Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Display


Emotionally crushed by Chris Cuomo's announcement today that he's abandoning me in the mornings, I'm thinking about how I'll miss the display of his beauty each day. Hunks on display is a big part of what gets me going. For example, straight-up aggressive fighting often isn't a pretty sight. The action is frequently up close, with a lot of clutches that obscure the action and the bodies, victory determined by subtle points of pressure rather than dramatic displays of dominance. But pro-wrestling and homoerotic wrestling know what the audience is looking for: beautiful bodies on display. So even when it isn't particularly effective combat, the pros make the display of suffering bodies as much an art as a science. Victory may not be defined by some of these exhibitionist moves, but satisfying the fans is.
Wrestling Arsenal, which I'm thrilled is now blogging, has a huge catalogue of the wrestling art of displaying suffering hunks. The kneeboard that stretches out this captured stud is a classic example. As the sadist focuses his torture on the center of his victim's back, the rest of us are treated to the stunning display of that massive chest, the sweaty abs, and the spread-eagle display centering his crotch. It's about the struggle, the suffering, the pain... but it's most certainly also about the stunning display of a hot, muscled body.
In the Can-Am classic match up of Vic Silver vs. Johnny Lightning, musclegod Vic transitions a double hammerlock into this fantastic variation, lifting Johnny entirely off his feet and suspending the suffering hunk's body. Truthfully, a position like this requires some serious cooperation between these two competitors. This doesn't just happen in the beat down of one man on another. But this isn't just about the beat down. It's about the exploration of Johnny's gorgeous body, all his muscles and power laid out vulnerably and helplessly for our appraisal and, let's face it, worship. Vic owns Johnny here, and generously, he shares his stunning prize with those of us watching on in awe.
Steve Arnold and Doug Brandon square off in another Can-Am oldie. Again, the double hammer lock ostensibly tells the story of Doug's dominance over oil-soaked bodybuilder Steve. Doug's gloating smile looking down on the anguish contorting Steve's face tells the story of the sadist feeding his lust for humiliating a muscle jobber. But the other story, the implied story, is that we, through the lens of the camera, are being treated to the awesome display of Steve's rippled torso immobilized and presented for our lustful gaze. Steve is Doug's victim here, but he's our trophy, thoughtfully oiled up, trussed up, and humiliated for our appreciation.
No one understands this better than BG East's Kid Leopard. Kid has always been the master of not only dominating and humiliating his studly opponents, but positioning them in such a way as to lay them open in astonishingly intimate and vulnerable ways that invite us to examine every crack and crevice of their beautiful form. It's no wonder Kid is a successful promoter, because he obviously knows what the audience wants to see, and he's happy to oblige us. Kid twists and ties them, squeezes and pries them into such bizarre, exposed, suspended positions of vulnerability that we can't help be marvel at the beauty of the captured male body. In his dismantling of Dick the Prick in Submissions 4, from his feet he manages to spread his opponent's legs wide, crush the jobbers chin to his chest, and display Dick's ass, package, taut legs, and muscled abs and chest all in one pretty picture. This surely wasn't the most direct route to defeating the stud, but it was undoubtedly one of the hottest thanks to Kid's generous, thoughtful, artistry in displaying the helpless hunk for our benefit.

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