If someone were to draw a Venn diagram with the left circle representing pop-punk and the right circle representing pro wrestling, in the cross-section would be a big ol’ picture of yours truly. It turns out I’m not alone: According to Rolling Stone, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker will not only be in attendance at WrestleMania 31 this Sunday in Santa Clara, California, he will actually be performing as a part of a mashup between David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey’s “Rise” and Kid Ink’s “Money And The Power.”
“I grew up watching wrestling with my pops, and now I get to be there, rocking at WrestleMania,” Barker told RS. “I loved the Iron Sheik, ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper and George ‘The Animal’ Steele as a kid, and when I was in the Aquabats, it was kind of like me getting to live that pro-wrestling life; we were masked superheroes. Then, like a decade ago in hip-hop, there was this era of good guys and bad guys.
“Now, I have so many friends that love it, grown men, our kids – I’ve been to events where dudes are in their 30s or 40s, shouting ‘Kick his ass!’ It’s bigger than life, man,” he added. “And when you take that, then add songs like ‘Money and the Power’ and ‘Rise’ to the mix, you take a situation that’s already turned up and make it wild.”
WrestleMania 31 airs live this Sunday, March 29 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on pay-per-view and the WWE Network. If you see a big, bearded guy in the crowd waving a Russian flag that has “RUSEV CRUSH” spraypainted on it, it may or may not be me.