BOUT 1: VIC SILVER VS. DANNY DREW .. Vic Silver: 58, 175#, Black hair, Brown eyes, 31yo . Danny Drew: 59, 205#, Blond Hair, Blue eyes, 22yo .. Vic Silvers specialty, as he puts it, is to eat Golds Gym contest bodybuilders whole, or put them away with whatever tactics it takes, just so long as Vics a winner. But when you take a big, buffed out bodybuilder whose size and strength exceed yours, you can be in for a very rough time. You, in this case Vic Silver, have to rely on your wrestling talent and penchant for vicious tactics to make the difference. Youll note in the first fall that Silvers wrestling talent is better than Drews, yet Drew is able to keep up with Vic and exceed him in strength. In a surprise submission finish Drew manages to defeat Silver and take a 1-0 lead. Bottom line: Silver was outfoxed. There is now only one way to deal with this situation really get vicious. But at the top of the 2nd fall Drew clotheslines Silver twice and gives him knee stomp, and when Silver tries to clothesline the big blond bodybuilder, Danny simply shrugs it off. Is Silver in trouble or what? A big body slam by Drew has Silver reeling. But a vicious eye gouge gives Silver breathing space. He follows it up with more eye gouging, a pile driver, and lots of karate-type kicks to Drews belly. An unusual combination neck scissors/forehead claw combo has Drew submitting the second fall. After a shaky start, Silver is starting to get his act together. Drew is angry, out for blood, as he comes out of his corner ready to start the final fall. He body slams, clotheslines, and bulldogs his opponent. But Silver judo chops him and then begins an assault designed to wear Drew down, yet Drew comes back again and again. He seems impervious to any lasting damage. Its time for a different strategy. To take this big guy out youve got to go for the most painful of submissions Silver therefore shifts his attention to Drews legs . BOUT 2: CC THUNDER VS. STEVE STARR . CC Thunder: 511, 210#, Brown hair, Hazel eyes, 30yo . Steve Starr: 510, 185#, Brown hair, Brown eyes, 33yo CC Thunder comes to BG from a relatively obscure Southern California wrestling promotion called the American International Wrestling Association, which puts on live events infrequently. Starr is a relative newcomer to wrestling, while Thunder has some experience. Thunder is used to being a villain when he wrestles, and that was just fine with BG. Each tests the other with a big body slam at the opening bell. Even though both manage to get in some good licks against the other in this first fall, it is CC Thunder with his experience edge who has the general upper hand throughout. Their exchange of full nelsons is interesting, with CC winning and taking Starr to the mat. When CC slaps on an abdominal stretch, Starr powers out, but hes hurt. CC comes back again, and really secures the ab stretch this time. It isnt too long before Starr submits. Steve Starr shows a lot more talent in the second fall. CCs chest takes a real battering as Starr lays some heavy, heavy skin shattering chops on the burly grapplers chest. Steve manages to come out a winner by getting a Thunder submission through some heavy pressure to his neck. Its pretty much give and take in the first few minutes of the 3rd fall with each grappler looking for the opening that will make the difference, that will give one wrestler a decided advantage over the other. This comes when CC gives Starr two ear-shattering chest chops, and then proceeds to trash the buffed out bodybuilder. Starr ends up staked to CCs special Cross of Death? submission hold. Both of Starrs arms are outstretched, scissored. His torso is subjected to some pain when pressure is exerted on the right leg. After the submission CC shows his contempt for the big bodybuilder by throwing him out of the ring on his way to the locker room .. BOUT 3: BIG BRUCE BRADDOCK VS. GLEN SAMPSON .. Big Bruce Braddock: 511, 215#, Brown hair, Blue eyes, 33yo .. Glen Sampson: 58, 180#, Black hair, Brown eyes, 29yo A battle of two big bruisers. At the beginning of the match both grapplers want to test the others strength, or as Glen puts it, Lets see what youve got! They shove each other to the mat. Glen pounds on Braddocks massively muscled hairy chest. Big Bruce pounds on Glens big muscular pecs. Then Big Bruce lifts Glen above his head and slams him to the mat. Glens best strategy to cut the giant down to size is to go for the evil shortcuts, the low blow. Thus Sampson opens up with a barrage of nasty stuff, soon reducing the giant to a quivering bowl of jelly, setting Big Bruce up for one of Glens favorite submission holds, the butterfly submission. This is an all-limbs tie-up with Bruce on his stomach and Glen on his back. Its very effective and puts enormous pressure on the shoulders. Bruce comes back much stronger in the second fall, motivated by a desire not to be squashed by this lighter wrestler. He throws Glen around the ring, does a lot of lift and smash holds. Its as if Glen weighs no more than a feather. Bruces rolling head scissors with the back of Glens head resting on Big Bruces crotch is fun, right up until Glen bites his on the inner thigh. But Bruce comes back and in a sequence lasting several minutes Bruce out-strongmans Sampson. Slams, lifts, backbreakers, big fisted chest smashes, a constricting body scissors a huge arsenal until the hangman arrives. Glen screams out his submission as his big muscular body hangs helplessly over Bruces back. You may notice that Big Bruce wrestles very clean. He admits that he doesnt like the dirty stuff that he prefers to wrestle and win clean, if he can. He knows this makes him vulnerable to wrestlers such as Sampson, but if your psyche wont permit you to be bad, what can you do? Bruce comes out to ring center as the bell to the final fall rings. He is determined to win. And it does appear that he is on his way when he clamps Sampson in another of his favorite submissions: a big bone-crushing bear hug. Glen endures even though he is asked to submit. Bruce ultimately throws Glen to the mat with disgust. BG wonders what will come next. Another bear hug? Another attempt to get Glen to submit? But from out of nowhere comes that low blow to Bruces vulnerable balls. He screams in agony, falling to the mat clutching his hurting balls. All his enormous strength has just flowed out of his body. He is now virtually helpless to prevent the horrendous abuse he is now forced to endure. It is a squash from here on to the end. The final fall is an excruciatingly slow and painful Boston crab . BOUT 4: STEVE STERLING VS. VIC SILVER Steve Sterling: 56, 180#, Brown hair, Brown eyes, 21yo Vic Silver: 58, 175#, Black hair, Brown eyes, 31yo Matching Steve against Vic Silver was perfect. Both are very talented pro wrestling, with each in their own way great crowd appeal. Steve, with fantastic muscle definition and muscles on top of muscles, looks superb in white Speedos and black wrestling boots. He does some superb muscle posing on first getting into the ring. In an attempt to put him in his place Vic opens up with some chest pounding and a body slam. But to Steve that is like a pesky fly hitting him. He just brushes it off, slams Vic twice. Vic scurries out of the ring for safety. Vic comes back to dish out more punishment and gradually his relentless assault doe stake its toll, slowing the massive young bodybuilder down somewhat but not enough! Steve and Vic fight toe to toe, neither giving in to the other throughout the first fall. Finally Steves strength begins to tell. He body slams Vic three successive times, setting up for a reverse surfboard type hold from the front forcing Vics arms behind him and slightly up. As in the first match on this tape when Vic fell behind 1-0, he has his work cut out for him if he is going to defeat Sterling. This is a fairly even match throughout its entire 33 minute length, with one wrestler gaining a temporary advantage over the other, but then suffering a reversal. Vic has more experience, but Steve, even though doesnt match Vics villainy, nonetheless, has enough experience to stay in the match and dish out his style of punishment. Vic does trap him in the second fall in a sleeper and its kind of fun to see the bodybuilder taken out in that fashion. This sets up the final and third fall. Youll be in Muscle Heaven throughout the entire match, that is something BG guarantees . BOUT 5: THE BALLARD BOYS BRETT VS. RIKKI .. Bret Ballard: 58, 165#, Blond hair, Brown eyes, 19yo . Rikki Ballard: 58, 160#, Brown hair, Brown eyes, 19yo .. They were both born on the same day. They are twins, yet sometimes they try and camouflage that fact. You can certainly see the resemblance, but you can see the obvious differences. It will help you keep them apart and follow this match a lot better. Brets past the shoulder length hair flows free, Rikkis is tied up. Brets hair is streaked blond, Rikkis is his natural brown. There is also a slight weight difference, because of bodybuilding. Bret is slightly more muscular. These brothers have been playfully and seriously beating each other up all their lives in a pro wrestling context. They can do things to each other that they couldnt do to another, because of timing, unfamiliarity with an opponent. And now, for the first time, the Ballards are going up against each other on video making their fun wrestling rivalry seriously public. After this bout was completed, the ex-pro wrestler owner of BGs Arena in Long Beach looked at BG and said, This may well have been the best pro-match you ever taped! A high compliment indeed, and deservedly so, but not because of anything BG did, but because of the absolutely awesome wrestling performance exhibited by the Ballard Boys. With their speed, ability for acrobatics, incredible timing and the sheer fact they are totally familiar with each others style, these two do have the potential for becoming one of Americas premier lightweight tag teams. They could easily handle guys 20-25# bigger, because while Rikki seems a little reluctant (as the nicer guy of the two) to go for the jugular, Bret isnt. Hes as bad as BG has ever seen. BG has seen many grapplers debuts, but none like these. BG thinks youll agree when you see this bout that even though they have a weak point or two to work on to achieve true superstar status, they put on one hell of a good match. As they put it to BG, Well give you a good no-holds-barred bout. For sheer excitement, acrobatics, back and forth wrestling action not knowing until the last moment who is going to win, this match-up has to go down in BG history as a landmark. Both work out at Golds Gym and have superb physiques. What will they be like in two or three years when they start to mature? This match goes over 25 minutes to a full two out of three falls. Bret wears lime green Speedos and green pro boots, and Rikki appears in white Speedos and black pro boots. BG said it already, but it bears repeating This match-up is absolutely awesome.