I had a brief, cordial exchange with Bob at Rock Hard Wrestling. Responding to some of the low scores I gave them in my review, Bob indicated that the RHW had also seen room for improvement for themselves after shooting their first few matches. He promised me that the hot guys and the excellent video quality would remain the same, but that they would be refining some of the other elements that I thought could be strengthened.
Seriously, is that a gracious way to take a review, or what? Frankly, I was a little nervous that he'd think I was too harsh on RHW. It seems like there's a classy operation behind the new kids on the homoerotic wrestling block. So I was more than happy to give their third product a try.
Things are looking up for RHW, as far as I'm concerned. The new video is a double header. Cameron, who obviously had skills as evidenced by his first match manhandling Ray, is up against Tommy. Cameron and Tommy do some great work tossing one another around for eight and a half minutes. They both clearly have some grappling background (the website promotes Tommy as a competitive MMA fighter). They're sincerely working on one another in nice back and forth, sweaty, barefoot action. This bit qualifies as homoerotic solely for the kink I bring to it. Tommy and Cameron are straight up grapplers without much attitude, swagger, or implied carnal joy in their body-on-body battle. For fans of more groping or dominating ownership, this match may not do it for you. There's not much talk, but mix sweat, a couple barefoot studs, some grunting and grinding, and I'm fairly satisfied.
The second half of the double header is Brody taking on Ray for seven and a half minutes. Ray, bless his heart, is once again in over his head. He's selling some swagger a little better than his first match, and Brody keeps the pace interesting. Just as Brody had to wipe the cocky sneer off of Zack's face in his first match, he (literally) tackles much bigger and stronger Ray with gusto. Brody's presence is once again the highlight of the match, and he does an even better job selling the tough little bruiser routine this time around. For the story that they're trying to tell, they'd benefit from some more lingering, gloating victory from the giant killer. Still, Brody's massive bicep popping up out of nowhere (seriously, where does he hide those ceps on that skinny body!?), in his now "signature" victory pose, is quite the turn on for me.
A scrapper with presence, salesmanship, and readiness to do some more edgy homoerotic themes like ball bashing, Brody Hancock (aka Reese Wells) could be some company's bread and butter someday if he keeps it up. Once again, RHW's production quality if superior to most anything else I've seen. As promised, the boys are drop-dead gorgeous. Cameron and Tommy's match is satisfying competition, if not particularly great character development. Brody and Ray tell a decent story, if still the wrestling is a little weak (not as much as Ray's last match, though). RHW still has my attention, and I look forward to seeing what a fresh wave of filming offers after their initial pilots.