|Young, rookie Brad Rochelle pumped and ready for business|
Kid Leopard promised me this summer when I visited the BG East compound that we haven't seen the last of legendary BG East babyface, Brad Rochelle. Like so many other homoerotic wrestling fans, I was thrilled by this news. The instant I saw Brad as the cover boy on the front page of the BG East website about 13 years ago or so I was sold. Such a handsome face; such a gorgeous, hard body! Just that one cover image of Brad made him an instant star of countless homoerotic wrestling fantasies. So when I actually got my hands on my first glimpse of him working all those mouth-watering muscles in the ring, he was already cemented as a homoerotic wrestling fantasy man. Watching his matches over the following years has never disappointed me. His body, like his wrestling persona, matured, which as far as I'm concerned is only good news. After a few early career victories, he was stuck deeply in the rut of jobberdom as The Boss bound his hands behind his back to be everyone's practice dummy in The Contract series. The endless humiliation and vicious abuse of his body and spirit finally made the babyface break, and all those nasty dirty tricks and vile exploitation he'd suffered over the years came back to haunt newbie babyface after newbie babyface. About 3 years ago BG East released a tag team match that they found in their archives from Brad's earlier work, but the last we saw of the Brad storyline was his 2006 appearance in his signature series, The Contract, enlisting a reluctant Jonny Firestorm to join him in teaching Patrick Donovan and Steven Thomas a lesson they won't soon forget.
Then Brad seemingly disappeared. His fan group has continued to pine away, but as the years ticked by with no sight of him, even the most diehard Brad fanatics began to despair. The Boss dropped hints in the BG East fan group from time to time, assuring everyone that Brad was still around and would someday see the light of day again, but after 5 years, longing mentions of Brad on the boards tend to spark sneering slap downs from commenters who've grown convinced that he's officially retired. My report of The Boss' promise that we'd see Brad again notwithstanding, the ranks of believers have grown thin lately. And then, like a vision from beyond the veil, The Boss posted 6 picture proofs that Brad's days in the ring and on the mats are undeniably not over!
|Brad Rochelle, still wrestling and filling out his trunks exceedingly well!|
|Brad cracks Chace LaChance across his knee.|
|Attila Dynasty winces (and bulges) in the grasp of the veteran.|
|Babyface teamwork comes back to bite Brad in the butt.|
|Brad is living large and in charge, flexing overtop of 2 defeated prettyboys.|
|Brad's 1-finger salute to the doubters and haters|
|Is that a floppy-haired Denny Cartier schooling veteran Brad in mat wrestling!?|
|Cameraman Jonny Firestorm appears to make his presence known|
during Brad's much-lauded return to the ring (this photo also posted
at BG East Yahoo Group)
Thanks Kid Leopard, for the tantalizing pics and for setting our hearts pumping in anticipation! And welcome back, Brad!