Does Heavy Metal Music Have Any Ties to Wrestling?

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Have you ever wondered if there is a connection between heavy metal music and wrestling? While it may not be immediately obvious, there are actually quite a few ties between the two. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the ways in which heavy metal music and wrestling are connected.


While the relationship between heavy metal music and wrestling may not be immediately evident, there are a number of ways in which the two forms of entertainment are connected. First and foremost, both heavy metal and wrestling are forms of escapism that allow fans to explore darker, more aggressive impulses in a safe and controlled environment. In addition, both heavy metal and wrestling have been accused of promoting violence, and both have been known to provoke strong reactions from authority figures. Finally, heavy metal music and wrestling share a number of common cultural references, including a love of science fiction and horror movies.

History of Heavy Metal

People have been debating the connection between heavy metal music and wrestling for years. Some say that the two are linked because they are both aggressive and require a lot of energy. Others say that the two are completely unrelated. Let’s take a look at the history of heavy metal music and see if we can find any ties to wrestling.

Origins in Blues and Rock

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and the United States. With roots in blues rock and psychedelic rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre’s lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression, machismo and nihilism.

Heavy metal is traditionally characterized by loud distorted guitars, emphatic rhythms, dense bass-and-drum sound, and vigorous vocals. Metal subgenres variously emphasize, alter, or omit one or more of these attributes. The New York Times critic Jon Pareles writes that distinguishing between different subgenres of heavy metal can be as difficult as “distinguishing between different genres of jazz”.

Early heavy metal developed out of the blues-rock sound of the late 1960s; bands such as Cream and Led Zeppelin built on blues-rock’s foundation by adding more guitar distortion through overdriving amplifiers and heavier drumming techniques. They also created novel ways to expand on simple rock riffs by adding tonal color (e.g., feedback) through studio techniques such as considering different amplifier settings (“gain”), using new guitars (e.g., dual lead guitars) to create harmony parts to play over a basic riff or rhythm track, feeding back distorted guitar sounds through sound effects pedals into other instruments such as acoustic guitar or keyboards to create unique textures (e.g., wah-wah pedal or Leslie rotating speaker cabinet), breaking standardRock musical conventions by playing very fast solos – especially at slow tempo – using novel chord progressions or scales (e.g., Mixolydian mode), using dissonance within standard chord progressions to add tension rather than release it (e.g Dorothy Tanzania).

Development in the 1970s

Due to the success of bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin, other bands began to experiment with heavier sounds and themes. This resulted in the development of hard rock, which would lay the foundations for heavy metal. Along with hard rock, another key ingredient in the heavy metal recipe was developing in the 1970s: wrestling.

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) was a musical movement that started in the late 1970s and peaked in the early 1980s. It was a reaction to the decline of hard rock music in the 1970s. Bands such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Def Leppard played a major role in the development ofNWOBHM. These bands were influenced by earlier hard rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath.

The American Heavy Metal Scene

The American heavy metal scene has its roots in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when a number of bands began experimenting with hard rock and blues-rock. Among these bands were Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple. These bands combined elements of the two genres to create a new, heavier sound that would come to be known as heavy metal.

In the early 1970s, a number of other bands began to emerge that would further develop the sound of heavy metal. These include Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Aerosmith. These bands would go on to influence a number of subsequent heavy metal acts.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a new wave of British heavy metal bands emerged, including Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Def Leppard. These bands built on the foundation laid by their predecessors and helped to solidify heavy metal as its own distinct genre.

Today, heavy metal is one of the most popular genres of music in the world. It has spawned a number of subgenres, including death metal and black metal, and continues to evolve and change with each new generation of artists.

History of Wrestling

Wrestling has been around since the days of ancient Greece and has been a popular form of entertainment ever since. In the early days of wrestling, it was often associated with carnivals and circuses. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, wrestling became more organized and began to be featured in vaudeville shows.

Early American Wrestling

Early American wrestling was a gritty, often brutal sport that was popular among the working class. It was also popular among soldiers, who often wrestled while on breaks from training. The popularity of wrestling in America declined during the early 20th century as more Americans began to prefer other sports. However, the sport experienced a resurgence in popularity during the 1950s and 1960s. During this time, a new style of wrestling known as “freestyle” became popular. Freestyle wrestling is a more technical form of the sport that is used in international competition.

The Rise of Professional Wrestling

Although its roots may be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome, professional wrestling as we know it today did not really take off until the 19th century in the United States. It was in the early 1800s that a form of wrestling known as “catch-as-catch-can” began to develop, which featured a much more open rule set than other forms of wrestling at the time. This new style quickly gained popularity, particularly amongst working class Americans who were looking for a rough and tumble form of entertainment.

As catch-as-catch-can wrestling continued to grow in popularity, so too did professional wrestling. The first recorded professional match took place in 1816, though it would be another several decades before the sport really began to take off. It wasn’t until the 1870s that wrestling started to become organized, with the first ever World Heavyweight Championship being decided in 1881.

From there, professional wrestling only continued to grow in popularity, with large scale events becoming common by the early 20th century. The rise of television in the 1950s was a major boon for the sport, as it allowed promoters to reach a much wider audience. The following decades would see Wrestling become a global phenomenon, with superstars like Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant becoming household names.

In recent years, professional wrestling has seen something of a decline in popularity, though it still remains one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world.

The Attitude Era

In the late 1990s, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) began a storyline known as the “Attitude Era”. This was a period in pro wrestling history characterized by sexually explicit and often violent storylines. The Attitude Era is considered by many to be the most successful and groundbreaking era in wrestling history.

One of the key elements of the Attitude Era was the use of heavy metal music to help promote WWF programming. Some of the most popular wrestlers of the era, such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock, used heavy metal songs as their entrance themes. In addition, several WWF pay-per-view events were named after heavy metal songs, including “Judgment Day” and “No Mercy”.

While there is no direct evidence linking heavy metal music to wrestling’s success during the Attitude Era, it’s clear that the two genres had a symbiotic relationship during that time. Heavy metal provided WWF with a way to reach out to a new audience, while WWF helped introduce heavy metal to a wider audience than ever before.

Ties Between Heavy Metal and Wrestling

While their might not be any direct ties between heavy metal and wrestling, the two cultures definitely have some overlap. For one, many wrestlers are fans of metal music. In fact, some wrestlers have even used metal songs as their entrance music. Additionally, both metal and wrestling have a bit of a bad boy image. They’re both rebellious and outside the mainstream.

The Use of Heavy Metal Music in Wrestling

While heavy metal music and wrestling may seem like an unlikely pairing, the two have been entwined for many years. Heavy metal’s aggressive nature and rebellious image has appeal for many wrestlers, who often use it to pump themselves up before a match.

Heavy metal music first began appearing in wrestling in the 1980s, when wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage began using it as their entrance theme. Since then, many other wrestlers have followed suit, using heavy metal to get the crowd revved up and to add an extra element of showmanship to their act.

While some observers have criticized the use of heavy metal music in wrestling, arguing that it is too violent and destructive, others see it as simply another form of entertainment that adds to the excitement of the sport. Ultimately, it is up to each individual wrestler to decide whether or not to use heavy metal music as part of their act.

The Similarities Between Heavy Metal and Wrestling

Heavy metal music and wrestling have a lot in common. Both are forms of entertainment that are often misunderstood by the mainstream. Both have a passionate, dedicated following of fans who are willing to go to great lengths to show their support. And both have been known to push boundaries and challenge convention.

So it’s no surprise that there are ties between heavy metal music and wrestling. Many wrestlers have used heavy metal songs as their entrance music, and some have even forged partnerships with metal bands. Here are a few examples:

-Wrestler Triple H has used the song “Line in the Sand” by Motörhead as his entrance music.
-The band Metallica wrote a song called “Whiplash” specifically for wrestlerWCW wrestler Ultimate Warrior.
-The band Slipknot wrote a song called “Psychosocial” for wrestler Triple H.

While not all wrestlers are fans of heavy metal music, there is no doubt that there is a connection between the two forms of entertainment.


After looking at the evidence, it seems clear that there is no concrete connection between heavy metal music and wrestling. While some wrestlers may be fans of heavy metal, and some musicians may have dabbled in wrestling, there is no evidence to suggest that the two are explicitly linked. So, the next time someone asks you if metalheads are into wrestling, you can confidently say… probably not.

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