KOTR5: The Story So Far…

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‘King of the Ring 5″ will be the fourth time Bruce Ballard and Austin Cooper meet on the RHW ring. That means that there is a lot of stuff these young men have done to each other and they definitely have a grudge to settle on next Wednesday’s match. Let’s take a deeper look at the events leading to this mega-match so we can have a better understanding of what’s at stake on KOTR5.

Bruce Ballard vs Austin Cooper: ‘House of Bruce’

Back in November 2014 Bruce faced Austin for the first time on just his second ever appearance. It was a bit like throwing him to the lions, but Bruce had showed huge potential and many, including myself thought he had what it takes to beat the veteran…

And so it all started, with an even match in which we got to see and know more from the absolutely gorgeous newbie. Only on his second match and already giving us what we like to see, he surely worked Austin good even showing some cockiness in between…

But with 20 matches under his belt already, Austin had a trick or two (or ten) to deal with everything Bruce had to throw his way. What Bruce insisted on calling the “House of Bruce” turned into a “house of horrors” with one of the most evil residents he could ever find inside. Austin knew this house as the palm of his hand…

..and that helped him to put an end to this match in a way only a person who has been around a lot of time around could. Using some in-house props, Austin finished Bruce in one of the most brutal ways that RHW has even seen! It is so good that I can’t spoil it for you. You need to watch it for yourself. Read La Sustancia P Review»

Dash Decker & Bruce Ballard vs Austin Cooper & Zack Johnathan: ‘BANG!’

Fast forward to May 2015 and  we get to see Bruce and Austin battling each other once again, but this time they weren’t alone. They were on opposite sides of the ring as Team Strength battled Team Speed in RHW’s first comicbook themed match. Of course, competition started before even the match began and we were treated to fantastic visuals for 40 amazing minutes.

This was another very even encounter at the beginning, but a couple of minutes into the match the veterans’ experience seemed to give them an edge. Once again, Austin viciousness showed up as he manhandled and tortured Bruce every chance he had.

Bruce seemed to get in trouble a lot of times and had to resort to Dash in order to be rescued.  But steadily, the members of Team Strength found their way to show how force could stop the advance of Team Speed. Tied to a round each it was time for the definitive bout.

And although it seemed as if the veterans would take the ‘W’ home, Bruce narrowly escaped Austin thighs to reach for Dash’s help and ultimately win this match. While in the end Bruce and Dash flexed in victory, one could think of what would have happened to Bruce if Dash wasn’t on his corner for this encounter. Read La Sustancia P review »

Dash Decker & Bruce Ballard vs Austin Cooper: ‘No Mercy’

In a preview of things to come, the then ‘King of the Ring’ champ Dash Decker was facing Austin Cooper on a non-title singles match. Austin was working Dash good and was already set to extract the first round submission from him when Bruce arrived to the RHW ring and it was now he who was coming to his partner rescue.

As one half of Team Brash, Bruce defended his partner at any cost saving Dash from the possible humiliation of losing for the first time ever on a singles match. The match was just brutal and once Bruce was inside the ring, Austin didn’t have the slightest chance of survival.

Together, Bruce and Dash beat the shit out of Austin, while giving us some great shows of strength, disrespect and cruelty in the process. By the end they left Austin tied and destroyed while they flexed in victory proving they were no such thing as good guys. Read La Sustancia P review »

However, in a stunning surprise later this year, Austin beat Dash on KOTR4, ending his undefeated streak and taking with him the ‘King of the Ring’ title, which now Bruce could claim his own if he’s able to avenge his partner’s defeat. As I said before, more than a rematch, this will be a grudge match and these events will for sure mark the atmosphere and the attitudes these men will bring into the ring next Wednesday.

La Sustancia P Special Coverage of KOTR5 continues this week so remember to keep voting for your favorite wrestler on the poll and stay tuned for an exclusive sneak peek coming really soon!!! finaldot

Holy Smokes!


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Holy Smokes! Rock Hard Wrestling’s ring becomes Gotham for the latest superhero showdown! Adorable Bruce Ballard plays Batman and not just because the obvious name connection to the real Cape Crusader’s identity. Just like Batman, we all love how Bruce gets into trouble and then suffers beautifully while trying to find a way out of it. This time his opponent is Zack Johnathan who right off of the bat(!) gives him a hard time for stepping into the ring with a Batman t-shirt. “Really?! Batman?! You think you’re tough because you have a little t-shirt on?,” says Zack. “Wait ’till I take it off,” Bruce replies before showing him what’s underneath. Yeah, it’s now me who’s having a ‘HARD’ time! 😉

This encounter is actually a semi rematch. Bruce and Zack  already had the pleasure to rip each other apart when they met in the opening match of Catalog 23. That time Bruce and mighty Dash Decker narrowly beat veterans Zack and Austin Cooper, so we can imagine the fitness model’s drive to exact revenge. However it’s Bruce the one to quickly take the lead and start pummelling Zack’s beautifully proportioned muscles, but we know that advantages doesn’t usually last long inside the RHW ring.

 A couple of moves later and it’s time for our full-thighed hero to be give us all those gorgeous suffering faces that we love! I’m not giving any spoilers, except that this a Rock Hard classic give-and-take match that goes to the full three-rounds length. The loser is cruelly deprived of one of his senses so he can’t see what’s coming before he is left unconscious in the middle of the ring to spend a very long and Dark (K)night” (see what I did there!).

I’m guessing this has to be one of Bruce’s most recent matches. I was remembering his first match where you could feel he had a huge potential yet he seemed to be holding back. Now he is much more comfortable, more verbal and mastering the ability to shine both while being in charge as well as when absorbing all the punishment his opponents can give him.

Zack, on the other hand, gets the opportunity to be the rougher, more dominant force he is not “allowed” to be at other places. With such strong performance abilities, leaving Zack to play a jobber seems like a waste of talent. RHW intelligently plays against that notion and true to their strong sense of balance lets the heel spotlight shine over him as well.

With an agonizing and delightful ending and a finale twist where a secret identity is revealed, RHW adds another classic to their list of matches. With two of their best performers, lots of action and captivating storytelling, these superhero themed matches seem like a genre of their own inside RHW’s universe. I’m not sure if they have some more of them under their sleeve, but I wouldn’t mind watching our favorite wrestlers channelling Captain America, Ironman, or any of the X-Men.

However for the time being we are left with a piece to enjoy over and over. And brace yourselves, because if what my inside sources say is true we are up for some amazing treats from RHW over the following months! finaldot

WHOA!


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WHOA! No one was expecting that Rock Hard Wrestling was going to open Catalog 23 with such a ‘BANG!’

After closing Catalog 22 with the KOTR3 match, no one was expecting that we would all be treated to such another outstanding event. Dash Decker makes a rare back-to-back appearance when he recruits cute Bruce Ballard as his new tag-team partner to form Team Strength and their first challenge is one of the biggest they could have. They are taking on Austin Cooper and Zack Johnathan, two of the most experienced names in the RHW roster and who are also debuting as together as Team Speed.

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The contrasts between the two teams go beyond their respective team names. Austin and Zack seem to have stronger wrestling background that accounts for their agility while their counterparts seem to be more concerned in developing strenght through weight lifting. Dash and Bruce have been around for little more than a year, while Austin and Zack have been around for ages. And when you consider their appearances, Decker and Ballard have been so far “exclusives” for RHW while Cooper and Johnathan have been practically everywhere twice thrice. It’s then both a bit of a generational as a qualitative clash what we get when all these specimens meet to fight in the RHW ring.

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With a length of 40 minutes this superpower-themed match is the longest video ever produced by RHW and the reason for that is the incredible amount of content these four men produce. Of course, the extended time length means this match goes to its full extent. From the 4 minutes of testosterone-filled intro, to all of the three rounds of action, RHW once again masterfully captures all the shenanigans that take place. Just so you have an idea, in the first round alone all four wrestlers get to put their hands on each other, trading turns dominating and being dominated. Team Speed seems to be incline toward “heel-land”, while Team Strenght has a “face” feel to them but don’t be fooled by them, though; fairness is not an adjective that could serve to describe any of the teams’ performances. There are amazing moments that will take your breath away, just like the countless number of reversals that will have you glued to the screen just as if you were reading the latest edition of your favorite superhero comic book.

There is something special each time RHW puts together more than 2 people inside the ring and in here there is no exception. As I expected, the more experienced guys does seem to have a stronger sense of how to run the show, throwing the wittiest quips, performing the cruelest moves and overall finding more ways to dominate their powerful opponents. But it is the Team BrAsh (yeah, that should be trademarked) what actually gets to be the highlight of the match. Bruce and Dash kinda steal the spotlight for me as they hypnotize me with their cuteness and also turn everyone on when their faces are transformed by the inflicted pain.

I feel like RHW knows they’ve got something in Team BrAsh. There is a special dynamic between them, as Bruce is more of a risk taker while Dash seems more systematical. Bruce therefore is more prone to fall prey to his opponents, while Dash, who towers over Bruce, seems like an older sibling rescuing his little brother from trouble. It all makes them even more adorable, as if I needed another reason to root for them. As a tag team, it feels like they need a little more of (evil) instincts, which becomes particularly evident when they face such experienced wrestlers. However, the only way they can reach that is by working together, for which I truly hope we get to see them together in action again.

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This is an instant classic and a MUST HAVE for any RHW fan. It is an extended version of all that I love about RHW: great production, balanced action and entertaining storytelling that gets me rock hard (yes, pun intended) every time. Go get it NOW! finaldot

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