Images of men wrestling are as arresting and compelling as any other the art world has produced. From the friezes and freestanding statues the Greeks created in honor of a sport even their gods enjoyed to the frolic of bored farmhands in Andy Warhol’s avant-garde film Lonesome Cowboys, we have ample evidence that wrestling resonates deeply in human consciousness across millennia and cultures. Even the clowning of TV wrestling has not succeeded in erasing its mystique.
Movimus cameras have beautifully depicted male bodies grappling to submission for five years, beginning with an emotionally charged contest between Jeff Jordan and Travis Carter in the autumn of 2012. Since then, the company has pulled in wrestlers from across the United States and other nations. Its cameras close in tightly on the action, capturing the sport’s texture and drama with such a bracing intensity that even casual viewers share in the athletes’ willpower, sporadic flashes of panic, and exhilarating victory. The body types, ethnicities, and levels of competence are diverse, yet the ritual formality of wrestling unifies them, giving these images a nobility that stirs both body and mind.
In 2013, we started ramping up our production and filmed 17 matches. In that year, we introduced new wrestlers including Asa Cruz, Don Cooper, Derek Ortiz, Eli Thompson, Claymore K. Alexander and Jimmy Reilly.
Familiar faces also returned to Movimus Wrestling, including Brock Hammer, Jolt Jenkins, Chuck Rowen, Max Anderson, amongst many others.
2014 saw Movimus Wrestling releasing 31 new matches made possible through the support of fans who funded our Indiegogo campaign. The campaign helped us kickstart some of the initiatives we were looking to improve on and allowed us to take our website to the next level.
State-of-the-art technology provides more dramatic, more deeply saturated colors than anything you're likely to find on any other wrestling site. The video has a more cinematic, soft-focus look. Its dark and dreamy ambience aside, the sometimes frenetic camerawork captures every twitch and twist from nearly the perfect angle, thrusting us viewers into the thick of it.
In November 2014, after months of preparation in the background, Movimus Wrestling migrated to a new e-commerce platform that provides for the first time ever, in our 2 year history, shopping carts! Previously, with our website, customers are limited to downloading one match at a time. With the new platform, because of a shopping cart, customers are able to add as many matches as they want, and download all at once. This simple tool really made a difference to our customers and they were quick to embrace it.
After a pretty amazing 2014, in early 2015 we hit a bump. PayPal decided that we had violated their Acceptable Use Policy and disabled our account. Since we launched Movimus Wrestling, we have used PayPal as our default payment processor and, for a few days, we were not able to operate the site. Thankfully, we were able to resolve the situation quickly, but it got us thinking into planning ahead.
We made several appeals to PayPal but somehow always ended up with their automated response and we were not able to get in touch with anyone on their end to work through a solution on how we violated the AUP. By April, we knew we needed a new solution and started testing a few possible solutions.
We were also recognised in the beginning of the year by the now defunct blog, LaSustanciaP, for several achievements. They included:
On June 26, 2015, we announced the download availability of our very match to be released simultaneously in HD and 4K. Subsequently, we made the back titles of the matches we had filmed in that format available for downloads as well in the new resolution, making Movimus Wrestling the very submission wrestling company to do so.