At last night’s WWE WrestleMania 40 Saturday event in Philadelphia, Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque made a significant change to a previous protocol established by Vince McMahon.

The event commenced with a live rendition of the American national anthem performed by Coco Jones, a departure from the usual tradition of singing “America The Beautiful” in preceding years.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, the alteration stemmed from Triple H assuming creative leadership and Vince McMahon’s personal dislike for the national anthem. Meltzer remarked, “Vince hated the national anthem, that’s just Vince he hated it. He liked America The Beautiful and now that Vince is gone I guess it’s changed.”

In addition to Coco Jones’ performance, WrestleMania saw other celebrity appearances, including Jason Kelce unexpectedly aiding Rey Mysterio and Andrade in their victory over Dominik Mysterio and Santos Escobar. Furthermore, Lil Wayne accompanied Jey Uso to the ring for his match against Jimmy Uso.


Stay tuned for updates on tonight’s WWE WrestleMania 40 Sunday, including any further celebrity involvements.

WWE WrestleMania 40 Sunday Lineup:

  • Undisputed WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes
  • World Heavyweight Championship: Seth “Freakin” Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre
  • WWE’s Women’s Championship: IYO SKY vs. Bayley
  • United States Championship: Logan Paul vs. Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens
  • LA Knight vs. AJ Styles
  • Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits vs. Final Testament in a six-man tag team Philadelphia street fight

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What do you make of this change from Triple H at WrestleMania? Do you think its for the best? Let us know in the comments below.

Steve Carrier

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