Friday, June 30, 2017

Dangling Participle

Here's Chris Dickinson in his signature low-cut-black-trunks-with-dangling-strings in a match against Fred Yehi (Evolve 87, June 16, Queens, NY). What do you think of Dickinson's ring look?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Coming To America

NXT has been scouring the world for potential WWE Superstars; two of their recent finds may look familiar to you.  Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel have both been featured here on Beefcakes of Wrestling before, but you probably know them more by the ring names they previously used, i.e.,  Adrian Severe and Axel Dieter, Jr. Aichner is originally from Italy but he was signed for so many years to German-based promotion New European Championship Wrestling (NEW) that I mistook him for German (I've identified him as German in all my previous posts on him, but apparently, I was wrong). Barthel is German and was signed to a different German-based promotion called Westside Xtreme Wrestling (WXW). Both wrestlers are 26 years old; after signing with WWE/NXT, these two are now using their real names. Thanks to longtime contributor and good friend of this blog David for taking these excellent pics of Aichner/Severe and Barthel/Dieter. Can't wait to see what he'll photograph next.
Fabian Aichner aka Adrian Severe
6 ft. 0 in., 203 lbs. Trained by Alex Wright

Aichner/Severe made his pro debut in 2011.

His opponent here is Brazilian import Adrian Jaoude.

Marcel Barthel aka Axel Dieter Jr.
6 ft. 3 in., 187 pounds.
Trained by his father, pro wrestler Axel Dieter.

Barthel/Dieter made his pro debut in 2009.

His opponent here is Roderick Strong. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Reunited : La Resistance

If you've always wanted to see former WWE tag team champions Sylvain Grenier and Rene Dupree team up in the ring again, today is your lucky day. La Resistance reunited early this month at a WrestlePro event held in Keyport, New Jersey. Grenier, now 40, and Dupree, 33, joined indie wrestler Mario Bokara to face Jos A Fernandez, Jos B Fernandez, and Nikos Rikos in a three-man tag team match. Le Resistance and Bokara did not win the bout, but it was nice seeing Grenier and Dupree together again. (All photos by Richard Strickland)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Model Life With Antaios

I think we all know it's pretty difficult to make a living solely as an independent professional wrestler.  Many indie wrestlers need day jobs to be able to do what they love when they're not working. Some are firefighters, personal trainers, bouncers, bit actors, and yes, even exotic dancers. Take Antaios. The ex-commando is not only a wrestler with British company Lucha Britannia (a kind of artsy, cabaret-style underground theater experience), he's also an actor and self-described fetish model.

Here are some modelling pics he posted on social media recently.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Muscle Monday : Sexy Kev

Here's British wrestler Sexy Kev living up to his ring name. Watch him in action against Chris Ridgeway here (2016) and against Rocky Future here (2017).