Tom Sinclair
August 12, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rock critic Richard Meltzer once wrote that the greatest rock music was infused with ”the spirit of wrestling.” Nowadays, the ”sport” is increasingly spilling over into the worlds of rock and rap. This fall, the World Wrestling Federation will release a hip-hop album featuring Snoop Dogg and other rappers. Meanwhile, World Championship Wrestling’s Goldberg is in the new Megadeth video, ”Crush ‘Em.”

”Wrestling is more rock & roll than rock & roll is anymore,” says the group’s Dave Mustaine. ”It’s all bombs and fire and smoke and sex and muscles and long hair.” WCW is also chummy with rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse, who are currently performing with gothic grappler Vampiro on WCW’s TV series ”Monday Nitro.” A rumored deal between the Posse and the WWF came to naught. ”We like to do business with professionals, and we found them to be something other than that,” says WWF owner Vince McMahon. Ouch! Posse manager Alex Abbiss would say only that he finds McMahon’s comments ”surprising,” adding ”We had a couple of offers in front of us and we made the move that was better for us.” (Additional reporting by Kristen Baldwin)

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