In recent years, the WWE have made something of a habit of inviting guest stars to feature on Monday Night Raw.
But all too often, these special appearances have come across as marketing exercises aimed at widening the company’s target demographic. Very rarely do these cameos have any direct link to the world of professional wrestling. A timely example of this is the much-hyped arrival of Scooby Doo on this week’s show.
It appears, though, that everyone’s favourite canine critter will not be the only guest star on Monday Night Raw this week.
In a throwback to the days of old, when the likes of Saliva and Limp Bizkit would be featured at WrestleMania, the WWE have invited British metalcore band Asking Alexandria to come along to Raw in Brooklyn this week. WrestlingInc.com reports:
Metalcore band Asking Alexandria noted on Twitter that WWE has invited them to be at tonight's RAW from Brooklyn. No word yet if they would be appearing but they wrote the following on Twitter:
"@WWE invited us to Raw in NYC! #WrestleMania started by blending rock & roll + wrestling. Let's #breakdownthewalls!"
First off, it’s great to see these guys acknowledging the Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection of the mid-1980s. It always a plus when the WWE’s guests are actually interested in the company and its history.
But aside from that, the band appears to have caused a bit of a stir with their use of the hashtag “break down the walls.”
Unfortunately, this is not a reference to a Chris Jericho comeback. “Break Down the Walls” is actually the title of one of Asking Alexandria’s most recent singles, and their current North American tour is also of the same name. Thus, it would appear that the Yorkshire quintet were referencing their own work with this cryptic tweet.
But that doesn’t mean that they may not have trolled a few people. Furthermore, if they did, that can only be a good thing.
As I’ve already mentioned, it’s extremely rare that any of the WWE’s guest hosts are actually too interested in the product itself. However, if this was indeed an intentional tease from Asking Alexandria, then it shows that they are actually fans of the company rather than simply a bunch of celebrities looking for an easy way to plug themselves.
And I feel this is a guest appearance that the WWE’s older generation of followers will be able to relate to.
I’ve personally never really given the band too much time, but a brief search of some of their work on YouTube has brought back memories of the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Eras—and as a fan of those periods, that can only be a good thing.
In having Asking Alexandria show up on the same night as Scooby Doo, the company has done an admirable job of balancing the interests of its vastly varying range of clientele.
Of course, it remains to be seen what role the band will play exactly. There’s been no word on a live performance as of yet, so they could just be limited to a backstage segment or even just a shot of them in the crowd.
But either way, it’s good to see the WWE catering to as large a portion of its fanbase as possible.
If you’re a fan of the band, or even if you’re not interested in this guest appearance at all, please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts on this matter and the article itself.