In honor of World Wrestling Entertainment's action-packed WrestleMania 26 hitting the Valley this coming weekend, Mike R. Meyer assembled a list of the 10 best entrance themes of all time for this week's issue (which you can read here). It's a roll call of some of the best and biggest rasslers in the business, who's superstar aura was due in part to bombastic anthems that heralded their arrival into whatever arena the WWE had taken over. As a counterpart to Meyer's list, here's a clip-laden look at each of the songs.
10. "Break the Walls Down" (Chris Jericho):
It's kinda fitting that we start counting down this list with a song that begins with a countdown. This Jim Johnston-penned song has been used by Y2J ever since he arrived in the WWE more than 10 years ago and personifies his overwhelming arrogance.
9. "The Time is Now" (John Cena):
Per he's long-running catchphrase, you "can't see" this multi-time WWE championship holder. But by clicking the video below, you can definitely watch and listen to the cat's hip-hop-tastic theme, which tends to get fans cheering whenever they hear the first few notes.
8. "Another One Bites the Dust" (Junkyard Dog):
Before he started using "Grab Them Cakes" from the WWE's Piledriver album, JYD (R.I.P.) used Queen's chart-topping hit as his anthem. Check out this match from the Dog's Mid-South days where he walks to the ring to the song before battling Matt Borne.
7. "Graveyard Symphony" (Undertaker):
It's guaranteed that when Taker walks down the aisle at University of Phoenix stadium this Sunday, the WWE legend's entrance will be accompanied by huge jets of fire, clouds of theatrical smoke, and capped off with this eerie dirge. The result: Excitement aplenty from the 70,000-plus fans in attendance.
6. "No Chance in Hell" (Mr. McMahon):
In his piece, Meyer stated that "whenever Mr. McMahon struts out to the ring, some seriously entertaining shit is about to go down." True dat.
5. "Pomp and Circumstance" (Gorgeous George & "Macho Man" Randy Savage):
Although Sir Edward Elgar's grandiose march has been a staple of graduations throughout the U.S., the piece took on new life as the entrance music for two of the most legendary wrestlers of all time: the flamboyant Gorgeous George and the equally flashy (and possibly insane) "Macho Man" Randy Savage.
4. "Know Your Role" (The Rock):
While I try not to be to much of a schadenfreude case, a part of me hopes that Dwayne Johnson's movie career will eventually go teets up. Not necessarily because I don't enjoy watching the erstwhile WWE superstar on the silver screen, but because it will mean he'll probably return to the wrestling ring as a result and fans will hear this song playing over PA's once again.
3. "Also sprach Zarathustra" (Ric Flair):
With apologies to classic music enthusiasts everywhere, it's almost impossible to hear this song and not envision the "limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing son of a gun" who thrilled audiences with his stylin' and profilin' in the NWA of the 1980s and later in WWE.
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2. "Real American" (Hulk Hogan):
Long before the Hulkster turned to the darkside, started sporting that nasty paint-on black beard, and came out to Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)," the man with the 24-inch pythons marched to the squared circle to Rick Derringer's unforgettable tune.
1. "I Won't Do What You Tell Me" ("Stone Cold" Steve Austin):
There's a saying I heard once in regards to the "Bionic Redneck" and his trademark anthem: "If you hear the glass, it means your ass." Truly, whenever the WWE sound guys loaded up this track, the following thing would occur: ass-kicking, bird-flipping, and then massive amounts of beer drinking. In that order.