Not only has Ronda Rousey been announced as part of the WrestleMania 35 main event alongside Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, but WWE has revealed that music legend Joan Jett will perform “Bad Reputation” as Ronda makes her walk to the ring to defend the RAW Women’s Championship.
Talk about a WrestleMania moment!
Ronda has used “Bad Reputation” as her entrance music since her days in Strikeforce and it’s hard to picture a more fitting song for her personality. In a 2015 interview with MMAJunkie.com, Ronda explained why she choose to walk out to “Bad Reputation” and why the song holds a special place in helping prepare for big moments:
“I tried some Rage Against the Machine songs, but none of them felt right. Then my godfather’s son suggested Joan Jett’s ‘Bad Reputation.’ The song was perfect. If you’re constantly stressing over trying to get everyone to like you, you’re giving them the power to control your well-being. For me, it’s better to embrace the role of the heel and chase after being disliked. It’s an element of control and leaves room for error.”
Jett’s been in favor of Ronda’s usage of the song from the onset. During a 2015 appearance on AXS TV, she seemed honored that a fighter of Ronda’s caliber took inspiration from her work.
“I’m really amazed when people utilize our music to represent them and something that they do,” Jett said. “I think that it’s great that she walks out to ‘Bad Reputation.'”
The scowl, the badass entrance walk, the rocking music—it all added a special touch to Ronda’s now-legendary entrance. That entrance is surely ratcheted up a few notches on the grandest of stages, WrestleMania.
As anticipation builds, it’s easy to imagine Ronda’s upcoming entrance taking its place among some of the best in ‘Mania history. Shawn Michaels repelling from the rafters, John Cena with a mob of clones, The Undertaker’s entrance ramp lined with caskets. Now, Ronda mean-mugging as Joan Jett rocks the crowd.
The best part of this epic entrance? It’ll precede an equally epic main event title match.
Get it before it’s gone forever: