It must be a challenging job for music composers in wrestling. You're constantly getting new talent walking in the door and every one of them has to have a gimmick and with that comes theme music. Theme songs started to be used regularly in the 80s, as The Fabulous Freebirds brought it to the forefront down south, while Hulk Hogan got his own up north in the WWE.
Soon enough, more top stars started to get theme songs and before we knew it, every wrestler on the roster had a theme song. Many wrestlers have had several theme songs through the course of their careers. The Undertaker's theme song has been tweaked dozens of times, while Triple H's iconic "The Game" theme wasn't always his entrance music, as he first had that cheesy "Blue Blood" music, as well as his hidden gem, "My Time".
So many theme songs have been created that sometimes companies (particularly the WWE) have gone back to the vault to fetch a theme that may have worked well in the past and decide to use it again. There are themes that didn't quite catch on with a certain wrestler but fit another's gimmick so perfectly that it's hard to resist trying it again.
Jim Johnston has been one of the unsung heroes of WWE in the sense that he has composed all of those classics we know and love from throughout the company's history. If you're wondering why WWE seemed to constantly churn out more great themes than WCW, it's because they had Jim Johnston and WCW didn't.
Now it's time to see which themes were once used, then re-used for a different wrestler. You may only associate these themes with one wrestler, but the facts are they were used several times. Here are 15 wrestling themes you didn't know were recycled over time.
15 "You're Not Enough For Me" - Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool, Layla
This theme seemed to stick around forever in the WWE. Torrie Wilson first began using this theme back in 2005 when she was drafted to Raw and aligned herself with Candice Michelle. Following her face turn, Torrie eventually moved away from this theme.
14 "Never Thought My Life Could Be This Good" - Kerwin White, Michael Cole
13 "With Legs Like That" Stacy Keibler, Maria Kanellis
12 The New Foundation and Heavenly Bodies
11 "Invasion" - Pat Tanaka, Goldberg
10 "Desert Threat" - The Iron Sheik, The Sultan, Tiger Ali Singh
9 "Double Ho-Seven", "Miracle" - Dean Malenko, Cesaro
8 Old WrestleMania theme - WrestleMania, Linda McMahon
7 "Bad Boy", "I Won't Do What You Tell Me" - Razor Ramon, Stone Cold
6 "Dragon" - Ultimo Dragon, Ricky Steamboat
This one happened purely by accident. Ricky Steamboat's classic theme of course, was Sirius by The Alan Parsons Project. WWE would have to alter it for copyright purposes, but his recent one was completely different.
5 "This Fire Burns" - Randy Orton, CM Punk
4 Somebody Call My Mama - Ernest "The Cat" Miller, Brodus Clay, Xavier Woods
Ernest "The Cat" Miller was brought in to WCW by Eric Bischoff. He had a brief run in WWE which was highlighted by a Royal Rumble appearance in 2004 in which he came out to this theme recent fans have now become familiar with. Miller would dance and be eliminated by Orton.
3 Medal - The Patriot, Kurt Angle
2 Pomp and Circumstance - Gorgeous George, Randy Savage
Before he passed on, Randy Savage had said if he was inducted into the Hall of Fame that he didn't want Pomp and Circumstance to play, as he felt bad he had taken the theme from Gorgeous George. He brought so much to the business, including female valets, glittering robes and bleached blonde hair, all characteristics that would be used countless times.
1 Real American - The U.S. Express, Hulk Hogan, The Stooges
Perhaps the most recognizable wrestling theme anywhere, Hulk Hogan's Real American theme actually wasn't intended for him. It was created along with many others, as licensing songs was becoming expensive for the wrestling industry and thus had to create their own. Rick Derringer's Real American was to be used for The U.S. Express, featuring Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham. The pairing would feud with The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkhoff and used this theme. Their theme was over, wheras Hogan's "Ravishing" instrumental, wasn't.
Whether it was the company deciding their best theme should go to their biggest star or if Hogan talked his way into it, the iconic theme would be given to The Hulkster and would grow into perhaps the greatest theme song of its generation.
Oh, and in perhaps a shot at Hogan, the theme would be given to Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco in 1999 when they were known as The Stooges.
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