Thursday, April 11, 2013

Heelness of Your-Mother-Sucks-Cocks-in-Hell Enormity










I have two main things I want to say about UCW-Wrestling's latest new release [#271: new, as opposed to one of its lost videos from the vault]. 

First, new talent Quinn Harper is quite a find. He is a natural and top-notch storyteller. Talking nonstop throughout this wild and woolly 34-minute beatdown, he almost singlehandedly carries the plot, the setup for a new storyline UCW apparently intends to pursue over the coming weeks and months. Quinn and henchman Stay*c Adams blindside and nearly cripple UCW "company man" Axel in a slimeball effort to make quick and easy reputations for themselves. Axel puts up an astounding defense, leading to a stunning (and emotionally exhausting) climax, which nevertheless leaves plenty of room for sequels and reprisals. Quinn has a sleek, sinewy physique, and every cell of his body exudes sadism. Primo sadism. He looks to be a uniquely energizing force at UCW, comparable to the arrival of Eli Black a little over a year ago. (A faceoff between Quinn and Eli would be monumental, I suspect, and perhaps even inevitable.)

Second, Axel has never suffered as nobly and sexily as he does here. It's hard not to empathize with this guy, even if you happen to be the type who gets off on watching him go through hell. He is quite literally an innocent victim here--a victim of Quinn and Stay*c's overarching grab for power and fame. He fights back like a cornered beast--fatigue, confusion, and rage registering in equal parts in his eyes. The skinny Axel of yesteryear is gone now, having disappeared in an instant of the past I have not been able to pinpoint, replaced by a still slim but maturely toned physique and manly confidence. The confidence is as sexy on him as the physique, as far as I'm concerned. He's always been a good scrapper, and as his experience has grown to match his training in holds, he exudes a can-do spirit I have always found attractive in a wrestler. As a victim, he is magnetic and expressive--yet as good a seller of moves as he is, it's hard to miss the fact that the stiff chops he receives here leave their imprints on his body.

I have some reservations about the match, too. For one, I don't much care for the representation of the underclass as bullies, intent only on destroying what their vastly more capable and morally superior masters have built. It could be a bit of a swerve away from UCW's usual "working-class" ethos, but this is the sort of thing likely to put off  only an old radical socialist like me. To be fair (and accurate), Quinn and Stay*c play upstart punks, not union organizers. Obviously, their class warfare is only a clamor for attention, not a liberation movement. The homophobic slurs and explicit rape imagery are a bit much for me, too. "Scarily intense" would, I think, sum it all up, and I don't consider myself the type usually to get queasy about such things. I understand that they are only plot devices, and on principle I'm not opposed to "rape fantasy." I have fantasies, too, and I can tell the difference between them and reality. In this case, I'm alarmed by how close this depiction approaches real life, my feelings complicated further by the fact that though I'm aware of Axel's bi-identity, I'm less sure where Quinn and Stay*c are in all this fag-bashing. 

That said, this is still one of UCW's most dynamic and compelling offerings in months--a bit more grueling than will suit everybody's taste, I assume, but technically and dramatically it is something of a breakthrough for the company, carried on the highly capable shoulders of Axel and Quinn. Despite my reservations, I could not turn my eyes away. I was thoroughly engrossed in (if never aroused by) the action. I recommend this match for its performances, but with the caveat that some real (I felt) unpleasantness enters into the mix--so not for the thin-skinned or faint-hearted.

3 comments:

  1. Is it Stay'C on top in the second image? Whoever, Grrrr!

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    1. In the second image, that's Quinn Harper. Stay*c is in the solid green trunks.

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