No feature or article about a wrestler’s entrance music can even begin without some acknowledgement and a tip of the bright, red cowboy hat to the one and only Michael “P.S.” Hayes. Back before the leader of The Fabulous Freebirds convinced promoters to pop a cassette tape of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird” into the PA system to accompany Hayes and his flock of rebels to the ring, most pro wrestlers didn’t even have theme songs.
Hayes’s coolest contemporaries followed suit — The Junkyard Dog with Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust,” Kerry Von Erich with Rush’s “Tom Sawyer”, Hulk Hogan coming down to Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” (and eventually the iconic “Real American”) — and with this innovation, a new level of theatrics was introduced to the wonderful world of professional wrestling.
Over time, theme songs have become one of the most important factors of every professional wrestler’s identity. They not only help to prepare the actual superstar or diva for their impending match, these entrance themes also inform the audience as to which superstar or diva is about to make their entrance and step foot into the squared circle. Many of these songs have become iconic and instantly result in huge responses or reactions from the audience. Some of the best and most memorable theme songs include such classics as Hulk Hogan’s “Real American”, D-Generation X’s “Break It Down”, The Undertaker’s “Rest In Piece”, and Stone Cold Steve Austin’s “I Won’t Do What You Tell Me”. Unfortunately not every theme song falls within the same category as all those timeless gems. For every glass that breaks in Stone Cold’s theme, and every bell that tolls in The Undertaker’s theme, there are countless other themes that make even the most die-hard wrestling fan cringe. These theme songs are some of the worst entrance themes ever so hold onto your hat Mr. Hayes as we present the top 15 worst theme songs.
15. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio’s first WWE entrance theme song was great! You may recall the lyrics “Who’s that jumpin’ out the sky? R-E-Y Mysterio, here we go!” The song was catchy and fitting. With that being said, it really does pains me to have to even mention Rey Mysterio on this list but it is impossible to ignore how bad the version of his theme song currently being used is. The most recent version is performed by POD and is just horrible. The whole “Booyaka” stuff is just irritating and the song overall was a lousy replacement for his previous theme.
Booyaka. Booyaka. 619 (Hey)
Booyaka. Booyaka. That’s my pueblo.
Booyaka. Booyaka. 619 (Hey)
Booyaka. Booyaka. Rey Mysterio.
14. Alicia Fox
Jim Johnston is a music composer that has worked for the WWE since 1985. Johnston’s chief role in WWE was providing the soundtrack for WWE programming, in addition to providing musical content for WWE’s large output of video games, website content and entrance themes for WWE superstars and divas. Johnston achieved fame for producing many of the memorable entrance theme songs for the WWE Superstars, including the likes of The Undertaker, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Big Show, and Vince McMahon amongst hundreds of other superstars, many of which have been released on commercial albums and through iTunes.
Mr. Johnston also composed this terrible track being used by Alicia Fox. The song (entitled “Pa-pa-pa-pa-party”) is repetitive and obnoxious, coming off as any generic electronic club song than that of a WWE Diva.
13. Jeff Hardy (TNA Theme, “Similar Creatures”)
Jeff Hardy is understandably most well known for his work in the WWE. The TLC matches he had alongside his brother Matt (as the Hardy Boyz) against Edge and Christian and the Dudleys still hold up to this day. However, when Hardy went to TNA he eventually (somehow) convinced management to let him use the song “Similar Creatures” as his theme song. The song is actually the title track from his band, Peroxwhy?gen’s debut EP. Although Jeff Hardy is a great in-ring performer and actually a very good visual artist, his music is just plain awful and he should really just stick to what he does best and leave the music selections to someone else.
12. Kung Fu Naki
It was bad enough that the WWE didn’t take Funaki seriously during his entire 12-year run with the company, but the Kung Fu Naki gimmick was the nail in the coffin for this underrated performer. On October 10, 2008, Funaki revealed his full name to be “Kung Fu Naki” during a backstage segment with R-Truth. This was used as the basis for a gimmick change for Funaki; he then came to the ring dressed in a gi and tweaked his moveset to incorporate theatrical martial arts moves. The theme song is laughable and comes across as stupid joke.
(Oh, oh, Kung Fu Naki)
Kung Fu Naki, yeah
(Oh, oh, Kung Fu Naki)
Gotta believe he wasn’t born in Milwaukee
(Kung Fu Naki)
Mighta grown up in Nagasaki, yeah
Again, the WWE seems to insist on using these generic sounding club/dance music themes for their Superstars and Divas, particularly their Divas. Why must they do this? I have no idea. In this instance they had WWE Diva Kaitlyn utilize the song “Spin The Bottle” by Ashley Jana. This techno-rave inspired garbage is not even a good representation of Kaitlyn, that is unless of course she only spends her time playing middle school games like Spin The Bottle.
So why don’t you spin the bottle?
Spin it right around, but aim it towards me now
Yeah, why don’t you come and spin the bottle?
Push it one degree, so it will point at me
‘Cause I just want to be your supermodel
Eh, be your supermodel, eh, be your supermodel
10. Rob Conway
For a second it almost seems this is a joke. Is this song just a Randy Newman rip-off? It certainly sounds like it. There is absolutely no way any professional and reputable organization would have one of their performers utilize something like this as a theme song and expect them to be taken seriously, would they? When it comes to professional wrestling, particularly under the umbrella of “sports entertainment”, you never say “never”. Rob Conway had the unfortunate opportunity of utilizing this “gem” as his theme song.
Just look at me.
Ain’t I a sight to see?
The whole damn world wants to look like me,
But they don’t, so just look at me.
9. The Bella Twins
This has been the The Bella Twins’ theme song for a long time. However, after the whole Bella Twin split storyline (which we are apparently not supposed to remember) it was used exclusively by Nikki Bella as Brie received her own theme song. This song instantly makes me, and probably many others, cringe every time, it sounds like it was written by a preteen that just got a computer with Fruity Loops or Ableton Live.
Additional Note: Brie Bella’s recent individual theme song also is one of the worst theme songs I’ve heard in recent memory but I wouldn’t go as far as to put it in the top 15. The Bellas recently reunited and hence now both use this theme again.
You can look but you can’t touch.
You keep dreaming on the stars above.
I can see that you want me so much,
But there’s no way that you can call this love.
8. Ted DiBiase Jr.
Ted DiBiase Jr. is the son of WWE Hall Of Famer, the Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase. While he worked for the WWE he was a great performer and was definitely underrated. However, it is extremely difficult to get over with the audience when your entrance theme song is this dreadful. I’d imagine Simon Cowell would be so disgusted by this song he’d likely have to excuse himself. The lyrical content was good in terms of DiBiase’s gimmick at the time, but the delivery is completely unacceptable. The artist (S-Preme) is so off key that the auto-tuning on his vocals don’t even help, it just makes the song worse and more annoying.
7. Right To Censor
This may be one of the most obnoxious entrance theme songs of all time. The song sounds like the most annoying car alarm left blaring for countless minutes in your nearest parking garage. It’s like the most bothersome alarm clock of all time. To be fair, for all those reasons, this entrance theme song was perfect for Right To Censor. The group was a parody of the PTC (Parent Television Council) who were protesting the level of violence and sexual content in WWE programming (at that time) and threatening to boycott several of their sponsors. Regardless of how fitting the theme song was for RTC, it still belongs in this article for obvious reasons. One quick listen will convince you.
6. Rob Van Dam (TNA Theme)
You may be surprised to see Rob Van Dam on this article. Don’t worry, this is not his “One of a Kind” theme for the WWE. In early March 2010, RVD made his debut in TNA on an episode of Impact. After the initial excitement wore off many audience members actually started listening to his theme song being used by TNA and realized that although the intro was the same as his original theme, the song was completely different (and not in a good way). The whole song merely consists of words relating to him and his moveset. It sounds like bad, outdated rock.
Rob Van Dam! The Whole F’N Show!
Rob Van Dam! The Whole F’N Show!
Van Daminator, Van Terminator, Van Crushinator, Van Assassinator
5. Stephanie McMahon
Stephanie McMahon is the Chief Brand Officer of the WWE and the daughter of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. It would seem that if anyone would have the ability to pick a great theme song for themselves it would undoubtedly have to be The Billionaire Princess right? Well if Stephanie McMahon had that option she definitely has poor musical taste or potentially made this selection knowing it would be annoying and despised by fans across the planet. The song “Welcome To The Queendom” which was composed by Jim Johnson just comes across as sub par (at best) Mom Rap. Compare that to the McMahon/Helmsley era’s “My Time” and you’ll notice quite the drop off.
Where the kings bow down
Then relinquish the crown
Y’all gonna hate me now
I’ll just turn that around and make you
Love me, love me, love me
Auto-Tune is intended to disguise or correct off-key inaccuracies, allowing vocal tracks to be perfectly tuned despite originally being slightly off-key. Auto-Tune can also be used as an effect to distort the human voice when pitch is raised or lowered significantly. The overall effect to the discerning ear can be described as hearing the voice leap from note to note stepwise, like a synthesizer.
Layla’s theme “Insatiable” utilizes auto-tune in both of these capacities and the result is revolting. The song itself is an abomination and it makes no sense why the WWE would even allow its use in the PG era. Just read the lyrics and move on, I feel to sick to type anymore about this excrement of sound.
I can’t get enough
I need a boy
I can’t get enough
3. Bastion Booger
Poor Bastion Booger. If you read my previous article about the ugliest ring gear in professional wrestling history than you already are familiar with this performer. Bastion Booger’s theme music is about as appealing as his ring gear. Honestly, it is almost difficult to even call it entrance theme music. The audio that the Bastion Booger utilized as his theme music was merely discordant sounds and recordings of someone wheezing. Maybe it was appropriate for his gimmick but still.
2. Isaac Yankem
Long before he was known as Kane (or Corporate Kane), Glenn Jacobs made his WWE debut as Isaac Yankem, DDS, Jerry Lawler’s private dentist. He made his first appearance in a vignette on the June 26th, 1996 episode of Monday Night RAW but did not make his in-ring debut until August 15th on an episode of Superstars. From then on, Isaac Yankem, DDS, would make his entrance with this horrid music. Although it was clearly right for his character, it’s one of the most disturbing theme songs ever. The soothing elevator/waiting room music combined with the unmistakable sound of dental drills made for the second worst theme song.
In February 2001, X-Pac formed a new stable called “X-Factor” with Justin Credible and Albert. Ultimately Justin Credible ended up leaving the group in July when The Alliance was established, leaving X-Pac and Albert as the two remaining members of the group. The theme song the duo utilized was by Uncle Kracker (and Kid Rock).
This garbage of a theme song was so bad Duke “The Dumpster” Droese wouldn’t even want to listen to it. Do yourself a favor and just take my word for it, you don’t want to listen to it. However in the interest of freedom of choice, we’ll include it here for you. Just go ahead and avoid it, trust me.
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