Ranking the Best 2013 Entrance Songs in the WWE
What do Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart have in common?
Answer: an easily recognizable entrance package.
An entrance package can make or break a WWE Superstar. If the entrance song is catchy and entertaining, fans will want to listen to it.
If a Superstar's theme is like the entrance song of 3MB, fans will immediately sigh at the ridiculousness of what they are about to witness.
Entrance songs are supposed to signify what the fans are about to see. The strum of the guitar alerts fans that Triple H is about to enter the arena.
Here's a spoiler alert: There is only one part-time wrestler's theme song on this list, and it's neither Triple H nor The Undertaker. Their theme songs are too historic to be included.
Also, a majority of the best entrance songs are those of current heels. A majority of the babyface themes are lame.
But enough from me, I'll let the music do a majority of the talking...
7. Mark Henry
The opening lines of Mark Henry’s theme song are enough to make this list.
For the purposes of being professional, I will not write it. Essentially it says somebody is going to get beat up badly, with a certain body part getting kicked.
If you are curious, listen to the video embedded to the left.
In any case, the lyrics tell the story of Henry’s career in the WWE. “The World’s Strongest Man” emphatically slams other wrestlers, inducting them into his Hall of Pain.
It’s that simple.
6. Brock Lesnar
Remember the part-time wrestler I wrote about in the introduction slide?
Well, here he is.
The reason Brock Lesnar's entrance theme is on this list is that from 2004-2012 Lesnar didn't compete in the WWE. It feels like Undertaker and Triple H have had their theme songs for forever.
We could get into semantics, like the fact that Triple H used Evolution's theme or Undertaker had different music during his tenure as the "American Bad Ass." But in the end, the strum of the guitar and the gong will always signify these two, respectively.
When you hear the opening riff, you already know the pain is coming.
Lesnar’s theme is a microcosm of his career. The same basic beat throughout the song demonstrates the same aggressive, athletic and powerful Lesnar we’ve seen throughout his entire career.
The steady tone is also a conscious effort by the WWE to portray the steady beatings Lesnar deals out to opponents.
There is no song right now that would better fit him entering the arena.
5. The Shield
The words methodical and systematic best describe the rock song and accompanying scenes of riot control deployed to bring The Shield to the ring.
This epitomizes the Shield in every way possible.
They divide and conquer every opponent they have either faced or attacked, systematically taking out top WWE Superstars in the process.
Plus, the riot-control images in the video are conducive to their gimmick, in that they aim to bring justice to the WWE Universe.
When “Feed me more!” rumbles through the arena, everybody stops to see the mammoth Ryback walk to the ring.
What’s great about his entrance package is that it is a glimpse into his personal life. During the fourth season of Tough Enough, Al Snow said that Ryback ate almost continuously and could always be found with food.
The music is powerful rock that sets the tone for one of the strongest WWE Superstars in recent history. The pairing of personal background information and a fitting tune make Ryback’s entrance package one of the best in the WWE.
3. Antonio Cesaro
Antonio Cesaro truly has the full package to be successful in the near future of the WWE.
He has great charisma, incredible skills on the microphone and an awe-inspiring entrance video showing clips of his in-ring ability.
His song “Miracle” also fits Cesaro’s character well.
The song is a mix of rock and rap which couples his profound technical ability and edgy personality. It’s a perfect match for his gimmick of old-school combining with new-school.
2. CM Punk
A “cult of personality” means a passionate following or “devotion” to a specific person from a group of people.
Is there really any other wrestler this would work for other than CM Punk?
The great thing about it is that as either a babyface or a heel, the song still fits his character well.
When he's a heel, the song can be interpreted as mocking the people who follow him or used to be a fan of him, as the lyrics are arrogant and narcissistic in nature.
When he’s a babyface, the song celebrates Punk’s fans, as it has a relatively positive tune.
1. Jack Swagger
My favorite new theme right now in the WWE is definitely Jack Swagger’s. Every time it comes on the PA system, it grows exponentially with me.
It’s simple yet elegant and truly plays to Swagger's new gimmick. The beginning sounds of the bass present almost an “uh-oh” feeling leading up to his entrance.
When the lighter tones start to play, as Good ‘Ol JR would say, we know “business is about to pick up.”
It exhibits Swagger’s new ruthless, ferocious behavior and has a very catchy melody.
Without a doubt, this is the best song of 2013.