For most musicians, playing at their local coffee house is as good as it gets. For Downstait, playing in front a sold-out crowd of 10,000 people and millions around the world is the pinnacle. You probably know Downstait from their hit theme songs that accompany wrestlers to the ring, like Zack Ryder, Alex Riley, The Miz, Britt Baker, and, of course, Cody Rhodes. Chances are you’ve heard Cody’s theme song on AEW, on their YouTube channel that current sits at 400k views, or some random guy’s YouTube page that has 1.5 million views for some reason. Either way, you’ve heard them.
Downstait had the pleasure of playing Cody Rhodes to the ring at AEW Revolution on February 29th in Chicago, IL. The arrangement was so last minute, in fact, that they had to cancel one of their shows in Fort Wayne, IN. I had plans to go to that show, by the way. Thanks, Cody. It was Cody, after all, who contacted them about playing his entrance at the pay-per-view. “Just a text from Cody,” Justin Call of Downstait told me, “asking if we were available.”
Call explains how it felt to be up there in front of everyone, “It was the most stressful three minutes of my life. I don’t think I’ve ever been that nervous for any performance.” So, how did performing go? How bad could it really be? “Our stage was pretty much just a drum riser hidden behind a video wall on which the four of us barely fit.” Oh, so pretty bad then. “The performance felt great. I personally wasn’t able to move once I got my footing or I’d fall off the stage, but everything went well.”
You can view the entrance down below via AEW’s YouTube page below: