No, your eyes did not deceive you. If you happened to tune in to WWE Raw on Monday night, you really did witness Cyndi Lauper smash some long-haired fellow over the head.
Lauper appeared as part of WWE’s buildup to Raw‘s 1,000th episode, which will take place on July 23. Until that date, wrestling legends will be appearing sporadically, although few appearances will likely be as awkward — for lack of a better word — as Lauper’s cameo.
The rock legend, now 58, became a staple in wrestling programming during the 1980s — a period that became known as the “Rock-N-Wrestling” connection. The cross-promotion by Vince McMahon‘s WWE (then WWF) and members of the music industry, especially Lauper, led to unprecedented success. Now, more than 20 years later, Lauper returned to the ring, as did wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
As Piper presented Lauper with a framed gold record on Monday night, a modern wrestler by the name of Heath Slater (yeah, I don’t know either) looked on in bewilderment. After interrupting the ceremony to bust out what he claimed to be his hit single, Mr. Slater was treated to an eye poke and glass over the head.
All in all, it was…strange. But it also makes you wonder who they’ll bring out of the woodwork next.
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Many moons ago.
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It was fairly poetic, I thought.
–Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, after tossing a one-hitter against the Orioles on Monday
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That would certainly help.