Series / The Wrestling Kennection

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"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 and co-host Zack Martinkus & Julian Warren, along with co-hosts and producers Greg Dolan and Brian Dorrington, Jr., 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 4:00 PM, EST, with an hour dedicated to the weeks before and after pay-per-views, where Ken previews/reviews the most recent pay-per-view; along with the preview, picks are made by Ken, Zack, Julian, Brian, Julie, and Greg (aka "The Almighty Printer") and the winner with the most correct predictions will be crowned the "WK King Of PPV" Champion for the month. Those can be seen around 4:00 PM, EST.

The current WK King/Queen of PPV Champion is Ms. Julie Antriasian, in her 1st reign as champion.

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!"

  • Berserk Button: Anything or anyone in wrestling that messes with the legend of the Undertaker is guaranteed an emotional, rage-filled "Zack Attack", especially given that Zack has all but stated that Taker is his idol in professional wrestling.
    • To a somewhat lesser degree, the maltreatment CM Punk received in his final years is one for Ken. While the host agreed that Punk could've taken care of his medical situation sooner, Ken seriously took the WWE to task for not only cajoling Punk into returning in mid-2013 when he was still nursing injuries, but (following his walk-out in early 2014) sending him his formal release papers...on his wedding day.
  • 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:
  • Determinator: 100 episodes in, Ken hasn't missed one. Not even having mono kept him from delivering all the news on professional wrestling!
  • 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.
  • Enemy Mine: While the "WK King of PPV" Championship is hotly contested between all of the WK Krew, Brian, Zack and Ken agree that any one of them holding the belt is better than the, ahem, "Almighty Printer" having it at all.
  • Halloween Episode: To differentiate from their typical wackiness for Halloween, Zack donned an "Iconic" outfit while Ken decided to "Follow the Buzzards", both seen here.
  • Insane Troll Logic: ANY of Greg's picks; justified since, unlike fellow producer Brian, who's been an on-and-off fan of WWE, Greg has ZERO knowledge of professional wrestling and makes picks as he sees fit. Somehow it's worked, as he's been "WK King of PPV" Champion three times since the title was introduced mid-2014.
  • 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.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Occasionally discussed by Brian and Greg concerning Ken's sharp knowledge of professional wrestling and little else; mostly justified by the fact that it is a wrestling show, along with Ken's Aspergers narrowing his interests to a select few, among them pro wrestling.
    • This will often lead the two producers to, once in a while, drop a "Hot Topic" such as fantasy football or proper infant care to test Ken's more general knowledge of the outside world; for the most part, Ken does a fair job in providing a topical outlook on the different subjects. Just don't bring up politics like "Kentucky State Legislature", as Ken's fully admitted that politics and autism, in his mind, go together as well as oil and water.
  • 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...
  • The Nicknamer: Julian's developed a habit, particularly on Facebook, of finding a name that he feels fits Ken, like "Mr. Kennection" or "Mr. Kentastic", much to Ken's chagrin.
  • 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!
  • Power Trio: Zack, Ken and Julian; collectively known as "The Stronghold."
  • 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. And once again when Zack and Julian make their dramatic return in episode 99.
  • Red Baron
    • Ken: "Your Kennection to the Wrestling World", "The Kencyclopedia of Pro Wrestling", "Mr. Kennection."
    • Zack: "The Madd Wolf", "The Zack Attack."
    • Julian: "Mr. J", "Soul of the Stronghold."
  • "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.
  • Robot Me: "The Almighty Printer," a.k.a. a seemingly sentient printer voice-synthesized by Greg, that NOBODY likes, particularly Zack, whose already short temper turns hair-trigger at the mere sight of it.
  • 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 15 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."
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Zack's (then) girlfriend Ashleigh Gagnon, who was only on for a couple episodes, mostly to appeal to the female demographic of wrestling fans. After she disappeared, Ken started talking more about the WWE/NXT divas anyway to cover for the lack of coverage concerning women's wrestling.
  • 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.