I think I may have done something similar to this before, but y’know what? I’ll do it again!
In professional wrestling (nee Sportz Entertainment), the music heralding a wrestler’s entrance into the arena for a match or interview is crucial to set the proper tone. If someone came in to a high-energy Metallica rock song, you’d get one impression of them, as opposed to if they entered to a Frank Sinatra ballad.
So I present to you this Top 10 List of the Wrestling Entrance Themes! They are judged on the following characteristics:
– Reactiveness: Does the music make you feel an emotion? Excitement, fear, etc.
– Coolness: Does the piece just have a unique, cool spin?
– Longevity: If it lasted for a long period of time, it did so for a reason.
– Success: On a lower level, the success of the wrestler can help make a theme awesome.
All set? Let’s roll.
#10 – Randy Orton (Mercy Drive’s “Burn In My Light”) – WWE – Sweet song for an arrogant, rising star.
#9 – Dusty Rhodes (“Common Man”) – WWE – You want to dance EVERYTIME you hear this, don’t you?
#8 – Jeff Jarrett (“King of the Mountain) – TNA – From the opening notes, you just HATE this prick.
#7 – Goldberg – WCW/WWE – These had slight differences but were close enough. Amazing.
#6 – Macho Man Randy Savage (“Pomp and Circumstance”) – WWE/WCW – Can’t find a good version of it, but here’s something.
#5 – Ultimate Warrior (“Unstable”) – WWE – Sheer energy. The forerunner of modern themes that defined the character.
#4 – Ted DiBiase (“Money”) – WWE – Just perfect.
#3 – Edge (“Metalingus” by Alter Bridge) – WWE – Amazing, amazing song. Perfect for the character.
#2 – Sandman (“Enter Sandman” by Metallica) – ECW – This clip is from a WWE show, but this entrance is ALL ECW.
#1 Hulk Hogan (“Real American” by Rick Derringer) – WWE – Simply the best. For over 20 years.