Of all things WWE, its most powerful brand is WrestleMania, a name that not only signals the biggest show of the year for the promotion, but also a household name similar to the Super Bowl. And, like the Super Bowl, WrestleMania aims to be a pop cultural touchstone, pairing its sport of choice with celebrities and live performances.
Over the years there have been countless musical guests on WrestleMania, with as many forgettable performances as there are remarkable ones. But let’s stay positive and take a look at this last one – the best musical performances in the history of “the greatest stage of all”.
ten Baby Rexha (WrestleMania 37)
After having to run Wrestle Mania 36 at the WWE Performance Center without an audience in 2020, Wrestle Mania 37 marked WWE’s return to holding large events with live crowds. They chose to open Night 1 of the two-night soiree in a suitably grand fashion, with pop star Bebe Rexha performing “America The Beautiful,” accompanied by electric guitar. In addition to the impressive performance, the entire WWE roster – including boss Vince McMahon – stood atop the ramp for the performance.
9 Snoop Dogg (Wrestle Mania 32)
While Wrestle Mania 32 wasn’t Snoop Dogg’s first appearance in a ‘Mania – he was also master of ceremonies for the “Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill Match” at Wrestle Mania 24 – the 2016 event hosted Snoop’s first live performance at one. And it couldn’t have been more fitting, as he played his real-life cousin Sasha Banks in the ring for her big three-way fight with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch to determine a first champion for the newly minted women’s title. Banks didn’t win, but she certainly had the most memorable entry.
8 Mark Crozer and Parents (WrestleMania 30)
Hillbilly cult leader Bray Wyatt’s original theme song, “Live In Fear” – also known as “Broken Out In Love” – is a standout among WWE entrance music. Rather than a hard rock track or booming hip hop song, it’s a slower, moodier track that perfectly makes Wyatt and his family a sinister presence.
It also seemed like perfect fodder for a live performance, which original artist Mark Crozer & The Rels performed live at. Wrestle Mania 30 for Wyatt’s big match against John Cena. The performance was made even cooler thanks to the bank look, which involved Crozer wearing face paint and his bandmates wearing plague masks.
7 POD (Wrestle Mania 22)
Legendary WWE luchador Rey Mysterio hails from San Diego, California – area code 619 – so his entrance music, fittingly, is a rock track called “Booyakah 619” by a group of co-workers from San Diegans, the Christian nu-metal band POD The band was even able to play it live for Mysterio before his Wrestle Mania 22 bout, where he faced Randy Orton and Kurt Angle for the World Heavyweight Championship. Mysterio would win the match, earning his first-ever world title.
6 San Francisco Taiko Dojo (WrestleMania 31)
While many WrestleMania entries involve a live performance, the performer is not always a pop star, rock band or rappers. In fact, it’s not uncommon for WWE to bring in local bands like marching bands or, in Sting’s case, Japanese taiko drummers. Wrestle Mania 31 emanated from Santa Clara, Calif., so WWE enlisted the local San Francisco Taiko Dojo to give The Stinger some dramatic flair for their big WCW vs. WWE match against Triple H. While some might wonder what a vigilante wielding a baseball bat has to do with Japanese batsmen, there’s no denying that it looked really cool.
5 Motorhead (WrestleMania 21)
As Triple H’s go-to band for entrance themes, heavy metal legends Motörhead had two opportunities to perform at ‘Maniaintroducing Trips at once Wrestle Mania 17 and Wrestle Mania 21 playing “The Game” both times. While the first was a surprisingly weak performance for heavy metal veterans, the band made up for it on the second try when Triple H came out with the World Heavyweight Championship around his waist. This time, Trips would be the main contest and ultimately drop the belt to Batista.
4 Nita Strauss (Wrestle Mania 34)
In 2016, NXT made Shinsuke Nakamura’s already special entrance even more special by adding a violinist to accompany Nak to the ring during Takeover: Brooklyn 2. For his Wrestle Mania 34 title match with AJ Styles, Nakamura got similar accompaniment in the form of a guitarist.
Years before Rick Boogs became Nakamura’s personal guitarist, Nak was played in the ring at this ‘Mania by guitarist Nita Strauss, known for playing in Alice Cooper’s band as well as being a solo artist.
3 Salt-N-Pepa (WrestleMania 11)
One of WWE’s weirdest picks in WrestleMania history made Bam Bam Bigelow take on New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor the main event of Wrestle Mania 11. Coupled with that, however, is one of their best decisions: hiring Salt-N-Pepa to perform their song “Whatta Man,” but with the lyrics rewritten to address LT’s feud with Bigelow. It’s a gloriously surreal watch, but unfortunately WWE has removed the performance from video releases, replays, and even the WWE Network, so fans have to dig the internet for this forgotten gem.
2 Living Color (Wrestlemania 29)
CM Punk has never made the headlines WrestleMania – not even when he was WWE Champion – but in 2013 he managed to steal the show via an epic match with The Undertaker. While many fans think Punk should have been the one to end the streak, he at least got an impressive entrance thanks to a live performance by In Living Colour, whose 1988 hit “Cult of Personality” won. served as the entrance music through several promotions. . Along with being a great performance, hiring the band to make their live entrance added to Punk’s selfish heel personality.
1 Run-DMC (WrestleMania 5)
There were a number of early performances WrestleManiasand there have been great performances since, but the practice honestly peaked with Wrestle Mania 5 in 1989. Not only did the legendary rap group Run-DMC perform, but Run-DMC played a special role WrestleMania-themed rap for the occasion. Given wrestling’s later obsession with hard rock, this choice seemed ahead of its time, with added novelty as the team performed the song in the ring rather than some sort of entrance rap.
Celebrity involvement has been a staple of WrestleMania for decades, and while some have worked, others have been pretty hit or miss.
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