I sort of wish I was a professional wrestling fan during the ’80s and ’90s. Oh, not because I think the wrestling of that era was better. I much more enjoy the more high octane and blistering pace of today’s wrestling. However, I will say pro wrestling fans have gotten the short end of the stick when it came to professional wrestling entrance music. There’s just something a whole lot more magical about old wrestling tunes. Macho Man’s “Pomp and Circumstance” gives a feeling of grandiose importance. Hulk Hogan’s “Real American” gets your adrenaline pumping for good ol’ ‘Murica. I’ll even include the Fabulous Freebirds’ “Badstreet USA” for all that ‘tude it has pouring out of it!
I sometimes feel we don’t have wrestling entrance music as memorable as the ones in the past. A lot of today’s wrestling entrance tunes just come off as generic as they come. Of course, I’m definitely wrong because there are definitely some incredible wrestling entrance music being used by current wrestlers all over the world! So, this week, I like to give credit where credit is due and mention the five that I think are the best ones being used currently.
There are a few caveats to this list, though. First, I will not be limiting myself to just the WWE. There are some tunes from AEW and NJPW I simply have to include. Also, the song also just doesn’t have to be good. The entire entrance of the wrestler has to tie into it. I may not think D-Generation X’s song is good by itself but add that badass entrances, it’s gold!
So, without further ado, here are today’s best pro wrestler entrance music!
#5 Adam Cole’s “All About Tha (Boom!)”
I never really got to see Adam Cole’s run in the WWE as he was in NXT and never moved to the main roster. I do wish I did as I’ve been impressed with what he’s been doing in AEW lately. I guess it also helps his entrance song, “All About Tha (Boom!),” is a really kickass song.
Now, I personally don’t think I would listen to “All About Tha (Boom!)” if it came on the radio. It’s good but not that great on it’s own. However, what makes the song great is what Adam Cole does with it. This is definitely one time when the wrestler elevates the song to another level. He comes out and gives the song a whole lot of attitude and swagger. All the little punctuations also put it over the top. The strut with his hand raised, Pointing to himself with his thumb while yelling “boom” and, of course, the little shimmy before announcing himself to the world. It’s great stuff.
#4 The IInspiration “The IInspiration”
I prefer it when they were IIconic… but this words almost as well.
I really think it was a huge mistake for the WWE to split the IIconics apart. It was even dumber for them to future endeavor the duo. Thankfully, TNA recognized the blunder and swooped in to bring Cassie Lee and Jessie McKay into their roster. While they can’t be IIconic anymore, they can still be a big IInspiration to all of us. I also have to mention how their new music is loads better than the one they got in the WWE.
I figure I was always going to like the IInspiration’s entrance music but the one they got specifically for themselves is just so… iconic, I guess. The aura of confidence the song gives off matches the team’s overall cocky attitude. Not only that, it’s also a really fun song and something I wouldn’t be surprised if it was actually made it to the music charts. It’s a very “smooth” song and it’s honestly something I would like to listen to if I were driving around the city in a convertible.
I don’t know how to drive or have a convertible, though. I just know I would love to listen to it with all of that.
#3 Finn Balor’s “Catch Your Breath”
There’s nothing like a super epic song for a super epic wrestler.
Finn Balor is not the largest professional wrestler in the WWE. However, his music does make it seem like he is. There simply is a bombastic air to the overall song, as if he’s the final boss of a video game. It’s super dramatic and the orchestral score makes him sound like he’s going to be a big problem to overcome. Then again, thanks to his wrestling style and hard hitting moves, it does work for him, even if he’s on the smaller side.
What makes “Catch Your Breath” feel extra badass and epic are all the theatrics involved. The use of darkness and the spotlight simply focusing on Finn Balor as he makes his way down the ramp helps you focus on him solely. The way he swings his arms dramatically as the shrill string portion echoes also helps you feel all the drama of the song and it also gets the live crowd involved as they just have to do the same thing as that part hits. It’s Balor working the crowd and it just works really well.
#2 CM Punk’s “Cult of Personality“
It’s kinda cheating if you think about it…
After the infamous pipe bomb promo, CM Punk proved he was someone to watch for. He was already a stellar performer in the ring and proved he had mic skills. His original theme song prior to all of that was good and fit his character then. However, when you first see CM Punk strut down to the ring with “Cult of Personality” blaring, things just were better.
I do say it’s cheating because “Cult of Personality” is already an awesome song by itself. So getting CM Punk to use it as his entrance music, well, there was simply no way he could flub it and make it bad! Besides, it totally worked with his brand new persona of being the savior of professional wrestling, something the WWE should’ve capitalized on more than just a few months. It is nice he gets to rock the song when he made the move to AEW. Combining the two just sends chills down my spine even today.
#1 Chris Jericho’s “Judas”
When MJF made the stipulation regarding how Chris Jericho cannot play “Judas,” his entrance song, while he made it to the ring, he thought it was a power move to distract the Demo God. It backfired… badly.
Chris Jericho is probably the only professional wrestler I can think of who is constantly reinventing himself based on the pulse of wrestling’s current fandom. This is why, even after all these years, he’s managed to stay fresh in the minds of the wrestling public. He can work a silly angle or do something super serious and it would still fit his brand. The only thing he really lacked was an epic ring entrance. His original “Break the Walls” tune in the WWE was okay but nothing to write home about.
Chris Jericho’s “Judas,” however, is loads better.
I’ve never heard any music from Fozzy, Chris Jericho’s band, but I never thought they were anything special since, well, I never any music they made. If none of their songs never made it big, why would I assume they were any good? “Judas” is pretty good. It’s already exceptional by itself as the song does rock really hard. I also love how the lyrics actually tell some kind of story of someone who’s trying to be good and recognizes all of the bad things he’s done in the past. There’s a certain fear he’s not worth redeeming anymore. It’s a little cliche but still powerful stuff.
However, it’s Chris Jericho and the AEW audience who made it better than special. The mere fact the live crowd can sing along to it, some from memory, shows how magical this song works with Jericho’s current ring entrance. It’s so magical that the live crowd will sing it even when not prompted.
If that’s not magical, I don’t know what is!
BONUS: Minoru Suzuki “Kaze ni Nare”
Okay, I have to confess I’ve never really seen a match involving Minoru Suzuki before until he had those couple of matches in AEW. He’s supposedly a legend in Japan so I really should know more about him in theory. However, it’s because I don’t really know Minoru Suzuki and his wrestling acumen that I never really listened to his entrance music.
As an anime fan, “Kaze ni Nare” does sound like some really dramatic opening to a really long lived series. There’s a feeling of drama and power to it. It’s epic in it’s own way. The only reason why it didn’t make the list is because, well, I don’t know Minoru Suzuki but he’s generally a no-frills pro wrestler. He saunters into the ring with a purpose, for sure. However, I do wish there was some playing to the crowd during his entrance. I know it would destroy the mystique of him being a brutal fighter in the ring but the entrance is just a little too plain for my liking.
It’s still a really good song, though.
What’s your favorite pro wrestler entrance music still being used today? Let me know in the comments section below!