Wrestling Inc President Raj Giri recently talked with Alice Cooper guitarist Nita Strauss. Strauss played Shinsuke Nakamura theme to the ring at WrestleMania 34.
Although Strauss has played larger shows that WrestleMania 34, there is no comparing the energy of a WrestleMania crowd she stated in the interview.
"There's nothing like the energy of WrestleMania. It was so electrifying and so exciting. The energy was so huge."
"It was absolutely incredible. We walked away saying, 'this is how every organization should treat their people' and I told Alice's people that, 'we should take a cue from these people because just everyone from the carpenters to the techs, all the way up to Vince and Triple H, everybody treated everybody with so much respect. They were so humble and so cool." Strauss continued, "Vince himself was so cool. He walked out onto the stage and gave me some directions during soundcheck, some notes he wanted me to change during the entrance. And when I got back there [after the performance], I was all sweaty and I gave him a big hug. I didn't really think about it at the time, but he gave me a complement. He said, 'you have so much charisma, which Josh [Strauss's boyfriend] told me later, 'for somebody who built their whole business on charisma, that's a big complement.' Everybody was super cool and so easygoing."
"I was intimidated at first. I definitely was, like, when we walked into gorilla and I saw Vince there, like, he has a presence about him. It's like, 'don't mess with me - I'm working' and I'm like, 'urgh.' But then, he came out on the stage and started giving me notes and directions." Strauss recalled, "it was really surreal. We had soundcheck, like I said, around 1 pm, which means we got to the arena around noon. And then, we did soundcheck for about 15 minutes. And then, I went on stage around 10 pm, so I had nine hours to warm up and then cool down, and then warm up and then cool down, and then get excited and then calm down."
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