Series / The Wrestling Kennection

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Be Kennected, Get Kennected, Stay Kennected!

The Wrestling Kennection is an award-winning 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-hosted by Zack Martinkus and Julian Warren, along with co-hosts and producers Greg Dolan and Brian Dorrington, Jr., the show goes over the current events 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 retain/be crowned the "WK King of PPV" Champion for the month.

An official secondary in-house title, the WK "Big 4" Championship, was created to honor Zack's several close calls at winning the King of PPV championship. This title, akin to TNA's X-Division Title and WWE Money in the Bank, can be used to give its a holder an advantage in winning the King of PPV title. By cashing it in, the titleholder can double up on one of their PPV predictions if correct, or risk losing a point if wrong. As the name indicates, the championship can only be won at predictions for WWE's four major PPV events (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series) with the title being awarded to the second place competitor.

The current WK King of PPV Champion is "Mr. 8-Ball" Nicholas Giglio, in his 1st reign as champion.

The current WK Big 4 PPV Champion is "Miss 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. The show also has its own YouTube channel and can be found here and the show's "minty fresh" Google+ page can be found here.

The Wrestling Kennection's OFFICIAL website can be found here.

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"YOUR KENNECTION TO THE WORLD OF TROPES! RECOGNIZE!"

  • Always Someone Better: Zack feels this way after so many close calls in winning the King of PPV title, particularly the 2016 Royal Rumble, where he only lost out to Greg due to the tiebreaker. Ken and company agree; part of the reason for the introduction of the Big 4 championship was to give Zack and others who haven't held the King of PPV title often (or at all) a fair shake at winning it. Finally subverted after WrestleMania 32, where Zack came away with the "King of PPV" championship, beating Miss Julie in a tiebreaker to win it.
  • 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 Women's division, whom he feels, when motivated, can be capable of putting on matches as competitive and entertaining as the men. After it was reported that WWE hired Sara Del Rey to train the women, Ken said he 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 female superstar.
  • Companion Cube: In the 1st and 2nd season, "The Almighty Printer" was this for Greg.
    • Shortly after he was introduced in the 3rd season, Nick has taken to using an magic 8-Ball for his Pay-Per-Pre View picks, even taking on the moniker of "Mr. 8-Ball" after winning the King of PPV Championship, as well as having the 8-Ball "hijack" parts of the show, not unlike when Greg...ahem, "The Almighty Printer" won the title.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ken is slowly becoming a treasure trove of these:
  • Commuting on a Bus: Episode #110 was Brian's last one as a regular, with his new job at Lowell Telecommunications, but he'll stop in from time to time as a guest speaker.
  • 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.
  • Fan Boy: Greg, of the Big Show. One of Greg's early Running Gags would be to often cue Big Show's music at an apt, often inopportune time, much to the consternation of Zack and Ken. His fan worship has only grown more and more exaggerated as the show's gone on, even to the point that during a prediction show for the Royal Rumble, Greg's picks for the Rumble match all consisted of Show's various wrestling "aliases", even including Show's real name, Paul Wight.
  • 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 (outside of old-school ECW) 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.
  • Long Runner: Over 100 episodes in two years and counting. This even resulted in the show being the first inducted into Bedford TV's newly-formed "Centennial Club", a honor for shows at Bedford TV which have hit the century mark in terms of episodes broadcasted.
  • Midseason Upgrade: For the show's set; the first few episodes were done on a simple black backdrop, before moving on to using an actual green screen to display the WK logo, photos and arena backgrounds.
    • Starting with Episode 127, every episode can now be seen live on the Bedford TV YouTube channel's live stream.
  • 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!
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Gus and Maria, Bedford TV interns who don't know much, if anything, about professional wrestling. Gus actually subverts this somewhat in picking up the basics well enough, and even puts in a great showing in his first "Pay-Per-Pre View" special (Battleground 2016), tying Ken and Nick for 1st place (Nick would ultimately win the "Time-breaker").
  • 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: After Zack left after Episode 16, Ken announces that he and Zack had worked out their creative differences and welcomes him back onto the show at the end of Episode 23. And once again when Zack and Julian make their dramatic return in episode 99.
  • Race Against the Clock: On occasion, there will be a tie between two or more of the WK Krew when making predictions for a PPV; in case of such a situation, the winner comes down to whoever comes closest to picking the main event's actual match time without going over, ala The Price Is Right, dubbed the "Main Event Time-Breaker."
  • "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.
    • In Episode #108, Ken delivers an absolutely BRUTAL 10+ minute criticism to WWE, not just for going backwards on their booking of Roman Reigns, but their outright lack of creative effort in building up the show, as well as having Stephanie McMahon essentially undercut the entire WrestleMania card just to promote her husband. It's to the point where, for the first time in 15 years, Ken questions whether he as a wrestling fan wants to see WrestleMania.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Second Place Is for Losers: The WK "Big 4 PPV" Championship is one big zig-zag of this trope; whoever comes in 2nd for predictions following the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, or Survivor Series wins the Big 4 championship, and, up until the next "Big 4" PPV, can cash the belt in for an opportunity to double up on points for any prediction at any PPV, including a "Lock of the Night" pick, meaning they can potentially win 4 points for a pick.
    • However, it can end up being played straight if the prediction comes up wrong, in which case the chooser loses a point. Risk or reward at its finest.
  • 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).
    • Oddly enough, this is the reason he often lets Zack or others type up a solemn, dutiful piece for their Facebook page, such as a wrestler recently passing away, as Ken would prefer it come from the heart rather than having to Wikipedia a wrestler's bio.
  • So Proud of You: Typically, Ken is often reluctant to hand over the "King of PPV" championship after being bested, but when Zack finally won it at WrestleMania 32 despite losing out on his "Big 4"-boosted pick, the host couldn't have been happier to award it to his long-time friend and co-host.
  • 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.
  • Ur-Example: The first show in Bedford TV's broadcast history to air over 100 episodes, leading to an award honoring the show for hitting the century mark, aptly named the "Centennial Club."
  • 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 women anyway to cover for the lack of coverage concerning women's wrestling. "Miss Julie" Antriasian would later take part in the show, bolstering discussion about not only the Divas, but the portrayal of women in wrestling overall.
  • What Were You Thinking?:
    • Comparing a female Superstar 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.
  • Worf Had the Flu: A big part of Zack winning his first "King of PPV" championship was that despite losing on his "Big 4" cash-in (i.e. he lost a point), he earned 6 out of a possible 15 points, which was still better than either of the usual top contenders in Brian or Ken, both of whom only managed 4 points.
  • 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 had 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 had donned the mask again and single-handedly decimated Daniel Bryan after WM 30, and Cody's growing frustrations with his tag team losses eventually (after a refit as "Stardust") lead to he and Goldust splitting up, Ken may be on to something...
    • He also says this about Rob Van Dam, whom Ken felt at the time of his latest return (circa 2014) had 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.
    • To a degree, all of the WK Krew feels this way about Roman Reigns, who they think should either come off-the-cuff more with his promos rather than use lines spoon-fed by Vince McMahon, or simply go back to being the "silent assassin" that made him a standout member of the Shield to begin with, shades of which was seen at TLC 2015 before WWE's writers apparently suffered a creative Snap Back.
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