Local Acts Emma Garell & Seasons Featured On All Elite Wrestling
Richmond has a long and storied history with professional wrestling from the days of classic NWA events at the Coliseum with Ric Flair and Wahoo McDaniel up to gritty and impudent RLL shows held in Shockoe Bottom parking lots that saw wrestlers diving off the roofs of restaurants and battle royals featuring Spider-Man and GWAR.
Though those indelible moments have diminished over the last decade or so, it’s always welcome news when Richmond and the world of professional wrestling collide, such was the case recently when local acts Emma Garell and Seasons were both featured as entrance music for wrestlers on All Elite Wrestling.
Emma Garell’s exposure came first on the April 21st edition of AEW Dark, All Elite’s weekly YouTube program, as her song “Crawl” served as the entrance music for one of the newest signings of All Elite Wrestling: Anna Jay.
Nicknamed “The Star Of The Show,” the Georgia native made her debut with the upstart promotion on the April 21st edition of AEW Dark, All Elite’s companion show to their flagship program Dynamite. After opening remarks from legendary announcer Tony Schiavone and AEW wrestler Cody (Rhodes), you can hear the circumspect groove of Garell’s 2019 single providing a backdrop to Anna Jay’s entrance for her match with Penelope Ford.
A day later, Seasons were featured on Dynamite, the flagship program of All Elite that airs on TNT, welcoming wrestler Alan Angels to the ring with their latest single “Violence Is A Virtue.”
A prominent match on the April 22nd edition of the show, Angles took on one of AEW’s premiere wrestlers Kenny Omega (who is the current tag champ along with “Hangman” Adam Page, a Virginia native) in an impressive bout giving exposure to his budding career as well as Seasons, whose musical torrent set the stage for Angels’ performance in the squared circle.
This is not AEW’s first connection with the Richmond music scene. Back in February, Richmond native Meredith Bell performed a special acapella version of Chris Jericho’s theme song “Judas” (based on her viral video from earlier in the year) for the entrance to his match with Jon Moxley in the main event of AEW’s Revolution pay-per-view, a segment that was heralded as one wrestling’s more memorable entrances of the last quarter century.
Until more local music connections come out, you can tune into Dynamite and AEW Dark every week to catch Anna Jay in action, guided to the ring to the sounds of Emma Garell’s furtive roar each and every time, and keep your fingers crossed for more appearances from Alan Angels so we can hear some more pulverant metal sounds on national television courtesy of Seasons.
And while we’re on the subject of both songs, make sure to catch the music videos for “Violence Is A Virtue” and “Crawl” below