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7 Times Heavy Bands Played WWE Events & Crushed It
Here at The Pit, one of our big passions outside of heavy metal is wrestling; for some of us, we grew up watching WWE events, admiring the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, John Cena, and many more. With those two passions in mind, we wanted to write something up that brings the two art forms together.
Throughout the WWE’s history, several acts within the world of heavy music have performed at various events. From heavy metal to nu metal to hard rock and more, there has been a lot of variety among the musical acts that have taken part in the world of wrestling. We did some digging around and found seven acts we wanted to highlight. So without further ado, here are seven acts from the world of metal and heavy music that have crushed it live at WWE events.
As part of WrestleMania 21, Motörhead performed the track “The Game,” which is an entrance song for WWE Super Star Triple H. Triple H is a HUGE Motörhead fan, so much so that the band have performed three different entrance songs for him. Triple H and the late Lemmy were good friends, and H even spoke at Lemmy’s funeral.
“Rollin'” into WrestleMania 19… okay we couldn’t resist. Back in the day, nu metal underdogs Limp Bizkit performed their hit song as a means to introduce the mighty Undertaker. The Undertaker is already intimidating as hell, but when you see that guy coming out on a motorcycle while Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin'” is playing – it’s impossible not to be on the edge of your seat.
During WrestleMania 29, Living Colour performed the entrance music for Chicago’s very own CM Punk! From the footage you will find below, it is an incredible moment where the stadium is lit up, Living Colour is rocking out, and the crowd loses their friggin’ minds as CM Punk walks out and towards the ring.
While some may not consider her to be a conventional metal act, we think Poppy is metal as hell! Poppy took her industrial blend of hard-hitting pop-rock to NXT back in 2019; on a separate occasion, she also helped to re-introduce Io Shirai to the WWE world.
Lzzy Hale & Nita Strauss
Nita Strauss (ex-Alice Cooper band) and Lzzy Hale (of Halestorm) teamed up for the WWE’s first-ever all-women’s pay-per-view event: WWE Evolution 2018! While the two bad ass ladies are performing, a TV behind Hale featured some awesome matches involving the ladies of the WWE. On a separate occasion, Strauss was at WrestleMania 34, where she performed the entrance theme song for Shinsuke Nakamura.
Code Orange have always been vocal about their love for wrestling, so it doesn’t surprise us that the WWE once invited them to perform on NXT TakeOver. But why stop at just performing? For the Code Orange song “Underneath” has become the official theme song of NXT TakeOver: In Your House! How cool is that?! Code Orange even teamed up with hardcore act Incendiary as part of Aleister Black’s entrance theme in the past.
When it comes to WrestleMania 35, punk rock icon Joan Jett performed live and as part of Rhonda Rousey’s entrance. Accompanied by The Blackhearts, Joan and crew played her major hit song “Bad Reputation” (a song that captures the spirit of Rousey’s no nonsense aggression in the ring).
Nothing goes better together than wrestling and aggressive as hell music (okay, maybe throw in some horror movies, too). Whether it is Monday Night Raw, Smackdown, SummerSlam, WrestleMania, or the plethora of other incredible WWE events that take place throughout the year, there is always something to look forward to when it comes to wrestling!
Of the aforementioned performances, which one is your favorite? Which rock, hard rock, or metal band would you love to see play at a WWE event?