(Note: I went stream of conscience quite a bit in the video version, so there are a number of things I say in it that are not in the text version and vice versa!)
Hello and Welcome to the Basement and this week’s installment of Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame!
Let me first say this, I have no issue with the WWE inducting celebrities into the Hall of Fame, because celebrities have played a huge part of their history, granted some more prominent than others.
Which is of course the case as it relates to Cyndi Lauper
Yes, as in Time After Time, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and She Bop… That Cyndi Lauper
With the success of her first solo album in 1983, titled She’s So Unusual, Cyndi was the hottest female act in the world of and thanks to her manager at the time, Dave Wolff, Cyndi ended up in the world of pro wrestling in early 1984 as the spark the ignited the Rock N Wrestling connection, a period of time that saw the WWF and MTV explode on the map. The concept came about as part when Cyndi asked Captain Lou Albano to be apart of the of the music video for Girls Just Want To Have Fun.
She would then appear on the legendary Piper’s Pit, where she hit Albano with her purse which lead to a special challenge match where they would each select a lady wrestler to represent them in a match, this being Wendi Richter representing Cyndi and The Fabulous Moolah representing Albano. The match was broad casted LIVE on July 23, 1984, in a special called The BRAWL TO END IT ALL. Despite being aired from Madison Square Garden and featuring the likes of Sgt. Slaughter, Hulk Hogan and Greg Valentine, the match centered around the feud with Cyndi and Albano was the only one that aired, drawing a 9.0 Nielsen Rating, making it one of the most-watched programs in the history of MTV.
Cyndi also helped cement the crossover appeal that we continue to see with celebrities being apart of the WWE from time to time. Hell It can be argued that Cyndi was the reason why WrestleMania was a success more so than Mr. T, because Cyndi was a proven draw in the world of pro wrestling
While it may have been over 25 years for the next time she would appear on WWE programming (in 2012 to help promote 1000th episode of RAW), it was a memorable segment that reunited her with Wendi Richter and burred the storyline hatchet with Roddy Piper while remembering the late Captain Lou.
So it goes without saying that Cyndi Lauper deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame over the likes of Drew Carey, Snoop Dogg and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. So without question she SHOULD ALREADY BE IN THE WWE HALL OF FAME…
But… there is another Hall of Fame…
The Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame… Cyndi is one of the few to win an Emmy, A Tony and Grammy, she was a huge reason for the success of MTV, she had FOUR Top 5 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 all within the same album, had a #1 album as recently as 2010 (something that can’t be said for any of the acts that went in last year) and continues to record and release quality music. The fact that she’s not already in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is a total crock.
And in that case, it’s not opinion, it’s fact.
Alright that, said, next week it’s back to wrestlers… and since the question was asked on this week’s episode of the WWE, does the Brooklyn Brawler belong in the Hall of Fame?
Till then have a good one!