Series: The Wrestling Kennection
Get "Kennected" to the World of Wrestling!
"The Wrestling Kennection" is a weekly show about, well, "kennecting" the audience
to Professional Wrestling
Broadcast on Bedford Community Access TV from Bedford, Massachusetts, as well as streamed live on the channel's YouTube page
, the show covers a number of topics within the realm of professional wrestling, mostly if not all of it having to do with the WWE
Hosted and created by long-time pro wrestling fan Ken Hill, along with co-host Zack Martinkus, the show goes over the weekly happenings in wrestling, highlighting particular wrestlers during each week, demonstrating wrestling moves and holds (with PLENTY of forewarning by the non-professional) and calling out certain wrestling personalities or superstars who they feel need a wake-up call or a harsh dose of reality
"The Wrestling Kennection" can be seen every Friday at 4:30 PM, EST, with the exception of weeks before and after pay-per-views, where Ken dedicates an extra half-hour to previewing/reviewing the most recent pay-per-view. Those can be seen around 4:00 PM, EST.
The show's official Facebook
page is here
, where Ken will often make quips and/or observations during a WWE broadcast or highlight a day in wrestling history, as well as post past shows for those who would like to catch up with the weekly series.
"Your Kennection to the World of Tropes!"
- Brilliant but Lazy: Ken feels this way about the majority of the Divas division, whom he feels, when motivated, can be capable of putting on matches as competitive and entertaining as the men. With Finlay reportedly training the women once again, Ken hopes a fire can be lit under girls who, like AJ Lee and Paige, care about being the best female wrestler as much as being a Diva.
- Deadpan Snarker: Ken is slowly becoming a treasure trove of these:
- Do Not Try This at Home: Zack and Ken stressed before each demonstration in "What A Maneuver!" to seriously not try these moves at home. Hilariously emphasized when Zack puts a little too much effort into selling the Chokeslam.
- Just for Pun: The intro video for "Ken's Den" features a still of Ken interposed in a den of wolves, with howling in the background.
- Mind Screw: Let's just say that the intro video to the "WrestleMania Roundtable" was to Zack and Ken as "Worker and Parasite" was to Krusty the Clown...
- Odd Couple: This article depicts Ken and Zack as such, portraying Ken as a soft-spoken narrator who likes to take a step back and take it all in, while Zack is described as a high-decibel, rapid-rate speaker unafraid to mix things up.
- Only Sane Man: Ken has his moments and outbursts, but when Zack would get amped up for a certain match or calling out a particular wrestler, look out!
- Pun-Based Title: Named by and for the creator of the show, but Ken himself balked at the producers' ideas for more name-based segments, joking that "the last thing I need is an ego bigger than my stomach."
- Ken, for the most part, has relaxed on this front, such as his "Pro Wrestling 101" segment where he taps into his "Kencyclopedia" of wrestling knowledge to give tidbits on certain aspects of pro wrestling.
- Put on a Bus: Zack after Episode 16.
- The Bus Came Back: At the end of Episode 23, Ken announces that he and Zack have worked out their creative differences and welcomes him back onto the show.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Often the focal point of the "Ken's Den" and "Zack Attack" segments, in which either man will call out a particular wrestling personality or performer. On rare occasions, they'll go outside the realm of professional wrestling to call someone out, such as when Ken called himself out on waffling between wanting to do regular sports broadcasting and wanting to announce for the WWE since his college graduation in 2012.
- Ken went outside the box again in Episode 16, calling out Zack after he not only no-showed, but quit due to "creative differences" without Ken knowing until the last minute. Cue the most impassioned "Ken's Den to date, seen here.
- Shout-Out: The name for the "What A Maneuver!" segment comes from one of a cacophony of catchphrases Vince McMahon used in his time as a ringside announcer.
- Ken's wardrobe on-air consists mainly of a fedora and tourist-shirt combo; he credits Bray Wyatt for the fashion choice.
- The intro video includes "Also Sprach Zarathustra", theme song of "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, as well as a clip of Mick Foley and his historic drop off Hell In The Cell at the 1998 "King of the Ring" PPV.
- Shown Their Work: Ken puts in a lot of effort and research when it comes to highlighting a wrestler's career or talking about the history of a particular wrestling maneuver, and it shows in the details he provides in each segment, such as pre-WWE wrestling careers and origins of a wrestling move spanning back further than originally thought by many, such as the Camel Clutch being innovated by Gory Guerrero rather than the Iron Sheik (who more or less popularized it).
- Straight Man and Wise Guy: This is often the dichotomy, with Ken being the Straight Man to Zack's zany, hardcore wrestling Wise Guy tendencies. Justified since Ken admits to having seen the highs and lows of 13 years' worth of pro wrestling and tends to look at it with a more critical, less fanatical eye, whereas Zack is fully intent on actually becoming a professional wrestler and making it to the WWE, and doesn't hesitate to go into what Ken calls "promo mode" when calling out someone. Both men admit that it creates a great chemistry for the show.
- Verbal Tic: Ken has a noticeable nervous stutter. He admits this is partly because he tries to improv his lines rather than rehearse as he feels they would come out more stilted; the other reason being, in his words, "seven years behind the camera does nothing to prepare for 30 minutes in front of it."
- What Were You Thinking?: Comparing a WWE Diva to a pornstar...on live television. Not one of Zack's better moments.
- This is essentially Ken's reaction to anything that WWE's Creative staff comes up with that he finds to be short-sighted or just outright ridiculous/insane, such as the "New Nation" stable of Kofi, Big E and Xavier Woods and how it's just as offensive, if not more so, than its predecessor concerning the sensitive topic of race.
- Wrestling Family: A very loose example, but the cousin of Ken's great-great uncle was none other than the legendary Depression-era wrestler "The Golden Greek" Jim Londos.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Part of Ken's segment "Ken's Den", aside from "The Reason You Suck" Speech(es), is also pointing out how wrestlers like Kane and Cody Rhodes have proven to function well on their own, rather than be bogged down in mediocre tag teams or factions, to the point of being contenders for a World Title.
- Considering that Kane recently donned the mask again and single-handedly decimated Daniel Bryan, and Cody's growing frustrations with his tag team losses, Ken may be on to something...
- He also says this about Rob Van Dam, whom Ken feels has gotten complacent with his part-time schedule and should at least put some attitude into his matches and promos, like RVD circa 2006 when he won the WWE Championship.