Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Conflict of Modern Underground Female Wrestling

Hey there, Gentle Readers.

Now, mind you, I normally avoid topics of controversy (uh oh...), but recent Twitterings have gotten my attention and have moved me to speak out.

I recently read a piece discussing how Brazilian jiujitsu ("BJJ") is threatening to dominate the underground female wrestling video industry.  The claim implied that technical styles of grappling are not as interesting or, one can infer, not as sexy as instinctive, untrained squeezing and pressing.

Sure, I can definitely see that.  Raw passions, innocent risk-taking, and wild fury may very well have greater appeal for an underground audience than sportsman-like chess playing.  It was implied that it is better to see untrained ladies performing hard, strenuous wrestling than experienced grapplers on the mats together.  Indeed, one can see the appeal, surely.  However, we need to consider a few things before we can move on.

Firstly, from a production stand-point, unbridled, untrained, "anything goes" is like playing Russian roulette when it comes to competitive underground wrestling.  How long will it be before one wrestler turns the wrong way while in an incidental lock, before another gets her neck cranked in a headlock, before too much random leg tangling leads to the loss of a knee ligament... All is well and good, until injury happens.  And when bad injuries occur in the underground, some really bad feelings can result.

But training and experience can greatly reduce the number of accidental, ignorance-based injuries.  For one, wrestlers will be less likely to attempt potentially self-damaging movements (I keep thinking of forcefully spinning the wrong way out of a heel hook - which can potentially happen incidentally).  Furthermore, the wrestler will be more likely to immediately realize when she or her opponent are in a potentially damaging situation or position, and she will be able to adjust for safety.

But I risk digression here.  I just deleted a bunch of technical digression, actually.  Back to the topic at hand.

The Conflict of Style

I have seen these comments time and time again.  To paraphrase: No one fights "Old School" anymore!  The women are using grappling styles that are too efficient!  Scissors and smothers are being defeated by new-fangled grapple-y techniques in "open" underground competition.

Some people long for the good old days, before submission grappling schools became ubiquitous and when underground wrestlers relied on trial-and-error in the moment.  What's a quick and easy way to cause pain?  Scissoring with your legs.  What's a quick and easy way to cause discomfort?  Smothering the opponent's face.  Untrained wrestlers can find these techniques quickly and easily, and against other untrained wrestlers these attacks can be quite effective.  They are universally accessible.

Indeed, when I first tried underground wrestling many years ago, I submitted someone by front body scissors, just on instinct.

But these easily accessible techniques are also easily countered.  As people are inclined to do, wrestlers sought ways to overcome these obstacles.

In the 1990s, on the "mainstream" stage, we saw the emergence of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  In the early UFC, we saw representatives from different martial arts come together to fight in "mixed martial arts" competition.  The early events were dominated by the representative for Brazilian jiujitsu, Royce Gracie.  As a result, BJJ grew tremendously in popularity, often championed as a way for a smaller/weaker opponent to overcome an untrained larger/stronger opponent.

Over time, BJJ schools grew in number, branching out across the nation and the world, and providing opportunities for adults to learn an efficient grappling martial art.

And please note where I say "adult."  By this, I mean "non-school-age person" or, more specifically, "someone who is no longer playing sports on a school team."  Indeed, someone on a school wrestling team has great access to wrestling training, but someone who is not on the team or who has already graduated has a very hard time accessing regular, formalized wrestling training... but BJJ and no-gi submission grappling are actually quite accessible for adult people.  They are our most accessible form of wrestling and grappling education at this time.

Female wrestler Helen von Mott was one of the first, if not the first, underground female wrestler to bring her BJJ education to the underground scene.  In fact, she even earned her BJJ black belt while still operating in our industry.  Helen became legendary as an underground wrestler, known to be extremely skilled and confident, and she also demonstrated just how effective BJJ style training can be in the mixed / female wrestling environment.  She even visited us here in NYC to show our local ladies some essential techniques and encourage all to take up BJJ training (easy to do with schools so accessible).

And so, Brazilian jiujitsu had entered the waters.  Its effectiveness in mixed wrestling and against untrained opponents became obvious to see: by using leverage, off-balancing techniques, and a new arsenal of submission attacks, trained women started snatching victories from untrained (and sometimes larger) opponents.

Indeed, this style of training even provides the weaponry needed to escape from and defeat incidentally-applied scissorholds and smothers.  How great!  Who could ask for anything more!

Since BJJ style training is so accessible nowadays, many ladies have added basic techniques to their repertory.  However, a downside does come of all this.  Perhaps several downsides.

One is the guard position.  I personally don't have issues with the guard position, provided it is an active, aggressive guard that is just a stepping stone to a sweep or submission.  However, less experienced grapplers can lack the skill and confidence needed to progress from the bottom of guard and/or conservative opponents may make no attempts to pass the guard if there are no penalties for stalling.  The result of those cases is a match with very little movement, few changes of position, and one big neutral position.

The next problem is the "calm" mentality that results from BJJ training.  Generally speaking, the more experience one has in this style, the more likely that she will approach the match in a thoughtful, technical, chess-game state of mind.  "Anger faces" become more rare, impulsive and passionate random movements become more rare, and the match can become more of an athletic discussion and/or surgical dismantling, rather than a clash-and-bash festival.

Next problem: the game is now top-heavy!  While many ladies have accessible to jiujitsu and submission grappling training, many others still do not.  So, in a world where prior training is becoming the norm, untrained newcomers and veterans alike are finding it harder and harder to win.  In a world where everyone was playing by instinct, size and strength - or random anomaly - were often the determining factors.  But now, with no formal skill level divisions in the industry, the game has changed to be potentially less inclusive.

What is this Brave New World like?

It's sporty.  At least this is how it appears to me.  It's competitive, certainly.  It does start to run noticeably parallel with the mainstream.  And not everyone is pleased about that.

Two points I want to touch on here:
1. Sexiness
2. Competition

As to Sexiness...  one of my follow community members notes that jointlocks and technical athletics just don't have the same "sex appeal" as squeezing scissorholds and pressing smothers.  I have two thoughts here, and my initial thought is this: Imprinting.

If, back in your "formative years," your first encounter with underground wrestling, be it mixed or female, was filled with images of ladies fighting competitively with scissorholds and smothers, then I would dare say you may have become inclined to seeing fighting with scissors and smothers.  These moves were the bread and butter, and who can have wrestling that sexy-looking without them?  That's how it's done!  That's how it first appeared to you.  And, if you liked what you saw, then that's how it should always be.  Changes to the game, and the decline in use of these moves, for better or worse, are just... for worse.

But what if, theoretically, you never cared for scissors and smothers, but the first time you saw a triangle hold, or a mounted triangle, or even an armbar, what if then you had a little light go on saying "how sexy!"  Furthermore, what if you weren't even around during the Old Days and instead your first encounter with underground wrestling featured small girls defeating larger girls by using slippery skill and mounted triangles... and what if you liked that very much... ?

Now, I grant you, squeezing and pressing is generally "sexier" and more sensual than putting pressure on a knee or elbow from off to the side.  Probably a greater number of people find this to be the case.  Body-to-body pressure in a slow, smothering manner, with sweat and (insert your favorite attire choice), the grueling strength battle, bulging muscles, gritting teeth, wild hair (like, think 80s hair), pressing, squeezing. But anyway, just consider this.

So Why Change?

Competition... Most people like to win.  But the competitive lady wrestlers really like to win.  And none want to lose.  Especially when being video recorded.

In a given match, the wrestler will do whatever she can within the rules (ahem) to secure her victory.  Or, at least, to prevent herself from losing.

We've established that BJJ and formal submission grappling training can teach a wrestler how to grapple more efficiently: conserve energy, escape from holds, launch time-tested techniques.  And we've discussed how underground ladies are incorporating this style in order to stay ahead of the game - or how previously-trained ladies can quickly rise to the top.  But what has happened to the scissors and smothers?

Since they are easily escaped and countered by trained grapplers, scissors and smothers may be falling behind in top-level underground wrestling competition.

Well, says I, that's easy to fix!  Why not just change the rules to make it "Scissors and Smothers Only" or "No closed guard" or "No joint attacks"?

But!

You. Can't. Change. The. Rules.

What?!  Rubbish, of course you can change the rules.  You can make whatever rules you want.  Furthermore, have we even established what The Rules are?

You. Can't. Change. The. Rules.

Yeah, but - what rules?  What are these unspoken rules?  We know there are rules, because, for one, you aren't allowed to kill or maim you opponent.  So, there, that's one rule I have divined.  We kind of think there are no small joint manipulations allowed (bending fingers or toes), but no one ever really mentions it.  We know there's no striking.  We kind of think that all submissions are allowed, by default, but we also do not allow submissions by hair pulling (or do we??).  So, what are the rules?  Do we really know?  And if we don't have them written down, why can't we legitimately offer variations?  And, by the way, who exactly is "we".....?

So, things change but they don't change?

The Rules =  female submission wrestling.    ...?

Isn't it perplexing?  What if we had an underground circuit for scissors and smothers wrestling?  Would it have a following?  I suppose, if you build it.... maybe it's worth a shot.  But one of my esteemed colleagues says that "special rules" are just a "side show" to the Main Event.  Indeed, there is some phenomenon out there in the wide world that says "Scissors and Smothers Only" is not the "pure" default.

I asked Keri for her opinion on the matter.

On Twitter, I asked her how she would feel about winning a match using a scissorhold.  Also on Twitter, she replied:

"i wouldn't be proud of a match won w/ scissors..no technical skill needed."

In response, I asked:

"But, Keri, how would you feel is only scissor submissions were allowed?"

And she replied:

"same way. I'd do it and it would be fun, but I would not count it as any part of win/loss record."

How intriguing!  And thank you, Keri, for adding this very valuable point of view!

Win/loss record matters to the lady wrestlers.  But what counts toward the win/loss record?  It seems like only matches that follow The Rules.

Sadly, under The Rules, draws are allowed to happen.  I think this is a key problem to complaints about the New Way.

Since a draw is not a loss, modern wrestlers may be inclined to fight for the draw.  This means less risk-taking, more conservative styles, fewer attempts are scissors and smothers against high-level opponents.  Low-percentage but potentially interesting/entertaining moves go out the window (such as risky guard pass attempts, school girl pins, or attempting headscissors from the bottom of guard).  And, instead, a match may come down to a takedown followed by guard position for the entire rest of the time.

Attempting to pass someone's guard is risky.  You can get swept and then stuck on the bottom after being so happily on top.  So, if there are no penalties for not attempting a pass, why risk it?  If you are pinning your opponent and The Rules do not specify Pins, then why bother with a submission attempt that could lead to the opponent's escape?  As it is, there is no downside to a draw.  And this can lead to "slower" modern matches, which are not slow because of sensual body pressing.

So, What Are We to Do?

If the underground wrestling world is uncomfortable with the modern developments of the game, then what can be done about it?

1. Change the rules.
    I know, I know, this leads to a lot of belly-aching.  But if you want to see the trained grappler girls fighting on instinct and impulse, you need to put them in an environment that is new to them.  It's just like periodization in weight training: once you've adapted to a stimulus, you need to vary that stimulus in order to get new, dynamic results.

2. Do not allow draws.
    This one is tough to implement, since draws have been allowed by default.  Indeed, some women may refuse to compete if they knew a winner had to be determined somehow.

    I disallowed draws in our competitive matches perhaps a year or two ago.  I've tried several tie-breaking techniques, such Sudden Death overtime, arm wrestling, positional point scoring, and judge's decision.  Of all of these, I think the most satisfying is Sudden Death overtime, but that can make the match unreasonably lengthy...
   ............. but just think about it - if you came into a match knowing that it would never end unless someone won, wouldn't that light a fire under you?

    I think the least satisfying is arm wrestling.  That's a totally different game.

    The jury is out on Judge's Decision.  I am actually a submission grappling referee, so I am used to deciding matches by decision in the mainstream world.  We select a winner based on "skillful aggression" - whoever tried for the most things, whoever took the most skillful risks and pressed the advantage.  However, I don't get the impression that the underground scene as a whole is prepared to accept Judge's Decision.  But I'm not sure - maybe the ladies would accept it...

3. Standardize Pins-and-Submissions as the default
    This may be considered "changing the rules," but a number of people, particularly in mainland Europe, tend to lean toward Pins-and-Submissions as a potential default.

But really, at the end of the day, it all comes down to what the ladies and the rest of the community will accept as The Rules.

If I say "no draws" for my company, then people will just think it is just a unique quirk of ours.  However, if I can somehow, for example, mobilize my wrestlers and colleagues to accept the "no draws" policy, then we might be on to something.  However, if the promise of a not-loss (aka draw) is very lucrative, then it might be difficult to get rid of draws.

Whew, so there you have it!  These are my words on the topic for this lovely, humid summer afternoon here in New York City.  I'm motivated to try putting together some new female competitive matches with new faces (however, fantasy FF, mixed, and bondage wrestling are far more popular, I find... but that's a topic for another day).

Maybe MAYBE I can conduct some video interviews on the matter with the ladies.  That would be just swell!  But in the meantime, I leave you to muse on the matter.  And, as always, my ears and inbox are always open, and I'd love to hear your comments on the subject.  (I'm really quite friendly, under the right circumstance ;-D  )

Thanks for reading, and catch you all later!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beach Wrestling Today: Report!

So, we finally got to get in our first official beach wrestling adventure this summer!

As I mentioned in my last entry, our beach wrestling attempt last week was foiled by an off-putting weather forecast, and so the beach visit only resulted in scouting and solo filming.  But today, we had no weather fears to worry about!

So, early this morning, VeVe, Hanz, and I ventured out to the Rockaway beach for some wrestling action in the sand, sun, and surf.  Sadly, Amazon Annie and Azy couldn't join us, but hopefully we can get them involved on the next go-around.

VeVe had last attempted a little beach wrestling last August, but I don't think Hanz had ever wrestled on sand and surf before.  I don't know if he knew what to expect, but he got a pretty good taste of it this morning.  Actually, I think both VeVe and Hanz got a good literal taste of the ocean with this morning's bout!

I bought the competitors down to the water's edge, and we set up a fight area just inside the surf line, so that the water would wash in and out during the match.  So, as the tide rolled, the competitors would be alternatingly surrounded by wet sand and several inches of water.  And, of course, the sand and rolling waters proved a to be quite key aspect in this entire endeavor...

VeVe and Hanz started off with a pure submission wrestling bout, a regular competitive bout with all submissions being legal.  I kind of hoped they'd do a little more with takedowns, since I know what "difficulties" surf wrestling can provide to participants - takedown, stand up, takedown, stand up is a more forgiving method of handling this environment - but these two were just bound to discover the beach's joys all on their own.

So off they went!  And as soon as they hit the ground and started to work, they both discovered how immobilizing the wet sand can be: you get pressed into it and get stuck, it scratches you when you try to scoot around on the ground, it makes you fend off the environment just as much as you're fending off your opponent.  And then there's the challenge of the rolling waters!  Opponent on top of you and pressing you into the sand?  So you're stuck in the mud and.... here comes a wave!  Get rolled over and "face plant" right into the water.  Gasp for breath just as the tide rolls back in, and here's some tasty salt water.  It's a huge challenge to beach wrestle on the ground!


But despite the environmental challenges, VeVe and Hanz fought on!  In fact, they fought for about 11 long minutes before the first submission was eventually gained.

After a little interview to give their first impressions and comments, the competitors steeled themselves for the next round, which had quite the potential to be an even greater challenge: pins only!



So, they no longer had to worry about sticking their necks into choke holds, but now they faced the possibility of being pinned down into the rushing waters...

And, oh yes, this round was the hardest.  Especially for little VeVe.

With her ability to slide and slip around her opponent's body greatly reduced by the sand-burn traction, VeVe found Hanz's size advantage to be quite the foil.  But despite being stuck, sunken into sand, and water logged, VeVe fought on with amazing perseverance.  

And, by the way, any standard belly-down pin defense would often result in water in the face... and, of course, don't forget the opponent on top of you.


But despite fatigue, sand burn, and salt in the eyes they fought on! 


The Pins Only round lasted about 10 minutes, with only one full 3-count pin being achieved, despite all of the many attempts and body-pressing effort.  Both competitors emerged drenched, roughed-up, and covered in wet sand.  Surely, this is not an activity for the faint of heart!

Furthermore, VeVe has a low tolerance for cold, and even though she was moving about, the water was slowly freezing her into shivers.  But what a trooper!

Anyway.  VeVe and Hanz gave another brief commentary for the camera afterwards, letting us know their thoughts and opinions for this round.  We'd intended to also do a third round of takedowns only, but by this time the beach was starting to populate, and park rangers were starting to buzz about.

So that was beach wrestling for today!  Make no mistake, it is an adventure, this style of wrestling in the surf.  It can be rough, and cold, and scratchy, and certainly salty-wet.  It can be grueling, and fatiguing, and even claustrophobic.  It's a great struggle, it's very tough, and it most certainly is both a physical and mental challenge!  

I just put the full video of this together, and I'm actually taking a break right now from capturing screen stills.  I've got so much I'd like to say in the video's official description, since this video offers so much.  Competitive mixed wrestling, splendid outdoor environment, physical stress, mental anguish, an exercise in sheer will power.  Whew, ok, just thinking out loud here.  So, let me fire off this post and get back to work on the images!

Updated!

And now at 11 pm this same evening, the video has been released! 






Thursday, July 17, 2014

Busy Summer and Beach Filming to Come

Greetings once again, dear readers, from the very lovely middle of summertime here in New York City!  Not only has it been hot and humid here, but it's also been incredibly busy in the world of wrestling media production (and et cetera!).

Believe it or not, but I am still working on releasing the various diverse videos we filmed from our late May West Coast trip.  I've actually been updating the previous blog entry that had the list of videos with each new release.  I just updated it right now, just before opening this new entry.  But anyway, only a few more to go before those have all been released!

And as these West Coast videos have been going out, and as I've been working on their marketing materials and image collections, I've also been shooting, processing, and releasing various other videos these past two months while here at home.

Recent works there include a bondage wrestling video with Indra and Hanz, a new Superheroine Combat Match with VeVe and Keri, a fishnets agent duel with VeVe and Sircee, an "Angry Widows" catball with VeVe and Keri, mixed wrestling domination plus lift and carry with VeVe and Howl, as well as belly punching, a mixed pro-style videos, spandex POV videos, zentai wrestling, and - just yesterday - some beach antics.

Some little pictures from some of those...





But anyway, oh yes, speaking of beach antics...

We had such a fun time with our trial run of beach wrestling last year - when we first met Crazy Azy - that we decided to have a more "official" beach wrestling shoot this year.  Amazon Annie is definitely on board for anything involving the local beach, and VeVe is too, of course.  Crazy Azy will likely join us again, too.  This time, we will also be joined by Hanz and even possibly Howl.

So, we were looking to do this beach wrestling yesterday morning, but we were foiled by a weather forecast that, according to VeVe, called for "100% chance of rain."  So, on Tuesday evening, we decided to postpone that.  However, of course, once the next day came around, the weather was indeed a bit overcast, but there certainly were no horrific downpours.  And so, after a day of training and the gym, I headed over to the beach in the early evening to meet with VeVe, Amazon Annie, and Hanz to do some scouting and minor filming.

Hanz and Annie were in definite "scouting" mode, but VeVe was all set to film and well-prepared to get into the roiling waters.  So, we filmed a little bit of zentai in the water, as well as a little footage of VeVe in her new "skin diver girl" attire.



We took some video of VeVe gearing up in her skin diver attire, which is for a small clip for VeVe's Petite Powerhouse studio.  But I also made a small trailer to show this gear and the awesome background setting of the beach as well:


But anyway, beach wrestling has been RE-scheduled for next Tuesday, so more outdoor filming to come!

And don't even get me started on the plans we have for more multi-way bondage wrestling matches slated for this month.  We'll be filming with returning visitors Savannah Fox and Rachel DD (Goddess Rachelle), as well as new visitor Jade Indica and later returning guests Keri.  Possibly others as well - I need to consult the schedule!

More on that later, though, since my blogging time is very short right now.

We will also be travelling down to FetishCon again this year, which could potentially lead to even more multi-person bondage wrestling filming.  Of course, life being what it is, we've been just too busy up here to sit down and coordinate shoots for FetCon, so I think we may end up just playing that by ear.  But that tends to be fun too, and I'm quite all right with seat-of-the-pants flying every now and again.

Ok, words, words, words.  Sorry for the lack of pictures in this entry, but I am trying to compose it super fast!

So, Savannah Fox & Co filming next week.  Hanz also plans to film with Savannah for his studio, and I expect that may be mixed competitive.

But anyway, sorry to cut this short, but I've got to jet.  If you're a Twitter fan, do follow us there, since I am able to do MUCH more micro-blogging there than macro blogging here, and that usually means the tweeting of a lot of pictures.  So, follow here for lots of good, relevent stuff and updates:  http://twitter.com/doommaidens

'Til next time!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

17 Videos from West Coast Tour 2014

Finally a free moment to sit down and attempt this blog entry!  And I do mean "moment," because I have to go film soon with Mahea and Hanz...

So, this West Coast tour!  It was a big one, to be sure.  It included shoots in Las Vegas, San Diego, Hollywood, and the San Francisco area.  My longest travel filming trip yet.  I put my camera memory cards and USB flash drives to good use, that's for sure.  Let me tell you a bit about it.

And, by the way, I talked a bit about the seven bondage-related videos we filmed on tour in my Bondage Wrestling Blog.  Here, now, I will talk about all of the videos, since they were all wrestling-related!  In the interest of space-saving, I will do this in a slightly list-like fashion, since we collected 17 videos in total for future release!

And I'll add links to the video pages, as the videos are released.

1. Pantyhose Agent Duel: Agent VeVe vs Agent Scarlett
    Agents of the Lethal Leotards Syndicate are known to bump heads from time to time, which often results in vicious physical altercations of a very leggy and pantyhosed variety.  However, agent duels don't always arise from disagreements or disputed territory.  Sometimes agents will travel from cell to cell, across the world, specifically seeking out other agents in order to test their fighting skills and enjoy the thrill of nylon-clad battle.

  In this agent duel, Agent VeVe pays a visit to Agent Scarlett's region in order to see what Scarlett has to offer.  Scarlett visits VeVe at her hotel room, which has been specially prepared for their "play date," she tosses off her overcoat to reveal her battle garments of bra and pantyhose, and the ladies get down to business.  Both in bra and pantyhose, attacking with their legs, legs entwining, each agent striving to prove her dominance.



2. Bondage Wrestling: VeVe vs Scarlett Devine  (Released!)
    Fully competitive bondage wrestling.  A very tough match! Innovative tie variation.  This video has been released!   



3. Bondage Ambush! VeVe and Scarlett
    A fun storyline video in response to our recent release "Bound to Worship," which featured VeVe and Keri.  In a nutshell, Scarlett springs a surprise sneak attack on VeVe, ties her up, torments her, and claims vengeance for "a certainly lady from New Jersey."



4. VeVe vs Cheyenne Jewel: Rematch 2014. Competitive Female Wrestling (Released!)
     VeVe and Cheyenne square off in a competitive match for pins and submissions.  These ladies had a match 3 years priorly, and now they hit the mats again, each with more training experience and the added element of 5-count pins.  This video has been released!



5.  Gladiatrix Match!  VeVe and Sinn Sage (Released!)
    A tribute to "The Seven Magnificent Gladiators."  VeVe and Sinn have their fingers interlocked and their wrists bound together as they battle in 1960's / 70's / 80's gladiator style.  It's quite intriguing the moves that can be done while the participants are bound together in this way! This video has been released.



6. Sinn Sage: Bondage Wrestling Avenger! (Released!)
    A mixed bondage wrestling domination video.  Sinn Sage sets out to get revenge on me after having heard about the ladies I've been tying up lately... and probably also after hearing about all of my recent pro-style wins.  A great display of dominance by Sinn as she handles the ropes and lays down the law.  This video has been released!



7. French Maid Catball Fight!  VeVe and Sinn Sage
   Two maids is too many!  When these french maids get into a spat over the best way to fluff the pillows, an insane catball erupts.  The ladies roll all over the big king-size bed as they claw at each other, pull hair, and entangle their pantyhose-clad legs in this furious struggle.



8. Bondage Wrestling: VeVe vs Savannah Fox (Released!)
    Upon arriving in Hollywood, VeVe took on Savannah Fox in a fully competitive bondage wrestling match.  Also a very tough battle!  Savannah's got a forceful spinning, twisting style. This video has been released.



9. Savannah Fox's Pantyhose Mixed Wrestling (Released!)
    Savannah hit the mats with me in a gentle bout of smooth, fluid, continuous pantyhose wrestling.  She was the only one in nylons, mind you; I was in shorts.  I got to experience the crushing power of her legs on my head and body.  Savannah's got quite a squeeze.  This video has been released.



10. VeVe vs Savannah Fox: Competitive Female Wrestling
    VeVe and Savannah suited up in Daisy Dukes and bikini tops for a competitive match.  Initially the idea was to follow the hips and booty for this bout, but the ladies got so physically competitive that I ended up framing the filming as any regular competitive match.  Unexpected competitive bout that developed organically!



11. Mistress Kara's Tickle Torture Wrestling (Released!)
    Mistress Kara puts her seductive physical brutality to good use as she punishes Danny-boy for insolently trying to tickle her while they wrestle.  Kara turns the tables, out-wrestles Danny, locks him up, and torturously tickles him for her sadistic amusement.  This video has been released!



12. Kara and VeVe's Bondage Escapade (Released!)
     More storyline fun, but yet to be officially named.  VeVe is a cop who attempts to infiltrate and bust Kara's ring of jewel thieves.  This results in a variety of bondage situations, turning of tables, and various out-wittings for both of them.  Updated: This video has been released and has been titled "Where Are the Jewels?! A Bondage Escapade."



13. Lethal Leotards Duo with Agent Kara and Agent VeVe (Released!)
     A team-up between agents Kara and VeVe - oh no!  Two of the most verbally mesmerizing and physically callous agents working in tandem equals a tough time for the captured victim Jason.  Pantyhose, seduction, cruelty from both East and West coasts... This video has been released!



14. VeVe vs Ariel X: Rematch 2014. Competitive Female Wrestling (Released!)
    In Oakland, California, VeVe took on Ariel X in a submission wrestling rematch, 3 years after their first bout.  Sweaty and high tension.  This video has been released!



15. Andrea Rosu's Leotard and Pantyhose Domination
    Andrea seduces Conrad and brings him back to her place, where she proceeds to dominate him in leotard and tights.

16. Andrea and VeVe Double-Team Conrad (Released!)
    Andrea and VeVe join forces to double-team Conrad.  Both ladies dressed in lingerie and thigh-high stockings.  This video has been released.



17. Stockings Bondage Wrestling: VeVe and Andrea
    The ladies stay in their lingerie and thigh-highs, facing off in a sensual / light-style bondage wrestling video. 



Well, whew, that was exhausting!

So, this was a long entry, but I blame the pictures for that.  But, indeed, this did take quite a long time to compose.  Plenty more work to do to get images pulled out of all of these videos, but the vast majority of videos are all ready processed and ready to go.  Need more hours in the day.

And speaking of hours and the day, I'd better get moving to get to today's shoot with Mahea and Hanz!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Candy Pain's last NYC shoot: Blade Runner Homage, Superheroine, and Bodypaint

Hello all!  I'm here in Las Vegas right now on Sunday morning.  This is stage #1 of the western filming.  But more on that later!  Right now I'm going to talk about what we did in NYC right before we jumped on the plane and headed out here.

On Friday evening, I got together with Candy Pain, Lance, and VeVe to film our last official NYC shoot with Candy.  If you hadn't heard, Candy is moving out to Los Angeles at the end of May.  We're sad to see her go!  However, VeVe had quite a number of ideas for filming with Candy before her move...

The Blade Runner scene.

Candy is a former gymnast, and though she has often practiced back handsprings between videos at our shoots, we had yet to get her acrobatic action on film.  So, hold this thought for a moment.

Now, some of you may recall VeVe's special request Mrs. Fothergill Modesty Blaise scene recreation from last summer.  This was the scene where Mrs. Fothergill deals with her "new toy," who happens to be a mime.  In our version, the mime was played by Twiggy.

Anyway, in response to this scene recreation, a viewer suggested a scene recreation from the movie Blade Runner.  That'd be the scene where the protagonist Deckard "fights" the acrobatic replicant Pris.  This scene is similar to the Mrs Fothergill scene in that they both involved standing head scissors with all kinds of close-ups.  But the Blade Runner scene was a bit more complex...

After watching the original Blade Runner scene ourselves, we concluded that Candy would be a great choice to play the back-flipping Pris.  VeVe had originally deemed Hanz to be the most "Harrison Ford" looking of our ensemble to play Deckard, but since Hanz is still out of town, the role passed the second runner-up: Lance.

And so, we kicked off Friday's long shoot with the most complex piece of the evening... which would actually yield the shortest actual video result (it was just under 3 minutes long).  We tried to stay as true to the original as possible, but with one key exception: in our version, Deckard forgot to bring his gun.  See for yourselves how that played out!

Here is the original...



And here is our version...



A pretty good warm-up for the shoot!

And here is some "making of" raw footage of Candy's gymnastics action that we used in our scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXDdxw_-kco


Superheroine Transformation!

Candy and Lance then went on to film another video together; this one having a damsel-in-distress turns superheroine theme.  The general idea is that Lance is an evil henchman to a crime boss, and he's captured this poor damsel Candy Plain for his boss.  He ties her to a chair, gags her, and calls for his boss to come get them.  However, Candy tricks him into ungagging her and then says her magic power phrase... changing from lowly Candy Plain into superheroine Candy Pain!  She then breaks free and turns the tables on Lance.

I got a chance to use some "old school" transformation tricks to make this one happen, which was a lot of fun.  We were going for a vintage Batman TV show feel.  Have a look at the transformation segment:



After that, we released Lance to go enjoy his weekend, and then Candy and I took the stage together.


More Crime Fighting for Candy: Scissors Crime Buster!

For our next trick - which was actually the least tricky of all filming this evening - I got myself ready to rob Candy's basement.  Well, not really.  I mean, I tried.  Well, no, I mean I was just looking around, you see...

Candy comes down to her basement looking for some old video tapes when she discovers a burglar poking about.  Fearless as always, Candy attacks the burglar and tackles him to the ground.  Since she doesn't have any rope or weapons, she decides to hold on to the intruder with some readily accessible assets: her legs!

So, Candy locks me up in a variety of very incapacitating and immobilizing scissors holds as she whips out her cell phone and calls the police.  Of course, it takes a little while for the police to arrive, so Candy amuses herself by switching through various scissor positions and also throwing in some grapevines and facesitting pins to further make her point: you just don't mess with Candy Pain's property!



Despite the crushing aspect of the scissors - and Candy does have some powerful legs! - the video was quite fun to make.  Candy has a great bubbly-dominant persona, and her dialogue is amusingly witty.  I look forward to grabbing some more screen captures from this one. (update: video is now out!)


Body Paint Wrestling

And lastly, we ended the evening with a project that VeVe has been longing to do for some time: body paint wrestling!  Of course, the adventurous Candy was very excited to give this a try!

So, VeVe picked up some "classic" blue-and-red wrestling colors from the costume shop, brought in some white sheeting for the mats, and we all got ourselves ready to make some (more) art.

VeVe got painted up in a light-ish blue, ending up looking like some sort of Avatar homage or perhaps even some kind of pixie.  Candy painted up in red, looking strikingly like a devil woman.  She was especially amused by how the red paint on her face and body make her white teeth so very noticeable.

Behold, here are the ladies as they prepare for the match:




The match itself started out slow and smooth as the ladies tangled and tried to smear their colors on each other.  But as they went on, they started ramping up the intensity, until the match became very competitive toward the end.  And by that time, both ladies' colors had become rather muddled!



Here they are AFTER the match:


Well!

What a great send-off shoot day for Candy!

It was excellent fun and nicely diverse, most definitely!  I look forward to getting these videos all processed once we return from our west coast tour here, but I do think I should be able to grab a few more screen stills from the raw footage (I brought a copy of the raw with me).

We wish Candy all the best in Los Angeles... and, hey, Mistress Kara is in L.A., so many those two ladies can get in contact. Side note: Jason moved to L.A. recently, and we're set to film with him and Mistress Kara while we're there this coming week.

Best wishes to Candy Pain... we hope to film with her again in the future!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

VeVe's Official West Coast Filming Announcement

Posted by VeVe to our yahoogroup:

Hello, Everyone!  

I'm going to be hitting the road for my West Coast + Las Vegas tour THIS SATURDAY, and Diablo will be joining me, video camera in hand.  There are so many amazing wrestlers and models on the other side of the country, and we're currently lined up to shoot with at least five of them!

Send us custom requests for any of these ladies ASAP [e-mail: veve.wrestler@gmail.com ]  Keep in mind we'll be filming in hotel rooms, and the primary opponents/partners available for these ladies will be Diablo or me.  Possibly we'll be able to line up local opponents (especially if you have someone in mind), but the rest of our New York roster won't be available.

In San Diego, we'll be shooting again with Sinn Sage.  Awesome, since we immediately wanted to shoot more with her after meeting her this March.


Sinn Sage

In Los Angeles we're booked with Savannah Foxx and Mistress Kara (different days).  We're thrilled to see them both again after working together in NYC last October since they're both fantastic.



         

​Mistress Kara​                                 Savannah Foxx


In San Francisco we're shooting with Ariel X and Andrea Rosu (same day, same shoot).  It's been nearly three years since the first and only time I met Ariel, and it'll be my very first time meeting and filming with Andrea, so exciting!  
       




Ariel X                                                                      Andrea Rosu​

Also, we're tentatively scheduled to shoot with Scarlett Devine in Las Vegas.  It'll be great if this works out.  And Cheyenne Jewel JUST tweeted to me that she's available during my Vegas dates too.  Certainly do send requests for Scarlett and Cheyenne too -- it will help us to confirm the shoots!
         



Scarlett Devine                                                          Cheyenne Jewel​

Also, to note:  My full tour schedule is Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle.  If you have a custom request for me to work with another wrestler in one of these cities, let me know, and we MAY be able to fit it into the busy schedule.  And, of course, if you're interested in a session in one of these cities yourself, get in touch, but do it quickly because there's very little free time left!

Have I overwhelmed you all yet?!  I'd be overwhelmed myself if I weren't so excited to get started on this whirlwind adventure!

Cheers!
         - VeVe

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More News: Mistress Kara and Savannah Fox

Wow, so the West Coast filming trip is indeed shaping up.

We just lined up separate filming days with Mistress Kara and also Savannah Fox.  So that makes several confirmed shoots.  We're all ears to hear suggestions!  Here's a recap on who we're filming with:

Sinn Sage
Mistress Kara
Ariel X and Andrea Rosu (together on same day)
Savannah Fox

If there's time, maybe we can film with Cheyenne Jewel in Las Vegas, but most of our time for filming will definitely be in California.

Available from our end will be VeVe and myself (Diablo).  Possible guest appearances by relocated NYC wrestlers Jason (L.A.) and/or Conrad (San Fran), but we don't yet know the availability for these guys.

We've been brainstorming quite a bit for these various shoots, but, as always, suggestions and custom requests are welcome.  Send thoughts over to VeVe:  veve.wrestler@gmail.com