Back on 10/12/19, the excellent He Is Out! blog posted a hot series of images featuring Tommy Rogers in Tag Team action against the New Zealand Sheepherders. Damn I love this little bow-tied Baby-Face — he’s one of my favorite sufferers from the 1980s.
As you might expect from He Is Out!, (1). pretty-boy Tommy gets his ass totally kicked, and (2). the images are spectacular. In fact, all of the images in today’s gallery are stolen from He Is Out! with my usual captions added to them.
Rather than simply re-posting the same images you’ve already seen on He Is Out! and remarking on how gorgeous Tommy looks in his yellow trunks, I decided to dig in deeper and add some value by de-coding Tommy’s body language. I want to break down the themes, imagery, and sub-text being expressed through his every movement and position.
Why is Tommy showing off like this, peacocking instead of focusing on his next move? This is clearly foreplay, meant to wake stir up the audience. It’s also a flirtation meant to attract us to him so we will feel compassion and regret later when his suffering begins.
But earlier in their career, during this feud with the Fantastics, they were presented as half-crazed sadistic killers, beastly sociopaths who lived to evoke pain and suffering in their victims (especially hot little studs like our beloved Tommy Rogers.)
His prone body position expresses exhaustion to send the message that he’s losing the match and in danger of being pinned. But also, his utter vulnerability (paired with his attractive physique) convey a sexual under-tone of submissiveness, non-resistance, and consent.
Here we see the Heel break the “fourth wall” by looking directly at us and giving us a big Thumbs Up as he continues to cut off Tommy’s airway.
What is he trying to tell us at this moment? Is he letting us know that he’s aware why we watch pro wrestling and he’s OK with our perversion? (Wink wink, nod nod.) Is he perhaps assuring us that he plans to keep right on strangling Tommy for our viewing pleasure, exploiting and exposing the stud because he knows that we’re totally getting off on it? Thumbs up right back at you, killer — keep up the great work!
Tommy hangs his arms on the ropes like wet laundry to convey his exhaustion (if you perceive pro wrestling as sports entertainment), or to convey submission and passive acceptance (if you perceive pro wrestling as homo-erotic porn.)
Observe how the powerfully built stud drops weakly to his knees, utterly at their mercy (or our mercy), his open mouth now at the Sheepherder’s belt-line, his arms still draped over the ropes as if to say, “Do whatever you want to me.”
Tommy is dragged around at will, pulled up by the hair, and pushed into the other Heel’s knee. Tommy is submissively accepting his punishment, allowing himself to be controlled. His muscular physique makes his weak lack of defense seem even more enticing.
By pulling down the top rope, one of the cheating Heels causes Tommy to fall outside the ring causing him extreme bodily injury.
Now Tommy (the little slut) takes the suggestive presentation of his body to a new level, opening up his torso to our gaze, spreading his knees apart invitingly, rolling around moaning on the floor in utter ecstasy.
After being whipped into the steel fence, Tommy continues to play up his weakness and vulnerability, inspiring a compassionate hug from his partner. Are the hugs free, and where do I get in line?
Tommy’s climax is captured nicely by the ringside camera (and by the He Is Out! blogger, Tetsuya-san, who apparently is interpreting Tommy’s sexually suggestive body language much the same as I am.
It’s notable that Tetsuya lives on the other side of the world and speaks a different language, yet we both comprehend the erotic tone of Tommy’s performance — both of us triggered by the same moments of defeat, display, and flirtation.
Apparently some body language is understood universally around the globe — the poses and presentations having the same meaning in every country.
By repeatedly blocking Tommy from re-entering the ring, the Heels convey a sense of rejection — as if they’re not interested in Tommy and his amazing body. They toss him away like trash, implying that he’s not man enough to be in the ring with them. This further degrades the spectacular male, presenting him as worthless, unappealing, and undeserving.
The prolonged length of his punishment also conveys a sense of sado-masochistic role-play. It’s as if the Sheepherders don’t want to finish off their beautiful victim. Meanwhile Tommy keeps kicking out as if he’s enjoying it too.
Is this unusual wrestling move simply meant to position the Sheepherders as crazy savages who will do anything to win? Or is the intent to imply a rape scenario — the defiling and degradation of a sexually attractive stud? I guess either interpretation is possible, which is what makes pro wrestling so enjoyable.