I love it when BG East fans turn the corner and become BG East wrestlers! For one thing, I think they've got a leg up in already knowing the scene. A wrestler who arrives already knowing the story of the epic heel turn of Brad Rochelle, for example, is immediately starting off at an entirely different level in speaking to me as a fan, I think. But even more, a new wrestler who has been a long-time fan has a greater chance of already knowing about fan blogs like this one. Case in point: BG East rookie x-fighter, Drake Marcos. Well before his debut release in X-Fights 34, I caught sight of sexy Drake in a behind-the-scenes pic off off Kid Karisma's blog post about the September taping in Pembroke. Young Drake caught my eye, sandwiched so tightly between big, burly bear Red Baron and blond, blue-eyed Canuck, Blaine Janus. I gushed a bit here at neverland, speculating on what this handsome young hottie might bring with him as a newbie to the scene. Little did I know that Drake not only follows BG East as an avid fan, he also reads neverland! He reached out and thanked me for the shout out. One thing led to another, and of course I talked BG East's newest x-fighter into giving me an interview. I had no idea the auspicious location he was in when we chatted, and another surprise I had, once I had Drake on the line, was how fast time flies when chatting with him. He likes to talk about all things homoerotic and wrestling every bit as much as I do, and you and I both know that's saying a whole, whole lot! So here's the transcript of my extensive chat with the cheshire cat of BG East's rookie line up in Catalog 96. For your viewing and reading pleasure, let me introduce Drake Marcos...
|Drake Marcos: 5'10", 155 lbs, damn happy to wrestle for BG East!|
|Drake first appeared here at neverland as that unnamed hottie between Blaine Janus and Red Baron|
|"My smile has a mind of its own..."|
Drake: The story on the site is kind of oversimplified. Basically I've known Kid Leopard for nearly a decade. We've had multiple conversations online. He'd extended the offer to bring me out for training in the past, but there’s a long backstory involving inner spiritual turmoil and near crippling body dysmorphia issues, and I demurred for a good while. Then, late last year, I jokingly applied as a model for the now-defunct HBWL and was put in contact with the owner, and next thing I know, I'd completed three shoots for them and received a message on, also now defunct, Grunts 'N Groans from KL that said, simply, "No more excuses, it's time." And with a slight hesitation, I accepted. With everything official and settled, I threw my ass headlong into the gym and began to get myself into better shape for BG East, and I hope that translated to camera. I credit much of the early blossoming of my sexuality to BG East, oddly enough. So the idea that someone saw me as a good fit for the site was quite overwhelming. I was determined not to let KL down with my fitness or any fans that may have been holdovers from HBWL.
Bard: I hear the jokers that write the text for the BG East website often oversimplify things! Fascinating to hear the story and to read between the lines of what sounds like even more story. I'm thrilled that you battled whatever demons were necessary to "throw your ass headlong" into this adventure! I found your presence in the mat room for X-Fights 34... compelling, to say the least. Having such a long build up to get to that day, what was it like when the boys at BG East said, "Oh, and by the way, you're going to wrestle your first match against the massively muscled gym bunny that ate Gabriel Ross whole?"
|Drake gets thrown to the wolves|
Had you asked me before fighting Gabriel who I wanted to cut my teeth against I would have picked someone equally as new and with similar stats, but after? I can't imagine a better way to get the ball rolling. And it definitely got me amped for the opponents I had later in the week.
Bard: I know of no other believable explanation for how lovely "little" Gabriel Ross turned into that massive musclebound basher than to believe a gorgeous gym bunny ate him. I'm sticking to it. So hold that thought about who else you faced, because you know for a fact I'm coming back to that topic! But let me linger just a bit on diabolically innocent looking Gabriel hand-picking you to give you that wad-blowing welcome he gave you in X-Fights 34. So there's just no way to miss the grin stretching from ear to ear across your face through most of this match (excluding the moments when your face is buried between his skull-crunching thighs or twisted in such exquisite agony). Was it difficult maintaining your focus on the wrestling? You get in some enviable muscle worship in there, and I couldn't help but think jealously of the phrase "between a rock and a hard place" when he repeatedly delighted in just slamming his bulging body down on top of you and pounding the air out of your lungs. Was the mix of pain and pleasure what you expected it to be, and would you do anything differently, knowing what you know now about Gabriel 2.0?
|Gabriel gives Drake a thrill he'll be chasing for a long time|
|"... so easy to get lost in worshipping him"|
|Drake goes down under the expert attention of an angel-faced veteran|
|Drake's new abs take a beating, which|
he gives right back to Gabriel.
Bard: Well, I'm guessing there are plenty of guys who'll be happy to rub something up and down your body, but I don't think it'll involve cheese! You look damn sexy to me! You're crazy-handsome (thus my fawning comparisons to John Fugelsang on my blog, who I think is incredibly hot). And your legs are simply gorgeous. I predict you're going to make boys cry when you've snapped shut those scissors around them. Speaking of which, at this early point in your wrestling career, what do you think is the strongest aspect of your wrestling arsenal? What holds or maneuvers do you think are your most effective, and equally as important, what holds turn you on the hardest (either giving or receiving)?
|"I'm rather fond of my full nelson/body scissors combo."|
|Drake likes wrapping them up tight and watching the fight drain from their eyes.|
Drake: [laughing] As for who I'd like to fall victim to my sleeper? I have a few in mind... Skip Vance for one, Len Harder for the shit talk on Grunts N' Groans, and definitely Ben Monaco for the shit talk exchange on Facebook, that would be ultra satisfying. And I hate to say it, Bard, but I would love to take down your resident god: Kid Karisma. The first three I know are entirely possible; Kid K would be a major stroke of luck, however. Being honest, I know I'm not near the level of competition or skill for Kid K, but I would kill for the shot.
|Drake has his sights set on patron saint of|
neverland, Kid Karisma
Drake: I know I'm possibly signing my own death certificate by throwing that kind of challenge out there at Kid K, and I know I'm not quite ready to compete at that level quite yet. That's why I'm secretly hoping he doesn't show up at a shoot that I'm at soon! But I do believe, that, with enough training and preparation that, if I can't beat him, I'm definitely going to give that flawless ass a run for its money.
|Josh Avery talks top notch trash|
|Aryx Quinn and Nick Archer round out|
Drake's classic fantasy list
Finally Nick Archer: as much as I loved watching him getting methodically torn apart, I kind of want to experience defeat at his hands. Short, ripped little fucker, making me fade away helplessly in his classic, figure-4 head scissor. Shit, I'm going to have to revisit some of those matches for the holiday season!
Bard: Hot, hot, hot! I love the fact that you know the BGE catalogue so well. I'm making an educated guess that your familiarity with the classics will be a major asset in your evolving homoerotic wrestling career. Taking the best, hottest elements of the best and hottest wrestlers seems like it would automatically give you a huge leg up against other wrestlers, particularly other rookies. And personally, I think any wrestler who wears headgear into the ring (a la Josh Avery) should get tied into the ropes with said headgear stuffed down his trunks. But that may be just me. So Aryx, Nick, and Josh... I'm sensing a prettyboy-jock theme. Are there particular themes to the guys that get your heart pumping hardest? Angelic-looking sadists with gym bunny bodies and English accents can obviously top you off, but do you have other "tastes" that you tend toward in your guys?
|Drake remembers well that it was Justin|
Pierce who stole Josh Avery's headgear and
put the trash talker to sleep!
|K-Pop hardbody, Jay Park|
It's always been kind of weird to me, though, when I think about the wrestling/dating aspect. I know there's the legendary Christian/Skip fairy tale wrestling romance, that I'd like to find some day. But, usually, when I'm dating someone, wrestling them is the farthest thing from my mind. Weird, I know. But I am sort of a private person in a lot of aspects. The wrestling part of my life is kept separate from my personal life, and I'm kind of okay with that. Now that's not to say that I don't have fun and don't wrestle off camera, I do that. But, at this point in time, I feel more at ease and organized with keeping the two as separate entities. Who knows, though? Maybe down the road the two will merge into a perfect union. Only time will tell.
Bard: Fascinating! It's a sad thing not all of us can enjoy a "wrestling romance" as wrestling-hot as Christian and Skip. You'll have to let us at neverland know if these two worlds collide for you in the future. Maybe Skip and Christian can set you up with some wrestling stud that they know of on the market. So, 1) who would be your top pick for a tag team partner, 2) who would you face first, and 3) which of the four of you ends up tied in the ropes and force-fed cock? Oh, wait, that last part is my answer to the question, "What would be the climax to that match," so perhaps that should be your number 3.
|Mr. Janus had better hold up his end of a|
tag team with Drake, or else!
Bard: Well you may have never figured a tag team partner into your fantasies, but you've painted a most provocative picture that I'd pay to see! And I love hearing that you hit it off with Blaine. Damn, that guy puts the "erotic" in homoerotic wrestling! So a couple of years ago I adopted a rule that I saw Kid Leopard enforce on the BG East Headquarters discussion group, banning comments that trash wrestlers with catty comments about their bodies. I'm sure I don't need to tell you how ridiculously hypercritical gay guys can be as "consumers" of each other's bodies (so to speak), and I occasionally round-bin a comment that someone tries to post on my blog about a wrestler being too skinny, fat, unattractive, etc. At the same time, I realize that I'm one of a chorus of voices promoting my particular tastes in men's bodies, including (but not limited to) hard, hot muscle hunks with probably unhealthily low body fat and ridiculous genetic gifts. As a new face on the scene who's upfront about your history of struggling with your body image, do you have any advice for homoerotic wrestling fans about how we talk about you all? And any advice for the countless guys reading these words who struggle with valuing themselves because of body image issues and that internal, hypercritical gay bitch inside each of us all too ready to tear ourselves down for not looking like some completely unrealistic ideal (aka, Lon Dumont... for me, at least)?
Drake: As part of the gay community, you are subject to unfair criticism. In terms of wrestlers, we're stripping ourselves down on camera so the criticism is heightened. Fueled by a love of the similar tastes and wanting to put something out for the fans, that we ourselves would like to watch, is something we don't take lightly. When it comes to attacking wrestlers: if you want to sit at your keyboard in the safety and comfort of your home and have the audacity to criticize what we look like, who we are and what we do (or don't do), I'm not bothered, that's your shtick. Until you have the guts to do what we do, you have nothing to stand on. We do what we do to make you happy. We have so many different guys to cast in our fantasy roles. If you see someone on the site that you don't think is attractive or doesn't fit your ideal, just keep clicking. We have the Adonises. We have the guys who are continuing to work on their bodies. And we have the Everyman. But to take to a wrestling blog and to attack someone's image is a waste of everybody's time.
Bard: I hear you! And I hope that I haven't strayed into that particular shtick too often, because I think you're absolutely right. You guys who strip down to nearly (or completely!) nothing and not only put your bodies on display but also put them to the test against another competitor (however competitive and/or amorous it gets) deserve 110% respect from those of us who just "consume." And personally I get stoked by so many different "types" of wrestlers. I love getting totally taken by surprise, making a snap judgment that some wrestler isn't going to be at the top of my list of fantasies, only to see him in action and find myself totally captured by his body, his intellect, his humor, his personality.
Drake: Yeah, I'm pretty much a fan of the old adage "Everyone is beautiful." Because it's true. Concepts of beauty differ greatly across racial and generational lines. Everyone needs to get to a point where they love themselves for who they currently are and what they look like.
|Not everyone should look like Stretch Armstrong (who turned me gay)|
Drake: Since we're talking about body image everyone needs to accept the reality of how you currently look and decide if there's something you want to change. There are literally millions of avenues to getting into the shape you want. The hardest part of all this is committing to doing it though. It takes 2 weeks to develop a habit. Give yourself at least 14 days of doing something everyday, and then you'll continue to do it. And the worst thing you can do going into physical fitness is wanting to have the body of someone else. No one has identical bodies. Every body is built differently and with different potentials. What you need to do is go into it wanting to be in the best shape possible: that includes a healthy diet, a good workout program, and an attitude that it is possible.
Bard: I think that sounds like an awesome attitude and approach, Drake! I think it's also a nice corrective to the tendency to latch onto one "ideal" body and hold ourselves, and our homoerotic wrestling objects of lust, up to that one image. Your comments send me self-reflecting on this blog, and the ways that I may intentionally or inadvertently promote unrealistic body images for wrestlers and readers. Regularly picking my favorites probably says a lot about the range (or lack thereof) of what I think of as ideal. You've given me a lot of food for thought!
|Like Zac Efron, but even better|
Bard: Hell, yes! Smokin' hot wrestlers come in all sorts of packages! I'll take that "necessarily" to heart, and I sincerely appreciate your words of caution about worshipping too much at the altar of cookie-cutter fitness model physiques. I think this conversation is good for me as I think about how I write about wrestlers and how I think about my own fitness goals. You rock.
Drake: Well, it's your blog, your little corner of the web to say what you think unfettered by other people's thoughts. If you feel like saying someone has the penultimate bod, I think you should be allowed to express that. One more thing I wanna say about fitness before we move away from that is: I am not a fitness guru, nor am I a physical trainer. I’m far from that. I'm just a guy who came late for the party and is stuck cleaning up the mess. I can only speak from my personal, frighteningly sparse, experience. So with that forewarning, another key to getting yourself on track is friends and accountability. I lost track of how many people have noticed my improvements, even ones that I didn't see with my mirrored "progress checks" (which occur every few hours.) That, especially, serves to buoy and foster confidence that what you're doing is working: other people's validation. You're your own worst critic, but once you've got others on board supporting you, those self-defeating voices eventually begin to fade.
Bard: Again, that sounds like excellent advice! So... Zac Efron? Okay. I'll be fine with you having his body (or better). But as for who you look like, when I saw Kid K's pic of you from the September shoot at BG East, I mentioned on my blog that you sort of had a John Fugelsang look about you. Tell me that you get that all the time, that you look like John Fugelsang. And holy shit, John Fugelsang as an X-fighter homoerotic wrestler... holy... shit! What an idea!!!
|Separated at birth?|
|Wally Cleaver as erotic wrestler!|
Drake: I had a nagging suspicion that I had seen him in something before but couldn't put my finger on it, but you nailed it! I have seen Fugelsang around before, just didn't know his name! Since I'm apparently his doppelgänger, it'd be in poor taste for me to say I find him attractive, right? This all being said, I really am going to develop an ego with all the compliments you've been feeding me... Stop...please...(keep ‘em coming)! [laughing]
Bard: Well I'm fantasizing about you in an X-fight with Fugelsang, so if you find him attractive, all the better on my end. So we've been at this interview for a while, and I think I could keep chatting for hours longer with you, but I suspect you have a life to get on with. You've given neverland readers, and me in particular, a ton of great stuff to ponder and look forward to. Anything else you'd like to say by way of introduction to BG East fans sitting up and taking note of Drake Marcos' arrival on the scene?
Drake: I've had a blast chatting with you about all of this and am so sad it's ending! This has been way too fun! As we talk, I'm sitting in an airport in Atlanta waiting for my flight to Ft. Lauderdale where I will be getting up to some more BG East hijinks, so definitely want to say you can expect more from yours truly, Drake Marcos. Maybe some of my comments here can prick the ears of future challengers and we can get the wheels rolling on those. I plan on either starting blogging or tweeting soon (I'll keep you informed) to capture all of the BG East goodness, because I'd like to be at this for a little bit. I derive great pleasure in giving people what they want to see and hear so stick with me, because Drake is just getting started.
|Having had a taste of BG East wrestling,|
Drake is definitely heading back for more!
Drake: I will certainly do that, Bard. It was a pleasure chatting with you and I look forward to doing it again soon!