Hours after learning of his death on Monday, WWE paid homage to Motörhead bassist and singer Lemmy Kilmister during Raw with a short tribute to the legendary rocker’s on- and off-stage heroics, and close ties to the world of wrestling.
“Lemmy was so important to everything we’ve done here from an entertainment standpoint over the past number of years,” said commentator Michael Cole, who also called the rocker a “longtime member of [the WWE] family.”
As his cohort John “Bradshaw” Layfield noted, Motörhead performed at several WrestleManias, while Kilmister was also a close friend WWE star Triple H, who has used Motörhead’s “The Game” and “King of Kings” as his entrance themes over the years. “Lemmy, you lived life your way,” Layfield added. “We should all be so lucky.”
Raw then ran a short-but-sweet montage comprising photos of Lemmy and Motörhead on stage — including some scenes from those WrestleMania performances — and Twitter remembrances from Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Jericho and Triple H.
Triple H tweeted, “One life, lived your way, from the beginning, till the end. See you down the road my friend… Thank you for the gift of your sound.”
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Earlier this month, Motörhead’s classic “Ace of Spades” had also been used as an official theme for NXT’s TakeOver: London, the year-end special from WWE’s developmental promotion, which is overseen by Triple H.
Kilmister died Monday after a short battle with an extremely aggressive form of cancer. He’d turned 70 on Christmas Eve. The musician’s staggering six decades in music began with a gig as a roadie for the Jimi Hendrix Experience and later included a three year stint in the space rock outfit Hawkwind. After being tossed from that band, Kilmister embarked on his own project, Motörhead, which released their self-titled debut in 1977. Motörhead would release 22 studio albums — and plenty of live LPs — over the next 30-plus years, including their most recent effort, 2015’s Bad Magic.