit defeat.  And really, for all that holding out, showing all that heart, it's just the same result as if he had just tapped out right away.  Only now he's all the more damaged for it.  And to have that happen multiple times in a match...!

Know what else is hot to me?  When I come across a hold, and I don't know what to call it.  This takes a creative heel.  Joe Robbins, I salute you!

I guess it's hell, I don't care about labels!  I love it no matter what you call it.

This is Inner Jobber: You know where you are, so you know I unapologetically love jobber squashes.  Such a match needs two to work.  I was already in love with Eddy Rey.  (I love love LOVE Eddy Rey.)  But I now love Joe Robbins, as he perfectly knows how to punish an opponent, simultaneously showing off his own good looks and power, as well as forcibly showing off his opponent's.  "Come on," Joe says to Eddy, as he has him trapped in yet another submission, "what's one more tap?"  He doesn't say it overly vicious, either.  While he has Eddy in excruciating pain, he's gently reminding him that Eddy could end his own suffering at any time, simply by giving up, admitting his own inferiority and the superiority of Joe's power.  He's already submitted; what is he proving by holding out any longer?  Holy fuck that's hot.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Old Favorite

When in doubt: Just go back to an old favorite, in this case, Scott Hall, AKA Razor Ramon.  Avert your gaze if you don't like them rough, hairy and manly (and kinda sad).

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Iron Wills And Tiny Speedos

Movimus Wrestling: Travis Carter vs. Don Cooper

Compact, powerful Travis Carter at 5'8, 187, vs. lean, ripped Don Cooper at 6'3, 185.  Right away you can tell this match is a battle of contrasts.  Travis is several inches shorter than Don, but weighs a little more.  His severe haircut stands apart from Don's shaggy mane.  It's kind of like watching a serious wrestler vs. a fun-loving swimmer (never mind that they're both obviously wrestlers).

But the contrast between the two is what makes this match sizzle.  Shorter Travis takes advantage of his strength, keeping a low center of gravity and attempting to bring the taller man to the ground.  When beefy Travis gets Don trapped in a hold, poor Don almost disappears behind Travis' muscled arms or legs.  Travis is tenacious, and will NOT LET GO of a hold once it's on!  He crosses his ankles and grasps his wrist, making it quite a struggle for Don.  And Don's exertion is evident; it's clear these two are NOT simply locking on holds and posing for the camera!

But it doesn't go all Travis' way.  His holds are impressive, but it's also impressive to watch Don power out of them.  For being the more slender of the two, Don certainly has a wiry strength of his own!  A strength that makes it a pleasure to watch the tables turn, as Travis is the one struggling to escape.

The give-and-take is impressive, as whoever happens to be in charge, for that moment I think, "Okay, HE'S got this won."  And as soon as momentum shifts, I think, "Ooh!  I'd hate to be that other guy now!"  Back and forth.  Unpredictable and entertaining.  And these men have wills of iron, each reluctant to concede a victory to the other.

I'd like to give an honorable mention to Travis Carter's blue speedos, and especially Don Cooper's maroon speedos, which don't always entirely cover their asses.  Speedos, you tried valiantly to do your job of clothing wrestlers, and even if you failed in your sacred duty, the rest of us are grateful for it!

This match was generously provided for review by Movimus Wrestling.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Bad Guy

After Bryan Clark, we now look at a couple conceptual drawings for Scott Hall's character, Razor Ramon.  Again, less is more, but this time in regards to the gear itself: I'm personally glad that they went with a more exposed trunks look instead of the concealing tights.