If there is anybody out there that can even do at
least one from memory, email me and let me know.
Because even with as much wrestling as I watch every
week, I have absolutely no clue how they go.
This is the problem with themes these days. Either
they all kinda sound the same, or they're some crappy
tune that the WWWhatever bought rights to.
Hum a few bars from Bret Hart's WWF theme. How about
Demolition? Or how about that cult hit, Jive Soul Bro?
I know how all of these go by heart. Although they
border on cheesy, at least they have an identity, and
certainly stand on their own. Think about 95% of the
themes from even as late as 1999 or so, and it's easy
to tell who's who even before they hit the entryway.
And before 1997 and the advent of the TitanTron, this
was one of the ways that they differentiated their
But what happened?
Well, there are the two things that I mentioned
1. The inclusion of more "mainstream" pop/rock themes
into the fold.
2. Those that were new, but not of the mainstream
variety sound pretty much generic.
3. Voice sampling in themes has approached ridiculous
Okay, (3) isn't as bad as the first two, but it is a
gripe that I have.
1. Mainstream music
This has gotten to be a big problem, especially as of
late. And it's not limited just to individual
wrestlers. Their usage of these kinda of songs for
pay-per-views sucks too. I mean, how many times can
they play "My Way or the Highway" by Kid Rock?
Note to self: There's another one for the fraud list.
My issue with these songs isn't so much that they're
there, rather that they SUCK. Most of their artists
are AT LEAST second-string. Not only are they pretty
bad on their own, they add very little in terms of
character identification. If anybody wishes to argue
against that, let me know. Besides, it's not like it's
quiet during entrances so you can hear the words...
(I meant commentator-wise...the crowd has been making
it easier to hear them, if ya catch my drift)
There are, however, couple of exceptions to the rule:
Edge's theme by Rob Zombie: Not bad. But it's got a
catchy tune and a good intro, which are pretty
important. Note: read that intro as NOT voice clips.
Vince McMahon's theme: But that wasn't made recently
Victoria's theme: It's kinda poppy. which is a great
contrast to her "psycho" character
2. Mundane/generic sounding music
This used to be one of the biggest problems that WCW
had. THey went the public domain route, so that they
wouldn't have to pay royalties as such. However, while
these tunes are A+#1 for sports highlights, most of
them aren't unique enough in the sense to help define
a character. The only one that I can think of that
really got off the ground was the theme that the
Hardyz used. Other than that, and those in the WCW
bin, are pretty non-desript. Currently, guys like
Steven Richards, Test, and others come to mind as
having particularly generic-sounding pieces. When
somebody's music hits, ideally you'd know who it was
right away...not in any of these cases though, except
for perhaps this strategic innovation:
3. Voice-overs as an add-on.
I'm not saying these are all bad.
Man, that was great. And probably only the second one
I can remember after Ted DiBiase's "Money, Money,
Money". Just great stuff. However, there is a such
thing as "too much of a good thing".
"HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW?"
No, I'm not talking about the country hit by Toby
Keith, this gem kicks off Bob Holly's theme. That is,
if he has much of a career left after a string of
injuries and a questionable display against the
smallest guy on Tough Enough.
Besides, not to knock Matt's ability, but honestly,
how long do you think it will be before they set up a
Holly/Matt match? After all the attention this got, I
wonder what part of Matt's victory on TE was as result
of this angle? Not that I would condone Jonah winning,
just food for thought.
I'm sure there are other examples of this
over-voice-overing out there. It's just all so
non-memorable, I forgot what those were.
I think the WWWhatever has a simple fix to their
(Hold on here...I'm watching VH1's 'Driven', and Vince
said that the Rock might be, by the time he's done,
the biggest star in the history of Hollywood.
Ummmmm....yeah. I could think of about 25 or 30
sitting here right now that have actually established
their fame over a *long* period of time,,,)
Anyways, all I think they need to do is to ditch this
whole pop thing and get back to the source of 95% of
their classic themes. Give Jim Johnston the
opportunity to compose more of his originals, and stop
having him cinsult on the other crap. I realize that
this may be a seemingly minor thing, but believe ne
when I say that it will make an enormous difference.
Comments? You know where to send 'em!