Brody King Discusses How CM Punk Helped Merge Punk Music With Wrestling

Brody King Discusses How CM Punk Helped Merge Punk Music With Wrestling

All Elite Wrestling’s Brody King is also the vocalist for hardcore band, God’s Hate. 

“Co-founded by Colin Young of Twitching Tongues and vocalist/AEW professional wrestler Brody King, God’s Hate set out to re-establish the mantle of hardness created by East Coast HC titans Merauder, Hatebreed and the seminal Troy-core scene of the late 80s and early 90s,” reads the band’s bio. 

Footage from a God’s Hate concert last year showed AEW’s Daniel Garcia and Darby Allin moshing and stage-diving.

King told “My Mom’s Basement with Robbie Fox” (transcribed by Fightful) that some of the AEW stars who attended the show were surprised by the environment. 

“…during Full Gear, we played a show in Brooklyn,” King said. “It was King Nine, God’s Hate, Living Weapon and Eternal Bleeding. A lot of wrestling fans came to that show, and a lot of wrestlers came to that show. It was Darby, Santana, Ortiz, Eddie Kingston, Ethan Page, Danny Garcia, Isiah Kassidy. They were in the pit, stage-diving. But it was a lot of their first experience in a hardcore show, and watching their faces was really funny. Darby is used to that, he knows what he’s doing. But a lot of those guys are just like, ‘What the f*ck is happening?’” 

King also talked about CM Punk’s influence in bringing attention to the punk and hardcore scene. He cited himself, Darby Allin, The Butcher and Ruby Soho as also carrying that torch. 

“It is unique that, when we were growing up, there was The Headbangers, Mosh and Thrasher, and it was like, that’s not them. That’s a f*cking gimmick, someone dressed them up. It was all just a gimmick. I think anything like that, aside from Jerry Lynn, Jerry Lynn is the best, and he is a true metalhead and lives by what he says.”

“But now there is actual representation for kids like myself that were growing up, wanting to see these people be the real thing in real life. CM Punk was really the one that kind of blew the door open for that. He was six-foot-one, six-foot-two, normal body guy, tattoos. He looks like someone that would be going to a punk or hardcore show. He’s not Batista-big or whatever, but he had that attitude, and he had that fire behind him that you could tell that he was real,” King said.

“Now you have me, you have Darby Allin, you have The Butcher, Andy Williams, who is from Every Time I Die, or as just says, from music now. You got Ruby Soho. You got all these people that are actually representing punk and hardcore music in a proper way, know what they’re talking about. You put them on a podcast, they can talk about music forever.” 

“I’ve hung out with Darby. Just the other day, he’s just like, ‘Hey, you want to meet Raymond Pettibon?’ I was just kind, ‘What the f*ck, dude?’ The guy did all the Black Flag artwork. I’m like, ‘Hey, man, nice to meet you, big fan.’ He was kind of a weirdo, but he was great. But it’s cool that kids can listen to a podcast like this and be like, ‘Oh, I want to know more about Brody,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh, what’s God’s Hate, or what’s Dead Body, or what’s King Nine?’ I’ve had a lot of kids come up to me and be like, ‘Hey, I got into hardcore music because of you, and now I like this band and this band. Do you have any other hands you’d like to recommend?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, listen to all this,” King said.

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