AEW has been known to buy the rights to certain songs for Superstar entrances and other video packages. They had to pass on Van Halen, because they wanted far too much for “Running With The Devil.” AC/DC was a different story, because they wouldn’t even give AEW a chance.
While talking to Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast, Chris Jericho revealed that AEW tried to get AC/DC’s classic “Back in Black” for a return video package. The Inner Circle were not allowed to use that song. In fact, Le Champion said that the legendary rock band wouldn’t give AEW “the time of day. Van Halen is another artist they wanted to work with, but their 1/2 a million price tag was far to much.
We actually tried to get [AC/DC’s] ‘Back In Black’ for our return promo after we attacked The Pinnacle in our dressing room, and they wouldn’t even give us the time of day. There’s been other ones. We wanted Van Halen, right after Eddie died, we wanted to use Running With the Devil, they came back with ‘$500,000’. Well that’s just a polite way of saying, ‘No f*cking way.’ AC/DC didn’t even come back with that. Then I see them on an Applebee’s commercial using Back In Black, so I guess they’re fans of the baby back ribs or something like that. I thought the whole concept of Back In Black fit. It’s a saying that everybody knows. It rolls off the tongue, and it fits the mindset of what we’re doing. We’re coming back more focused, serious, and darker. That’s kind of how it’s been throughout this whole return.”
AC/DC has been used by WWE a couple of times throughout the years, so they’re not against pro wrestling. It is interesting that they wouldn’t even talk to AEW about using “Back in Black,” then again, that is one of their most requested hits. We’ll have to see if Tony Khan every ponies up the dough to get “Running With The Devil” from Van Halen. It’s not likely unless they lower their price by a few hundreds of thousands of dollars.
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Thanks to Wrestling News for the quote