Tonight, MTV will host their 28th Annual Video Music Awards. The VMAs pretty much have the same rules as WCW’s World War 3: Stick as many characters as you can in one place and hope for the best. In the past, the hosts, guests and performers at the VMAs have surprised the millions (And millions) of viewers with their unpredictability. Remember when Fiona Apple dropped a Pipebomb? Remember when Lil’ Mama did a run-in on Jay-Z and Alicia Keys? Remember when Britney and Madonna … shook hands? Well, wrestling’s is very similar. Remember when Mr. Perfect hated rap then created the perfect country song about it? It’s True!
Here’s a look at some of the musical-inspired acts in wrestling. Some of them are even inspired from incidents at the VMAs.
John Cena and Eminem have a lot in common. Besides rapping, acting and and you know….being controversial, both Cena and Eminem love to make an entrance. In 2000, Eminem performed his hit single, “The Real Slim Shady” at the VMAs, marching into Radio City Music Hall with hundreds of Eminem clones. In 2009, John Cena decided to emulate this entrance before match with The Big Show and Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 25.
While Eminem’s performance was greeted with praise, Cena’s performance elicited a sizable amount of boos (If you get this reference, Oliver Copp thanks you.)
Lance Storm Crashes 3 Count’s Performance
Remember 3 Count? I do! Fun Fact: I once stood outside TRL in Times Square hoping for them to make an appearance, but they never showed. Instead, I ended up seeing O-Town. Thanks 3 Count…
TRL aside, 3 Count (Zack Ryder’s second favorite boyband,) brought us great hits like “Can’t Get You Out Of My Heart.” And “Sing Along With 3 Count.” However, not everyone was a fan. One person in particular was Lance Storm who made his WCW debut by attacking the trio as they were about to perform.
Lance Storm’s attack on 3 Count proved 2 things. One, he really hates boybands. And Two, he can show some personality when he really wants to!
In 2002, Fozzy made their first appearance on RAW performing their song, “To Kill A Stranger.” Fozzy frontman, Chris Jericho was taken back by the negative reaction and decided to perform an encore much to the displeasure of the WWE Fans (We weren’t a universe until 2008.) Before Jericho could get a note in, he was attacked by the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, who he attacked earlier in the evening. Flair’s agenda was to literally try and make those punk kids Fozzy “turn down that racket.” Rather than show the full clip, we prefer the Everybody Hates Chris version by ReyFearsPsychosis.
It’s no surprised that Ric Flair destroyed Fozzy’s set. As we learned 10 years later, Flair is clearly more of a hip-hop guy.
From 2007-2010, Jillian Hall sang her heart out on WWE TV. She had many “memorable” performances, but this one sticks out to me because one, this was the first time she tried performing R & B. And two, her “backup dancers” Beth Phoenix and Katie Lea steal the show.
It’s a shame these three didn’t do more together. They could’ve been the next Destiny’s Child … Or Diversity 5.
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C’mon. You know the words: Spend my days workin’ hard on the go / But the hands on the clock keep spinning too slow / ‘Cause I can’t wait to be alone with my baby tonight! This country gem was jammed down our throats back in ’95 and might subconsciously be the reason I don’t like country music today. With My Baby Tonight was supposed to be J-E-Double F (Hahaha!) J-A-Double R-E! … Double T’s hit single. He even “performed” it live at WWF In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks (And you thought Over The Limit was a bad name.) Or so we thought….
In 1996, Jeff Jarrett’s protege, The Roadie A.K.A The Road Dogg Jesse James, A.K.A The guy on WWE’s “Are You Serious?,” returned to the WWF, admitted that Jarrett was a fraud and that he was the real Double J.
This lead to the Jesse James performing this song every single night he wrestled, even when there were technical difficulties. The country singer gimmick died out when The Real Double J realized he was more of an outlaw than a country singer.
And last but not least…
Let’s Have A Toast For The …
We all know and love this one. In 2009, Kanye West became the biggest heel in music after he interrupted the sympathetic babyface, Taylor Swift’s VMA victory, proclaiming that Beyonce had “one of the best videos of all time.” A few months later, the WWE decided to parody this incident when Maria won a Slammy for “Diva Of The Year” and was interrupted by the WWE’s answer to Kanye West, Batista.
I didn’t like much about Batista, but I loved this parody. Maria’s and Batista’s performance were great. Plus, Batista’s “Homer Simpson-esque” pink shirt was just the icing on the cake. Mmmm…cake.