CM Punk, the hottest property in wrestling today, returned to RAW this week with a new theme song.
Superstars often change entrance themes to fit their gimmick or reinforce their new character. New entrance themes make wrestlers more recognizable and can assist in launching them to superstardom.
These are the greatest song changes made by wrestling superstars, and the role these songs played in their careers.
CM Punk's new entrance theme was the inspiration for this article. "Cult of Personality" perfectly reflects Punk's rebel character.
While Punk's former theme song, "This Fire Burns," was great, his new song debuted at the perfect time, during one of the greatest wrestling feuds in recent years.
The Miz ascended from the mid-card to the main event in only a year and a half. In 2009, he began his ascension with a new theme song, "I Came to Play."
His new theme personified his current arrogant persona. His song choice signified a change in character, as The Miz transformed from a chick magnet to the most must-see WWE champion of all time, and the main event of Wrestlemania 27.
The performers of this song—Downstait—also play Alex Riley's theme, and Dolph Ziggler new theme.
During his 12-year career, Edge went from a member of "The Brood" to one of the greatest superstars of his time. His most prominent gimmick, "The Rated-R Superstar" debuted in 2005, during his fantastic run as a heel and Mr. Money in the Bank.
To coincide with his major new gimmick, Edge updated his entrance song with "You Think You Know Me." Personally, I think this was a great entrance theme, and the WWE must agree, as this song has stood by Edge for six years.
"Do You Smell It" was the first song "The Great One" used during the early days of his confident, cocky character.
This change signified the abandonment of his early terrible face character. This song was updated and altered over the years, however, it generally sounded the same.
This theme began The Rock's ascension to the main event and Hollywood. Arguably one of the greatest entrance theme titles, "If Ya Smell, What The Rock is Cooking" always elicits a huge reaction from the crowd, and back in the Attitude Era, even some boos.
Coming off the heels of D-Generation X, Triple H debuted a new, more serious character. This began the McMahon-Helmsley Era, and Triple H's rise to the top.
To signify this Triple H debuted a new entrance song, "My Time." With lyrics clearly written specifically for Triple H, this songs suits him almost as much as...
Possibly one of the greatest personalised entrance themes of all time. "The Game" capped off Triple H's rise to the top.
Performed by legendary group Motorhead, this theme stayed with HHH from the Attitude Era all the way to his run as Mr. McMahon's replacement.
This song established his character more than it's predecessor and became a staple of his career.
One of the greatest theme songs for—in my opinion—the greatest wrestler of all time. Shawn Michaels, the man who famously kicked Marty Jannetty though the barbershop window.
Those were the days.
Michaels went from "A Rocker," to the "Heartbreak Kid" and soared to new heights as a wrestler. Initially sung by Sensational Sherri, Shawn went on to sing his own theme, which was unheard of at the time.
This entrance theme stuck by Michaels throughout his two decade long career.