I received this email last night:
Truth be told, I haven’t been enjoying Naked Kombat as much as I used to. I know I’m not alone among the wrestling kink crowd in my waning interest in the pornboy-does-erotic-combat format. For me, it may have been the relentless structure of NK that quickly became formulaic (which is a major criticism I have of porn in general). After a while it felt like each release was the same product, just with different bodies cycling through. It could have been the wrestlers. The pornboy stars lately have not been giving me the instant arousal that NK boys in the past have. My waning attention for NK could certainly have had to do with the kombat itself. Occasionally there were seriously enthusiastic and skilled grapplers hitting the NK mat, but too often the kombatants came across more as pornboys tussling as foreplay for the way they really make their money: the sex round.
|Rookie Gavin Waters thinks he’s got my favorite homoerotic wrestling pornboy’s number.
Calm, cool, collected Trent Diesel knows better.
The factors explaining my waning interest probably have absolutely nothing to do with Kink’s decision to terminate production of NK. But I’m still feeling a little grief over the loss of the company that has brought me several of my favorite homoerotic wrestling pornboys. Trent Diesel, my reigning homoerotic wrestling pornboy, may be in serious danger of losing his grip on the title unless another company picks up his most entertaining talents (please!).
|Ripped Trent Diesel teaches cocky Gavin Waters the price of losing at Naked Kombat.|
One of the aspects of NK that I’ve definitely enjoyed is their particular blend of wrestling and homoeroticism. The grapplers were always explicitly rewarded for bringing the sexy into the confrontation. They received points for cock abuse, force-feeding, ass slapping, etc. And then in the sex round, the victor’s task was to take possession of the loser and heap humiliation in any way possible (though imaginations were often wanting in round 4, in my opinion). Spanking, the pony ride, the rat tail… a relatively narrow repertoire of humiliation was sprinkled in amid the otherwise straightforward sucking and fucking.
|Rusty is master at exploiting all 4 rounds to their maximum wrestling kink potential.|
Arguably, no one exploited the format more entertainingly than Rusty Stevens, which also contributed to his very long tenure as my favorite homoerotic wrestling pornboy. His leg choke while controlling Tommy Defendi’s every self-stimulating move like a sadistic puppeteer, was probably the most arousing and innovative sex round device I ever saw in NK.
|Tommy Defendi is defenseless against the crushing tide of Rusty’s offense.|
I believe Rusty was undefeated in NK competition, which is the way it should be, in my opinion. Left to his own devices, Rusty was a force of nature, beating away his opponent’s defenses like the rising tide itself, until one by one they fell and Rusty climbed on top. Elsewhere, Rusty has been more scripted, less spontaneous, which has simply not exploited the raw, animal, aggressive sexuality of this gorgeous pornboy.
|Nikko Alexander mistakenly thinks he’s got it all wrapped up against lean DJ and his monster cock.|
NK also gave me considerable pleasure in watching the character (and physical) development of NK scrapper, DJ. Setting aside the relatively racist undertones of his opponent’s trash talking, referencing his tightly kinky hair, most of the time DJ worked his own magic and won retribution for any pre-match slights by conquering one hard, bigger man after another through sheer force of will and ever increasing proficiency on the mat.
|DJ is single-handely unstoppable against Cameron Adams & Leo Forte (combined!)!|
That truly stunning monster cock of DJ’s didn’t hurt any either (except when ever inch of it was slammed up a loser’s ass). DJ grew on me over time. With every new match he got stronger, faster, and more technically skilled. His victory rounds got hotter and hotter, and there’s just about nothing as awe-inspiring as his performance teaming up with partner Trent against Cameron Adams and Leo Forte.
|DJ and Trent Diesel illustrate teamwork at it’s very, very best!|
The twosome of Trent and DJ are a striking pair to gaze at, but even their opponents agree in the end that DJ is a fucking unstoppable beast in this match. He’s the smallest man on the mat, and frequently he successfully dominates both opponents single-handedly during the grace periods when Leo or Cameron tagged in and had an opportunity to double team him. Double team my ass! DJ is like a cornered badger, more vicious, tenacious, and dangerous against two opponents than he is against just one.
|Epic clash between muscle hunk John Magnum and lithe scrapper, Phillip Aubrey|
As the life of NK flashes before my eyes, it occurs to me that there have been plenty of moments of homoerotic wrestling epiphany. John Magnum and Phillip Aubrey’s nail biter comes to mind. Magnum’s only appearance on NK was epic. He’s made for full-on gay pro wrestling if ever a pornboy was. He’s magnum sized, and even sexier, he’s absolutely giddy with delight in every moment that he manages to subdue and humiliate Phillip. He laughs proudly at his own mastery. He flings himself across the mat and into every hold. He trash talks from start to finish.
|Phillip Aubrey restrains momentarily restrains the beast.|
And even then, Phillip Aubrey was equally satisfying, perhaps more so because I expected myself to be so enthralled with the big muscle boy Magnum. Phillip is astonishingly sexy on the mat. He bends like Gumby, and he seems to have a tolerance for pain that’s simply off the charts. He seriously, seriously dominated his much bigger and stronger opponent a whole lot, and indeed, I personally think he clearly ought to have been the decisive winner. Even that drama, the disputed call of the judges, makes the Magnum/Aubrey match fucking hot, hot, hot!
|Spencer Reed obliterates John Stone in March 2009|
There’ve been other NK matches and pornboy wrestlers of note, of course. Big, dominating Spencer Reed, sincere as hell Patrick Rouge, muscle ass babyface Dean Tucker, the terminator Tyler Saint…. the list is extensive. However, most of the names that I come up with as epitomizing my affection for NK come from deep, deep in the archives. Speaking of, I don’t know what happens to the NK archives. I’m not going to keep paying for a subscription to a site with nothing new, and I figure they’ll have to roll the archives into some other aspect of the kink.com universe, which other than NK simply hasn’t appealed to what it is that turns me on: wrestling.
|Gavin Waters’ first introduction to Naked Kombat and Trent Diesel’s picture perfect cock.|
Despite my ambivalence about the recent run of NK, I’m still sad to see them go down. For the years of homoerotic pornboy wrestling entertainment, the blood, sweat and tears (especially the sweat), and the many innovations in wrestling kink, I thank you, Naked Kombat. To the producers, technical staff, and especially the beautiful pornboys putting their bodies on the mat and their asses on the line week after week, you will be missed.
|Trent Diesel oils up with Ryan Rockford|
Now, I know of some stunning pornboys all oiled up with no place to wrestle. Surely, someone can help these boys out.
6 thoughts on “Down for the Count”
NK will definitely be missed at my house. I could not financially maintain a running membership, but I peeked in every fifth month or so to see what was new. I never was disappointed in the matches I watched, though admittedly I watched only a few, those that caught my interest and those you would recommend. I saw the uniform format as a strong point, permitting wrestlers' own personalities to shine through. The problem might be that too few of them, beautiful and gifted though they were, pushed their personalities forward (Stevens and others you mentioned being exceptions), and most of them repeated the same lines as everyone else–though I will remember the phrase "ride him like a pony" always with a smile and perhaps a teardrop of cum. NK's high production values (from the opening credits to the minimalist set to the great camerawork and editing) were also a huge attractor, but perhaps these created overhead costs too high for the small audience of erotic wrestling (a minority within two minorities) to support. To my mind, NK was the gay porn brother of MTV's also daring but ill-fated Wrestling Society X.
I like your point about the potential of NK structure. I hadn't really thought about it like that, but I think you're right on the money. The barebones framework was ideal for being filled with wrestling drama and large personalities (e.g., the crushing heel Rusty, or I'd add the babyface Trent). I hope that another corner of the gay wrestling world can learn from NK innovations and build something even better (and more sustainable).
I would occasionally check in on NK, and sometimes find something interesting. Unfortunately the format was always the same – just different models. Honestly, Can-Am gets my membership dollars more often than not. They have an incredible mix of wrestlers, formats, concepts, and styles. Their production values are awesome and their editing is great. My second choice is BG, but only for DVD purchases as their membership site is a waste of money. They only add photos and very few videos unless you want to pay a pile more for the videos. Considering all of the other wresting companies that are still out there – Can-Am is the only one with the right mix. My sex wrestling fantasies are fulfilled by Can-Am.
A very curious post since "Robert Safton" is a pseudonym for Ron Sexton and Ron Sexton owns Can Am.
Wow, it's one thing to push your own company, incognito or not. It's a whole other nasty can of worms to bash other companies while you do it.
Looks like Naked Kombat are coming back! Woo Hoo! As a huge fan of this site, I still check their calender from time to time. And this is what I found on their June schedule:Monday, 11 June 2012Naked KombatLocation: Gymnasium B04 Z4Director: Van DarkholmeModels: Leo Forte, Blake Daniels, Tanner WayneI think there will be more matches booked in the upcoming weeks. Hopefully the site will be up and running again in July.