After weeks and weeks of taunting and talking – much of it in comments and posts on this website – the big night finally arrived… The Traveling Twosome Battle of the Sexes Arm Wrestling Competition. Our readers have been encouraging us in this event for several weeks now – most of you cheering for Char.
We posted a poll question asking who you thought would win the competition. While Char had many more cheerleaders behind her for the match, the poll was considerably closer. When the voting ended, the final results were as follows: Char won the poll with 123 votes. Louis finished with 109 votes. 2 readers thought we’d end in a tie.
Knowing that the actual arm wrestling match itself would only last a few moments after weeks of escalating anticipating, we decided to work ourselves up to the arm wrestling match and start off with some other competitions first.
For one thing, we needed to finish the New Year’s Pool Competition. When we left off with the Best of 7 series, I was winning 3 games to Char’s 1. Also, Char did deserve a rematch at Paper Football. I have never lost at that game in my life but when we played recently, she came within 1 second of a huge upset victory. A last second touchdown saved the game for me. Also, we thought it was time to get back to the Wii Compete challenges.
After the other games, we sat down to the table for the event you’ve all been waiting for. As we did, we wondered why our readers have been so excited about this event. We knew it wasn’t just “arm wrestling.” We knew that it had to do with two factors:
1. It is a mixed gender / intergender arm wrestling competition
I really set myself up for a no win situation the more I thought about it. A victory would bring on comments such as “big deal – you beat a girl at arm wrestling.” A loss would bring on comments such as “you got beat by a girl” etc. Let’s face it – there’s a lot of women out there who just want to see women win competitions against men. Perhaps it is akin to rooting for the underdog (I know I’m going to catch heat for that statement). This attitude was represented in a comment exchange between one of our readers, Kim, and myself in the comments to “A Little Pre-Match Intimidation“. In the comments to that post, Kim was counting down to the event and wrote: “Two more days! LOL“… To which I light wittily responded, “Two more days until? Oh, yes – till Char eats her words – yes, thanks for reminding us all.” Kim came back with a more humorous reply: “I was thinking more like two more days until you bring shame to your overconfident gender! LOL.”
2. It’s a competition between a competitive husband and a wife who are best friends
Being competitive natured – and being best friends – Char and I always race up the intensity of our challenges against each other. The adrenaline runs a little faster when the two of us are going head to head. And being more than just best friends… indeed being married… we don’t go our separate ways after a competition. We leave the competition together…. go home together… go to sleep together… meaning – we hear about or are reminded of each other’s victories all day, all night, all week, all the way until the next time we face off. It’s not unusual for competition between best friends or siblings to be so intense. I recall watching Serena Williams and Venus Williams play tennis against each other. These sisters always seemed to kick it up a notch when they went against each other – much more so than when they would play other tennis players. So it is with Char and I.
So – with this in mind, we sat down for the challenge.
We agreed upon the rules. We would wrestle once with both our right and left arms. If one of us won both arms, that person would be the champion. If we ended with a split decision, we agreed not to hold a tie breaker. We would, instead, hold a rematch in the near future. For our readers’ information, both Char and I are RIGHT handed.
So without further ado, here is how it went down:
The Left Arm
We started with the left arm. It was a good match but somewhat quick. After a brief struggle, Char did a move that I still question in regards to its legality. She seemed to put too much of her body into it. But I accepted the outcome, nonetheless. After all, one one of our readers, Coach Tiff, had previously informed us that using upper body weight was legal. Who was I to question a coach? So Char took the first victory. What can I say?
The Right Arm
The right arm was a different story. It was by no means a quick match. Char and I struggled back and forth for quite some time. It was far closer than we thought it would be. In the end, I took her down and tied the competition at one match a piece.
The Battle of the Sexes ended in a draw… for now. A rematch (more on this below) is to come and I plan on a much more decisive outcome then.
VIDEOS OF THE COMPETITION
Of course, as promised, the whole event was captured on video. On this video, you’ll see Char and I bantering back and forth, as well as the left and right hand matches. For those of you who want to see all the hype leading up to it, we’ve also included in this post links to our practice session and Char’s recent taunting. Enjoy!
Remember that our videos are MP4 files playable in Quicktime, iTunes, VLC, or any browser with Quicktime Support.
AND FINALLY – HERE THEY ARE! THE VIDEOS BELOW ARE THE ACTUAL ARM WRESTLING MATCH VIDEOS! Note that the High Quality versions are large files and will take a while to stream / download.
Watch the Left Arm Match (22 MB high quality MP4 file) or, here’s a 12MB lower quality MP4 file
Watch the Right Arm Match (24 MB high quality Mp4 file) or, here’s a 13 MB lower quality version
Want to see the whole match as one video? OK – here it is…
High Quality MP4 File (46 MB)
Lower Quality MP4 file (25 MB)
Watch Char’s Reaction to the Arm Wrestling Match (7 MB)
And here is a link to the Photo Gallery of this competition: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS
We decided to hold a rematch in April of this year. For now, we will leave it as a draw. But we are still looking for other competitions we can face off against each other in. If you have an idea for a competition or challenge you’d like to see Char and I take on, contact us and let us know. We welcome your feedback and look forward to accommodating your (reasonable) requests.