10 Fascinating WWE WrestleMania 14 Facts

10. Vince McMahon Reportedly Loved The DX Band's Performance


Chris Warren and The DX Band probably performed the least auspicious rendition of an opening WrestleMania anthem since Mean Gene rushed through the Star Spangled Banner in 1985. The fans in Boston's Fleet Center coolly booed Warren's choppy vocals, which were not at all dissimilar to Zach de la Rocha's alternation between whispery charge and screeching invective.

Warren, who passed away last June at the age of 49, recalled in a 2007 interview that McMahon himself praised the unorthodox performance, even though many others in the locker room were appalled by it. There was a suggestion that because the DX Band would be playing out Triple H and Shawn Michaels live, they wanted the band to get heel heat early on by butchering America the Beautiful, ensuring that their subsequent performances (for two heel wrestlers) would be booed as well.


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