I’m not going to harp on this long, because you’ve heard it before, and I sort of suspect I may be the only one that really gives a damn. But I notice with Rock Hard Wrestling’s newest release that BG East’s Skip Vance has entered the ranks of the recycled homoerotic wrestlers, showing up for RHW as Jeff Hollister.
One promoter has suggested to me privately that there really is a relatively small pool of fit, hard hunks willing to strip to nothing (or next to nothing) and wrestle for a primarily gay wrestling fetish audience. Can this really be true? Of course, not everyone has what it takes to make a go of it in homoerotic wrestling, and I’m sure if you’re just looking to moonlight, being immortalized in digital recording in a scenario with at least a nod to eroticism could very well have implications for any other career.
But on the other hand, I have a hard time entirely believing that the pool of young, randy hard bodies itching to capitalize on their six pack abs is quite so tiny. I’m not trying to imply anything at all against the hardworking hunks who’re signing on the dotted line for multiple wrestling fetish operations. Cameron Mathews, Rio Garza, Zack Johnathan, and more recently Donnie Drake, Paul Hudson… the list goes on and on. Ride the horse as far as it’ll take you boys, and more power to you.
But personally, I definitely have a preference for two other personnel management strategies over the promotion of the same boys, often fighting the same boys, often released around the same time. First, I’m a fan of character development. The erotic potential of tracking a homoerotic wrestling character over time is what can transform a wrestling fetish product from a quick top off into actual entertainment. I like it when a homoerotic wrestler has a good working relationship with a given promotion such that he can stick around for multiple products over time, and his aptitudes can be understood, appreciated, evolved and built into a story. My dollar and cents will tend to get invested there.
Second, when I catch a hot, fresh face showing me something new, I’m often eager to jump on that train as well. I hope that I’m not alone when I invest in the end product of good, old fashioned talent recruitment and development. If I am alone, perhaps that explains the penchant these days to reduce, reuse and recycle a few boys from company to company.
Much farther down my list of what I’m looking for in new releases are familiar faces only slightly retooled and packaged with a new return address label. All this chatter from me, I realize, is probably overkill for a product I haven’t even seen yet. In fact, Jeff/Skip’s opponent for RHW, Max Powers, looks like he may be exactly the fresh, hot new element that I’m talking about. And I’m not even going to bother dissecting whether Skip/Jeff compromises the promise of exclusively handsome, rock hard Abercrombie boys populating the RHW world. I’m just feeling the need to grouse a little. That’s for cutting me a little slack.
2 thoughts on “Reduce, reuse…”
I'm totally feeling you on this topic. I agree that the boys who want to make a buck wrestling for a gay audience could and should ride that horse as far as it'll take 'em, so to speak. And it doesn't surprise me that so many of those crossover products are repetitive, since, if nothing else, those guys are basically going to use the training, both holds and basic character development, that they get the first few times they step into the ring.But I think it's up to the audience who buys the products to shape what they do. I mean, "gay" wrestling is still fairly new, and while it seems like there is a lot of product out there, it really pales in comparison to any other type of wrestling made for a straight audience. If anyone thinks I'm trippin', go ahead a google any variation of phrases from "pro wrestling" to "indy wrestling" to even "Female vs female" or "fem fights" or "chick fights" or "mixed wrestling" and on and on, and you'll literally get hundreds of different companies.So, I think we need to email and compliment when one company puts out a match we like. And we need to bitch when that same guy appears at another company and it isn't as entertaining. And above all we need to make them know that we do notice when a guy appears at multiple companies and there's no significant twist or differences or changes distinguishing one company from the other.
Not a huge fan of Skip but the guy he's against in the RHW match looks amazing – he looks perfect for BG East.