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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ultimate Surrender: Erotic Wrestling at Kink's Armory

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:24 AM


It's one thing to watch four porn stars in bikinis wrestle

from the comfort of your own computer chair. It's another to sit in a crowd of

40-odd people and listen to the visceral smack of curvaceous flesh hitting a giant

gym mat for two hours.

Once a month,, the alternative pornography giants

who call the Armory their home, hold a match for the pay site Ultimate

Surrender. On the nights in question -- like this Tuesday -- invitees

file into the bleachers of a large, padded arena. Then, in three rounds, two

teams of Kink performers go head to head, earning points for

less-than-traditional wrestling moves, such as pinning their opponents and then

smothering them with their breasts. Needless to say, the whole thing is filmed,

photographed, and streamed live online. Attendees sign a release form so their

faces can appear in porn...


The spectators for this month's Ultimate Surrender are

mostly of nervous hipsters, with a few industry veterans and middle-aged

regulars thrown. While we wait to head inside, the women of Team Red and Team

Purple work the crowd in their thongs, asking for fan support, their bare asses

dotting the Kink lounge.


Once inside, a male referee with a serious expression

(not to be confused with the hot female ref, who will eventually join in on the

action) tells us how things will go down: three rounds of wrestling, then a

fourth round. That's when the winners fuck the losers. "Basically, this is rape

site under the guise of wrestling," he offers by way of explanation. Cheering

is okay, but WWF-themed shouting is out. "If you think it's funny, it's not,"

he says.


Things get started as two women face off. To earn points for

their forced sex acts, the wrestlers first need to gain "control," holding

their opponent down or locking her between their thighs. Quickly the bikinis

come off and the nude wrestling begins. Red pins purple, purple pins red. From

the stands, we watch as one woman's flushed face seems to disappear underneath

another's ass. The ref shouts out "Fingers in pussy!" The scoreboard shows us a

tie. No longer nervous, spectators can be heard shouting, "Lick her nipple!

Lick her nipple!"


In the end, watching Ultimate Surrender live seems like

watching any other sport: kind of tedious. There's only so long you can stare

at nude porn stars twisting around each other's bodies before you go numb to

the sight.

Don't get me wrong. It's a bizarrely amazing experience, one you

can't get everywhere. Still, even the infamous fourth round, during which the

red team got to wear red strap-ons and tag team the losers, eventually got old.

Here were four women, writhing in front of us onlookers, tied up and

energetically sucking off dildos. Above the arena, a TV showed us a live camera

feed. Somehow it was easier to watch on the screen. There the whole thing

looked less absurd, less staged, as these athletes of sex gave us spectators

one last thing to cheer about. 


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