Austin City Limits

Let’s talk about Austin Cooper for a minute, shall we?

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I’ve been a fan since I first saw him take on Jake Jenkins (another tasty morsel) in Ripped Rookies 1: A Score to Settle. It was an impressive debut for both; a mat match with both starting in singlets before stripping down to much more provocative gear, and not only were they both lovely to look at, they were also pretty damned skilled. I was immediately impressed with both wrestlers, and looked forward to seeing more of each.

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Both of them also sweated quite profusely, and I have mentioned before how sweaty muscles are a big button push for me.

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Austin was at home in any wrestling scenario; I never got the slightest impression, whether it was mats, the gazebo, or the ring, that he wasn’t in his element. He can also heel or job with equally aplomb; that handsome face and beautiful body not only can suffer beautifully, but can sell the dominant heel role just as easily.

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He also looks good in everything–whether its pro-style trunks, singlets, underwear, leg tights, you name it; he can pull it off–and while he’s shown us bare cheeks before, whether in thongs or jocks, he’s never gone full frontal. I don’t mind; while I do appreciate the guys who are willing to do so, I also appreciate those who like to leave things mysterious.

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And even when facing bodies as perfect as, say, those of Kid Karisma or Patrick Donovan or Z-Man, Austin doesn’t fade into the background or not match up properly; those matches are so stunningly hot to watch it’s a wonder the cameras didn’t short circuit.

So, the part of me that enjoys watching Austin suffer was pretty excited to hear he was going to climb in the ring with Cybertron for Hunkbash 20.

(to be continued)

I Know What You Want to Do

There is a distinction between a jobber and a face in the world of wrestling.

There’s certainly some overlap, but jobbers rarely, if ever, win matches, and are also incapable of maintaining any offense they may generate during a match; they may not even launch an offensive against their opponent–and if they do, it generally doesn’t last long. Jobbers are there to be demolished, tortured, and beaten by an opponent who relishes dishing out pain and punishment and humiliation.

face, on the other hand, is a good looking well built stud with mad wrestling skills. He doesn’t stoop to rule breaking and/or cheating (unless provoked by the relentless rule breaking of their foe; it always plays as well-deserved and draws cheers from the crowd as payback). A face is a great wrestler who only loses due to the duplicity of their opponent; they are huge fan favorites. Probably the best example of a face is Kevin Von Erich, who was handsome and had a fantastic body.

The question, of course, is which category does my latest BGEast crush, Kirk Donahue, fall into?

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Very very good-looking, and that body!

Not to mention dat ass.

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He also has ring skills, though, so even though he seems to lose every match he’s involved in for the cameras, I would put him down as both.

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Z-Man is another one who straddles that line; he shows a lot of ability in his matches and even sometimes crossed the line into illegality–but only after being relentlessly beaten and victimized. He, too, is stunningly handsome and that body–Christ, that body.

So, I was very interested in seeing the two of them against each other in Babyface Brawl 2.

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That shot is a work of art, isn’t it?

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Kirk certainly brought out the beast I always knew was under the surface with Z-Man.

It’s a great match; Kirk even manages some offensive against the Z-Man…ring confidence is born out of success in the ring, and neither wrestler has had much along those lines over the years in the arena. Several times when Z-Man was poised to polish Kirk off for guard that killer instinct that is acquired through beatings isn’t as honed in either man as of yet.

And Kirk always suffers so beautifully.

Why is the suffering of the beautiful such a turn-on for so many of us? That is a topic for another day, I suppose.