WrestleMania 29: Ranking the Best Live Performances of Entrance Themes

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 5, 2013

WrestleMania 29: Ranking the Best Live Performances of Entrance Themes

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    WrestleMania has seen wrestling stars saunter down to the ring as bands like Motorhead and P.O.D. play their entrance theme.

    When CM Punk heads down the entrance ramp to face Undertaker at WrestleMania 29, Living Color will play his entrance song, "Cult of Personality." They will join a varied group of musical groups to appear at WWE's biggest event.

    Living Color tweeted the news on April 4.

    We're excited to announce that we will be performing at #WRESTLEMANIA for @cmpunk and the WWE!

    — Living Colour (@LivingColour) April 4, 2013

    How will their performance rank compared to Limp Bizkit's or Salt-N-Pepa's? The WrestleMania live entrance themes are ranked here based on sound quality, energy and what their appearance added to the wrestlers' entrance.

7. WrestleMania X8: Drowning Pool

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    Performed "The Game" for Triple H

    Triple H's entrance theme is one of WWE's most fitting. The thrashing guitar, Lemmy's raspy voice and the intimidating lyrics all make for a powerful vibe when Triple H begins a match.

    This was not Motorhead's classic version, however, it was Drowning Pool's. The nu-metal, rap-like version just doesn't have the same oomph.

    Their WrestleMania X8 performance featured less-than-stellar acoustics and generally didn't feel big enough for the event.

6. WrestleMania XI: Salt-N-Pepa

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    Performed "Whatta Man" for Lawrence Taylor

    Despite his main-event status, Lawrence Taylor was not a WWE wrestler, so of course, he didn't have an established entrance theme. That meant that this was not a song WWE fans had heard in arenas over and over and were finally getting to hear live.

    Salt-N-Pepa's involvement with WrestleMania was just as surprising as an NFL player headlining the biggest show of the year.

    Credit Salt-N-Pepa for radiating a fun energy and for rocking their performance. They changed the lyrics to include trash talk toward Bam Bam Bigelow.

    They delivered plenty of liveliness, but their style of music was a huge departure from the tough-guy tunes so many wrestlers had backing them.

5. WrestleMania X8: Saliva

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    Performed "Turn the Tables" for Dudley Boyz

    Before they entered the tag team fray, the Dudley Boyz got amped up thanks to Saliva.

    The in-your-face performance featured some aggressive guitar and a screeching chorus of "Get the tables!" The rhythm grooved, and both the band and the Dudley Boyz were clearly having fun.

    Bubba and Devon bobbed their heads to the beat.

    At one point, lead singer Josey Scott danced with Stacy Keibler. Keibler shaking her thing in her short-shorts was certainly a welcome addition.

    Check out the performance here at the 3:45 mark.

     

4. WrestleMania 21: Motorhead

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    Performed "The Game" for Triple H

    Rarely has there been such a perfect marriage between song and wrestler.

    Motorhead's "The Game" captures the toughness and attitude that Triple H brought to the ring. This live performance was a bit underwhelming though. This was the second go-round for Motorhead at WrestleMania, one that was slightly less passionate.

    Lemmy's vocal were not as emotive here. The guitars were not as powerful as fans were used to hearing.

    Nitpicking aside, having Motorhead once again usher Triple H in for his WrestleMania match was undeniably cool.

3. WrestleMania X-Seven: Motorhead

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    Performed "The Game" for Triple H

    The first time Motorhead brought their thrashing sound to WrestleMania was more fun than their WrestleMania 21 performance.

    The song featured great bass and powerful guitars.

    Of course, it doesn't sound as crisp as the studio version of the song, but having Motorhead do their thing live made the event seem bigger. It added energy to the show, but didn't provide enough inspiration for Triple H to defeat Undertaker.

    Watch it here.

2. WrestleMania 22: P.O.D.

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    Performed "Booyaka 619" for Rey Mysterio

    WrestleMania 22, in many ways, became Rey Mysterio's moment. This was his first world title win, his tribute to his fallen friend, Eddie Guerrero.

    P.O.D. contributed to the grandness of the moment and to the fun level as well.

    The band played Mysterio's theme on an elevated stage where Mysterio himself would soon pop up, donning an elaborate Mexico-inspired outfit.

    The rhythm chugged along as P.O.D. delivered energetic vocals. The sound quality was among the best WrestleMania has seen.

1. WrestleMania XIX: Limp Bizkit

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    Performed "Rollin'" for The Undertaker

    Regardless of how one feels about Limp Bizkit's music, it's hard to deny how much the band added to Undertaker's entrance at WrestleMania XIX.

    When The Deadman traded in his mortician outfit for biker gear, he headed to the ring on a motorcycle as Limp Bizkit jammed his entrance theme. The sound is excellent here. The band also appeared mighty comfortable on the big stage.

    Pyrotechnics shot off. Dancers shimmied behind Fred Durst, who eventually came down to the ring and continued to get the crowd hyped.

    Motorhead might be the better band, but Limp Bizkit had the better performance at WrestleMania.