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WWE Music: Grading the Effectiveness of Every Current Superstar's Entrance Theme

Nick HouserCorrespondent IINovember 2, 2012

WWE Music: Grading the Effectiveness of Every Current Superstar's Entrance Theme

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    We as members of the WWE Universe are often hypnotized by a wrestler way before he or she ever steps foot into the ring or utters one word on the microphone. It all starts with the music.

    WWE entrance music can jack us up, if done right.

    Imagine if wrestlers walked down to the ring with no music and just a simple introduction instead. It wouldn't be nearly as electrifying.

    It's the music that hooks us from the start.

    WWE should know this and likely tries to utilize this knowledge by pairing each Superstar with the "perfect" entrance theme. For certain Superstars, music begins a celebration of cheers. Other men and women have themes that immediately strike a certain sense of fear.

    Then there's the in-betweeners.

    Their music doesn't do much at all for us. Instead it has a reverse effect and sets a wrestler up for failure and a plethora of boos from the get-go.

    Simply put, it falls flat.

    So who among the Superstars receives A+ grades for shooting adrenaline into our bodies through the eardrums, and who deserves an F?

    Read on.

The Criteria

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    Judging entrance themes is extremely subjective.

    Many variables can have an impact on a rater—anything from individual moods which constantly fluctuate to basic preferences in music. Even a fan's liking of one wrestler and distaste for another can sway their fondness of a particular entrance theme.

    Those disclosures announced, here's the most objective criteria possible.

    - Does the music provide any kind of immediate feeling?

    - Does the music fit the Superstar?

    - How does the music coexist with the minor details surrounding the entrance?

    What won't be judged is, "is the music any good?" because again, that's very subjective. For example, if one rater only likes Southern Rock, then Heath Slater's music will obviously earn top marks.

    In each slide you'll see a grade, the immediate feeling of this rater (as objective as possible) and whether the song has the "interruption factor," which means, when the Superstar who uses the theme interrupts a promo or match, they sound good doing it.

AJ Lee

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: Glee.

    Interruption Factor? Yes.

     

    AJ is a cute and bubbly girl. Her theme song is cute and bubbly. It sounds like the kind of song you would skip to the ring to, which is exactly what AJ does.

    Therefore, it fits well.

    When she wrestles, the song is pretty good. As Raw GM, this theme did not work well. It was hard to take AJ serious as a leader and as management when this song introduced her.

Aksana

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    Grade: F

    Immediate Feeling: I have it on the wrong channel by mistake.

    Interruption Factor? No.

     

    Aksana's theme song "A Little Sax in the Night" not only has a sexual innuendo in the name alone, it screams adult movie.

    It's no wonder the WWE has serious Divas division problems when they send their competitors out scantily clad to the sound of late-night cable music. 

Alberto Del Rio

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    Grade: C-

    Immediate Feeling: I'm traveling the world.

    Interruption Factor? Barely.

     

    Alberto Del Rio is one of the competitors referenced in the intro about having music that sets him behind the competition straight from the start, and it's because of his music.

    What you don't hear in the video is the abundance of noise that comes with the original blaring horns.

    On top of those, you have Ricardo Rodriguez screaming Spanish into the microphone. It's not the language he's speaking, it the loudness that makes Rodriguez hard to understand, especially over Del Rio's music.

    Furthermore, he drives up obnoxiously honking his vehicle of the day's horn.

    Music, announcing and car horns all at once—what a headache.

Alex Riley

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    Grade: C+

    Immediate Feeling: Curious, then slowly building adrenaline.

    Interruption Factor? Not really.

     

    Alex Riley's music has a respectful "sudden impact" in terms of getting a fan somewhat pumped up upon hearing it.

    Best of all, it screams young up-and-comer for some reason.

    Unfortunately though, it doesn't fit Riley.

    The song doesn't go as fast as Riley does when he enters. He's all over the place, hopping around, throwing his fists in the air—the music lags behind him. He needs something faster.

    Furthermore, the music sounds hardcore, so the smiley Riley reduces its effect.

Alicia Fox

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    Grade: F

    Immediate Feeling: Overwhelmed.

    Interruption Factor? No.

     

    There are no words, just a dizzying beat with no variation for the entire song.

    It's might be a good thing Alicia Fox enters to her tag team partner's music or starts in the ring already after commercial break.

    Even if you do like it or think it fits, it's played so low that the announcer's voice drowns it out anyway.

Antonio Cesaro

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    Grade: C+

    Immediate Feeling: I just stepped into a back alley I shouldn't have.

    Interruption Factor? Minimal.

     

    Most of the time when Antonio Cesaro's music hits, it's unclear who is arriving.

    The foreign language rap doesn't seem to fit the clean-cut athlete either. He touts his Swiss pride in a manner that indicates he's worldly and cultured. The shtick doesn't fit with underground rap well.

    That and he immediately cuts it off to speak.

Big Show

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    Grade: A

    Immediate Feeling: Intrigue because this signals the biggest man in the WWE is coming.

    Interruption Factor? Definitely.

     

    Big Show's theme fits him so perfectly.

    First it starts with a two-second long "Well" which tells fans just exactly which seven foot athlete is on his way out. The song identifies him as much as his size does.

    Then as he lumbers out slowly, so too does the song (lumber slowly that is).

    It sounds like something in a cross-country truck driver's cassette deck and Big Show looks like he could be that driver.

Booker T

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    Grade: A

    Immediate Feeling: Pumped.

    Interruption Factor? Definitely.

    Booker T's theme song does so many things well.

    There's impact from the start. As soon as fans hear the words, "Can You Dig It, Sucka?" most are on their feet and some might even be singing (it's more like talking) along.

    Then of course it has an old-school WCW feel to it which helps older fans reminisce.

    Between his voice, his quote and the throwback music, the theme song fits Booker to a "T."

Brock Lesnar

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    Grade: A+

    Immediate Feeling: Goosebumps.

    Interruption Factor? One of the best.

     

    In terms of "getting a fan jacked up," this song is perfect.

    The music hits to signal Brock Lesnar's arrival just moments before the beat starts its pounding. And that's the beauty of it.

    It sounds like the music that should play before someone gets pounded into the pavement. It's the sound of an animal, a champion and of the ultimate fighter.

Brodus Clay

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    Grade: B-

    Immediate Feeling: The inner child inside wants to dance.

    Interruption Factor? Kind of, but not in an intimidating way.

     

    Hate him or his music all you want, but it's hard to pretend it's not one of the catchiest entrance songs in all of WWE. Then seeing the bubbly Funkasaurus with pep in his step and a smile plastered on his face makes it even harder not to enjoy it.

    But it could be better.

    If it started with "Somebody call my momma" before anything else, that would be pretty hilarious. The introduction of "Hey, hey, hey. Would somebody call my momma?" before the beat drops delays the entertainment.

Camacho and Hunico

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    Grade: D+

    Immediate Feeling: Confused.

    Interruption Fator? Not at all.

     

    First things first, it's wildly stereotypical.

    WWE plays it too low as it is, so you can't hear it anyway. It's easy to make out a few pounding beats, but that's about it.

    Their entrance is more about the show and less about the music.

Christian

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    Grade: B-

    Immediate Feeling: Somewhat intrigued.

    Interruption Factor? Some.

     

    The song is charismatic, so therefore it does suit Captain Charisma himself.

    But it's not very distinctive.

    There's really no way to describe except to say that it's very, well, average. The start is cool though (double drum slam, then "Go!" shouted).

CM Punk

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    Grade: A+

    Immediate Feeling: Jacked up.

    Interruption Factor? For sure.

    CM Punk's intro song begins with static cut ins, so it's essentially the perfect song to cut off anyone in the ring too.

    The words (Cult of Personality) couldn't ring more true for any other Superstar either.

    Starts with a bang, fits the Superstar and just like Punk, it's energetic without going over the top.

Cody Rhodes

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    Grade: C-

    Immediate Feeling: Indifference.

    Interruption Factor? Not a great one.

     

    It's hard to figure out if whomever is singing the elongated "Whoa" at the beginning of Cody Rhodes' music is male or female. Regardless, it's too soft to fit Rhodes' tough exterior.

    The music is almost calming, which is odd being that Rhodes arrives on scene looking bitter and perturbed half the time.

    Why so mad Cody? Your music should soothe you.

    It's just not a great sign when other WWE Superstars mock your song.

Damien Sandow

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    Grade: A-

    Immediate Feeling: A bit giggly.

    Interruption Factor? It does, and you're welcome.

    This song works so well in so many ways.

    First, it fits Sandow's character perfectly. He is the savior of the intellectual masses. Hallelujah! The song's sophistication rivals only the intelligence of the man who utilizes it.

    Moreover, it's the perfect song to interrupt an ignoramus.

    As a Superstar (whether it DX or anyone else) stands in the ring to address the crowd, Sandow's angelic music sounds and we all know exactly who has arrived.

Daniel Bryan

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    Grade: A

    Immediate Feeling: Makes me want to say yes and throw my hands in the air.

    Interruption Factor? Yes!

    Whether he comes out screaming yes or no, Daniel Bryan's entrance music works on a level similar to Damien Sandow's.

    There's about a three-second moment of buildup that acts as the signal of Bryan's coming, before the drums and guitar hit, then a charismatic Bryan (whether he's excited or agitated) comes down the ramp.

    It invokes an immediate reaction (most of the time it's a smirk), it fits the Superstar perfectly and his celebratory "Yes!" and irritable "No!" coincides well.

Darren Young and Titus O'Neill

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: Makes me want to bob my head.

    Interruption Factor? It's slight, but it's there.

     

    The slow build up before the beat drops is bad and good.

    It's good because it's just that, a build up. It slowly gets fans ready for PTP's entrance. But on the other hand, it takes quite awhile for the actual music to begin, and because the pair interact with the music with a dance, it can force their walk from stage to ring to be a bit long.

    But the "get it, get it" defines PTP. They're all about "getting it."

    The music has swagger, and that's definitely something PTP has.

David Otunga

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    Grade: F

    Immediate Feeling: Mute it.

    Interruption Factor? It's barely there, and it's not good.

     

    The beat, the tune and the words are all cheesy.

    "It's all about me. It's all about the power."

    That phrase is said in such a sing-song manner, it's not intimidating whatsoever. Otunga is trying to display raw power that few have. But he starts off his display with a song that sounds like it introduces a Disney villain.

Dolph Ziggler

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    Grade: D

    Immediate Feeling: Indifferent.

    Interruption Factor? Yes, but it won't strike fear in anyone.

     

    This is why no one should grade the entrance songs based on if they like the song, because it's too subjective. The song itself is good.

    But it doesn't fit Ziggler.

    Perhaps it's Ziggler's song that is hindering him from being taken seriously as a heavyweight contender. The song just sounds like it's begging the world to respect him in a whiny way.

    "I'm here to show the world, I'm here to show the world."

    Then get a meaner song and show the world already.

Epico and Primo

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: I want to Salsa dance.

    Interruption Factor? It actually could work well.

     

    Epico and Primo's entrance music is simple. There are no words, just a Latin American beat. It's quite average.

    But it works.

    The song has the right touch of energy for the pair as they gear up for a match, and best of all, Rosa Mendes can dance to it. Remember, it's the minor details.

Eve

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: Minorly excited.

    Interruption Factor? Not the best.

     

    You can grade Eve's entrance in one of two ways.

    You could say the music is too chipper and cheery for a devious heel Diva who uses dirty tactics. It sounds a touch like Usher, so why should a bad girl deserve such good music?

    On the other hand, that's Eve.

    Her character is chipper and cheery, but deep down she's conniving and downright mean. She seems like the type of woman that thinks she deserves an Usher-like song.

    Either way, she makes it work.

Great Khali

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    Grade: C-

    Immediate Feeling: Indifferent.

    Interruption Factor? No.

    It's average, there's nothing too it and it's gimmicky. It certainly applies to Khali, but there's no pizazz or dazzle to it.

    What more is there to say?

Heath Slater and 3MB

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    Grade: D

    Immediate Feeling: I could hear this on the radio, so for WWE entrance music, it fails.

    Interruption Factor? Three strikes and it's out.

     

    Heath Slater's original music was actually pretty catchy. But to triple in size overnight, the words, "I'm a one-man band" no longer apply.

    This new music does nothing for the group.

    It's not catchy or intimidating. It lends no intrigue, humor or anything else. It's less than average.

Hornswoggle

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    Grade: B

    Immediate Feeling: Hilarity ready to ensue.

    Interruption Factor? Oddly enough, it's there.

     

    It's another obviously gimmicky entrance song, but the thing about it is, it's so funny. You hear the music and you can't really help but to crack a smile.

    Then Hornswoggle appears and hustles down to the ring with a big grin.

    You can't deny it suits him.

Jack Swagger

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    Grade: C

    Immediate Feeling: It's another radio song.

    Interruption Factor? It could work.

     

    This is a prime example of the kind of entrance song I mentioned in the intro that can be graded high or low based on a rater's taste in music. If you like Rage Against the Machine, you'll love the intro music.

    But something doesn't fit.

    The All-American American needs something more patriotic. Also, the music is hardcore and rocking, where as Swagger doesn't pass for either. He needs something more Damien Sandow or Daniel Bryan-like.

    Just like Heath Slater, it sounds too much like a regular radio song. WWE entrances need added oomph.

The Usos

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: Eye-brow raising effect.

    Interruption Factor? No. Not with the intimidation dance and not skipping right to the music.

     

    The introductory music has to be appreciated. It's very original, sounds authentic and comes with a chant and dance.

    The rest of the music you can take or leave.

    Essentially, after the Samoan war dance of strength and power, the music switches to hip-hop. It does make the entrance incredibly long though.

    This one is tricky. Without the dance, the war music alone would be fantastic and earn high marks. It doesn't even need the addition of the hip-hop. It does no justice to what comes first.

John Cena

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    Grade: A

    Immediate Feeling: Charged up.

    Interruption Factor? Unmistakably yes.

     

    John Cena's music slowly builds like a drumroll, and so too does the excitement. A tongue roll and a beat drop later, and this thing bumps.

    Throw in the fact he raps it himself and it comes complete with his catchphrase, the energy is at an all-time high.

    Whether you cheer or boo, the music forces you to do it with lots of passion.

JTG

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    Grade: D+

    Immediate Feeling: Hooks you then loses you in three seconds.

    Interruption Factor? It might actually work really well.

     

    JTG's music begins strong. You would think a rugged competitor who many wouldn't want to mess with is about to come down the ramp.

    Within 13 seconds, the cheesy lyrics set in and ruin it.

    Rap shouldn't be PG. It loses its effect. And JTG's rap wouldn't even earn that high of a rating. A G-rating might fit well enough. Deeper into the song it picks it up, but by that time, JTG is in the ring and the music is gone.

    If verse two was in verse one's place and the first verse didn't exist, it'd be a great entrance theme.

Justin Gabriel

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    Grade: C

    Immediate Feeling: When does it pick up?

    Interruption Factor? It might work.

     

    When Justin Gabriel's music first begins, it lacks something. It just isn't quite fast enough for him and his style.

    Luckily, it picks up.

    The rhythm picks up and the energy eventually meets Gabriel's around 15 seconds. It's definitely catchy enough, but still sounds average.

    It's the perfect midcard feeling song for a midcard wrestler.

Kaitlyn

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    Grade: C-

    Immediate Feeling: Where's the snake to dance with?

    Interruption Factor?  It could work.

     

    A wrestler's entrance song starts by saying, "let's hit the dance floor" and "let's paint the roof to show that we belong." This is confusing.

    It goes on to talk about mental health.

    If we were judging songs, then sure, it'd get high notes for providing an easy beat to bob along with. But the entrance does not really connect with the Superstar, envoke a determinable feeling or do much else of anything.

Kane

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    Grade: A+

    Immediate Feeling: Heart-stopping.

    Interruption Factor? Hell yes.

     

    To start your entrance with fire before music is just devilish.

    The theme is spooky, a bit terrifying and very, very dark. Does it suit the character? That seems pretty obvious. Does it have any effect? It sure does. And what about the minor details? Well, there's fire and a slow, creepy walk to boot.

    It's the perfect theme for the perfect monster.

Kofi Kingston

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    Grade: C-

    Immediate Feeling: Why isn't it faster?

    Interruption Factor? No.

     

    Honestly, Kofi Kingston's music is pretty boring.

    Does it fit? Yes, it definitely does. But it doesn't really do anything emotionally. It does nothing to pump fans up.

    Luckily for Kingston, his entrance is less about music and more about theatrics. The focus is on his jumping, smiling, high-fiving (the fans) and the pyrotechnics. That would be, the booms.

Layla

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    Grade: C

    Immediate Feeling: It's teeny-bopper music.

    Interruption Factor? It lacks as a legitimate song that would truly wow when used to interrupt.

     

    It's definitely not the worst, but it isn't great either.

    Layla's theme song is definitely cheery. You can dance to it if you really want to, or settle for a simple shoulder bob. But after awhile it becomes more annoying than threatening.

    The song itself is all about being insatiable and finding a boy. Yet, she comes out to wrestle women. That would be the wrong place to find a boy.

Mark Henry

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: Split between wanting to brawl and wanting to run.

    Interruption Factor? Not for the first three or four seconds, but it works if it's allowed to play.

     

    Mark Henry is considered one of the last of the Attitude Era. This song is perfect for him then, because it has plenty of attitude.

    Supported by a rugged beat, the lyrics use expletives to talk about beating people up. That's monstrous.

    Henry is indeed a monster of a man.

    Best of all, there's feeling in it. Listening to Henry's entrance music truly makes you believe someone is about to get a whooping.

Michael McGillicutty

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: Feeling it.

    Interruption Factor? Only if he sprints to ring to interrupt.

     

    Michael McGillicutty's music has a good touch of fast, even faster and slow down to it. Even if you aren't a fan of this style of music, it's difficult not to get pumped up when it hits.

    It's too bad we don't see the man more often so we can hear the music.

    It definitely has a certain sense of charisma to it. There's nothing dark about it either. In fact, it feels like a song that plays while a hero trains for a difficult bout.

Mick Foley

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    Grade: A-

    Immediate Feeling: The smile makes me want to have a nice day.

    Interruption Factor? Car crashes are interruptions.

     

    There are few songs out there that match the talent they represent as perfectly as Mick Foley's does. I mean, the sound of a car crash signals the hardcore legend's arrival.

    Then the funky guitar sets in and a funky man who looks nothing like an athlete moseys out.

    It all feels good.

The Miz

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    Grade: B

    Immediate Feeling: It's not awesome, but it gets your attention fast.

    Interruption Factor? It's actually the perfect interruption music.

     

    The Miz's music is to entrance themes what a perfect lede is to an article, it grabs your attention from the start and forces you to continue down the path.

    The path in this case, is the Miz's entrance of course.

    It certainly conjures up an emotion whether you love him or hate him. Fans yell awesome back while haters viciously boo.

    The song has swagger, just like its owner.

Mr. Vince McMahon

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    Grade: A+

    Immediate Feeling: Here comes the man!

    Interruption Factor? One of the best in the business.

     

    First there's the long drawn-out chord to get you ready and excited. Then the beat comes in along with the lyrics of "no chance" and the excitement hits its peak.

    Vince McMahon is young at heart, still pulls all the strings and deep down has a certain sense of ruggedness to him. The music conveys all three of these attributes magnificantly.

    Besides, it's catchy, clever and entertaining too.

Natalya

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    Grade: A

    Immediate Feeling: Here comes something great!

    Interruption Factor? Very high.

     

    It may trick you into thinking Bret Hart has arrived, so you may be disappointed to see it's just Natalya.

    However, the music screams WWE Superstar.

    While all the other female competitors' music is chipper and easy to dance to, Natalya's recognizes she means business and isn't here to shake anything.

    If the rest of the Divas started strong, maybe the division would be respected more.

R-Truth

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: Here we go! 

    Interruption Factor? Truth is, this one's got it.

     

    R-Truth's song is effective on all fronts.

    You hear his voice, you know exactly what you're about to get. The music starts with Truth yelling, so it's hard to control the testosterone when someone is shouting.

    Then the music gets a bit funky.

    That's fine. Truth after all is a bit funky of a character himself. First it gets you amped, then it keeps you intrigued.

Randy Orton

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    Grade: A-

    Immediate Feeling: Excitement.

    Interruption Factor? When opponents hear voices, it's intimidating. This one works, and it works well.

     

    Randy Orton's music sets off with talk of hearing voices. It's a bit creepy, but at the same time, it makes perfect sense for Orton. He seems disturbed, yet together. So too does the song.

    The music slows and Orton drifts slowly to the ring.

    There's something undescribable about it, but whatever that factor may be, the song is a strong mix of intrigue, excitement, power and craziness.

Rey Mysterio

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    Grade: B

    Immediate Feeling: Immediate? Nothing. It's not until the music arrives when the first feeling of excitement hits.

    Interruption Factor? The rumbling is the part that works best, but the bottom line is, it works.

     

    "Booyaka booyaka" registers in very silently at the beginning of Rey Mysterio's song. So much so, that it doesn't inspire any emotion. The rumbling gives way to a loud guitar and chanting which finally can pump up a fan.

    But then the music dies again.

    For Mysterio, his music needs to be as fast as possible from start to finish to fit his style. The beginning and middle aren't quite there. The small chorus is perfect.

The Rock

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    Grade: A+

    Immediate Feeling: On the level of a giddy child on his birthday.

    Interruption Factor? When he interrupts, you don't want to be in the ring to smell what he's cooking. So yes, it works. Luckily, it doesn't matter what we think.

     

    There's not many better ways to signal a wrestler's arrival than to have him shout it out himself.

    The best thing about the Rock's entrance is, you can never be sure when it will occur. It's like supply and demand in that he supplies himself very little, so when the demand (in this case anticipation) is very high. So when he does show up, it feels monumental.

    The music just sounds tough and powerful, both attributes the Rock owns.

Ryback

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    Grade: A

    Immediate Feeling: Oh yeah! It's feeding time!

    Interruption Factor? One of the best.

     

    Just like the Rock introduces himself, so too does Ryback.  But rather than asking about what is cooking, Ryback just wants to be fed.

    He's a beast and the song follows suit, pumping you up with its hard rock sound.

    Just like his image, the song strikes fear in any opponent's heart. This one literally makes you want to run away (if your against him) or train harder (to be with him).

    It's perfect on all three fronts: strikes up emotion, fits the Superstar and fits the minor details (the stretching, jaw movements, staredown and intimidating walk down to the ring).

Santino Marella

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    Grade: D+

    Immediate Feeling: The song suggests someone special, a champion, is coming out. It's disappointing to know that's not true.

    Interruption Factor? It just doesn't work.

     

    There's not much to say about Santino Marella's music.

    It sounds quite epic. But then goofy Marella power walks down to the ring and it's hard to tell what to make of it. Basically, the song is serious and the wrestler is not.

    The emotion that arises is usually immediate dissatisfaction. It doesn't suit the wrestler very well and there's nothing that goes along with it to enhance the music.

    A green cobra puppet doesn't do it.

Sheamus

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    Grade: B+

    Immediate Feeling: Let's knuckle up.

    Interruption Factor? No doubt about it.

     

    It's a good thing Sheamus got rid of the intro part of the song featured in the video. It's now much more effective.

    Sheamus is a bruiser, a brawler, a guy who won't back down from any fight.

    The music sounds like it could come out of a Rocky installment during scenes of training. It's hardcore and rugged. It's tough and gets the juices going.

    Even when it slows down, it's still kind of inspiring.

Sin Cara

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    Grade: C

    Immediate Feeling: Sleepiness.

    Interruption Factor? Sin existencia.

     

    Sin Cara's entrance is more show than music. It's supposed to be mysterious and intriguing with a touch of dazzle. Mostly though, it's too slow.

    Sin Cara is a high-flying speedster. His music should match that.

    It would be all right if it started in mysterious fashion, then picked up wildly at break-neck speed. But it doesn't.

    There's little dazzle, and even less mystery.

Tamina Snuka

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    Grade: C-

    Immediate Feeling: Now boarding, the Disney Jungle Cruise.

    Interruption Factor? As little as it could possibly be.

     

    It's supposed to be about heritage, but somewhere along the lines it misses. Instead it gives an outdated feel. Tamina Snuka isn't a cavewoman.

    Ultimately it's a stronger song than the rave dance music of other Divas.

    It just doesn't offer anything more than her name over and over again, chanted by a man you could imagine is quite prehistoric.

Ted DiBiase Jr.

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    Grade: D+

    Immediate Feeling: Weak.

    Interruption Factor? You couldn't spend enough money to interrupt someone effectively with this music.

     

     When the music first starts, there's hope for something big coming.

    Then it turns to boy band pop.

    For someone who is supposed to come from a wrestling family, be a supreme athlete gifted with a plethora of money, DiBiase's music does nothing but make him look like a chump.

    It sounds like something that would be in the film Magic Mike.

Tensai

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    Grade: D

    Immediate Feeling: Bored.

    Interruption Factor? No.

     

    Nothing about the Tensai gimmick is working. Not even the music does anything for him.

    Tensai is a huge monster with immense strength. His music should reflect that power. But instead it goes the route of trying to add mystery.

    Tensai's been around for awhile now, and not many are buying into him. No one wants to unravel the mystery that is supposed to surround Tensai's return.

    The music is slow and dull, just like Tensai.

Triple H

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    Grade: A

    Immediate Feeling: Let's play the game!

    Interruption Factor? Yes sir!

     

    Triple H's music hits and you know it's on. It meaning, it's time to play the game, and few people play it as well as Triple H does.

    HHH backs down from no one. He makes a ponytail and jean jackets look tough. Naturally, his entrance music rivals his toughness.

    The hard rock music matches his style identically.

Wade Barrett

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    Grade: C

    Immediate Feeling: Indifference. Waiting to see what happens.

    Interruption Factor? It half works.

     

    The longer it plays, the longer we wait for something to happen—a beat drop, an explosion of fireworks, a change in pace... anything.

    But nothing happens.

    Entrance music is supposed to act as a catalyst to take fans from zero to high emotion. Wade Barrett's music acts simply as background noise.

    It's quite average.

Yoshi Tatsu

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    Grade: F

    Immediate Feeling: It sounds like theme music for a Kirby game on GameBoy.

    Interruption Factor? Definitely a no.

     

    Yoshi Tatsu's old music reflected culture and fit his style well.

    This new music, well, it's awful.

    There's just literally no words that can describe how bad this song is in deep detail. It's not the song itself, because remember, I've tried to avoid judging songs and genres.

    But let me ask, how does this fit Tatsu?

    It doesn't make anyone fear him. If anything it provides some laughs.

Zack Ryder

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    Grade: C+

    Immediate Feeling: Silly. 

    Interruption Factor? Sure, why not?

     

    When Zack Ryder's music hits and "Whoo whoo whoo, you know it" sounds, it's fun. He's the ultimate broski—he's our broski.

    Then it takes a weird turn.

    Ryder is highly energetic and entertaining. But the music dials it way down. The lyrics are soft and the beat is overly dramatic.

    If Ryder was an underdog, down in the dirt with injuries to boot, nothing going for him and with little chance of success, the song would fit him well. But he's not that. Ryder is bubbly and lively.

    The man himself provides an image you want to root for.

    The music though, that makes you almost just feel sad and think he stands no chance to succeed.

The Undertaker

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    Grade: A+

    Immediate Feeling: Chilling.

    Interruption Factor? You're dead right it works.

     

    The best was saved for last.

    The bell tolls and it's as if death itself is on his way, coming straight for you. It's chilling, it's scary and it's downright frightening.

    Who would possibly want to stand in the ring with this man on his way, with this in the background?

    Emotions? Oh yes. It evokes plenty.

    Is it an accurate representation of the character? You'd be a fool to argue otherwise.

    How about the minor details? The freakishly slow walk to the ring is scary enough without the bells, the low flog, dim lights and lightning strike effects.

    In this video, Jerry Lawler says, "I don't think there's any doubt that is the most awesome entrance of any Superstar in history."

    No truer words have ever been spoken.

    And it all starts with the music.

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