Professional wrestling is a unique entity. As a blend of sports and entertainment, it requires its superstars to be athletic while also playing their character in a charismatic way that helps them get fans engaged in the product. One of the main ways fans can get acquainted with a superstar is through the first thing they hear, before the wrestler even comes into sight: their entrance music. WWE creates this theme music for their superstars, either by adding to or tweaking existing tunes, or by creating their very own beats. The goal is to create a theme that embodies the character and gets the crowd excited, angry, or intimidated, depending on the personality of the superstar. Most of the entrance music in WWE is effective in these goals, but some fall short. The poor choices for theme songs that can be found on this list are either outdated, don’t fit the wrestler’s personality effectively, or are simply annoying. Enjoy.
15. Stephanie McMahon
As the daughter of Vince McMahon, Stephanie has been around pro wrestling her whole life. She has also been an on-screen personality off and on for the past 18 years. Of course, over this time, she has had a few entrance themes to suit her character changes, from her 1999 run-ins with The Undertaker to her 2013 Authority heel run alongside husband Triple H.
Steph’s current entrance theme is just not the right fit for her character. It’s too upbeat and peppy for a woman who is supposed to be seen as a powerful semi-heel character. While the “Queendom, where the kings bow down” line fits her hoity-toity arrogance, the song sounds more like something a teenager would use, and doesn’t portray Steph as intimidating or get the crowd to feel the emotions they should when she makes her way to the ring for ANOTHER one of her weekly promos.
14. The Usos
Jimmy and Jey are members of the famed Anoa’i wrestling family. The tag team are the sons of Rikishi and are cousins to Roman Reigns. After a successful run in 2014 and 2015, during which the duo won a pair of WWE Tag Team Championships, they lost some steam after Jey was sidelined with a shoulder injury. Upon returning in late 2016, The Usos were repackaged as heels and began to make their entrance in a more serious, focused attitude.
Their entrance theme was also changed to match this new character style. The new song that WWE gave them, however, seems too upbeat and catchy. The pair would be better suited with something deeper and more harsh-sounding to accompany their new brisk, emotionless walk to the ring. Possibly even something similar to fellow-Samoan Umaga’s former theme that pays homage to their rich family history.
Only 27 years old, Bayley has already been in the wrestling business for nine years. She made her debut in 2008 in the indies and, after proving herself, signed with WWE in 2012. For four years, Bayley competed for WWE’s developmental territory NXT in both singles and tag team matches. In 2016, Bayley made her debut as her old running buddy Sasha Banks’ mystery tag team partner.
Competing in the Raw Women’s Championship scene proves that Bayley is a competent, tough fighter, but her theme song… that’s another story. Her repetitive “there ain’t no stopping us now” jingle sounds more like a teenage-girl slumber party song as opposed to a WWE wrestler’s. Although her wrestling abilities are well proven, her credibility as a wrestler gets tarnished due to her theme song.
12. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler is one of a handful of wrestlers on the current WWE roster with legitimate amateur wrestling experience. After competing for Kent State University, he signed with WWE and bounced around their developmental territories for the better part of four years before sticking on the main roster. Since 2008, Ziggler has emerged as one of the company’s best workers, both as a heel and a face, and his over-the-top selling can make any opponent’s offense look great.
After achieving peak popularity with the WWE fans in 2014 and 2015, Ziggler began calling himself the “Show Off” and his entrance music changed to fit this new persona. Since then, Ziggler’s popularity has cooled off significantly, but he still has the same music that no longer suits him. Dolph needs new tunes that are more realistic for the mid-card, mid-popularity wrestler that he is now.
11. Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella has been brought into the spotlight recently with her engagement to John Cena. Bella was ranked No. 1 in Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Female 50 in 2015. She has had a long history in the WWE, competing in the ring with her twin-sister Brie Bella. For one year in 2012 the twins went into the independent circuit but made a return to WWE the following year. In 2013, Nikki was announced again as a member of the then-Divas division and has been a prominent figure since.
Considering her role as the face of Total Divas, her entrance song and subsequent twirling butt-wiggle make her look like the Divas of the mid-2000s more than a tough competitor. This is definitely not the vibe that someone would want to portray in the competitive environment of women’s wrestling today.
10. The Big Show
A living legend and a shoo-in for the WWE Hall of Fame once his inevitable retirement comes in the next year or two, Big Show has been a pro wrestler since 1995 (!!!) and a member of the WWE roster since 1999. The man has laid claim to five World Championships during his time in WWE, and has had a number of memorable WrestleMania matches against the likes of Floyd Mayweather and professional sumo wrestler Akebono.
The 7’1”, 385 pound South Carolina native is known more, however, for his constant face-heel swapping, but over the years, his entrance music has stayed consistent. The “WEEELLL IT’S THE BIG SHOW” and subsequent guitar riff have gone mostly unchanged – except for some speeding up and slowing down – over the past eighteen years. Admittedly, it’s not going to get a facelift now because Show is in the twilight of his career, but the repetitive, simple tune should have been swapped for a newer, more intimidating one years ago.
9. John Cena
Cena has been the face of the WWE for well over a decade now. In 1999, Cena began training for pro wrestling at Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW). After further seasoning in OVW, Cena made his WWE debut in 2002 and went on to become a fan favorite. In his most recent appearance, at WrestleMania 33, Cena and his girlfriend Nikki Bella defeated Miz and Maryse, and Cena then proposed to his longtime partner.
Although Cena has many accomplishments throughout his 15 years in the WWE, his theme song is still representative of the mid-2000s. Although many say his theme song still pumps them up, others are sick of the trumpets and Cena’s rapping as it has been played so often over the past decade. It’s definitely time for Cena to get a new theme song, possibly debuting it when he makes his eventual return from Hollywood.
8. Nia Jax
Jax has only been on the radar of WWE fans for a short amount of time. After debuting in NXT and honing her skills there for the better part of two years, she made her main roster debut in 2016. WWE built her up as a beast, feeding jobbers to her for most of 2016 until she was ready for the main event scene that she is currently a part of. WWE fans really don’t know a lot about the woman, other than the fact that she is huge, strong, and unique in a world of skinny, model-looking female wrestlers.
While WWE has done a great job of building her up as a dominant heel, they definitely didn’t give her a theme song that fit the bill. While the “I’m not like most girls” line is certainly true, the overall rhythm of the song and the high, pop-sounding voice of the singer do not portray Jax as the menacing woman that she is. WWE should give her an intimidating rock song like that of her monster-heel male counterpart Braun Strowman.
7. Chris Jericho
Jericho has been in pro wrestling since 1990, plying his trade for an impressive 27 years. The Manitoba native began his career at the Hart Brothers’ School of Wrestling where he competed independently for four years. In 1997, he joined Extreme Championship Wrestling for one year, then jumped to WCW for 3 years, and finally to WWE in 1999, where he has remained ever since. In his most recent appearance against rival Kevin Owens, he dropped the U.S. Title that he had held for 83 days.
Although the versatile performer has played a number of different character styles over the years, Jericho has had a similar theme song since the early-2000s. While some might say that his tune still pumps them up, or that it is a good fit for him, it really is outdated and repetitive. Hearing “break down the walls” and “Jericho” over and over again is not enjoyable or exciting. It’s definitely time for this outdated jingle to be thrown aside to make room for something new.
6. Dean Ambrose
Ambrose excelled in his early WWE years as a member of the Shield stable. While the other two members, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, have gone on to become firmly entrenched on the main event scene since the group’s split, Ambrose has spent the majority of his time in the mid-card. In 2014 and 2015, WWE did a good job of portraying Ambrose as his “lunatic fringe” character, making him seem very edgy and unpredictable, but he has become more of an awkward babyface lately. His attempts at comedy have been more laughable than genuinely funny and he has really lost steam since his WWE Championship run in mid-2016.
Part of the reason for this could be his bland entrance theme. The chainsaw-sounding engine rev suits his off-kilter character but the repetitive guitar riff is just boring and annoying. The song sounds too generic for a man who is a former United States and World Champion and current Intercontinental Champion. WWE should debut a more engaging, lyrical theme song for Ambrose to get the crowd re-engaged with the superstar.
5. The Miz
After appearing on MTV’s The Real World in 2001, Mike “The Miz” Mizanin began training for WWE, making his main roster debut in 2006, and has competed almost exclusively as a heel ever since. Recently, he has been managed by (and competed with) his real-life wife and fellow wrestler Maryse. Over their time competing together they have named themselves the “it” couple in the WWE, taking shots at an arguably more “mainstream” famous couple, John Cena and Nikki Bella.
The Miz has been a main feature in a few of WWE’s films and refers to himself as a “Hollywood A-Lister”. His theme song represents this, with a strange beginning calling for “quiet on the set” followed by Miz yelling “AWESOME.” Since Miz is a heel, the cocky persona this song portrays is actually representative of his vibe, but the yelling, rock-and-roll style does not suit him. Since Miz has really experienced a career renaissance in the past year or so, his entrance theme deserves a makeover as well.
4. Roman Reigns
Reigns is the most hated man in wrestling right now. After breaking into WWE with Ambrose and Rollins in The Shield in 2012, he has been in the upper-mid and main-event scenes. Vince McMahon’s constant push of Reigns has rubbed fans the wrong way and they shower him with boos every time he comes into sight. His recent retirement of WWE legend The Undertaker at WrestleMania 33 has exacerbated the issue and the fans’ hatred for him is at an all-time high.
Part of the reason people dislike him so much is because it seems as if he is still stuck in his Shield glory days. He is the only member of the trio to still wear the SWAT team attire and he is also the only member to still use the team’s entrance music. While the song itself is okay as it sounds intense, it just makes “The Big Dog” seem like he’s stuck in the past. Reigns needs to get his own theme music like Rollins and Ambrose have if he ever wants to shed the hatred he gets from the WWE Universe.
Carmella is more of a throwback to the “Diva” era of the 2000s than the tough, capable competitors that have come out of the Women’s Revolution. After a decent run in NXT with Enzo & Cass, she has kind of lost some momentum as a singles competitor. Carmella has become something of a comedy act over the past few months. Paired with jobber James Ellsworth as her “boyfriend,” she hasn’t been booked well at all.
One thing that brings down her credibility even more is her silly theme song. Spelling out the letters “F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S, YES”, the tune sounds like something from Sesame Street instead of a song that would introduce the entrance of a legitimate competitor.
2. The Shining Stars
The Shining Stars are actually real-life cousins, Primo and Epico, better known as The Colons. During their first year as a heel tag team, the two defeated Epico’s former teammate on an episode of SmackDown. From 2013-15, the tag team changed their gimmick to Diego and Fernando of Los Matadores. Their attire consisted of that of two masked Spanish bullifighters with El Torito as their mascot. In 2016, the two changed their name to “The Shining Stars” and took on an annoying gimmick, trying to urge people to visit Puerto Rico.
Alongside this character change came a new entrance theme song supporting the Caribbean Island and encouraging people to “visit Puerto Rico, the Shining Star of the Caribbean”. The entrance song might be a good branding tool for Puerto Rico’s tourism department, but it’s not something that should be used by any wrestler with even a slight bit of credibility. Realistically, who would be intimated by music that makes people want to move their hips instead of their fists?
Cesaro is widely considered to be the most under-appreciated wrestler in WWE. After 11 years perfecting his act in the indies and one more year in WWE’s developmental territory FCW, Cesaro made his WWE debut in 2012. Most of the small success he has seen in the WWE has come in the tag team division, even though he is one of the strongest, most innovative singles wrestlers on the current roster. Cesaro is a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion and one-time United States Champion.
WWE’s lack of support for the talented Swiss national is evident in his theme song. The tune is annoying, generic, and doesn’t really fit his character anymore. From the unnecessary, shrill siren to the repetitive, metallic-sounding guitar music, Cesaro’s song does nothing to get the crowd excited for his babyface act or set him apart as the outstanding competitor that he is.
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