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CvC 2.0: Saliva Is the Best WWE Band Ever

Robert Aitken@@RobertAitkenBRAnalyst IJune 28, 2011

WWE takes a lot of consideration to the bands that they use for their music. Not every band gets to play a song to represent a show, pay-per-view or specific talent. It is even more rare for a band to do multiple songs with WWE.

Any song from a regular band is one less song for Jim Johnston to write and, therefore, costs more money. You have to be good at what you do in order to be used constantly.

Saliva celebrates their 15th anniversary together this September and, according to their Wikipedia, may have their 10th different song affiliated with WWE.

Their song entitled "Hate Me" is rumored to be a theme for this July's Money in the Bank pay-per-view, despite the song not showing up on any promos yet.

If Saliva does not end up getting the song used for the event, one can only imagine how many other songs that WWE has decided to not use, especially when looking at those that have been used.

Saliva is one of the few bands in the history of WWE have written songs used in pay-per-views, television shows and personal entrance themes. I tend to refer to it as the musical triple crown in WWE. With another song used as a theme of a television show, Saliva would achieve the musical triple crown for the second time.

Saliva began their relationship with WWE in 2001 when their song "Click Click Boom" was used as the theme for No Way Out. It would be the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania X-Seven, one of the most memorable WrestleManias of all-time.

That event was memorable as well; No Way Out 2001 saw The Rock defeat Kurt Angle for the then-WWF title and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin defeat Triple H in a Three Stages of Hell match.

Saliva has performed many songs for pay-per-views, including performing live at WrestleMania X8.
Saliva has performed many songs for pay-per-views, including performing live at WrestleMania X8.

2002 would belong to Saliva, beginning with their song "Superstar" being one of the themes for WrestleMania X8. The band even performed the song live in the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On that night, Chris Jericho would walk in as the Undisputed Champion, but would lose the title to Triple H.

Speaking of Jericho, he had a nice relationship with Saliva in 2002 as well. Saliva would perform his new theme, entitled "King of My World." Jericho would even receive a live performance from the band at Survivor Series 2002 in Madison Square Garden.

For that year's Survivor Series, Saliva already had claim to the event's theme, their song titled "Always". Survivor Series 2002 was also the night that the Elimination Chamber debuted in WWE.

Jericho was one of the six participants in that inaugural match and had Saliva perform his theme live from The World (formerly WWF New York), which was just blocks away from MSG.

Chris Jericho is not the only WWE superstar who can say that they have come to the ring to a Saliva song. "The Animal" Batista's theme, "I Walk Alone," was performed by Saliva. From 2005 until Batista left WWE last year, Saliva's music would pour into the arena and warn us all that Batista was about to arrive.

Batista would walk in as World Heavyweight Champion to Saliva's next affiliated event with WWE, WrestleMania 23. That's right; how many other bands can you name that have had their songs appear as a theme for two different WrestleMania events? (Don't say Limp Bizkit. I was referring to decent bands.)

Batista is one of two former world champions to have entrance music sung by Saliva.
Batista is one of two former world champions to have entrance music sung by Saliva.

The song was "Ladies and Gentlemen" and it is difficult to try and find a WrestleMania theme to top that one. In what was probably the best thing to happen inside Ford Field in Detroit in the history of that building, WrestleMania was "All Grown Up."

Vince McMahon got his head shaved, Mr. Kennedy won a briefcase that he would end up losing and The Undertaker would become World Heavyweight Champion.

At this point, Saliva has done it all with WWE. They have played for individual stars, brought a soundtrack to pay-per-views and even given memorable songs to two different WrestleManias. There was only one place for Saliva to go: extreme.

After messing around with a few themes, like the original one from Drowning Pool or a short-lived one from Marilyn Manson, Saliva's "Don't Question My Heart" became the theme for the ECW brand beginning in 2008 and lasting until ECW went off the air in February 2010.

In that time, Saliva also sung "Hunt You Down", the theme for No Way Out 2009, which was the last No Way Out in WWE history. This was the event that saw Edge lose his WWE Championship in one Elimination Chamber match and win the World Heavyweight Championship in the other chamber match.

Saliva would stay extreme as they performed the theme for Extreme Rules 2010, the first Extreme Rules without the ECW brand, with their song "Time to Shine". On that night, Triple H was taken out by Sheamus, JTG beat Shad Gaspard in a strap match and John Cena used duct tape to beat Batista.

All in all, Saliva has never been a big name in the music business. They have received reasonable success with some singles on the charts, but there have never been many awards going the band's way. It is my pleasure, however, to use all of these facts laid before you to christen Saliva the greatest WWE band of all time.