Wrestling entrance themes are a big, important part of the spectacle at any live "sports entertainment" competition. After waiting weeks or sometimes months to get their hands on their hated opponents at big pay-per-view events, it's important for these warriors to have a song that psyches them up, puts the fear of God into their opponent and gets the crowd on their side. Lots of heavy metal and hard rock songs have filled that role quite ably over the years, and here's some of the best of all time in Loudwire's following list of the Top 10 Wrestling Entrance Themes:
Randy Orton was one of the most despised wrestlers around, unable to control his temper and prone to excessively violent post-fight attacks, even by wrestling standards. Somehow in recent years, though, he's become a beloved anti-hero despite not really changing much attitude-wise. Maybe Rev Theory's song, which explains how Orton's actions are the result of voice he hears in his head, helped people gain a deeper understanding of his motives.
The Road Warriors
Sometimes you gotta go with the classics, and in terms of wrestling entrance themes there's very few more old-school than Black Sabbath's 'Iron Man,' even if it's been re-recorded to serve as the theme for perhaps the greatest tag team of all time. The Road Warriors made face paint and spiked football gear cool (in certain circles) and were among the first to pioneer two-man finishing moves.
One of the most truly upsetting events in pro wrestling recently is the real-life forced retirement of Edge as a result of several back injuries. Despite off-the-charts natural charisma, ability and (my wife tells me) good looks, Edge was consistently able to sell himself as a "heel" -- bad guy -- with an impressively witty series of original and cowardly schemes to hold onto (or reclaim) his beloved title belt.
'Walk'Kilgore (Pantera cover)
Rob Van Dam
Underground wrestling's favorite high-flying wrestler -- and yes, if you didn't know about his pot-friendly lifestyle, we do mean that both ways -- has made it to the top of every professional wrestling organization with a variety of theme songs, but without a doubt the best was this cover of Pantera's stomping anthem 'Walk' from his ECW days. "Are you talking to me? ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?"
One of the WWE's most promising rising young stars, and a real-life college football and wrestling sensation, Jack Swagger somehow managed to score himself one of the hippest entrance songs around. But will he ever wake up and realize that scheming manager Vickie Guerrero doesn't really have his best interests at heart?
Typically, the legendary Undertaker uses more traditional funeral music ( 'The Graveyard Symphony') for his insanely slow, drawn-out strolls to the ring. But on certain big occasions, such as his Wrestlemania duel with Shawn Michaels, he'll break out something special like Johnny Cash's 'Ain't No Grave,' or this Metallica epic (which HHH has also used on occasion) to try and give his opponents even more reasons to crap their pants in fear.
Although he's currently using Living Colour's 'Cult of Personality' to commemorate his role as spokesperson for fans seeking more wrestling and a shake-up of the rather stale list of names at the top of the fight card, current fan favorite C.M. Punk rose to power with this track. The song's furious opening guitar notes serve as a wonderful wrestling entrance theme, conveying the chaos and madness about to explode in the ring.
"Well, I'm standing next to a mountain / Chop it down with the edge of my hand..." For the immortal Hulk Hogan, only the most epic imagery will do when it comes to entrance theme lyrics, and this Jimi Hendrix classic certainly delivers. Whatchu gonna do when that opening guitar figure hits and the crowd goes wild all around you, BROTHER??
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
We gotta admit, 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin's wrestling entrance theme would be on here even if it was 'Mary Had a Little Lamb.' WHAT? We're saying that any song Steve Austin likes is OK by us. WHAT? 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin was the most charismatic wrestler of the past two decades and this song perfectly sets the tone for the ass-kicking and beer-drinking that's about to come. And that's the bottom line, because Loudwire said so!
It only makes sense that Hunter Hearst Helmsley, who's rightly earned the name 'King of Kings' as one of the most enduring top-of-the-bill stars in history, would have his pick of any wrestling entrance theme he wanted. Not to mention the fact that he's the guy who in real life married WWE owner Vince McMahon's daughter Stephanie. He chose wisely, with Lemmy's stern, gravelly voice welcoming his opponents into battle in a way that indicates they're not going to stand much of a chance to depart with a win.