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Remembering Meat Loaf’s WWE Appearance 12-Years On

Meat Loaf & Randy Orton

In honour of rock legend Meat Loaf who passed away on January 20th, we take a look back at his appearance as Raw General Manager in May 2010.

It has been announced that the iconic singer and actor Meat Loaf, real name Michael Lee Aday, has passed away aged 74. In a statement on the star’s official Facebook page, it was confirmed that the musician passed away surrounded by his wife, daughters and close friends.

Since the news broke, singers, actors and celebrities far and wide have paid tribute to the Bat Out Of Hell star, while WWE have shared their own statement.

As the news of Meat Loaf’s passing started to spread, WWE fans recalled their own memories of the star’s appearance on Monday Night Raw a little over a decade ago. Inside The Ropes‘ own Liam Stewart paid his own tribute to the moment that the Grammy-award winner went toe-to-toe with Randy Orton.

On the May 10th, 2010 edition of Raw, Meat Loaf suggested that Randy Orton needed a new theme song, singing new ideas (tracks from his recently released Hang Cool Teddy Bear album) as The Viper looked on. Despite Meat Loaf’s best efforts he was eventually felled by an RKO.

In a career spanning five decades Meat Loaf sold more than 100 million records, making one of of the biggest selling artists in history. After appearing in a Los Angeles production of the musical ‘Hair’ early in his career, the star signed a deal to record with Motown, which would result in the Stoney & Meatloaf album recorded alongside Shaun “Stoney” Murphy.

The star then returned to the stage, again with Hair, before being cast in the Rocky Rocky Horror Show in 1973. The huge success of the stage show led to Meat Loaf appearing in the 1975 movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

In October 1977 after working on the album for five-years alongside long-time collaborator Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf released Bat Out Of Hell. To date the album has sold for than 44 million copies and spawned the legendary singles, Bat Out Of Hell, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad.

11 more albums followed, including two Bat Out Of Hell sequels, while the legendary album later gave it’s name to an award-winning musical of the same name in 2017.

Everyone at Inside Their Ropes would like to extend their condolences to Meat Loaf’s family and friends at this difficult time.