Photography Friday! Muscle Bear Wrestling

Warning: the following photos are possibly NSFW!

There’s nothing really titillating about these photos, but didn’t want anyone who works in a particularly prudish office to get in trouble over opening this post, so be warned that these may or may not be safe for work, depending on where you are. The photos are also from Decadence Weekend in New Orleans, so if you’re homophobic, just stop right here and unfollow my blog – it’ll be better for everyone that way.

For everyone else, remember last week when I said I’d be going to a muscle bear lube wrestling contest? Well, I did, and it was awesome. A tad more skin than I was expecting, but also weirdly a lot less sexy than I was expecting. It turned out being a lot like a high school wrestling match, just with greased up guys slipping and sliding around the mat, and very flirty crowd getting drunk and hooting & hollering. I was a little worried about the fact that the guys were wrestling on stage without barriers to protect them from falling off the stage or into the huge mirrored wall behind them. However, no one was injured, and it all worked out just fine.

Proceeds from admission went to support a local charity that helps people suffering with HIV & AIDS to afford food and basic comforts. In addition to the door take, each of the contestants’ jock straps, which were donated by a local sporting goods store, were also auctioned off for charity after the contestant left the competition. The event was a success, and there were lots of little breaks between matches, perfect opportunities for short drag routines (fabulous) and a roaming “shot bear” to come around with jello shots. My friends and I had a great time.

The contestants!

The contestants line up and introduce themselves.

Our emcee for the evening.

Our emcee for the evening was hilarious. He’s also a friend of mine, so I’m a bit biased 🙂

The referee had a giant super soaker gun full of lube that she'd spray on the wrestlers during the matches.

The referee had on the cutest outfit, and carried a giant super soaker gun full of lube that she’d spray on the wrestlers during the matches.

Each match was five minutes long, unless one guy managed to pin the other (which only happened once).

Each match was 5 minutes, unless one contestant managed to pin the other (which only happened once).

The crowd was really into it!

The crowd was really into it!

The final round was fierce (in more ways that one).

The final round was fierce (in more ways that one).

Our winner! He was obviously not expecting to win, and was so sweetly embarrassed by the fanfare.

Our winner! He was obviously not expecting to win, and was so sweetly embarrassed by the fanfare.

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