With Wrestlemania coming to Glendale on Sunday, pro wrestling fever is taking the Valley by storm. In addition to the big event itself, there are numerous auxiliary events happening all weekend, including a Friday gig at Club Red by World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho's heavy metal band, Fozzy. In honor of Fozzy's gig and Wrestlemania weekend, we present our list of the Top 10 wrestling entrance themes of all time. Let the debate begin.
10. "Break the Walls Down" (Chris Jericho): We couldn't preview the Fozzy show and leave Jericho off this list, could we? Ironically, Jericho's entrance theme is not a Fozzy song, but a song penned by WWE's in-house composer, Jim Johnston. You'll see a lot more of him on this list.
9. "The Time is Now" (John Cena): Love him or hate him, it's impossible to deny the huge pop that Cena gets every time his music hits. He's also a surprisingly talented rapper and gets bonus points for being one of the only WWE superstars to not only perform his own entrance music, but not suck at it (yes, Shawn Michaels, we're looking at you).
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Fozzy is scheduled to perform on Friday, March 26.
8. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Junkyard Dog): Back before WWE rose to prominence, JYD was one of the most popular wrestlers in Mid-South Wrestling in the early '80s. It's hard to imagine a song better suited to JYD's in-ring persona (or pro wrestling in general) than this Queen classic.
7. "Graveyard Symphony" (Undertaker): It's not nearly as up-tempo as most of the other songs on this list, but when the house lights go down and that ominous gong strikes, the crowd still goes crazy. This song, another Johnston original, is a perfect complement to the Undertaker's dark character.
6. "No Chance in Hell" (Mr. McMahon): Another Johnston-penned intro, when this music hits, it's usually greeted by an avalanche of boos. Yet the fact remains that whenever Mr. McMahon struts out to the ring, some seriously entertaining shit is about to go down.
5. "Pomp and Circumstance" (Gorgeous George & "Macho Man" Randy Savage): In the 1950s, Gorgeous George was one of the first wrestlers to use entrance music. His flamboyant, over-the-top style was a forerunner of modern wrestling's emphasis on personality and theatrics. After Savage used the song throughout the '80s and '90s, it has become almost as synonymous with pro wrestling as with graduation ceremonies.
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4. "Know Your Role" (The Rock): Yet another Johnston tune, The Rock's entrance music always generated huge pops. While his intro could certainly drive fans into a frenzy, the Rock was better known for cutting some of the funniest and most innovative promos in WWE history. We miss you, Rocky.
3. "Also sprach Zarathustra" (Ric Flair): More commonly known as the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, this 1896 Richard Strauss composition perfectly captures the majestic aura of "The Dirtiest Player in the Game."
2. "Real American" (Hulk Hogan): Hulk Hogan is undeniably pro wrestling's biggest star, and this Rick Derringer tune marked the pinnacle of the "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection" of the 1980s. It's probably the most recognizable song ever written specifically for pro wrestling.
1. "I Won't Do What You Tell Me" ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin): If an entrance theme is ultimately judged by the pop it produces, nothing compares to this Johnston masterpiece. When the sound of shattered glass echoes through the arena signaling the arrival of the "Texas Rattlesnake," crowds go absolutely batshit. No one made an entrance quite like Austin, and no one likely ever will again.