Corey Taylor’s love for wrestling is no secret, and the rock star would love to step in the ring one day.
The Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman – whose debut solo album CMFT dropped today ahead of tonight’s special live stream gig – has worked with WWE a lot in the past and has a long-running connection to Triple H’s NXT brand, but he’d love to do more in the future.
Speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, he said: ‘Oh, man! I’ve thought about it – I’ve really thought about it. Honestly, it’s one of the reasons why I try to stay in shape because you just never know!
‘I don’t know if I could do a match, but I could probably be part of a storyline. I just thought… maybe, you know? You never know man, we’ll see what happens. I’d love for something to happen but you never know.’
Corey has told us before about his dreams of having a WrestleMania moment on stage, and it almost came to fruition with Bray Wyatt in the past before scheduling conflicts meant plans fell apart.
However, there’s certainly some interest on WWE’s side, and Triple H himself revealed he had a Zoom meeting with Corey over summer, with his new single Culture Head debuting on NXT last month.
He told us: ‘I’m always open to those opportunities. For me, music plays such a big role in creating the ambience and vibe and feel. All of this is about making people something.
‘People don’t remember what you say necessarily or the things you do. They remember how you made them feel, and music is such a big part of that. To me, that’s what this is all about.
‘Slipknot, Corey Taylor, they present the vibe for us. It tells you when that music plays, you feel what the brand is.’
Corey – who grew up watching everything from WWE, AWA, NWA and WCCW in the 1980s – is still an avid fan of the whole business, and he realised his dream a few years ago when he got involved in a match between Baron Corbin and Samoa Joe at Aftershock Festival in the UK.
‘I was like, f***ing hell, freaking out! This was NXT in its infancy, so I’m seeing all the younger dudes who then popped and became f***ing main roster guys,’ he beamed.
‘I can remember Baron going, “OK, just don’t hit me in the ear. You can hit me [in the face], get me in the neck if you need to. Just sell the f**k out of it!” I was like, “Alright dude!” He’s so fucking tall too, dude, I really had to shoot up on it!’
Despite all the festival headline slots and chart success, Corey admitted his wrestling debut ranks amongst them all.
‘I swear to God, me and Baron are giggling like kids, losing our minds,’ he laughed. ‘We’re like, “That was fucking awesome!” And of course the footage exploded, it was everywhere! That was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been able to do.’
It’s clear that Corey’s wrestling fandom isn’t just a casual thing – it’s a lifelong passion, and he has an immense amount of respect for everyone who steps through the ropes.
He said: ‘This was Broadway, this was musicals. There was tension here. This was a tradition going way back! I was also someone who realised that it wasn’t necessarily real, but it wasn’t fake.
‘It always p***es me off when people call it fake because it’s absolutely not fake. It may be predetermined, but it’s not fake. It takes skill, and it takes talent to be able to do that. I’ve always had respect for people who do it and I’m one of their more vehement defenders.’
Corey’s love for the business is evident with the custom made championship title on the CMFT album artwork – but he didn’t even commission it specially for the cover.
‘Full disclosure, I had that belt made before I even knew I was making the album. I made that myself – paid for it myself, designed it myself, and I was just going to hang it above my TV in my f***ing media room,’ he laughed, noting it would have pride of place next to his custom lightsaber.
‘Almost like my Ted DiBiase Million Dollar belt. But then when the time came and I was thinking about the artwork for the album I was like, “Oh this would be f***ing perfect!” It really, really came off so well, it was so rad!’
*Corey Taylor’s new album CMFT is available now. His Forum Or Against ‘Em livestream spectacular kicks off at 9pm BST with a special pre-show. Virtual tickets available at watch.thecoreytaylor.com.
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