Sunday, February 18, 2018

Presidents' Day: Rasslin' Presidents of the United States




Long before they became politicians, these men were young Americans testing their skills and toughening up the men around them with their wrestling skills.  So often in the world of males, the cream does rise to the top.  And while wrestling prowess doesn't always translate into being the top dog in your chosen profession, the values, the tactics, and the toughness that you learn through wrestling certainly doesn't hurt.

More than a quarter of our presidents have been known to be wrestlers.  John Adams, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor, Franklin Pierce, Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, William Taft, and Calvin Coolidge are all among this roster of presidential wrestlers.  Not surprisingly, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower were wrestlers as well.  In fact, Teddy, the leader of the Rough Riders, was a combat sport enthusiast being a wrestler, boxer, and learning jiu-jitsu from a Japanese friend.

Gerald Ford was a boxer in his youth and then coached boxing in the U. S. Navy.  The former Michigan football hero was a tough, but affable man his entire life who appreciated combat sports and passed that passion on to others.

Jimmy Carter often speaks about wrestling the neighborhood boys in his youth.  He was also famous for, and criticized for,  his love of professional wrestling having shared that passion with his mother, Miss Lillian.  In fact, Carter was personal friends with pro wrestling luminaries such as Mr. Wrestling II, Kevin Sullivan, and powerful NWA promoter, Jim Barnett.  Like Carter, Richard Nixon was known to love watching professional wrestling as well.  His aides knew to leave him alone on Saturday afternoons in the White House while he was watching his favorite wrestlers.

Donald Trump, of course, has a long association with the WWE and the McMahon family.  Which kind of goes hand in hand with the WWE's image as cartoonish and fake (which it is).  I never cared for the WWE's habit of humiliating their own talent by putting famous people into their wrestling shows and making the talent look bad.  Of course, it helped to sell a lot of tickets so WCW did the same thing.  NWA/WCW fans were used to a grittier, more real sense of one man wanting to fight another.  Arguably that move helped lead to its downfall.

However, there are two American presidents that stand out as wrestlers above all of the others.  Perhaps our two most famous and most consequential presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Even in grade school when I studied Lincoln I learned of the Great Emancipator's wrestling background.  But I had no idea the Illinois frontiersman turned lawyer/politician was flat out a bad ass among bad asses.

From a 2013 SI article by Bryan Armen Graham:

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the U.S., was such an accomplished wrestler that once, after disposing of an opponent with a single toss, he stepped to the center of the mob that had gathered and shouted, “Any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns!”
No one stepped forward.

The Underground's Kirik Jenness wrote a 2016 article on the topic of Lincoln's Wrestling and included this story written by SI's David Fleming:

“He can outrun, outlift, outwrestle and throw down any man in Sangamon County,” said Bill Green, a store clerk in New Salem, Ill., as he watched the 22-year-old Lincoln whip all comers one day in 1831.
Lincoln’s wrestling supremacy, however, was challenged often. Gangly and awkward as a child, he grew into a tall, muscular man with broad shoulders. But at 6′ 4″ and 185 pounds, Lincoln was a tempting target for any newcomer to the frontier eager to make a name for himself.
“He sure was the big buck of this lick,” said another New Salem resident who saw Lincoln give the notorious county wrestling champion Jack Armstrong the worst thrashing of his life one hot September day more than 163 years ago. That was the future president’s most celebrated victory. Frustrated from the start by Lincoln’s tremendous reach, Armstrong began stomping on his opponent’s feet. Lincoln lost his temper. And a few tosses later Armstrong lost consciousness.
“We can only find one recorded defeat of Lincoln in 12 years,” says Bob Dellinger, director emeritus of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Okla., where Lincoln is enshrined in the Hall of Outstanding Americans. “He was undoubtedly the roughest and toughest of all the wrestling presidents.”
On the American frontier the sportsmanlike collar and elbow gave way to a catch-as-catch-can style that required less skill and more brute strength. In the name of civic pride (and, of course, some friendly wagering) champions from each county were pitted against each other. Lincoln progressed swiftly in this rougher style of wrestling—though he often helped conquered opponents to their feet or gave them water after matches. He was a proud competitor but a humble sportsman. And when his wrestling skills diminished, Lincoln’s leadership qualities emerged.
In his service with the Illinois ‘Volunteers during the Black Hawk Indian uprising of 1832, Lincoln was one match away from a regimental championship. Wrestling for the Sangamon County Volunteers, he had disposed of seven opponents before facing Hank Thompson, a fellow soldier. The two men locked up and strained for advantage before Lincoln broke away and declared Thompson “the most powerful man I ever had hold of.” Honest Abe wasn’t lying. Upon resuming the match Thompson secured his place in history by becoming the only man ever to throw Lincoln. And he did it twice.
With their hero defeated, Sangamon’s troops cried foul and prepared for the brawl that often followed wrestling matches. Lincoln, showing the poise and character that would sustain him later as president, held up his hands and halted the hostilities. “Boys, give up your bets,” he commanded. “If this man hasn’t thrown me fairly, he could.”

What a scene that must have been!  The men witnessing these masculine tests of manliness would be prone to fight after watching a wrestling match.  In true hero style, Lincoln was man enough to whip almost any man that he faced.  But the one time he lost he was also man enough to accept his defeat.

However, George Washington, the father of our nation, proved he was also The Daddy of every American male.  From Eveyln Aharonian's 2014 article for jiujitsutimes.com:


By the 18th century wrestling became a recognized spectator sport, even though it was thought of as extremely rough.  Do you know who was able to defeat seven challengers from the Massachusetts Volunteers at the age of 47? George Washington. What a boss to be able to do that at that age. He was actually known for his wrestling championship in Virginia in what is known as the collar-and-elbow style. 




Seven men from the Massachusetts Volunteers? It would be difficult enough to defeat one of those guys at age 47 much less seven!

I'd like to think that the stuff that men like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were made of runs through the veins of all American males whether we as individuals tap into it or not. Our wrestling heritage is reason for all Americans to be proud.

For more reading on the subject, check out The Wrestling Presidents:  From Pins to Patriots by William S. Worley and Gary M. Gray.



Monday, January 8, 2018

Corona vs. Intruso: The Rematch





As many of you will recall, last year, I reviewed the debut production of young and talented Mexican pro wrestlers, Corona and Intruso.  It proved to be one of my more popular posts, and when you watch that match it's easy to see why.  So it only made sense that I should check out their follow up match.  Boy, I'm so glad that I did.

First of all, the wrestlers give us another entertaining performance in the ring.  Baby face Corona displays his usual athletic performance featuring a variety of moves and holds that are common in contemporary pro wrestling as well as some skills that we all love to watch from more classic pro wrestlers.  Clad in his usual white trunks, Corona is in excellent shape sporting a body that women love as well as those of us guys that enjoy seeing a handsome young star-in-the-making battling his way up the proverbial ladder.








Intruso (aka Fox Ruinar) has definitely stepped us his game.  His gear looked more like that of a traditional masked Mexican luchador.  The guy also came in with an obvious chip on his shoulder having been defeated handily by Corona in their first match.  He came in with revenge on his mind, and as it turns out, he does indeed avenge his loss to the brilliant young Mexican face. 




Another notable aspect of the rematch video was the commentary provided by a guy that must be a wrestler himself.  A heel commentator in the style of Jesse "The Body" Ventura, he even says that he wants a piece of Corona himself.  Sounds like a promising future match?

I have already watched the rematch several times, and I can tell you that it never gets old.  However, I won't give away any of the exciting action.  For that, you will have to check out the match for yourself.

Once again, these guys are doing the producing, filming, and editing themselves which makes for a costly venture.  They are saving to purchase a wrestling ring of their own for future shows and feature video productions.  So any contributions made directly to the guys via paypal are welcome.

When I review a video or a book, I pay for access the same as any of you.  In this case, to access the video, you will need to make a donation (any amount) via paypal at the paypal link that I provided above.  Leave your youtube account email in the comments so the guys can send you a link to the video.   Without doing this you will not be able to watch the video.



The only question is will there be a third match between these two men?  Let's hope so !







AC Yates

Saturday, January 6, 2018

FREE 10 Minute Preview from Black Wrestling Network

Free preview for BWN's Facebook fans.  Make sure and give them a like and check out the first 10 minutes of their latest video for FREE (see their Facebook page)!  You will also find coupon codes for other videos.

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From past BWN videos that I have seen these guys work hard and put on entertaining and erotic matches.  If these guys are new to you, check them out at blackwrestling.com.


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Happy viewing!

AC Yates

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Greatest Gift and the Night I Turned Heel



I may or may not have written about Bob Armstrong's heel turn in the mid 80's in the old Southeastern Championship Wrestling territory.  Austin Idol, who was so over with crowds everywhere that he was considered by Vince McMahon, Jr. as Bob Backlund's successor as WWF world champion, had come to town with his Idolmania leaving too many baby faces and not enough heels.  With the women and girls screaming for Austin and the men teaching their boys that it would be good and honorable to grow up and be just like him, a previously unthinkable idea was born:  turn baby face of all baby faces, Bullet Bob Armstrong, the Georgia Jawjacker, into a crowd hating heel.

I was such a big fan of Bullet Bob's that when when the unthinkable happened, instead of turning on him for Austin, I, at the grand old age of 12 years old, turned heel with him!

Yes, I sat at ringside with my older brother and screamed my lungs out for Bullet Bob and all of his dirty tricks.  The more the crowd booed my guy the louder I got in support of my guy.  So much so that a toothless lady sitting next to me tried to save my lost soul right then and there.  She told me to "turn from evil and root for the good guys" just like Austin Idol.

But, no.  Good, bad, or indifferent, I am loyal to a fault.  I was with Big Bad Bullet Bob all the way, and I didn't care what the well-meaning toothless lady thought about it!

I even managed to provoke the crowd around me to boo me when I turned around and faced them with a smug look on my face as Bullet Bob gained the upper hand by dastardly means, of course.  Yet, as the script usually goes, the baby face Austin Idol eventually came back to win the match with his patented Las Vegas Leglock.  Bullet Bob's bad buddies came in and broke things up only to have another referee to come in and tell the match referee that Bullet Bob had submitted before the interference came.

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The crowd jumped up and down as they heartily cheered the victor with the bobbed blond hair.  I sat quietly with my arms folded and my bottom lip poked out mad at the world because Bullet Bob had lost.

However, the night was not a complete loss as I discovered something about myself.  I actually enjoyed being booed!


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This would resurface later in high school when I was on the basketball team.  I prided myself in being a tough defender in the middle and crashing the boards to get the ball back for my team.  Dirty Detroit Piston Bill Laimbeer had become a favorite of mine.  And just like Bill, I realized that I LOVED being booed at road games.  I had no problem with hacking a guy that tried to come down my lane and score.  One day, my coach just looked at me and shook his head and said, "Just don't commit a flagrant or technical foul, and just don't let the guy score!"

I embraced that role, and as a result my teammates embraced me.  You see, they knew the real me.  They knew that I was kind, loyal, and generous to a fault.  Having them know who the "real me" was gave me license to go do the dirty work and get the job done on the basketball court.  Not necessarily for my benefit, but for the benefit of my team.  And being booed just made it all the better.  You see, being a dick sometimes is okay if that's not who you really are.

All of this makes me realize that I was born probably ten years too late.  Had I been born earlier, and had I worked towards my dream of being a professional wrestler, I could have been a great heel.

The truth is, I thought it was pretentious to have a big dream and to say what that dream was to someone else in all seriousness.

I wish that I had trusted myself more and really believed in myself.  I know now that the root of my problem with confidence was the secret that I was hiding about my sexuality.  The older I got the more it felt like to me that people could see who I really was.  It shouldn't have been a problem.  But it certainly was back then.

Once in a while, we all have someone reveal to us who they really are.  It's an honor and a privilege when someone does that with you whether you like or agree with what they tell you.  The greatest gift that you can give to someone is to listen to them and to tell them that you see them for who they really are.  Don't discourage them, encourage them.  It's easy to be someone who mocks or ridicules.  It's harder to be a good friend and tell them it's okay to be who you are.  Now, maybe more than ever, we need for young kids to dream big, and to not be afraid of doing so.

Just a little food for thought ......


AC Yates

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Reader Mail from Brazil

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I love hearing from readers.  You guys inspire me with your stories, both your struggles and your triumphs. As we have talked about many times before, wrestling is just like life. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you grow the fuck up and put yourself out there!

"Bruno" lives in Brazil and loves wrestling/fighting of all kinds.  Living in a country like Brazil that has such a great tradition in jiu jitsu gives him the opportunity to spar with like minded guys of all types.  And for seven years he has done just that.  However, Bruno also likes the occasional fight with an erotic element to it.  He DM'd me on twitter to let me know he was reading "Memoirs of a Motel Wrestler."  

The gut punching and erotic elements to the fifth story in that book, my match with Midwestern Beef boy, Flexx, from New York City appealed to him.  Like many of us, Bruno enjoys gut punching.  He loves to both give and receive - my kinda guy!

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I admire Bruno for being so dedicated to the wrestling/fighting opportunities that he does get in Brazil.  He fights all types of guys, not just the men that he finds attractive.  This gives him the opportunity to meet all kinds of people bonding with his bash brothers.  No doubt, the man is a formidable opponent.  He gets my competitive juices flowing just talking to him.

Although he's going to have to travel to do it, he has found an opponent that shares his interest in the eroticism of wrestling and gut punching.  I wish him well when the time comes to meet up with the guy and get down to business.  

I wanted to mention Bruno because he is the kind of the guy that I loved meeting back in my motel wrestling days.  Tough, versatile, and willing to put himself out there.  I admire people who have the guts to do what he does with other men that want the same experience.  And, I also like the fact that he is willing to take on guys that physically may or may not appeal to him sexually.  He loves the fight and the experience first.  And this is why I loved chatting with him.  

So, Bruno, go get 'em my new friend!  And for the rest of you, get out there and practice, learn, and get yourself into good shape.  Surround yourself with like minded people that inspire you, maybe even hold you accountable. You don't have to be perfect.  None of us are.  Just get out there and do what your natural male instinct is pushing you to do.  

Happy wrestling, fighting, gut punching.  Just go for it!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hey guys and gals, St. Patrick's Day happens to be one of my favorite days every year.  It's always a fun day to let loose and party whether you are Irish or not.  Perhaps that is why I chose Savannah's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration as the backdrop to one of my erotic wrestling short stories that I published last year, "Savannah Stakes," 




While I'm still planning and working on other writing projects, please enjoy a FREE gift from me.  From now through midnight tomorrow night (March 17, 2017), you can download my short ebook, "Savannah Stakes," for FREE at all international amazon.com stores.  So put on your green and cozy up to an erotic wrestling story with your kindle or other digital device using the Kindle app.  If you enjoy the ebook, please leave a review at Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever you enjoy sharing your ebooks with your friends.

As always, thank you for your support!


AC Yates


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Black Wrestling Network: FREE FINISH: Xavier Cage vs. Kidd Fresh





I came across the Black Wrestling Network via  blackwrestling.com the other day and bookmarked it. This is a great site for those of us that enjoy watching our African American brothers in tough, but intimate action.


Their website features dozens of hour long videos, snapshots, a newsroom and fan forum,  a magazine, and even a comic strip!  Judging by the website and the preview videos, the people behind this are creative and are featuring a product in which some of you might be interested.



Check out one of their free videos that I found on youtube.  It features a HOT finish by a dominant stud over a handsome guy that just wasn't good enough in the end.



Enjoy!







AC Yates