The Dark Side To Mixing Wrestling & Mainstream Music: 5 Misadventures
These are by no means in any kind of order or rank. I was just banging out the guitar solo to the Megadeth tune "Headcrusher" the other day and remembered when they played live on WCW Monday Nitro for a Goldberg entrance. For me that was a dark day for many reasons, but mostly because Goldberg sucks and is one of my most hated wrestlers, and Dave Mustaine is a musical genius one of my all-time idols.
It got me to thinking about other recent misadventures of wrestling and mainstream music trying to mingle together.
It didn't want to dwell on it too much so I just thought of five that really annoyed me personally just to open the discussion. So as they say in Deutschland, Gehen wir! (let's go)
Kid Rock: Wretlemania 25 or American Badass music, pick one.
Wrestlemania 25: I have seen Kid Rock in concert since I am a Detroiter. My brother-in-law had an extra ticket and it was free so I went, and it wasn't bad I must admit and he's not bad live, but when Kid Rock gets 10 minutes on the grandest wrestling stage of them all when nowdays you're lucky to get a good legitimate 10 minute match, that is sad. The bullshit tag match that opened Wrestlemania 26 or Morrison and the Miz at 25 comes to mind. I buy the PPVs to see wrestling matches not Kid Rock trying to ride the fame of his stale ass 10 year old songs "Cowboy" or "Bawitdaba." I also hate melodies, just play a whole song.
American Badass: Really? I understand Undertaker is a biker and collects Harleys and you want to give him a fresh image, but you can't find a better song than Kid Rock ripping off Metallica's "Sad But True" music and putting some shitty hillbilly rapping over it, come on, The Undertaker Deserves better than that, but at least it was a step up from the next slide.
American Badass Continued: Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit, Really? You have one of the greatest and most popular wreslers in history and my all-time favorite, The Undertaker, coming out to a band that is fronted by one of the biggest douches in heavy metal history, Fred Durst. And to top it off, it wasn't even one of their better songs. Why didn't they just give the Undertaker a red cap and some stupid ghetto ass saggy pants.WWE even went as far as making Fred Durst an unlockable character in one of their video games. I seen these guys when they opened for Metallica. They were booed the whole time and people kept throwing empty paper beer cups at Fred. Jesus Fred, buy a belt or some pants that fit you fool it likes like your carrying a load in your pants.
WCW and the KISS Demon
Does anyone remember this short lived misadventure? I know many may disagree and my memory is a little hazy on this one, but from what I remember this guy was not very good and his matches were as fun as watching paint dry or playing with a wet spaghetti noodle. It doesn't help that I am in no way a KISS fan, their lyrics are shallow, i.e. "let's put the x in sex," and their power chord rock is something a fifth grader uses to learn to play their insturment.
Dale Torborg was a baseball player that Macho Man and Hogan met in an airport and suggested he try wrestling, because Hogan is full of good Ideas, like the Abyssmania storyline. Eric Bischoff promised KISS that "their guy" would get a main event title shot, but it was scraped after Bischoff lost his position and in order to follow through on their contract obligations, WCW half-assed a main event at Superbrawl 2000, which was actually the fourth match on the card and not the main event. He ended up losing the match as well. This was a bad idea all around.
Insane Clown Posse with the Oddities
Another blunder in the music business that comes out of Detroit. At least we have Eminem to right the wrongs. These guys are pushing 40 and still rapping about juggalos and Faygo soda pop. In the late 90s they made their way into the WWE as the Oddities stable. Just because you are huge wrestling fans does not mean you can wrestle, and these guys are proof. The only decent thing that the stable had was Luna Vachon. Now they have their own local Juggalo Wresling promotion that grandpa Nash and Grandpa Hall were in volved with for a little while. Before Eminem hit it big he sent a demo to these guys and they laughed and said that he had no talent, now who's laughing all the way to the bank? Sorry, I love Eminem.
Megadeth on WCW Monday Nitro
This one is more of an opinion than any of them. Megadeth are metal gods. With almost 30 in the business they are true kings of metal and frontman Dave mustaine is one of my idols and I have seen them live 8 times. Dave Mustaine is like the Vince Mcmahon of music. He writes all of Megadeth's music & lyrics and when it comes to Megadeth it is his way or the highway. With metal on a decline in the late 90s Dave tried to remain relevant by writing a bullshit song called "Crush Em" and this song was written with the idea of being an arena song you here at a sporting event. What better place to try it out live than on Wheel Chair Wrestling as an entrance theme for Goldberg. I hate Goldberg with a passion, he had minimal moves, his streak was ridiculous (and people bitch about super Cena), his attitude towards the business sucked, and he got pushed beyond belief without really paying his dues. The botched kick to Bret Hart's head during their match doesn't score him any brownie points either. I don't know what Dave and the Megadeth troops were thinking.
The End and Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention: Cena the rapper. I know a lot of people liked Cena the rapper, but I didn't. He came off as a lame wanna be Eminem and nobody should try to be like Eminem. Slim Shady is the king of rap music and to attempt to be like him is flawed from the beginning. Cena started as a heel rapper when Eminem was at the height of is early career and I think Cena the rapper was trying to play off that. Don't get me wrong, I like Cena, he just shouldn't rap in public.
There you have it, what I belive to be big mistakes in trying to mix mainstream music with wrestling. Feel free to razz me, tell me off, disagree or leave your thoughts. Don't worry, I have thick skin.