WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 Theme Song: Fozzy's 'Sandpaper' Sets Tone for PPV

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2012

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 11:  Actor Chris Jericho poses at the Crown Royal suite at the ESPY Style Studio at the Mondrian Hotel on July 11, 2006 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images for Crown Royal)
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When the 2012 Hell in a Cell pay-per-view goes live Sunday night from Atlanta, the WWE’s theme song for the event will be Fozzy’s Sandpaper.

What better way to get WWE’s huge Hell in a Cell show started than with the Chris Jericho-led hard rock band and their new hit single?

Sunday’s PPV will be a showcase of the hardcore elements of the wrestling business, so using a song bordering on heavy metal is a great way to present the Hell in a Cell event.

If you have never listened to Fozzy or never gave Jericho’s band a chance, enjoy the music video and realize that it’s much better than you'd expect.

Y2J may be a professional wrestler, but he was born to be a rock star.


Brings Back the Attitude

One aspect of the WWE that has been forgotten about during the transition to the PG era was the music and intros to PPVs and live events.

With a new focus on rap and pop-filler, the fact that Jericho has re-opened WWE’s eyes to heavier rock and metal, and the musical direction will be heading down a heavier path; that's great news for the WWE Universe.

While Fozzy isn’t the conventional heavy metal act, they have an eclectic mix of 80s metal beats (Accept and Judas Priest) and thrash tempos (Anthrax and newer Iron Maiden) that accent Y2J’s unique voice.

As much as most fans didn’t think of the Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla as a lead singer, he truly embodies the attitude-filled style of the metal culture.

WWE made the right choice for Hell in a Cell.


Opens the Door for More Metal Acts

Not only does Fozzy’s involvement with the WWE help the company stay connected with the legendary wrestler and help the veteran get his band more publicity, but the music also opens the door for other heavier rock groups.

With well-known bands like Metallica and Motorhead already on board, Fozzy will usher in a whole new wave of fans that enjoy hard rock before their wrestling show.

Just like the WWE had during the attitude era, the heavier the rock and more intense the metal, the more passionate the fans are about the product.

If Hell in a Cell’s theme Sandpaper becomes a big hit—as it should—the hope is that Jericho could work more with WWE to produce better PPV music and possibly even play at live events.

I’ll take Fozzy over Flo Rida and Machine Gun Kelly at WrestleMania any day. Plus, Y2J can play his set and just run into the ring for his match.


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