I'm on the record many times over as a holding a fascination for the maturing of bodies over time. I do like them young and flush with the recent flood of post-adolescent testosterone, no doubt. But I also like them as they mature, like a fine wine growing more complex, well-rounded, and smooth going down (so to speak). So the recent dust-up at the BG East Headquarters yahoo group over whether Brad Rochelle stayed in the homoerotic wrestling biz too long is a no brainer for me. Of course not.
I'm happy to remember that it was Brad as cover-boy on the BG East website years and years ago that made me a BGE devotee instantly. Young, hard, with a baby-face despite the cleft chin... Brad looked like the stunningly handsome fratboy of my dreams. There was just something instantly classic about Brad in stills, the captured moment of hard, hot youth dripping with eager, effortless sensuality. The stills and description of Brad on the website were what made me purchase my first BG East video, and Brad's amazing performance cemented the deal. I'm now hooked, and I suspect I'll never have "enough" BG East products to keep me from jonesin' for the latest tempting treat that they continue to produce.
Kid Leopard, fielding some critiques aimed at Brad's physique in more recent career appearances, rhetorically pointed out that he'd love to be 20 years old again, but none of us really have that option, so how is it valid to fault a 30-something (?) year old Brad for not looking exactly like he did when he first appeared in a wrestling video around 1993 or so. I, for one, would not love to be 20 years old again. Not just because I was so anxious and uncertain about my own sexuality, but frankly, I wasn't in nearly the physical shape I am now as I rapidly approach 40. To tell the truth, if I met my 20 year old self today, I could kick his ass in a heartbeat. And if I'm being truthful, I think I'd find it cathartic to beat the crap out of my anxiety-wracked, skinny, 20 year-old self. Hell, there's even something sort of hot about the idea. Okay, now I've probably gone and said too much...
Back to Brad: then, now... whatever. His most recent BGE appearance, I believe, was released in 2006. And true enough, in a side by side comparison, he's not quite as rock hard as he was when he was 20 or so. He isn't as tanned, which is something that comes with the wisdom of age. His pecs aren't filled out to quite the extent they were in 1993. His shoulders are surely not quite as wide. But come on! His most recent incarnation includes a six pack, bulging biceps, astonishingly low body-fat, and gorgeous, strong legs. He's not a twin of his younger self, but he's hardly someone that would fail to grab my attention and make my heart race were I to see him out at a bar. More importantly, as far as I'm concerned, his most recent incarnation continues to be one in which he pounds and gets pounded, squeezes and gets squeezed, and weaves together a smoking hot story of a snarling will to dominate and a chip on his heart-of-a-jobber shoulder that he'll never quite shake, no matter how many young challengers he decimates. Those are all the elements that keep me happily entertained by homoerotic wrestling today and a decade ago, and from start to finish, Brad was always a sure-fire go-to guy to make my fantasies come to life.