Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Scrappy vs. Viking 2 (Thunders Arena)

First things first, I am going to SPOIL Thunders Arena's re-match between Scrappy and Viking. There's simply no way not to, because the pictures will tell the story.

When this came out, I bought it immediately. I loved the first one and it made Viking a must-buy guy for me. Scrappy was already there. Plus, I did suggest a Custom Series reversal of fortunes, which this is, so I might be partially responsible for some generous fan actually making this.

It's tough to make a sequel to a beloved and spectacular debut. How did Thunders do?

Can Scrappy flip the script in
this science vs. history grudge match?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Review: Scrappy v Finn McCool (Thunders Arena)

Thunders Arena finally hit the jackpot during this latest round of Vegas videos and it looks like their lucky charm is Scrappy. The feisty fireplug has at least five recent Vegas winners - Marco, Karl, Bart, Steel and this one against newcomer Finn McCool. Yes, Finn, Steel and Bart also had some other good action, but it's Scrappy who led the way. So that's why I decided to look at Scrappy vs. Finn McCool.

It's a love fest when Scrappy and Finn go at it.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

BIGBeast: The New Guy 3

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At the Home for BIGBeast Wrestling

"Hey, jobber. Put these on and be in the ring in five minutes." Jimmy hands Steve a pair of silver and black shiny trunks.

Steve looks suspicious.

After a moment of skeptical hesitation, the hot new guy's eyes light up. He says, "Oh nice. These don't look very jobber-ish. What's the deal?"

Jimmy circles behind the blond muscleman then rubs his broad shoulders. He ignores the comment, responding, "You did good as a jobber against Dino. I mean real good. Camera-boy here was hard most of the match and when you squealed? He shot his wad into his shorts."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

BOTWS 2: BGE v RHW v Thunders Part 6 of 6

This is it. Season 2 all comes down to these final three matches.

Round 16: Chad Daniels vs. Mitch Colby

Mitch looks focused as he waits for the young surfer to circle the entire ring. Chad is contemptuous of the mature muscleman as he climbs into the ring. After getting squashed by Tyrell, the blond RHW stud is more focused. He takes early control, really torturing Mitch with an impressive series of classic power moves - slams, stomps, punches and even a suplex.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BOTWS 2: BGE v RHW v Thunders Part 5 of 6

And here we are for the first half of the final day of season 2. These six Day 3 matches will decide who wins bragging rights. Defending champ Rock Hard Wrestling has a big hill to climb, but nothing is impossible. Thunders is definitely in the driver's seat. And of course, you can never count BGEast out.

Monday, July 10, 2017

BOTWS 2: BGE v RHW v Thunders Part 4 of 6

Round 10: Joshua Goodman vs. Talon

Talon bounces in the ring, looking pumped and focused. His loss to Tyrell burns him up. He's only lost once at Thunders. The idea of going 0-2 is unfathomable. Joshua Goodman emerges from the back and saunters to the ring. He's got sunglasses on, looking ridiculously hot in an animal print poser. He looks at Talon with a smirk.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

BOTWS 2: BGE v RHW v Thunders Part 3 of 6

And we're back. Day 1 resolved nothing as things ended in a three-way tie. Big stars came through for Rock Hard Wrestling, while BGEast and Thunders both got a nice win from one of their frequent jobbers. And we learned that there are Cooper brothers, explaining their incredible frequency. But wait ... are they twins? Or ...

Friday, July 7, 2017

BOTWS 2: BGE v RHW v Thunders Part 2 of 6

And we're back with the second half of Day One.

Everyone has one win, but can it stay this close? Let's see ...

Round 4: Dash Decker vs. Mitch Colby

Hoping to keep the momentum going, Zack substitutes Dash in for Chad at the last minute. Yeah, he's burning through his most talented studs, but Tanner's loss to a Thunders jobber hurt the team's confidence. He needs his less experienced guys to know they can win.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Battle of the Wrestling Stars 2: BGE vs. RHW vs. Thunders Part 1 of 6

Welcome to Season 2 of Battle of the Wrestling Stars. I was motivated to finish this by a recent comment on an old post and the return of Battle of the Network Stars to TV on ABC.

The original series pitted Rock Hard Wrestling against UCW. It was originally posted on the New Stories blog back in June 2015 and then re-posted (starting here) at The Cave in September 2015. It was inspired by the 70’s TV show and an e-mail exchange with Joe from Ringside at Skull Island about a comment he made.

It was a hard-fought, five-match, three-day affair that went down to the wire with then-King of the Ring Dash Decker eking out a victory in the third fall vs. then-UCW champion Quinn Harper.

In BOTWS 1, Dash Decker won the day for RHW.
Can he do it again?

Season 2 is even bigger, with RHW returning, plus two more producers. It’s a week-long, 18-match extravaganza. This time, RHW faces BGEast and Thunders Arena. Each selected stud will wrestle twice. It was developed as a three-day event, but it is so big, so monumental that it's being split into six posts posted over the next 8 days.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

US Independence Day: Wade Cutler

Happy Independence Day for my American readers. Happy plain old July 4th for everyone else. According to Google Analytics, Americans still represent 57% of my visitors and the timing just works out nicely for a special post. Last year, I shared a bunch of studs in USA-themed gear. This year, I've decided to focus on one particular stud in USA-themed gear.

Wade Cutler.

Happy July 4th!
Wade always sets off fireworks.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Cave Undercard 17: Havoc vs. Ram

"Hey. Uh, I'm Trent. You're, uh, Cody, right?"

I smile and extend my hand, "Yeah, that's right. Nice to meet you, Trent. What can I do for you?" We're at the gym where I work as a personal trainer. I just finished up my last appointment. I've got a reputation for being the best, so I'm used to guys coming up to me. Trent is a compact 5'8"/165-lbs and in great shape, but maybe he wants some pointers on a specific goal.


Friday, June 30, 2017

The Cast: Who's Who (June 2017)


Only one new guy this month. It's weird, this is probably the 17th time I'm telling you that Jae is Mike Carr, but every story or post could be someone's first, right? I'm assuming no one minds the repetition with guys like Cody and Jae. Now, will Thor/Doug or Winston/Toyboy ever come back? Did you comment on them if you like them?

The Cave Unleashed 3: Josh vs. Thor

Josh = Ty Davin/Tyler McPeak (Model)

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: Cameron Matthews vs. Jason Stone (W4H)

When you're a super-hot pro wrestling champion, you're bound to make some enemies on the way up. Some you might not remember. Some you might not have ever even known about. But they'll know you. So you can never let your guard down. Sounds like a Cave story, right? Well, in this case, it's my basic summary of the premise of this wild hotel battle from Wrestler4Hire.

It's an ambush as Jason brings the
battle to Cameron's hotel room.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: Krush vs. Buck (Krushco)

I've been watching a ton of squash jobs lately. Some I'm enjoying, like Viking's dominance at Thunders. Others, not so much. After watching too many hot guys get crushed, it's ironic* that a guy named Krush comes along with a perfect alternative. Krush vs. Buck features hot guys in a really entertaining rough-and-tumble, back-and-forth submission match.

*Note: This might actually not be ironic at all. Thanks to Alanis Morissette, I'm not sure I know what's really ironic.

And we're off ...

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Review: Ace Aarons vs. Luke Lonza (BGEast)

From the BGEast Catalog 119 Description:"Wherever Luke is hiding all of that vaunted indy pro experience he was bragging about, he's putty in his opponent's hands. He has zero counter moves. He doesn't know the first thing about a reversal."

I'll give BGEast credit on this one - their description is right on. I sense some frustration at Luke's lack of fight in the description, a rare occurrence in what is a sell-piece for the video. Maybe I'm inferring too much, projecting my own reaction onto the writer and it's something he didn't feel. However, reading that, it feels like it to me and knowing that a couple of my fellow bloggers occasionally write these, maybe I'm not ...

Ace impresses as he dominates Luke.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Ideas: Power Pup?

So I get ideas in my head. I write them down, but often they go nowhere. They vanish off into the ether and I move on. They come from everywhere - someone I talk to, something I see or read, wherever. They're often momentary and sometimes scattered.

Power Pup was inspired by some content on Tumblr. Apparently a few people I follow are into human puppy stuff. It wasn't an interest of mine, but then GayComicGeek talked about it within the context of superheroes and I suddenly became interested. I sent this to him and never heard anything, so I guess he didn't think much of it. And that might've been the end of Power Pup.

Power Pup?

However, I ended up sharing this particular story-like object with someone and he said that I should share it somewhere. So I hemmed and I hawed, but with a little validation, here we are. I don't know what this idea is or where it might go. This is actually more fleshed out than many of my thoughts. It has a beginning and an end, but it's not really very deep.

Enough pre-amble ... here it is ...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Review: Mark Muscle vs. Viking (Thunders Arena)

No wonder Mr. Mike chastised me for suggesting Thunders Arena had downsized (in the comments, here). I've been very focused on smaller guys like Scrappy, Marco, Blayne and Bolt, but he knew Viking was in the pipeline. And just to prove the point, Thunders puts their new giant against another, Mark Muscle. Mark Muscle vs. Viking is a battle of the big men. Or is it?

Viking: "About time they brought someone my size."

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Review: Chris Cannon vs. Tiger (Muscleboy Wrestling)

Chris Cannon vs. Tiger is the third Muscleboy Wrestling video I've watched. So far, I've been watching guys I know, so I was interested to see some new guys. To me, this will be the test. Who can you recruit and bring to the table? Who's unique and interesting? The loincloths were somewhat new, but this is some new talent.

So, how'd it go?

Tiger faces a big challenge in Chris Cannon.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Cave: The Adventures of SuperStar 14

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The Cave Locker Room

"Cody! Stop it. I'm tired. You're pushing me too hard today."

I smirk, "Well, something is too hard, but it's not me. Your cock is going to tear that thong right off. Just focus on what you're doing, Jae. You asked for my help. This is me helping."

"And I love you for it. But enough's enough."

Jae's fed up with me

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Joey Ryan

Joey Ryan is the biggest star in indie wrestling right now. Seriously. He makes great money on merchandise. And until YouYube's horrific gay peril attack on wrestling videos, he made a lot of coin there, too. Joey is booked constantly and travels the world entertaining people. It's a sweet reward for years and years of hard work and dedication to his passion.

Joey is number one.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Jake Zane vs. Steve Tanner (Muscleboy Wrestling)


You might notice the above warning. I got the idea from a comic book message board that I frequent. If they post offensive content, they give you a "trigger warning" so that you can decide if you want to look. I debated between hate speech or homophobia, but I wanted something that doesn't connote intent by the producer or performer. Anti-gay language feels more like an objective fact. It's not debatable that the language is used, regardless of the intent.

If you've been a follower of this blog for a while, you know that I strongly dislike this. It has impacted my willingness to purchase from certain companies and my enjoyment of certain videos. I have been choosing not to review certain videos because of it. I know some of you agree with me and I know many of you don't.

This isn't a debate, it's how I feel about it. Feel however you like.

Certainly gay-oriented wrestling video producers continue to prominently feature this kind of language in their products, even though it demeans their primary audience. Guido Genatto can't stop calling everyone a queen. UCW guys have been loving the 'no homo' stuff. And in this particular video from Muscleboy WrestlingJake Zane takes it up a few levels at 13:39, insulting a helpless Steve Tanner by calling him a pussy f*****.

Jake tries to bash Steve verbally and physically.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Review: Scrappy vs. Viking (Thunders Arena)

Viking: "I'm not the new guy. I'm THE guy. I'm the only guy."

We're just past the halfway point of my Cavey year (Dec 1 - Nov 30) and Thunders Arena has been on fire. And now, they add their latest giant, Viking. Wow, I love him already. He's my new favorite thing in the world. My NFTITW is a fleeting designation, but still an honor (in my mind, anyway).

I know, usually I do an intro to these posts before spoiling my reactions, but just wow.

It took me awhile to get to Viking, because Thunders Arena sent me so many videos in April. When I finally reached the point where I wanted to buy a few new ones, Viking was at the top of my list. I chose his matches with Scrappy and Mark Muscle, but I'll be going back for the rest soon.

Viking: "Who are you? Are you Bolt's pet? That's what
you look like. A smaller, wimpier version of Bolt."

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Brett Barnes Part 2

And we're back with more of Brett Barnes. Part 1 was intended as a general introduction to Brett Barnes and Cyberfights. Today, I'm going to look more specifically at a few of my favorites of Brett's 40 singles matches, covering his transition over time.

It all began on Cyberfights #73
Brett Barnes v Cody Knight (CF 73)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Brett Barnes Part 1

Brett Barnes.

Sigh. With just those two words - Brett and Barnes - some of you may join me in a moment of quiet, joyful reflection. I fondly remember the adorable and fresh-faced blond fireplug from Texas who was just slightly ahead of his time, but certainly made a huge impact on me and many others.

Go on, ref, grab it. You know you want to.
Brett Barnes v Johnny Handsome (CF 112)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Review: Bruno vs. Masked Bruiser (Muscleboy Wrestling)

Back in late April, I had more wrestling than I knew what to do with. This also happened to be when a brand new group called Muscleboy Wrestling debuted. I did look at their site, saw some familiar faces and some new ones, but while I was interested, I wasn't going to spend money just to have a video sit on my hard drive. I've done that too often. However, as my backlog eased up, I finally got to check them out and buy something.

As it turns out, they're already on catalogue 2, which surprised me. With 15 videos in each catalogue, I think they're releasing too many videos, but that's me. It seems unsustainable. Maybe they're trying to build up a back catalogue. Not that it really impacts me, other than making it harder to choose where to start. Although even with 30 videos, the decision became really easy, really quickly.

Muscleboy Wrestling, you had me at loincloths.

Say what? It's a big and beefy jungle man battle.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Cave Unleashed 3: Josh vs. Thor

Asgard Ranch, Northern California

Josh (me)

"Did you really think you could hide out forever, Doug?"

"I'm busy. What the fuck do you want, Josh?"

I smirk, "You know what I want."

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Cast: Who's Who (May 2017)


A lot of big boys this month, along with two narrators enjoying the action. One star, one surprising fan request and a couple of newbies.

The Cave Unleashed 2

Beau = Steven Webb (Bodybuilder)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: Guido Genatto vs. KARN (Wrestler4Hire)

I probably don't even need to do a review of this. You could just look at the pictures, because it's pretty much exactly what you'd expect. Wrestler4Hire has correctly labeled this as Alpha Males and that's the story. If you want to see these two mega stud pro wrestling heels battle it out to prove who's top dog, you will like this.

Two big pros battle it out for alpha male status.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Review: Joey King vs. Ludwig (Thunders Arena)

Full disclosure: This match was provided to me by Thunders Arena.

I'm pretty much at the end of the Thunders matches that were sent to me. For now, at least. There are a few more I haven't watched, so maybe one day. There were a few that were neither good enough nor bad enough to inspire a review. Joey King v Ludwig was in the former category, but a commenter asked about it, so I decided to take a look.

Joey and Ludwig go for a spin.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Alex Oliver vs. Chet Chastain vs. Austin Cooper (W4H)

As you can probably tell from my stories and reviews, I have broad tastes in wrestlers, gear and wrestling action. I don't have one favorite type in any category. Instead, I've learned the importance of matching the video to my mood. In this case, I planned it perfectly, so I enjoyed Alex Oliver vs. Austin Cooper vs. Chet Chastain from Wrestler4Hire.

A crazy three-way play session

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Pepper Parks vs. Brad Smith (New Pro Wrestling)

Back in the pre-YouTube days, I only had a few go-to indie wrestling federations where I could find the hottest studs. OVW, PCW, and HWA were the best among them. Of course, I had to rely on the feds posting videos, fans trading television recordings, and folks like BGEast's sister site New Pro Wrestling selling videos. Yes, it was truly the stone age.

I've wanted to reminisce on two different companies that we needed in those days. New Pro Wrestling was mostly an aggregator of hot indie matches with a diverse, international roster of wrestlers. Cyberfights was an aggregator of hot talent and future superstars. Time's just gotten away from me on this topic, but here we go.

What finally spurred me to write this post is Inner Jobber. He asked about a YouTube clip from my second favorite New Pro match ever (Sean's post is here). In the comments, he asked me about my favorite match, which is this one. Pepper Parks vs. Brad Smith from New Pro 15. I decided to write out a few thoughts.


An indie battle that inspired me

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Review: Marco vs. Scrappy (Thunders Arena)

Full disclosure: This video was provided to me by Thunders Arena.

Every so often, I watch a video that has lots of things about it that I shouldn't like, but somehow it all comes together. The Scrappy vs. Marco Vegas battle is like that. It takes a while to get to the wrestling. There's no ending (due to illness). And it's a somewhat sloppy squash. However, the guys are charming, the action is playful, and there's actually quite a bit going on. So I actually enjoyed this silly confrontation.

romp: a spell of rough, energetic play.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: Jonny Firestorm vs. Christian Taylor (BGEast)

I finally got to the third match from the latest Backyard Brawl video from BGEast. So far, the compilation has been outstanding. In April, I reviewed Carter/Kirk and Karisma/Chace, both matches delivering all I wanted from sexy superstars on the outdoor mats.

So how'd this one go? Is Backyard Brawls 9 a rare trifecta of awesomeness? I think I spoiled that in an earlier review, but if I didn't, the answer is simple. Yes.

Jonny vs. Christian outside on the mats.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Scrappy vs. Blayne (Thunders Arena)

Full disclosure: This match was provided to me by Thunders Arena.

Back in January, I reviewed a match between Scrappy and Blayne (here). It was a custom series squash that I enjoyed very much. Scrappy went full-on heel and kicked ass as a ruthless bad boy. Now these two are back at it. I liked the original enough to watch this, but I wasn't sure if it would be more of the same. Luckily, this is an entirely new chapter that I liked just as much.

REVENGE! Scrappy gets it then Blayne wants it,
but who ends up with the ultimate revenge?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Camp Grapple 2: Hawkeye vs. Winchester

"We ain't keeping this wrestling thing secret no more, Surge? Fuck that. Done."

I lift my stethoscope off the sculpted left pec, "What?"

Hawkeye hops off the exam table and grabs his camouflage pants, "You heard me. I'm out."


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: Nick Sparx vs. Josh Rotner (W4H)

Of all the Wrestler4Hire videos I could review, I decided on this one. Why? Well, the others feature stars like Guido Genatto, KARN, Austin Cooper, Chet Chastain and Alex Oliver. I feel like those ones can wait, but this one? It might need some love and attention now. Nick Sparx vs. Josh Rotner features two new subjects that are likely less well known and might possibly get overlooked.

Nick Sparx manhandled by Josh Rotner.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Review: Scrappy vs. Karl (Thunders Arena)

Full disclosure: This match was provided to me by Thunders Arena.

I have to admit that Scrappy vs. Karl was not high on my list to watch. Obviously, since I'm reviewing it, I finally took a look, but Thunders' past Vegas matches haven't always worked for me. I like Scrappy, but Karl was an unknown quantity. While massive looking, I didn't know if he could wrestle.

So when I pressed play for the first time, I kind of assumed it'd be a sloppy squash with too much posing and not enough wrestling. It isn't. And so, I was less right than I usually am. This was really worth watching for multiple reasons, including the guys, the action, specific moments of domination, and a subtle story that I manufactured in my brain.

Scrappy ventures outside of his weight class
for this Vegas battle against muscleman Karl

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review: Bolt vs. Spike (Thunders Arena)

Full disclosure: This video was provided to me by Thunders Arena.

As I work through my backlog of videos, Spike vs Bolt is one I really looked forward to checking out. I really enjoyed Spike's debut against Marco (reviewed here), so I figured I'd really like this one, too. Bolt has found his groove and is proving to be pretty reliable as a wrestler.

Bolt takes on rookie Spike

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Review: Tristan Baldwin vs. Ty Alexander (W4H)

Tristan: "Usually I leave 'em sweating, crying and cumming. You're doing neither for me right now, which tells me it's gonna have to get a little fucking rougher."

Let's celebrate the heel-jobber today with two of the best ... Tristan Baldwin and Ty Alexander. As we look at their match from Wrestler4Hire, in theory it's great when two of my favorite wrestlers get it on. However, this is a "My Nuts, Bro" video, which doesn't really excite me. And yet, the matchup is a particularly interesting combination and was simply too much to pass up streaming. These aren't two guys who I think of together, so it just intrigued me to see where it'd go.

Tristan: "You wanna play that game?
I'll make a man outta you."

Friday, May 5, 2017

Review: Scrappy vs. Adam Bryant (Thunders Arena)

Full disclosure: This match was provided to me by Thunders Arena.

Next up from Thunders Arena, I checked out Scrappy vs. Adam Bryant. I won't lie. Scrappy was the draw here and he really delivered. Again.

Sexy Scrappy faces rough and ready Adam Bryant

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: Bolt v Blayne (Thunders Arena)

Full disclosure: This video was provided to me by Thunders Arena.

Well, it's likely going to be a heavy Thunders Arena month. I already had leftovers from last month and then I received four more matches last week. It was a really good selection: Blayne/Bolt, Blayne/Scrappy, Scrappy/Adam Bryant and Vinny/Logan Vaughn. Then on Monday, I received Bolt/Spike, Scrappy/Marco, Scrappy/Karl and Marco/Karl. They're trying to kill me.

Anyway, I had to start somewhere, so I decided on Blayne vs. Bolt.

Blayne and Bolt have an ab-smashing good time.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Cave Unleashed 2: Beau vs. Blake

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Big Bam's Gym, Harrisburg, PA

"What the fuck? Don't touch my fuckin’ shit! Put it down!"

I'm across the gym when I see Blake, a 33-year old thickly muscled bear-ish badass, quickly move from his bench he's usin' to the one where he set his bag down. The 6'2"/240-lbs beefy, local muscleman never stops starin’ down a younger 6'1"/235-lbs blond bodybuilder from Texas. The younger Texan just happens to be my younger brother, Beau.