CAVE Magazine has a new Q&A online with Machine Gun Kelly. In it, the rapper discusses performing live at Wrestlemania XXVIII and other experiences with WWE talent. Below is an excerpt:
I’m a huge pro-wrestling fan, and was thrilled when “Invincible” was picked up as the Wrestlemania theme song. How did you link up with the WWE in the first place?
I woke up and saw a tweet. My label didn’t even tell me. I saw that “Invincible” was the theme song for Wrestlemania, and I thought it was cool. But to be honest, we didn’t understand how big it was until we got to Miami. When we walked into the stadium, it was like “holy shit, this is massive”. The stadium was huge, the show was sold out, and we were performing. You could feel the ground shaking beneath your feet. I realized I had to go out there, but I didn’t want to. It was the scariest moment of my career.
Tell me about the whole experience leading up to Wrestlemania.
It was so cool. We were seeing all these non-traditional MGK fans become MGK fans. Plus, everyone was super friendly backstage. Everyone was rooting for us. But at Wrestlemania, that was the only time I’ve ever looked out onstage before going out and said to myself “I’m totally okay if I just quit right now, so I don’t have to go out there and do this”. Five seconds before we went out, our microphones weren’t working. But everything worked out great, and the speech was awesome at the end. I was stoked.
Off-camera, what kind of guy is John Cena?
Cena’s the man. Nothing was fake with him. He was very cool and very up front. He would say “hey, I’m really stoked and I really like you”. He was super appreciative throughout the whole process. We did that whole thing in Cleveland on Raw where he pulled me out of the crowd and into the ring. Right before he went out, he said “go in the crowd, I’m going to grab you”. That was a last minute thing. It wasn’t planned. He gave us some moonshine before we went out at Wrestlemania, too.
Was Cena drinking with you guys?
No, he gave us the moonshine and left.
What was the Rock like?
Unfortunately, he was the coolest guy. I wanted to hate him, but he was really cool. Plus, he was a fan of my music. Vince McMahon was really cool, too. He was really thankful. I was actually trying to thank him, because he propelled my career. I think the guys who picked “Invincible” are the ones I should be giving credit to. The corporate suits, for once, sided with MGK. They got it right.
Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety.