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The Artful Dodger Presents: Theme Music and Perception

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Hey yall. My last blog didn't get any responses, so I'm not sure if it sucked or if I did something wrong when posting, but its cool either way. Today I would like to talk about theme music.

As I stated in my last blog, right now I am not able to watch wrestling due to where I live, but I still follow. This means that when I get back home and turn on Raw or Smackdown, I might be a little lost at first when I hear a generic rock theme music, until I actually see the wrestler. So this got me thinking about some of the best themes that really hype me up for a wrestlers entrance to the ring.

I know there is a lot of Cena hate on here because of his character, but growing up with Hogan, I actually kind of like his Superman All American Working Blue Collar gimmick. I hate that he wins all of the damn time, but I get pumped to see him when I hear the beginning of his music. It psyches me up for his entrance, and I'm closing in on my late 20's.

Shawn Michaels is another one. Sidenote: Favorite wrestler ever. When I hear the opening "Ah, Ah, Ahhhh... I'm just a kid" I get giddy. I feel like I'm a kid again watching my favorite wrestler.

Stone Colds glass shattering.
The Rocks "If you smellllll..."
Edge's "You think you know me"
Randy Orton's "I hear voices..."
Undertakers gong.
Kane's organ.
The car crash of Mick Motherf'n Foley
DDP's Nirvana/Self High Five music.
The opening riff for the NWO
Hell, even Diesel's truck horn.
Kofi Kingston's reggae.
and now...
CM Punk's new music.

This is what gets me hyped for the character, whether they are face/heel/tweener/hero/anti-hero... anyone.

I think that one reason I could never get behind Batista was his sucky sounding generic hard rock music. Not to mention the fact that he sucked in other ways, but I couldn't even get behind the entrance of the guy. I hate to say this next line, but I couldn't get into Bret Hart as a kid because I hated his little guitar riff, and he was a face for a long time. He was the guy that would give his glasses to the kids. I should have loved him, but his music turned me off.

I have gone back to the youtube video where The Rock comes back, and you can hear the pop of the crowd when they hear "If you smelllllll..." Even watching it on youtube, a couple of weeks after it happened, and had read the spoilers, I still popped when I watched that entrance.

I guess I have rambled on quite enough. I just wanted to say that I wish more wrestlers would have distinct music. Something that truly sets up their character. I know that some will disagree and say that everyone has distinct music, but I just can't agree with that. A lot of music just seems too similar to me.

- Artful by name, Dodger by nature

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Updated 08-30-2011 at 10:01 PM by Frank

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  1. belleza's Avatar
    Oliver Twist?

    Great blog, music is a sometimes overlooked but very important part to a character I find. It can deff give and extra boost.
  2. dub's Avatar
    Good stuff A.D. A superstars theme music is so important to their character development. I'm still wating for the WWE to find some good music for Justin Gabriel or Daniel Bryan so they can get even more "over" with the fans. I mean look at what Punks theme song did for him.
  3. deadly56's Avatar
    I strongly disagree about how a superstar theme music is apart of them,because its not,it shouldn't matter what there music is,it just matters how good they are in the ring and how good they are on the mic.In your blog you said you didn't like bret because of his song.lets say someone like santino had a really good song you like,are you going to get behind just because of that?
  4. ArtfulDodger's Avatar
    Deadly56,
    You make a very valid point. I respect Bret Hart as a wrestler, but I couldn't as a kid get behind his character (face) persona, and yes, as a child, the music had a lot to do with that. Obviously now I like Bret, and see what he did for the business. Maybe it shouldn't matter what their music is, but regardless, it is a part of their character. I originally watched wrestling to be entertained, and the scare of the "gong" or the playfulness of the "I'm just a kid" or the the "glass shattering" let me know what I needed to know about the character even before they stepped on the stage. As a kid, that was important to me. Not all kids care about the technical aspect of wrestling, I know I didn't.

    For all intensive purposes, wrestlers should just walk into a ring (no big entrance) and be able to entertain the fans with a "wrestling match." But we don't live in that era anymore... and that was an era at one time. I get your post, and I respect that opinion. I'll leave you with this.

    Entrances, music, flashy moves, "costumes", and promo's are for my eyes and ears. A good wrestling match is for my mind.

    - Artful by name, Dodger by nature (Yes Belleza, the name is from Oliver Twist)
  5. JackBauerIsAwesome's Avatar
    I think you're right. Music does play a huge role of how fans relate to a wrestler. For example Alex Riley's song is kick ass and really allows the fans to get behind him. On the other hand Otunga and McGuility's song sucks horribly. The right song is definitely a key point to fan reaction.
  6. The Awesome One's Avatar
    The Miz's theme is a good example for this... the "AWESOME!" cry at the start makes me excited :D That's right, I'm a Mizfit ;)
  7. JackBauerIsAwesome's Avatar
    I think you're right. Music does play a huge role of how fans relate to a wrestler. For example Alex Riley's song is kick ass and really allows the fans to get behind him. On the other hand Otunga and McGuility's song sucks horribly. The right song is definitely a key point to fan reaction.
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