Everybody’s got a favorite wrestling entrance theme. The thing is, though, most of the best-regarded themes of all time belong to the most legendary wrestlers of all time. As much as a ton of work may have gone into creating “Sexy Boy” for Shawn Michaels, there’s no doubt that it was worth it. The same can be said for the unique spin put on Chopin’s funeral march before it was given to The Undertaker.
Even today, it seems like more thought goes into some themes than others. Wrestlers like Seth Rollins, AJ Styles, and Shinsuke Nakamura have among the most popular entrance tunes in WWE, and it’s clear that the company has major plans for all three men. By contrast, it’s hard to imagine a fan knowing the Social Outcasts’ theme off the top of his head.
Sometimes, though, plans change – superstars who were supposed to be big just don’t pan out. Other times, WWE’s theme song creators (typically Jim Johnston and, more recently, CFO$) find inspiration when composing for lower card grapplers, or stumble upon something so simple that it becomes instantly memorable.
Regardless, every so often, a superstar who’s quickly forgotten ends up with a theme song that’ll be remembered for years. Here are ten wrestlers whose theme songs were the best thing about them…
When Maven Huffman became the male winner of the first-ever Tough Enough competition, he didn’t just claim a contract with WWE, he also got a theme song specially reserved for the victor: “Tattoo” by Big Mother Thruster (though sometimes listed as “Behind the Stars”).
The song sounds a lot like what a song called “Tattoo” by a band named “Big Mother Thruster” – and released in 2001, no less – would probably sound like. Despite the early-aughts butt-rock sound, though, it’s surprisingly catchy – especially the opening guitar riff, which is instantly recognizable (an important quality for a wrestling theme song).
Unfortunately, Maven never quite lived up to the song. Despite a push and a good reaction based on his Tough Enough win, his ring work never improved to the point where the company was confident putting him in big matches. An Intercontinental Title shot against Shelton Benjamin in 2005 – three years after Maven’s debut – became a farce of a match where he was quickly rolled up twice. A few months later, Maven was released.
Fun fact: After some lineup changes, Big Mother Thruster would rename itself Mercy Drive and release “Burn In My Light,” the song Randy Orton used before “Voices.” You know, the one that went “Hey!” over and over again? I guess it’s not that fun.
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