Music is the Universal Language that speaks to every single solitary soul in one way or another. With great passion and patience, music can heal the heart from hurt while soothing the psychological strain that has been placed upon the wretched wanderer who searches for his/her place in a world of greed, guilt, and gluttony.
The loneliest lad uses music to comfort his solitude while the sickest psychopath uses music to escape from or encourage his insanity. Music can fill a person with love or hate depending on genre, sound, and lyrical content. Music acts as a crutch to anyone who feels as though life has kicked out their kneecap and now struggles to walk on their own. This is the power of music.
Wrestling in many ways is much like music in that wrestling also provides fans with a sense of escapism – a place to go when everywhere else has shut and locked the door. Wrestling can help with the aggressive nature of our being and in certain cases maintain and cage the animal that lives inside of all humans.
Wrestling is often misunderstood and outright hated. Such is the cases with music – as we identify with specific artists we hate on others in the process. Nothing created is meant to be completely coherent and understood by the mass public. Creation is a creature of chaotic circumstance – whether that creature is in the ring or on a stage.
The following article will be based on both music and wrestling as they collide to create a wonderful wasteland; inhabited by some of the strangest characters that walk this planet – a place where The Freak holds higher social standing than The Stud. Where everything weird is welcomed and normalcy is nonexistent.
These are the top 15 musicians who are wrestling fans:
15 Bob Mould
Bob Mould is a alternative rock guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter whose song "Dog on Fire" serves as the opening theme for The Daily Show. Mould has performed with a number of different bands and artists; piecing together a quiet but accomplished musical career.
Aside from music, Bob Mould is a huge wrestling fan. In 1999, Mould would take a break from the music scene and enter the sinister world of wrestling writing when he accepted a scriptwriter position with World Championship Wrestling.
Bob Mould's time with the promotion would prove to be brief as he would soon leave as a result of creative differences.
14 Dallas Green
Dallas Green is a Canadian singer-songwriter who first rose to hardcore rock prominence as a member of Alexisonfire. Green, now a solo artist, releases music under the name City and Colour (a play on his given name).
Dallas Green is said to be a huge fan of professional wrestling - a good old Canadian boy who loves guitars, tattoos, and the antics of squared-circle miscreants. Sounds about right from our standpoint.
13 Flo Rida
Flo Rida is a rapper from Florida who happens to love his home state so much that he adapted its name into his stage moniker. Clever? Lazy? No one really cares - with matters such as this; it's all relative.
Having been a lifelong fan of wrestling, Flo Rida would find his way into the main event picture of WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami for one of the biggest matches of all time when he played out a local hero: The Rock.
Flo Rida has also performed on Monday Night Raw.
12 Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa is an avid pot smoking, Pittsburgh-representing, rapper who appeals to the new bred of hip hop fans - those who stray from the classics and opt to follow what has become hip on the hip hop scene.
Now then, a frequent user of cannabis enjoying wrestling? That works. In fact Wiz Khalifa was on hand the last time Monday Night Raw was live in Pittsburgh where he also performed his own Steel City anthem, "Black and Yellow."
11 Machine Gun Kelly
Machine Gun Kelly or MGK (abbreviations for a lazy generation) is a rapper from Cleveland, Ohio who has gained popularity over the past few years - establishing a loyal and loving fanbase in the process.
Machine Gun Kelly is big fan of WWE, particularly John Cena. MGK has not only been seen in attendance at Monday Night Raw but would perform on behalf of John Cena at WrestleMania XXVII prior to his match with The Rock.
More recently, MGK performed on an episode of Raw where he received a powerbomb off the top of the ramp from Kevin Owens.
10 Rick Rubin
Rick Rubin is the founder of Def Jam Records and one of the most sought after record producers in the music industry. Rubin has worked the biggest names in hip hop, rock and roll, pop, and even Johnny Cash.
Rick Rubin grew up loving professional wrestling and still does to this day; never shying away from his admiration for the wrestling industry. Rubin has been seen seated on the floor and up close to the action of many WWE events.
9 Kid Rock
Kid Rock is genre-crossing recording artist who can sing a love song, rock out with the band, and even spit some rap lyrics. Kid Rock may be outspoken and controversial (good thing) and many may not like the man but he is definitely talented.
In the year 2000, Kid Rock made a special appearance on Raw is War. His hype man at the time, Joe C. (deceased) was a huge wrestling fan but it become apparent that Kid Rock also enjoys the circus.
WWE has used the music of Kid Rock for The Undertaker ("American Bad Ass") and have even had Kid Rock perform at WrestleMania XXV.
8 Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne is an English singer-songwriter who once served as frontman for the band Black Sabbath before venturing off on his own and establishing himself as the "Godfather of Heavy Metal."
Ozzy Osbourne has shown up a few times over the years in WWE and is said to be a fan of the product. Ozzy has lent his voice to WWE for Pay-Per-View theme songs and has even hosted Monday Night Raw with his wife, Sharon.
Ozzy was on hand at WrestleMania 2 and stood in the corner of The British Bulldogs as they captured the WWE Tag Team Championship.
7 Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg is an American rapper who first rose to fame in the early '90s thanks to Dr. Dre and his inclusion on The Chronic. In the years that followed, Snoop Dogg would become one of the biggest recording artists in the industry.
As a wrestling fan, Snoop Dogg has experienced some time in the WWE Universe. At WrestleMania XXIV, Snoop served as "Master of Ceremonies" for a Divas tag team match that saw Maria and Ashley take on Beth Phoenix and Melina.
The last time Snoop showed up on Raw, he would pose alongside Hulk Hogan in the ring showcasing his lack of pythons.
6 ZZ Top
ZZ Top are rock band that formed down in Texas in the late '60s. ZZ Top are still running strong as technically-sound musicians who can still rock out and still maintain their level of cool and signature look.
Something about ZZ Top and wrestling feels proper. The band enjoy the carnival act and have not only guest hosted Monday Night Raw but have also appeared in attendance just to enjoy the show.
Back when Stacy Keibler was a member of the WWE roster, "Legs" by ZZ Top was used as her entrance music.
Eminem has taken hip hop music to a place that is wickedly weird and wonderful. The transcending recording artist has been considered the greatest rapper in the world for quite some time.
The idea of Eminem as a wrestling fan is not that far fetched. Slim Shady (alter ego) echoes the twisted character-driven world that is professional wrestling. Once, while in London, Eminem was spotted walking around the streets in a Rey Mysterio mask.
In the build to John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania XXX, an Eminem song was used to help promote the match in a fantastic Wyatt-themed video.
4 Toby Keith
Toby Keith is a big, rugged, guitar-picking, singer-songwriter who has been kicking his boots around the country music world for a long time. Keith has become one of the biggest country acts in the world.
The redneck-type and professional wrestling have always walked hand-in-hand so the fact that Toby Keith is a fan should not come as a surprise. Sometimes certain things are simply meant for each other.
Toby Keith has appeared on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and at one point was apparently close to purchasing the struggling promotion.
3 Insane Clown Posse
Insane Clown Posse are what sensible music fans would call Trailer-Trash-Hip-Hop not fit for human consumption.
Why are they so high on the list? Well, despite their lack of musical flavour, Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope has displayed great commitment to the wrestling community. Hell, they have even been entertaining in the process.
Insane Clown Posse once worked for WWE, WCW, and ECW before starting up their own wrestling promotion known as Juggalo Championship Wrestling.
2 Billy Corgan
Billy Corgan is a musical maverick who plays guitar, sings, and writes melancholic tunes that tap into the human emotion. Corgan has done many things with music but will always be remembered best as the frontman of The Smashing Pumpkins.
The alternative rock star has long displayed a passion for professional wrestling. Back in the '90s, Extreme Championship Wrestling was the alternative to mainstream wrestling which made Billy Corgan a great candidate for a guest appearance.
Since those days, Billy Corgan has founded but since left a wrestling promotion, Resistance Pro Wresting and now works as a creative member at TNA (Did you think Billy Corgan would top this list?).
1 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is the greatest songwriter who has ever lived. The man who changed the face and sound of popular music with a rebellious outlook and careless attitude. Bob Dylan didn't invent the game but he certainly redefined how its played.
Bob Dylan is probably not a fan of WWE or anything else on the market. Dylan doesn't participate in anything related to professional wrestling or speak of any particular appreciation for the craft. So, how does Dylan take the top spot? Well, had it not been for professional wrestling, we may have never had Bob Dylan.
In his youth and prior to being Bob Dylan, Robert Zimmerman enjoyed professional wrestling. Particularly, Gorgeous George. In Bob Dylan's book, Chronicles, Dylan discusses meeting the charismatic wrestler and the impact that meeting had on his life moving forward.
Gorgeous George provided Robert Zimmerman with enough recognition to keep the young man striving until the day he would become Bob Dylan.
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