Wrestlers are performers unique to every other industry. There's the film industry, singers, musicians, dancers, professional athletes who only have to perfect one craft. In wrestling, you have many crafts to perfect to become well-rounded as a performer. You have to hone your in-ring craft, you have to master the art of cutting a promo, you have to be an amazing improviser and some wrestlers even take up acting classes to help them in storylines. Occasionally, a wrestler will even be called upon to be a singer.
There have come times when wrestlers have sung their own entrance music, either because it fit their gimmick or the person just happened to be a good enough singer. When you have a masterful music composer like Jim Johnston, he can make an average voice sound amazing, or at least passable for wrestling themes. Who would have thought Shawn Michaels would have been asked to one day perform his own theme, having to take the place of Sherri Martel? More impressively than that, who would have thought that nearly 20 years later, Shawn would be using that very same theme in his last match? If anybody pitched lyrics like that today, they'd be laughed out of the studio and it'd be used for a comedic gimmick at best.
It's very rare that the WWE will find a big name singer to sing a theme for a wrestler. Sure, Triple H got Motorhead for his theme, Rey Mysterio got P.O.D. and CM Punk just got to use Living Color's Cult of Personality, but often times, the work will be done in-house by WWE and what better source than your own wrestlers?
This list will only include guys who actually sang or had extensive vocals for their theme when they came down to the ring. A track on CDs such as Piledriver or WWE Originals doesn't qualify. Side note: hearing Mr. Perfect and Kurt Angle sing really make you feel they could have pulled off this feat if given the chance. The Undertaker? Let's be grateful he never came down to the ring to "The Man in Black". Anyway, here are the top 10 wrestlers who sang their own theme.
10 Koko B. Ware
Many have called Koko B Ware the most undeserving WWE Hall of Famer who is not a celebrity, but at least he can justify his position by saying he sang his own theme, right? His singing sounded more like a rallying chant and the instrumentals on the song, "Bird, Bird, Bird" sound a little like The Isley Brothers' classic hit "Shout", but hey he sang it and thus he gets a spot on our countdown. Well, I tried, but I still can't explain why Koko is in the Hall of Fame.
9 Tyler Breeze
Tyler Breeze is the most recent name to make the list and it makes sense with his gimmick. Playing someone so vain and so in love with himself it only makes sense that Tyler Breeze wouldn't want anybody other than himself to sing the theme that leads him to the ring. The lyrics are really cheesy, but it works for the character and Breeze doesn't have a bad voice. Maybe if he makes it to the main roster, he and Roman Reigns can re-form their old FCW tag team and sing a duet together.
Whether he was K-Kwik back in the day or R-Truth now, nobody's touching his theme but him. Unlike most on the list, Truth comes down to the ring and sings his music live, with instrumentals playing behind him, but a studio version is available also. I guess all that's left to decide for fans is if they prefer K-Kwik or R-Truth. Then of course there was the time, where his theme consisted of merely the words, "the truth shall set you free" followed by silence.
7 Road Dogg
Whether he was The Roadie or Road Dogg, B.G. James has a good enough singing voice to do his own theme. He sang for Jeff Jarrett as well back in the day on "With My Baby Tonight". On top of Road Dogg's vocals on the track, he would cut promos on his way to the ring, carrying the brunt of the New Age Outlaws' promos before handing it off to Billy Gunn for the "we got two words for ya!" Oh, and that other voice you heard in the R-Truth entry was Road Dogg, when he and K-Kwik were a tag team.
6 The Fabulous Rougeaus
When Jimmy Hart is your manager, it kind of makes sense to take a crack at your old theme music. Jacques and Raymond Rougeau made themselves a hated tag team in the WWE as The Fabulous Rougeaus. They would subtly mock American fans by saying that while they were Quebecers, they wanted to be embraced as Americans. They were even billed as "soon to re-locate to Memphis, Tennessee". The vocals of their theme would include them praising America and its culture in English, but then in French, they would admit their true feelings. Here are the translated lyrics for the French verses.
On peut pas les sentir (We do not care for them)Dans le monde ils sont les pires (They are the world’s worst)On aime les faire fâcher quand on dit (We love to annoy them when we say)
We love the USA!
Following Raymond's retirement, Jacques would continue to sing his own theme, both as The Mountie and with Pierre as part of The Quebecers.
5 Honky Tonk Man
Well, when your gimmick is basically being an Elvis Presley rip-off, there better be some singing included. I will admit that his theme is one of my guilty pleasure wrestling themes. It just sounds so ridiculous and catchy to not soon find yourself singing, "I'm cool, I'm cocky, I'm bad". No complaints on this one about Honky Tonk Man singing his own theme, as it suited the gimmick perfectly and it just would have been weird if such a "renowned musician" didn't sing his own theme.
4 Ted DiBiase
Was there any reason Ted DiBiase had to sing his own theme (or provide vocals)? Well no, but he's the Million Dollar Man and he always gets his way, hahahaha! Perhaps it was worked into the gimmick that DiBiase bribed the recording studio to swap the original theme with his own lyrics. Anyway, no one should complain, as it's one of the catchiest themes in wrestling history and is invariably seen on any "greatest themes" lists.
3 The Rock
Okay, okay, so The Rock isn't really "singing" so to speak, but if talking in rap counts as singing, why not here? The Rock's voice is plastered all over his themes and it's very possible that he could have just adopted a theme with him singing it. He did give us a few concerts after all, right? A bonus for The Rock was the track he provided in The Music: Volume 5, entitled "Pie". No matter what version of The Rock's themes you prefer, his patented "Do You Smell..." or "If Ya' Smell..." to start the song instantly sends some goosebumps on your arms, anticipating the entrance of the most electrifying man in sports entertainment. The only reason The Rock isn't number one on this list is that the next two actually sang the whole theme.
2 John Cena
Whether you prefer "Basic Thuganomics" or "My Time Is Now", John Cena sang both and his current theme has now been used over 10 years, even though he is well past the rapper gimmick he had when he started using it. Cena had his own rap album back in 2005 so it made sense for Cena to sing his own theme.
Whenever a theme in wrestling is used for that long, you know it's a special one. Cena was even nice enough to leave appropriate pauses in the verses just enough for you to chant, "John Cena sucks!"
1 Shawn Michaels
The song was first used just when Shawn Michaels was really coming into his own as a singles star. Originally his manager Sensational Sherri sang the theme, when she was parading Michaels around as her boy toy, but when Michaels broke off from Sherri, he kept the theme, but with his own voice singing the lyrics. The song might be a little enhanced by a studio, but for some reason, the song stands the test of time, at least in Michaels' case.
For any outsider, this theme would sound like the most ridiculous thing they've ever heard, but for wrestling fans, they know the icon behind this theme and will never get tired of it. Even though he was no kid in his last WWE run, and far removed from the boy toy character, you just couldn't picture Michaels with another theme, unless it was D-X.
I just can't decide whose version is better; Shawn Michaels or Kurt Angle's.