Part two begins very quickly with:
16: Break The Walls Down-RA The Rugged Man (Chris Jericho, WWF, WWF Aggression)
Yes, this is the last time I will torture you with an appearance from WWF Aggression. Basically, it's the rap version of Chris Jericho's trademark theme, delivered in a somewhat spacey style by another no-name rapper.
Still, it works, although the guy in the chorus sounds suspiciously like Lil Jon, and usually that would be enough for me to DQ any song. Not this one, though. I don't really have to say this part, but obviously never used by the Ayatollah of Rock-n-Rolla.
15: Next Big Thing (Brock Lesnar, WWE, SD:HCTP)
Brock Lesnar didn't need any stinkin' theme song when he debuted. That's because his debut was spent F-5ing Rikishi into oblivion. But all wrestlers need a theme.
So he was given one that matched up perfectly with his rather monosyllabic character, one that crushed those who crossed his path. His leaving after that debacle of a match with Goldberg angered me until I saw the video to that match.
The conduct of that audience was repugnant. So I miss Brock Lesnar, and pray he'll one day return to wrestling. Won't be holding my breath, though.
14: Crank It Up-Brand New Sin (Big Show, WWE, Wreckless Intent)
So, Big Show. The "World's Largest Athlete" had been using the same theme for years. And it had gotten stale very quickly. So, someone in WWE decided to offer the band Brand New Sin an opportunity to design a new theme for Show.
With a lead singer who went to the Tom Waits school of raspy-voiced singers and apparently loves his whiskey, they delivered a classic.
Unfortunately, it's a song given to mashups, which means that while the JeriShow version passed the test, the ShowMiz version needs work. Like The Miz being tossed off a very tall building onto a bed of nails. But anyway, it works.
13: Break The Walls Down-Original Version (Chris Jericho, WWF, WM 2000/WWF No Mercy)
Chris Jericho is a true Wrestling God. Think about it. A long time ago, I thought Jericho was a loudmouthed punk who was only carried by the guys he faced, such as Benoit.
Thankfully, I was brought to my senses, not by anyone else, but by Jericho himself. Jericho's talent is unmistakable, but sometimes people couldn't see it.
How many guys can change finishers convincingly, such as Jericho, from the Lion Tamer to the Walls of Jericho to the FlashBack BACK to the Walls to the fun and easy to execute Codebreaker?
And how many guys can say they've had excellent matches with everyone that's been anyone in WWE? How many guys can inspire such unabashed loyalty in his fans, face, heel, or tweener?
And how many guys can write a book that's become an instant wrestling classic, and the hottest read in recent wrestling history?
Chris Jericho can say all those things. And it all started with his debut.
12: This Fire Burns-Killswitch Engage (CM Punk, WWE, all WWE games he's appeared in)
My personal motto/theme. The verses are somewhat hard to understand, but the chorus shines through clearly. Odd.
CM Punk is currently the owner of the best beard (by cracky) in wrestling right now. He's also a man with a deadly finisher and excellent mic skills. And probably, right now, the most compelling wrestler in the business with the SES angle.
Setting a precedent is an important thing, and you know when Punk comes through the curtain, you're either going to get a good match, or a crushingly good promo.
11: Money Inc. theme (Ted DiBiase/IRS, WWF)
Everyone does have a price. Of course, my question much later in life was why on earth would a guy who has millions of dollars team up with IRS? Preferably, wouldn't the Million Dollar Man want to stay AWAY from IRS? Whatever.
Anyway, these guys were two of the best heels in WWF history, and one of the two might have been a top ten heel of all time.
One of the earliest matches I can remember is a tag team match on Superstars where the Natural Disasters faced Money Inc. for the tag titles.
DiBiase defeated Earthquake with the Million Dollar Dream, and I remember actually feeling sad as the Money Inc. theme played and the two of them celebrated. Bastards.
10: The Game-Motorhead (Triple H, WWE, SD:SYM onward)
Triple H. Trips has always had some element of the evil complex heel in him, and this song and the original video symbolized it perfectly.
Remember the old video with the flashing light on his absolutely pissed off face? How he'd be training or fighting or in a bar, and between those shots there'd be the flashing light?
This was a man who you KNEW was going to kick your ass all over town, and how the hell would you get out of the Pedigree that was waiting for you at the end? Oh. You weren't. Sucks for you.
NO ONE can do pissed off bad guy like Triple H. It cannot be done. For what it's worth, the Triple H Evolution Titantron is my favorite video of all time. I make no secret of the fact that Triple H is my favorite wrestler ever.
9: Burn In My Light-Mercy Drive (Randy Orton, WWE, Wreckless Intent)
Randy Orton, when he was still an arrogant tool who everyone wanted to see get beaten to a pulp, used this theme as his calling card, separate from the other members of the Evolution group.
Orton was WWE's chosen one for a long time, and they looked for the right opportunity to sneak him in. Using this song, it was only a matter of time.
Two things, though. One, this song wouldn't work for Orton later in his career, and his screwed face run, where Triple H destroyed him, pretty much took care of that.
Two, The old Orton hadn't perfected the RKO, and he wasn't nearly as dangerous as he currently is. Sure, he'd run in and hit you with an RKO, but he wouldn't ACTUALLY fight you.
This version just might. This song owns independent of the character, especially the guitar solo about 70 percent of the way through.
8: Also Sprach Zarathustra (Ric Flair, WCW/WWE, every game he's ever been in EXCEPT SDVSRaw 2006)
Perhaps you notice a trend here: The last three spots have been occupied by members of Evolution. Yes, but that's a coincidence, since Flair didn't use this much in Evolution.
The thing is, if ANY wrestler deserved the mantle of greatest wrestler ever, it'd probably be the guy who not only, in his prime, could have taken the hardcore title-winning ladder to a five-star match but probably would have had the crowd convinced the ladder could win.
Flair's theme is reminiscent of a true original. You and I will never, ever see a guy like this again, and when he's gone, the theme goes with him, sadly.
Also, I realize it's the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey , but let's be frank: Who cares? Not a commercial release song.
7: Glass Shatters (Stone Cold Steve Austin, WWF/E, almost every game he's ever been in.)
This is the theme song to start any argument. This is NOT the Disturbed version, this is the original. Stone Cold came to drink beer and kick ass.
And if anyone stopped him from doing the first, he did the second, including, to paraphrase one of the Disturbed songs I don't care for, droppin' Stunners on their asses.
I only get to hear this song in video games now, and for some reason, it makes me sad.
6: Voices-Rev Theory (Randy Orton, WWE, last two SD/Raw games)
The psycho song, as a friend of mine referred to it. Randy began using this song upon his return from oblivion (or injury) and when he did, suddenly his career took on a new dimension.
No longer was he cocky heel guy, now he was psycho heel guy, where a kick in the head would incapacitate you.
As he slowly moved toward the ring, refusing to do the world-famous Orton Pose once he got there, the suspense and hatred would build, and continue to build. Until he either got beat or won.
5: No Chance (Vince McMahon. WWE, Every game he's been in.)
Probably the oldest current theme on this list, as Vince has been using this theme since he became "Mr. McMahon" almost 13 years ago.
No one EVER fails to react to either the Vince Walk, the theme, or the fact that he's automatically the attention grabber on a roster full of wrestlers.
4: Metalingus-Altar Bridge (Edge, WWE, SD/RAW 2006 on)
Edge has been using this theme since his return from neck surgery, where a promising face run was cut short.
His return was shocking, since he returned as a pissed-off heel. The theme actually works better as a face, but this is my favorite current WWE theme regardless.
Edge picked a winner here, it's a theme you can pose and get hyped for.
3: Just Close Your Eyes-Waterproof Blonde (Christian, WWE, SD/Raw 2006-2009)
Christian began his usage of this version of his theme after his first two theme songs failed to connect with the crowd. To date, I couldn't tell you about the first two, mainly because they were awful.
This one caught fire quickly, as Christian was booed after he and Trish Stratus helped stab Chris Jericho in the back. Why is that a good thing? Well, because there really was no reaction to his previous tracks, and Christian made an excellent heel, much like the great face he makes now.
However, please do not ever mention the Story of The Year version to me. That version kind of bites. It's not awful, but the original blows it out of the water, grabs it out of the air, and throws it back into the drink.
2: My Time (Triple H, WWF, used in every game from WM to No Mercy.)
Trips left DX in the lurch to join The Corporation. From that moment on, The (Future) Game was a completely different guy. Of course, his first theme, the "Corporate Player" theme, wasn't really him.
Then there was his "Higher Brain Pattern" music, while excellent, showed that Triple H needed something that would fit him perfectly. But what? Then someone looked at Triple H and said "This is your time."
Okay, maybe that part didn't happen. But suddenly, the top heel had the best song, the best entrance, and the best finisher in the company. How is that fair? Tell me that?
Triple H's career has left most fans with the impression he's a distant fourth in Attitude era hierarchy, behind UT, Rock, and Austin, in reverse order. But that's really not true.
If anything, he's actually a very close second, because Austin and UT sat chunks of the AE out. But that last part is just my opinion. And now, the number 1 wrestling track of all time.......is......
1: nWo Theme (Hogan/Hall/Nash, WCW/WWE, most of the WCW games and some of the WWE games)
The nWo was Eric Bischoff's one contribution to the wrestling world. Which he really didn't create, but more on that later. Anyway, a badass team of heels hell bent on destroying your company needs an easily identifiable theme.
This is as good a theme as wrestling has or will ever see. EVERY wrestling fan should have or know this theme.
That is not something I've said about any other entry. Because the entire history of professional wrestling outside of WWE during the 90's represented in this theme. How the nWo took WCW to heights never before seen.
And how the nWo eventually took WCW to depths never plumbed. This is, undoubtedly, the greatest wrestling theme song ever created.
Honorable Mentions: Wreck-Mick Foley. Slow Chemical-Kane, One of a Kind-Rob Van Dam. Latino Heat-Eddie Guerrero. Nation Of Domination Theme-The Rock. Goldberg's Theme-Goldberg. What a Rush-Legion of Doom, and the Bret Hart theme. Special mention goes to the "Higher Brain" themes of Triple H's, as well as Scott Steiner's "Holla if ya hear me" theme.
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