It’s a regular Women’s Evolution when it comes to WWE’s musical guests this week in Florida for TakeOver: Stand & Deliver and WrestleMania 37. The company yesterday announced three performances for this week’s festivities in Orlando’s Capitol Wrestling Center and Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.
First, fresh off our man Marcus Benjamin naming her entrance for Shinsuke Nakamura at WrestleMania 34 the fifth best in the event’s history, Nita Strauss and her axe will open NXT on Wednesday night (April 7) with the National Anthem. The legend who’s band she rose to fame in is proud of her for carving out her spot in WWE history, too.
I know what it takes to create a spectacle with @WWE. I’m excited to have our very own @hurricanenita open #NXTTakeOver Stand & Deliver Night 1 with our National Anthem. Play it proud, play it #NXTLOUD!— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) April 5, 2021
UPDATE: Billboard just announced that Poppy will be performing on night two of TakeOver: Stand & Deliver. This will be the fourth NXT appearance for the avant garde entertainer, making her a veritable regular. Recently, she’s been singing Io Shirai to the ring, but this time it’s a new song while The Genius of the Sky main events the night before.
For patriotism at the Showcase of the Immortals, WWE’s turning to singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha. The 31 year old co-wrote Eminem & Rihanna’s 2013 hit “The Monster”, and two years ago was nominated for a Grammy in a country music category, so she’s a versatile talent. Rexha will follow in the footsteps of icons like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and John Legend by singing “America The Beautiful” at ‘Mania.
Last but not least, WWE’s making up for putting her Raw Women’s title program together at the last minute by giving Rhea Ripley a live performance of her entrance music. Ash Costello of the band New Year’s Day will belt out “Brutality” for The Nightmare on Sun., April 11 at Raymond James Stadium.
Ready to RAWK (or in Rexha’s case, patriotically groove)?