With WrestleMania 37 only a few days away, WWE Superstar Mark Andrews, who is also a musician, has been discussing the importance of entrance music and the impact it can have on performances in the ring.
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Andrews, who has performed on shows such as 205 Live and WWE NXT, is a former Tag Team Champion, and he admits every Superstar dreams of making their entrance at WrestleMania, WWE’s biggest event of the year.
“I definitely have thought about the big WrestleMania entrance,” says Andrews. “The band is playing, fireworks are going off, everyone is going crazy, and I’m sure every wrestler has thought the same because that’s the grand stage, the grandest stage of them all. It’s the peak of the year in wrestling and the peak of some people’s careers.
“Whether it’s Triple H entering to Motorhead or The Undertaker entering to Limp Bizkit, everybody wants that big entrance and there’s nothing cooler than a rock band playing your entrance music. To mix live music and live wrestling, on the biggest stage of them all, there’s nothing better than that, and every wrestler dreams of that big WrestleMania entrance.”
Andrews, who combines his wrestling career with a passion for music as part of pop-punk outfit Junior, is in a unique position in that he performs his own entrance music, meaning he is well placed to discuss the impact it can have on performance.
“I think entrance music is one of the most important things for any wrestler in terms of their whole act. It gets you psyched up before a match and I think whatever is getting you psyched up, as you’re walking to the ring, is also going to get the fans psyched up.
“In the past, I’ve entered to music which I didn’t like, or it didn’t resonate with me, so by the time you get to the ring you feel flat. With my current music, which I’m obviously very biased towards as I’m literally singing the song, I get super excited. Before I get to the curtain I’m excited and the nerves are high, I feel the adrenaline and by the time I get in the ring it feels like a massive party for the fans.
“I’m sure each wrestler has their own equivalent of that, whether it feels like a party or whether it feels dead serious. For example, The Undertaker’s music is one of the most serious in the whole wrestling industry so it would feel weird seeing him enter the ring with something else playing.
“I just think the music’s so important because it’s a reason to get excited about the match. For me personally, it gets me hyped up and makes me feel at home in the ring.”
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