By CLIFF BRUNT
This is the second of my professional wrestling lists “ my 10 favorite wrestling entrance theme songs. Because everyone’s tastes are different, your list might be much different than mine. That’s OK “ I just want to start conversation and take you down memory lane.
Theme songs set the tone for what’s upcoming and play a huge role in creating an image. Most wrestlers are remembered with their themes. You can’t think of “Macho Man” Randy Savage without thinking of “Pomp and Circumstance,” composed in 1901 by Englishman Sir Edward Elgar and known as the Graduation March. It’s hard to envision Ric Flair without recalling the sounds of German composer Richard Strauss’ 1896 classic, “Also sprach Zarathustra.” Undertaker’s creepy music is memorable, as is Shawn Michaels’ “Sexy Boy” theme. The breaking glass in Steve Austin’s theme might offer the best warning in wrestling history. The message: you’re getting stunned.
As memorable as those themes were, none cracked my top 10.
Feel free to tell me what you think of this list, or share some of your favorites over the years. I don’t expect you to listen to them all, but they are available if you want to hear them.
No. 10: Chris Jericho’s theme: (Break the Walls Down, Jim Johnston and Anthony Martini, 1999)
I love the countdown on this one. Jericho became popular right around Y2K, so the WWE took advantage and named Jericho Y2J. His charisma matched the explosive nature of the theme. Jericho is one of the best of his era and he also has some of the best microphone skills ever, so when Jericho’s music hit, you never knew what would follow. Indeed, for a while, Raw WAS Jericho.
Click on the link below for the No. 9 song on the list and continue to do the same to get through the list.