Ranking the Best Songs Recorded by Pro Wrestlers
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OK, so admittedly when pro wrestlers get mixed up in the music business, the results usually aren't good.
Then there's Jeff Hardy's doomed attempts to put his rambling thoughts down on paper and make something resembling good music with emo-rock band Peroxwhy?gen.
And let's not even get started Maria Kanellis' mediocre 2010 nu metal album Sevin Sins.
Nonetheless, some wrestlers have churned out decent—even good—songs over the years. So, for the sake of being fair, let's have a look at—and rank—the best tunes ever recoded by people in the business.
5. Right Now-John Cena
While it could have easily been a disaster, John Cena's 2005 rap album You Can't See Me is actually a very respectable effort.
Oh, it's not The Marshall Mathers LP or The Blueprint or anything like that, but it's not an embarrassment either. Cena's a decent enough rapper and WWE clearly put some time, energy and resources into the project.
The album's highlight? Probably the ridiculously catchy, feel-good tune “Right Now.” A genuinely touching accompanying music video helps too.
4. I Will Always Love You- Lilian Garcia
OK, so ring announcer Lilian Garcia isn't technically a wrestler, but it would be unfair to leave out the WWE songstress from this list.
While Garcia never truly made it big in the music industry, she does have a strong, very pleasant-sounding voice—she's essentially the Gloria Estefan-type singer your mom or aunt would like.
Her best track?
Well, let's go with the Spanish-English cover of “I Will Always Love You,” which she released on her official YouTube channel last February following Whitney Houston's death.
“I Will Always Love You” may be one of the most covered ballads tracks in history—it seems every other American Idol contestant has sung it at the top of their lungs at some point—but Garcia manages to imbue her version with an appealing originality and tenderness.
3. Sexy Boy- Shawn Michaels
“Sexy Boy” was written by musician-turned-manager Jimmy Hart in the early '90s for blossoming star Shawn Michaels, who sang vocals.
“Sexy Boy” isn't the coolest song around nor are the silly, immature lyrics exactly Bob Dylan-levels of deep, but this catchy track still went on to become one of the most iconic wrestling themes in history. So much so that Michaels never changed it and still uses the theme to this day.
At a time when wrestlers seem to change their theme songs with an alarming frequency (Wade Barrett, in particular, has had, like, 12 different theme songs in only the space of a few years), this really is something.
Fozzy's “Enemy” is probably the band's most well-known song. This is mainly thanks to its high profile—both TNA and WWE have used it on television and pay-per-views.
Even if you're not a fan of Chris Jericho's side project, you have to admit: This is a fun, polished rock track that establishes the heavy metal band as a group to take seriously.
Fozzy may never sweep the board at the Grammys, but all things considered, they're pretty decent musicians.
1. Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield- Jimmy Hart
An actual musician, Hart found success early on with '60s boy band The Gentrys, known mainly for their one-hit-wonder song “Keep on Dancing.” Following his emergence as wrestling's top heel manager in the '80s, Hart continued to pursue music, writing themes for the likes of Hulk Hogan, the Honky Tonk Man and, as noted, Shawn Michaels.
As for the highlight of his music career? Probably the hilariously obnoxious "Eat Your Heart Out, Rick Springfield" from his fondly remembered 1986 album Outrageous Conduct.