There’s something about hearing your favorite wrestler’s music hit that will get you hype off the strength. I grew up in the attitude era of WWF (I know it’s WWE but it pains me to say it) and when you heard that sound of glass breaking you knew Stone Cold was comin’ to cash a check he had for someone’s ass or if “If you smell…” was uttered over the speakers, you ain’t even gotta complete the sentence, you knew that The Rock just got out the kitchen cooking up a buffet worthy of Food Network and was coming to make sure ayebody caught a taste test of the work he goin’ put in.
I’ve gotten back into wrestling lately and there are a lot wrestlers who not only have great entrances, but their theme music is worthy of having a rapper drop bars on their track and take it back to the WWF Anthology days (Oh, don’t act like you didn’t but it too). CFO$ are the guys that compose the themes songs for the wrestlers and they put in that werk. You know a theme song is good when you take the time to download it to your I-pod (Yes, I still use an I-pod). They’ve been killing it throughout the years. That being said, I decided to compile a list of my favorite wrestler’s entrances and theme songs (with links to full entrances) from the current WWE universe roster. And yes, I reenact each one of these entrances on my list in my free time.
Asuka come to the ring without a single fuck straight, just vibing (her mannerisms’ll show you just how unbothered she is) cause as of yet, ain’t no one finna check her. What makes her entrance even better is how even the lyrics to her theme got bars,“The one force of nature they call by name. I came from tomorrow to take back today”. I’m sorry but that is stupid dumb hard and I love it. Asuka is such a juggernaut in that, she’s in her own league man.
Come oooooon, y’all not fucking with that gangsta. Y’all not fucking with The Perfect Ten right there. Dillinger’s charisma is infectious when he comes out to a sea of fans chanting, 10! 10! 10! 10! repeatedly, and dude freaking soaks it in. Man, Tye Dillinger out here stuntin’ on yall and making it rain Alexander Hamiltons in more ways then one.
“Turn It Up”
If we’re talking Bayley then we must be talking Four Horsewomen. We must be talking the heart of NXT. We must be talking the most based face in the place. That’s all we’re talking about if we invoke Bayley’s name. I don’t care how G’d up you are there’s a huge part of you that goes straight into “awww” mode when Bayley’s theme music drops because you know she’s going come out making it rain fun. She’s got this magnetic energy and can do no wrong on that stage.
Personally, my favorite part is when she comes out doing her little shoulder jig, then backs it up, winds it up, and throws her hands up to the high heavens and Mufasa as the Wacky Wavy Inflatable Tube men pop up. That’s my shit, plus the song got bars. “There ain’t no stoppin’ us now, we celebrate on the floor. Top down, we’re ready to go” Bayley is the queen of the fangirls, your girl out here living her dream and making OG’s of the wrasslin’ games hearts melt from the pure sweetness of it all. Don’t be fooled by the colorful tube men, devil may care theme, and smiles tho, ya girl still got hands,
#ThugLife #HugLife. I should also point out that Baley does an incredible spot Finn Balor entrance too.
“Sky’s The Limit”
Banks is all do or die yo. She’s so cool about the moves she makes too man. Look at that demeanor when she comes out doing with that trap music dance before hittin’ that little pivot. Listen, that lil flex on the pivot gives me liiiiiiiiife. That lil pivot stunt she hits is a hardy meal for me bruh. Don’t even get me started on that ill gangsta lean she hits on the ring apron before steppin’ through the rope. Deadass, ain’t nobody more ballin’ than Sasha Banks stepping no the scene.
Roode comes out the curtain reveling in all the glory and it’s hard to hate’em for it cause this beat is glorious and he’s fucking glorious in the ring too. It’d be one thing if it was just the choir singing “glorious” but the lyrics go so hard in the
paint squared circle too, “No, I won’t give in. I won’t give in till’ I’m victorious! And I will defend, I will defend” . This is the shit you sing to yourself when you’re trying to pump yourself up before you lift in the gym or when you’re facing that hard ass final boss in a video game. Roode is to glooooooooorious to bless the people with this one right here.
“Playing With Power”
My favorite part of the entrance is the lil jig Perkins does crossing his arms then touching his knee to his elbow. That’s my shit, man. I dunno what dance that is, or what routine that is but that shit gets me hyped every time. then he flips in the ring with the hoodie coming down over his head? Fuck outta here man, Perkins too bars for this shit. He’s done a heel turn recently and I’m really hoping he doesn’t change his entrance to match that too much or just make the music sound villainous in 8-bit. This is easily a perfect entrance and I say that with all my fucking nerd bias on full blast.
“Free The Flame”
Your girl come out looking like an unlockable character from Mortal Kombat rocking the Wonder Woman Amazon attire so you know it’s real. Ember out here dressed in the war gawd gear with her music to match. Bruh, she got moonlight (that alternates at times) as her moonlight. We always see her rocking custom contacts for red, orange, and silver banshee colored eyes (where the sharingan contacts at tho). Plus, her song fucking baaaaaaangs. Ember’s theme sounds straight out of the Road Rash soundtrack on Sega Genesis. That gritty as smells like teen spirit grunge. You know what I mean? When the singer carries that note once the beat drops?! You know somebody going catch the hands, forearms, and enziguri’s. You know she can deadlift 400 pounds? Mmm-hmm, Ember Moon is a problem nobody wants to do that long division on or show that work with.
“Catch Your Breath”
That guitar riff is soooooo gutttta when it kicks in and when Finn through his arms up on the consecutive beat drops? You can’t teach that level of swag, and when he brings out the demon king? When your boy gets the demon King persona jumpin, complete with the body paint, and he crawls to the ring and switches the whole persona and demeanor?! Untouchable. Balor is just untouchable, he’s got two separate ring entrances entirely different in mannerisms and demeanor. Wait did I say two entrance personas? I meant three. You’re out your mind if you think I’m not going to put his Bayley entrance homage on here as well.
When Naomi comes out hitting that heel-toe clean as fuck, I liiiiiiiiiiive. When Naomi slides down the ramp with the ill lean back, I liiiiiive. Naomi legit reinvented herself with just a tweak. Her theme song is a remix of her original entrance music and it goes soooo hard in the bop. The lightweight chopped and skewed of the voice repetition dragging out the “Amazing” phrase is genius. Throw Naomi’s electric personality on there as well and you got grown woman Black girl magic at its finest. Look at your girl out here living her best life.
“The Rising Sun”
If you see Lee England, Jr. playing the violin strings for Nakamura’s entrance you better call it a day cause Nakamura is coming out with the fade for your ass. You know you made it when there aren’t even words to your theme song so the crowd just sings the melody like, “Whooa-oh-ooh-oooooooooh-“. You not fucking with all that gangsta man. Then when the second build-up starts revving up, starts charging up the Marvel vs Capcom Special meter than drop? When that violin gets low for the screeching beat drop and Nakamura runs to the rope for his death drop?! Life. I found liiiiiiife. Shout out to Earl Maneein for adding the violin work to the track from day one. Nakamura out here gettin’ low for the culture man. Out here doing the ultimate lean for the people. Shinsuke Nakamura out here doing the most and we’re taking it all in like bottomless mimosas and avocado toast at brunch.
Aaaaaand there’s my ten favorite wrestler entrances and themes from the WWE’s current roster. I was going to name a few honorable mentions but instead, how bout you guys comment with your favorite current wrestler entrances from all WWE and other promotions and why it’s on your list? Let us know in the comments below and on twitter.
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Evil Ninja (@EvilNinjaX24)
Nah – this is this list. This is all you need. There’s fire upon fire upon fire. I’ve been watching wrasslin’ since before the first WrestleMania, and I can say with some authority that these cats have the BEST entrances I’ve ever seen, mixing bravado, music, and crowd involvement in immaculate ways. It’s also noticeable that all these cats came up through NXT (even if they built their brands elsewhere, like in Japan), and it’s amazing that what they’ve managed to do.
I use to be a lover of WWF, but after reading this list, its a must that I watch WWE! I enjoyed the read and the writing is great!
You nailed it! Everyone on this list is it. And like evilninja above said, aside from maybe Naomi, all of them are recently from NXT. I think NXT is doing a great job working with them on their entrances, looking the recreate that crowd feeling from the attitude era of when you heard the glass break, or “if you smell”, or that gong hit for undertaker. Still my favorite entrance of all time has to be Jericho’s. That countdown, then “break the walls down!” , then that guitar coming in?! Timeless and always pumps you up.
This list is dope. Some honorable mentions:
Kazuchika Okada (NJPW) They call him the Rainmaker and he proves it with an ornate entrance complete with fake money raining through the arena.
Aleister Black (NXT) – That haunting dark metal strumming as Black seemingly rises to life from the stage before making his way to the ring. And no one has come close to touching him yet.
Dalton Castle (ROH) Words fail. Just Google it.
Aleister Black has an awesome entrance. But I agree with this list. Shinsuke is the smoothest brother on the planet
Great list, honorable mention – albeit recent… Aleister Black in NXT entrance. Rising like a vampire when that riff kicks in, you know something dangerous is coming your way and those opening lines belted out by the dude from Incendiary –
when I saw his debut, gave me some goosebumps.