The importance of a theme song for a wrestler can’t be underestimated. They are often memorable, for some it might be the most memorable part of their act. Whether it is a pounding rock anthem or an eerie theme that best suits your character, they can go a long way to getting a superstar over. And that is the topic of this week’s Top Five as the team list their favourite wrestling entrance theme songs.
5. Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn
Dan Severn may not have amounted to much as a WWE superstar…but I was always extremely fond of his theme music. It had somewhat Black Sabbath-esque undertones to it…very enjoyable. I was very disappointed when Severn left the company…simply because I would no longer hear his bad ass theme music every Monday night.
4. The Brood
A techno-ish homage to the Blade movie….the whole entire entrance was epic…but the music itself fit perfectly with Gangrel and company.
3. Al Snow’s ECW theme
Prodigy was the artist behind the Al Snow/Head ECW theme. The name of the song was ‘Breathe.’ Another song in my view that kicked ass!
2. Goldberg (WCW Theme)
Okay I admit it….I loved this theme. I may not have been a big Goldberg fan…actually I truly disliked the entire character. The theme though was hard to ignore. You couldn’t help but get pumped up a bit.
1. Sting (Crow WCW version)
5. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Gritty is the word I would use for this. Jake was an enigma and the song captivated me. This score was one by WWE inhouse talent Jim Johnson.
4. Rob Van Dam (WWE – One Of A Kind)
Another favourite of mine which I believe suited RVD down to the ground, as he truely is one of a kind.
3. Jeff Jarrett (Chosen One Theme)
I really love this WCW/Kid Rock mashup, so much so I brought the album “Devil Without a Cause” on the strength of it. The track is called “Cowboy”, but WCW did a good job of slicking it out and it ended up a great choice for Jeff to use in his last and very fruitful WCW run.
2. Hulk Hogan (WWF – Real American)
This was the song that used to get me pumped up as a 10 year old. I’m not even American, but it certainly touched something inside of me. Another song written by Jim Johnson, but sung by Rick Derringer. To this day the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when I hear it…. An obvious music choice for the biggest name wrestling will ever see.
1. Sting (WCW – Crow Theme)
You have to class this one up there with The Undertakers and Hogan’s theme, in that it is so suited to that particular wrestler. Written by Jimmy Hart, the theme encapsulates Stings dark persona. Such a shame that WWE in his only appearance used something completely different, when they went to the bother of an orchestrated version to promote the video game WWE 2K15…. Why oh why???
He ain’t no jive soul bro…. but his theme tune sure was catchy. As a kid this is one of those theme tunes that really stuck in my head. Everytime I hear it now I want to do that awful dance Akeem would do on his way to the ring. It’s also a rarity in that it’s a full song, hence it’s inclusion on the Piledriver album. Some truly atrocious lyrics…. but somehow it works.
Also from the Piledriver album, this theme is still badass. For me this was a big part of the overall Demolition package; badass dudes require a badass theme song. Also, from watching the WWE Network it appears that it is no longer dubbed over. I find dubbed over licensed music extremely annoying.
3. The Brood
Probably the best entrance ever, featuring one of the best themes ever. I don’t know what Jim Johnston did to his guitar to make it produce these noises, but I – and Gangrel too probably – thank him for it.
2. The nWo
Take an obscure Jimi Hendrix riff and add some wrestler sound bites, job done. It all sounds so simple, but it certainly worked. This song would have been played countless times per night between 1996 and 1999 in WCW, yet it didn’t get annoying. Like The Brood’s song, this was and still is cool. Rather than a link to the actual song, here’s a link to the Jimi Hendrix song that inspired it…
1. Daniel Bryan
He uses a modern version of Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ and somehow it works. I actually prefer the initial version he used – circa 2010 – as it was an orchestral version and totally different to anything else in WWE at the time. Still, this is a song that everyone knows so even people who have never watched wrestling before will be able to find a connection with it, and thus Bryan himself. It’s a great song and absolutely perfect for the wrestler that uses it.
All previous Top Five pieces can be read here.