ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Professional wrestling can often take on the guise of the theater of the absurd, but a segment on Monday Night Raw from St. Louis proved it can wield a sinister theatricality. And a local children's choir had a hand in shaping it all.
Students from the Ladue High School, Shaw Visual Performing Arts in the St. Louis Public School District, and the St. Charles County Children's Choir appeared in the opening segment to serenade WWE superstar John Cena.
Cena, the company's most popular and marketable performer (particularly to children), was in the ring to hype an upcoming match against opponent Bray Wyatt, a man best-described as a backwoods cult leader. Think Max Cady from Cape Fear, but with an unkempt beard and a vicious god complex.
The children, clad in black robes, interrupted Cena with a sweet-sounding rendition of the spiritual "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands" while a fifth-grader from Shaw Visual carried the solo. Wyatt and his two bearded cronies made their way down to the ring with the children in tow.
When the lights in the arena came back on, every member of the choir was wearing a sheep mask, and one of the smaller children was sitting on Bray Wyatt's lap while the devilish villain laughed uncontrollably.