Gay erotic wrestling. Yes, it’s a thing. And no, not all the wrestlers are actually gay. In fact, most of them are just straight dudes looking to make a little extra scratch.
So say the folks at BG East Wrestling, an online marketplace for DVDs, VOD and downloadable clips of guy-on-guy wrestling matches intended for male self-pleasuring purposes.
“We bring in wrestlers from all over,” Stephen Driscoll, who helped build the brand with founder Bill George, tells Vocativ. “House them, feed them, entertain them. We consider ourselves a sort of fraternity.”
The wrestlers are paid $100 each per video, which run about 10 minutes in length. Most of the videos BG East produces fall into the soft core category, since they don’t actually feature any explicit nudity or sexual acts–just oiled up men in g-strings feverishly rubbing up against one another. Though they do produce some more hard core videos.
Dolph Danner is one of the wrestlers for BG East. The 6’0, 180-pound heterosexual says he really doesn’t mind being viewed as a sex object by gay men.
“It’s not a big deal to me,” he tells Vocativ. “It’s gonna happen either way as a professional wrestler. We’re good-looking guys who are in shape, who wear tiny little trunks and roll around with other good-looking guys who are in shape, covered in baby oil.”
Danner, whose day job is working as a personal trainer, says he’s willing to do pretty much anything for a fee. He regularly receives messages asking if people can buy his stinky socks, soiled underpants and sweaty jockstraps. Though he hasn’t sold any of them yet, he’s open to the idea. “If the price is right? Sure!” he says.
Glenn Scott is a former wrestler for BG East. His fascination with the sport began when he was growing up in the 1970s.
“It kind of just fascinated me, as a kid,” Scott tells Vocativ, “because it was kinda like… I knew it was like a… I’ll put it in quotes, ‘a bad thing.'”
He first got involved with BG East back in 2002.
“The guy who owns it, he was just, like, ‘Oh, do you want to do a match?’” Scott tells Vocative. “And I was like, ‘Yeah.’ I jumped right out there and I got three matches that weekend.”
Working with BG East opened many doors for him, he says, including being introduced to then-Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank.
“He’s [Driscoll], like, a friend of the guy who owns BG East,” Scott said.
Frank confirmed to Vocativ that he was buddies with Driscoll. The two met at a National Stonewall Democrats event several years ago.
“I went to one or two of his tournaments where you do the filming,” Frank says. “And the ones I saw, everybody was clothed.”
Scott credits BG East with giving him self-confidence.
“I wouldn’t have the confidence I have,” he says. “These kind of things have totally given me, like, so much humility and just the drive. I call it a wrestler’s ego. I can get my butt kicked or I can kick butt, but as long as I’m kicking or as long as someone’s kicking it’s given me the drive to do all kinds of stuff.”
And that, he says, has made all the difference.