Awesome Music: Professional Wrestling
Why do we watch wrestling
again? Is it for the action? Is it for the eye candy? Or maybe it's to see some heel cash in a briefcase to some of the most Awesome Music
played in an arena (outside of concerts, of course).
See also Most Wonderful Sound
, for when said Awesome Music begins with a certain cue.
Also note: Weblinks Are Not Examples
- The theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the "Dawn" section of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra". If you don't already know which wrestler used that song, then you wouldn't be reading this page anyway. WOOOOOOOOOO!
- Goldberg's theme, "Invasion" — i.e. the most awesome piece of stock music ever. When they get Megadeth to do a new theme for a guy, and it's generally considered a step down from a cheap bit of production music... well, you know that cheap bit of production music is something special.
- Sting's 4th theme, used when he was doing a gimmick based loosely on The Crow.
- Chris Jericho's "One Crazed Anarchist" (which is totally not Pearl Jam's "Evenflow").
- The last Four Horsemen theme.
- Diamond Dallas Page's "Self High Five", a Suspiciously Similar Song version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
- DDP also got "Dog", so close to the end of WCW that it's pretty much a wasted song.
- Raven's theme, which is what happens when you put Suspiciously Similar Song versions of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "That Smell" into a blender. Along with copious amounts of awesome, of course.
- The Harlem Heat theme (later used by Booker T when he went solo, and carried over into WWE and TNA).
- It's also another one of those themes that have become so iconic that you can recognize who's coming about half a second into the music.
- The Hollywood Blonde's Theme is an awesome piece of rock music, and would end up being used by several wrestlers in WCW over the years. Doesn't stop it from being badass.
- And of course, the theme of the New World Order, "Rockhouse".
- Alex Wright's 2nd theme, as acknowledged by RD Reynolds.
- As a face, Hulk Hogan is "American Made", but somehow not a Real American.
- The song, sadly, belonged to the WWF (now WWE) who hold the copyright on it, despite the song supposedly being written by Jimmy Hart and, as we all know, performed by Derringer. Jimmy Hart helped write "American Made" for Hogan when he made the jump to WCW since they needed something to fit Hogan's then still pristine 'hero' image. It actually worked pretty well, all things considered. It was actually a reversal of fates for Hogan and Flair. When Flair had jumped to the WWF, he had to use a knock-off rendition of his classic theme. When Hogan made his way to WCW, he couldn't use Real American, and so he and Hart created what was essentially its Spiritual Successor.
- WCW resisted the urge to give Psicosis generic Mexican sounding music and instead gave him this King Crimson inspired theme. Chalk up another reason that WCW should have given him a better push.
- Rick Rude is simply ravishing.
- Vader had a pair of badass theme songs. First and second.
- The one thing missing from WWE Armegeddon? THE END IS HEEEERRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!
- The original ECW Theme song. THIS IS EXTREEEEEEEME!
- 911 used The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein". When this music hit from mid-1994 to early 1996, someone was getting chokeslammed. After The Road Warriors' big run ended, and before "When you hear the glass, it's your ass!", This was the music to fear in pro wrestling.
- The Sandman's memorable One Night Stand '05 entrance to Metallica's "Enter Sandman" — with the entire crowd of Mutants singing along. Still the greatest entrance ever.
- "It's all right, it's all right, it's all right I'm JUST A LITTLE CRAZY!"-"The Suicidal, Homicidal, Genocidal, Death-Defying" Sabu.
- "Natural Born Killaz" by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, the theme for New Jack. So awesome that the song would play in its entirety DURING New Jack's matches. The gunshot sound was ECW's equivalent to glass shattering for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin: it was a cue for the crowd to go nuts.
- "The Innovator of Violence" Tommy Dreamer: "Man in the Box"
- WWECW had a memorable theme.
- HEAD HEAD HEAD HEAD HEAD HEAD HEAD HEAD HEAD
- Raven's theme,"Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)", was perhaps the most unintentional Villain Song there ever was.
- "You better watch out, cause I'm a WAR MACHINE!" "The Human Suplex Machine" TAZ.
- AWESOME IS HIS NAME, ALL HIS VICTIMS FEEL THE PAIN! DROPPED WITH AN AWESOME BOMB, YOU GO DOWN AND YOU NEVER COME UP! Mike Awesome.
- Sarita and Taylor Wilde have a positively electric theme that has really helped them to stand out in the Knockouts division.
- BEER! MONEY! "Watch your money...and your alcohol." Take a Fall fits both Bobby Roode and James Storm's individual characters and is awesome on its own as well.
- Storm and Roode's individual themes are quite awesome as well.
- Everything Jeff Hardy has ever used.
- It may be a a bit inspired by Queen's general sound, but Curt Hennig's TNA theme is the ultimate mix of Narm Charm and epic.
- The theme song of Winter (formerly WWE's Katie Lea Burchill) is quite possibly the best theme song in the entire Knockout division.
- Frankly, any time that Dale Oliver is given carte blanche and doesn't have to try and do a Suspiciously Similar Song version of a wrestler's previous theme, he can be pretty impressive.
- We are, we are, Fortune Four! We are, we are, Fortune Four! We 'bout to change some thangs! We 'bout to change some thangs!
- Gail Kim 's new theme since returning in 2011 as a dual champion Alpha Bitch heel knockout from hell, "Puppet on a String". The "DAH DAH DAH! DAH DAH DAH!" guitar crush combined with the ominous string accompaniment just says "You're about to be epically trounced." to any opponent, and considering her long title reign, that's usually the case.
- Sting's most recent theme. The crowd goes nuts anytime this starts up.
- Ladies and gentlemen… E. C. 3.
- MVP's new theme is strictly the bomb. Suspenseful intro, powerful sound, and arguably the best hip hop vocals of any pro wrestler. What's more, Dale Oliver had nothing to do with this one, it was all MVP.
- While simple, Tomko's theme definitely set the tone for him coming out and kicking ass.
- Eric Young's theme music deserves a mention. One YouTuber even commented on it saying that it's hard NOT to bang your head to it.
- AFI's Miseria Cantare, CM Punk's Ring of Honor theme. Say what you will about ROHbots, there's nothing like having them smack the barricades in unison to the beat of the opening drum fill.
- Kevin Steen's new theme can give the classic ROH themes a run for their money.
- American Wolves, Barrie Gledden says The hunt is on.
- Cody B. Ware's got a song dedicated to Hero, Claudio, The Ace and the Queen! K! O! W! KINGS~!
- Also in Japan, somebody decided to give pro wrestler/kickboxer/cultural icon Bob Sapp the chance to record a song. The results are awesomely horrible. Or horribly awesome. You decide!
- Grand Sword, the theme of Pro Wrestling NOAH's Kenta Kobashi. If Kamina was a professional wrestler, this would be his theme.
- His Blazin' theme is pretty epic in its own right. But nothing beats Grand Sword.
- The Fabulous Freebirds used Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird" for its entrance music during their NWA era.
- And when the promoters no longer wanted to keep paying for the rights, Michael Hayes then promptly went and recorded the equally awesome Badstreet U.S.A. as a replacement theme.
- He ain't no wrestler, but Vitali Klitschko won 3 World Heavyweight Boxing Titles. He refused this piece Rammstein wrote for him as an entry song because he felt it was too hard. In order to settle on that one.
- And then there is the Theme of Jushin Lyger taken from a anime the gimmick is based on which is just pure awesomeness. IKARI NO JUSHIN LIGAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- The now and forever legendary Mitsuharu Misawa came out to this gem.
- Before Chuck Norris Facts, there was Aja Kong's entrance theme, "Jungle Emperor":
God got up one morning, He was in an ugly mood,
He was sick of floods and plagues, He wanted something really rude,
He made a big pirahna out of broken glass and glue,
Then He gave her two legs and a nasty attitude.
Well, the Sahara was a jungle 'till she ripped out all the trees,
Then she looked up at the mountaintops, they all began to freeze,
The sun gave her a cold until she set it on fire,
You can see her for yourself if you think that I'm a liar!
God made the Devil just for fun,
When He wanted the real thing, He made Aja Kong
- "Exotic" Adrian Street had his own take on the badass boast.
I can tear a telephone directory in two
Bending iron bars is something else that I can do
I always pick my teeth with the nearest billiard cue
So imagine what I could do to you...
- Back on the NWA, when they started out, The Road Warriors used Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" as their theme, and never failed to blow the roof off the arena when they did. Even after the promoter decided to stop paying for the rights, they used a generic clone called "We Are Iron Man" that was probably close enough that Ozzy could have sued over it.
- Dragon Gate's Genki Horiguchi's themes. His first was Digi Demonia, and the leitmotif from Digi Demonia was remixed during his first heel turn into GO TO HELL. After he turned back to Face, GO TO HELL was remixed into GO 2 HEAVEN.
- The video game WWF Attitude included, as one of its stock themes, a title called "Crimson Grin". Let's put it this way. Every kid with a wrestling game with a CAW mode has made a bloodthirsty demonic heel to be Kane turned Up to Eleven... and in Attitude, it's a safe bet to say most of them used Crimson Grin as their theme. Actually, for an otherwise mediocre game, Attitude had a lot of great generic themes, although they tend to be hard to find even on Youtube...
- Ayako Hamada's ARSION theme, "Cruz"
- Kaientai's theme in Michinoku Pro Wrestling, "Entre Dos Tierras" by Heroes Del Silencio. It may be in Spanish, which would seem to make it an odd fit for Japanese wrestling, but Awesome is the universal language.
- Dragon Gate's Dragon Storm 2007, with bonus points for the cool anime opening... and then there's JAM Project's version.
- Las Cacchoras Orientales' (Mima Shimoda and Etsuko Mita) "The Sensation"
- Stradling the line between this and the Video games section is Jimmy Hart's "Legends of Wrestling" theme.
- Satoshi Kojima's old theme "Rush!" with its amazing opening lead-in.
- Yumiko Hotta's "Assault Machine".
- Kyoko Inoue's "Ready to Fight"
- Bull Nakano's the Boss of the World, and don't you forget it!
- nWo Japan gave us Keiji Mutoh's nWo Triumph and Masahiro Chono's nWo Crash.
- And when nWo Japan became Team 2000, Chono's theme morphed into Team 2000 Crash. FUCK Y'ALL NIGGAS WANNA DO?!
- Meiko Satomura's theme "Rock Your Life Away".
- D-Fix's theme, "Believe", a song that fit the group like a glove.
- TAKA Michinoku's theme wants to let you know that TAKA IS COMING...MOTHERFUCKER, AND HE'S GONNA KICK YOUR ASS!
- Eddie Kingston's theme in CHIKARA let you know that someone was about to get their ass kicked.
- "Ole" by The Bouncing Souls might as well have been made for El Generico. (The chorus is well-known as a football chant.) It's even better with a crowd chanting along.
- "LOUD, I WANNA HEAR IT LOUD, RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES!" The late, great Dr. Death Steve Williams.
- The Ballard Brothers are among the top tag teams in wrestling? This theme will make you believe it.
- "Just like the white winged dove sings the song, sounds like she's singing... BOO! BOO! BOO! is what greets Portia Perez every time she competes in SHIMMER.
- Her tag team partner in the Canadian Ninjas, Nicole Matthews, has an awesome theme too - "Hysteria" by Muse.
- When the sun sets babyyyyy ooooonnn the avenue!. Just try to resist getting up and cheering for the Blossom Twins as they make their entrance.
- Kazuchika Okada's new theme from New Japan Pro Wrestling, Rainmaker, is fantastic. RAINMAKER!
- From NJPW, we have Subconcious, the theme song for the flamboyant "King of Strong Style", Shinsuke Nakamura.
- Minoru Suzuki from NJPW might be a hard hitting brawler and former MMA fighter, but his theme song is, surprisingly, a light (and awesome) J-Rock song, Kazu Ni Nare, by Ayumi Nakumura.
- The theme of El Mega Triple Campeon de AAA, Lux Aeterna. It's slightly more lively than you'd expect a zombie's theme to be but it makes for great intros.
- Black Dynamite's NJPW theme, Ghetto Strong Style. Yet another reason no one will ever forget that line Booker T said in WCW.
- Welcome to the Bullet Club.
- Dance away! reDRagon'll give you a reason!
- Caprice Coleman's More Than a Conqueror! He and Cedric Alexander are working overtime!