Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spotlight: The Wrestling Kennection

Hello and Welcome to the Basement…
Not to long ago I put the spotlight on some local items down here in South Jersey… well this time I’m shining the spotlight of this pokey little blog up towards Bedford, Massachusetts with the Wrestling Kennection.

For those of you who may not know, The Wrestling Kennection is hosted by Ken Hill, Fridays at 4PM up in the greater Massachusetts area, where he and his panel of fans give their views and opinions on the world of pro wrestling. For those of us outside of Massachusetts, episodes are uploaded to their Youtube channel (located here) allowing wrestling fans from all over the world to see.

And with 115 episodes under their belt, it’s safe to say that Ken and his crew know what they are doing, the discussions are insightful when they are together. Of course there are times it’s just Ken by himself due to scheduling and travel issues, but even flying solo, he puts on a solid show. The production values (audio, video) are decent, and it’s clear its a labor of love, cause the passion for they work on shows, even with a limited budget, they make the most out of what they have, and I can appreciate that.

Now their website is pretty cool, located at www.thewrestlingkennection.com You get bios on Ken and his crew, videos, pictures, a Q&A section of certain aspects of the show and of course Live PPV coverage and blogs. It really is a well rounded site that represents the The Wrestling Kennection, it’s easy to navigate which is more than I can say for sites for like ESPN and TNA Wrestling and I’m encouraging you all to check it out as well as the show itself!

So if you’re a wrestling fan looking for site to check out, swing on over to www.thewrestlingkennection.com to watch the show and "get kennected".

Cyndi Lauper - Yay Or Nay For The Hall of Fame



(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.

But that was not the end of Cyndi’s time in the WWF, she would continue to appear all the way up through the first WrestleMania. Her presence was actually a reason as to why the Freebirds were brought to the WWF, to be the wrestling embodiment of Rock & Wrestling (granted that didn’t last long).  An in ring segment where that saw Roddy Piper ‘kick her’ helped further the heat the Rowdy One in his war with Hulk Hogan and crusade against Rock N Roll. Hell in many ways, while also making Wendi Richter arguably the most over babyface in the WWF had behind the Hulkster… actually looking back, I think Wendi was more over than Hogan.

 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!





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