The wrestling entrance has come a long way. It went from the typical into an absolute spectacle complete with fireworks, Titantron montages and dazzling light shows. Wrestling entrances have become so popular that other sports, especially MMA, mimic their style.
Wrestling music usually fits the superstar perfectly. There are some instances, however, where the music makes absolutely zero sense -- or it just flat out sucks.
Here are ten wrestling entrance themes memorable for all the wrong reasons.
'Sexy Boy' Shawn Michaels
Let's just get to this one right out of the gate -- This song wasn't always ridiculous, but after a certain age, Shawn went from "boy toy" to old man. What makes the song even worse is Shawn singing the entire thing.
When the track was first used as HBK's entrance theme, his manager, Sherri Martel, sang the lyrics. If they would have kept it with a female singer, I don't think it would stand out so much, but hearing Michaels try and put himself over as his hairline recedes is too funny.
This is certainly one of the most recognizable themes in the history of the business, so it does its job, but that doesn't mean it's not outrageous for the entrance theme of a bible-thumping 40-something.
'Biscuits and Gravy' Jesse and Festus
These guys never had a chance of getting over, especially with this entrance theme. The song, and the team's gimmick, was exactly what you've come to expect from WWE's southern stereotypes. These dudes were meant to be lovable idiots in the vein of the Eugene gimmick, but it never got over.
Luke Gallows, who you may know from TNA's Ace's and 8's stable, was Festus. Festus acted brain dead until he heard the ring bell, then was an unstoppable force during the bouts. This gimmick was stupid, but fun, in that it was an actual gimmick.
Ray Gordy, son of 'Fabulous Freebird' Terry Gordy, was Jesse. The dude looked like a young Owen Hart, but never had much of a chance to shine in WWE. He's since retired from wrestling and is now a police officer in Atlanta.
'Biscuits and Gravy' may not be the entire reason these two never caught on, but it sure didn't make a good first impression.
'Latino Heat' Eddie Guerrero
The equivalent to Antonio Cesaro being forced to yodel in WWE today, it felt like just another way of WWE going out of their way to keep certain WCW guys from rising above the 'made' guys at the top of the WWE food chain.
Eddie could wrestle the most technical bout on the card, while getting the most laughs, and still somehow pull the most heat from the fans. There were so many layers to the work that he was doing, that even this abomination of an entrance theme couldn't hold him down for long.
Eddie Guerrero was as over as any wrestler could be, but this song/gimmick was just a mess.
'We Getting Rowdy' K-Kwick and Road Dogg
Every 90's wrestling fan remembers 'Road Dogg' Jesse James coming to the ring and working the mic during his entrances, but the majority of those fond memories come from his time with Degeneration X and his New Age Outlaw cohort, Billy Gunn. There was a dark time, post-DX, when Road Dogg would rap his way to the ring with K-Kwick (now know as R-Truth).
These two would do exactly what R-Truth does now, which is spit some lame rhymes to the beat of an entrance song that isn't very good. It was like a live concert version of a wrestling entrance.
This wasn't a successful pairing, but that didn't stop Vince McMahon from tacking the entrance concept onto R-Truth for the remainder of his WWE days. The sad fact is that R-Truth was most over when he had absolutely no entrance music at all.
Colt Cabana is most famous for being friends with CM Punk. He was also a short-lived WWE jabroni named Scotty Goldman, which he'll never fail to remind you about any time he's in front of a microphone. Before all that, he came to independent wrestling matches to Barry Manilow singing "Copacabana". I know what you're thinking, "nothing gets a crowd going like a Barry Manilow single", right?
We enjoy a Colt Cabana match from time to time, but the best thing he ever did was change his entrance theme. 'Boom! Boom!', Colt's current theme, is miles ahead of 'Copacabana' in the fueling crowd energy department.
Undertaker is the World Heavyweight Champion of wrestling entrances, but even he can't get Limp Bizkit over. Fans were slowly losing faith in the 'Deadman' when he came out to music from Kid Rock but Fred Durst was really pushing the limits.
The spectacle of coming to the ring with a motorcycle wore off with a quickness as Dursts' repetitive lyrics spewed over P.A. systems worldwide. Instead of coming off like the tough biker he was meant to be, he sort of reminded me of a dude having a mid-life crisis. Limp Bizkit is perfect for an uncool dad gimmick, but I highly doubt that's what Taker was going for.
'The Oddities' Insane Clown Posse
We respect the Insane Clown Posse as big time wrestling fans but when they appeared on WWE TV with one of the worst stables in the history of wrestling, The Oddities, we had no choice but to change the channel to WCW Nitro.
The Oddities had a strange roster. You had Luna Vachon, one of the greatest women to ever set foot in the squared-circle, but you also had Kurrgan, who was a much better heel in Sherlock Holmes than he was in a wrestling ring. They even had wrestling legend, John Tenta, who was best known for his time as 'Earthquake' in WWF. Their matches were a mess, and thanks to the Insane Clown Posse, so were their entrances.
ICP didn't join the fray live every time the Oddities came out, but the music alone wasn't much better. I know this whole freak show gimmick was supposed to seem like a good time, but no one looked to be having any real fun.
Dentist Drill Sounds Issac Yankem D.D.S.
This song is a headache waiting to happen. Issac Yankem was a dentist gimmick that didn't stick, which is shocking, because everyone loves the dentist. You may also know Issac Yankem as 'Fake Diesel' or Kane... probably Kane.
This guy coming out meant everyone plugging their ears, as no one on the planet wants to listen to a minute-plus of dentist drill sounds. Topping the entrance off was Glenn Jacobs' horrible hair. No wonder they put a mask and wig on this guy as fast as possible.
Kane/Glenn Jacobs is a candidate for best company man in WWE history, and his willingness to try this is just SOME of the proof.
'Assman' Badass Billy Gunn
Imagine you're watching 'Monday Night Raw' in your room, and someone walks in as Billy Gunn's theme music plays. Is there a worse possible time for a non-wrestling fan to catch the show? The singer's non-gender specific love of ass is just too much before a guy in latex booty shorts wrestles a bunch of other sweaty dudes.
The song is the worst brand of country rock ever. Billy Gunn, a lot like his former teammate Road Dogg, went from two of the more memorable themes during WWE's 'Attitude' era and ended up with this abomination during his short-lived singles career. I wonder if Billy Gunn knew he'd never be heavyweight champ the day they played this gem for him.
'Cult of Personality' CM Punk
What year is this? 'Cult of Personality' wasn't a cool song when it came out, so it sure as hell isn't cool now. As far as getting a message across, 'Cult of Personality' has the lyrics, but doesn't exactly ring the alarm for "clobberin' time."
What makes things worse is that CM Punk had a perfectly good song, already. 'This Fire Burns' by Killswitch Engage hit the mark every single time Punk came out for five long years. The change certainly hasn't hurt Punk's career, and I don't think I've ever heard a Killswitch Engage album, but 'This Fire Burns' got the blood flowing.
'Living Colour' was a one-hit wonder and them playing WrestleMania 29 was about as exciting as having Snookie in attendance, which is to say, not very.