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17. Randy Savage

You know you’re a wrestling fan when you hear “Pomp and Circumstance” and your first thought is that it’s not the song they play at graduations, but is for “Macho Man” Randy Savage. From the “Macho Man” to the “Macho King,” this theme definitely fit with Savage’s eclectic style.

16. Jake “The Snake” Roberts

I’m not sure why I enjoy this theme as much as I do, but there’s something about this that fits a man like Jake Roberts. Roberts, along with his python Damien, this theme seemed to suit him as the mysterious journeyman looking for a fight. Classic stuff here.

15. John Cena

Whether you love or hate John Cena, one thing Cena deserves credit for is being a legit musician. Cena’s rap gimmick that initially led to his success came from actually being able to freestyle behind the scenes. Throughout his career, Cena has been able to incorporate that in his theme songs and do his own music. If you can do your own theme, you get some points from me.

14. Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle may be one of the most underrated heels ever. Sure, Angle played a goody two-shoed kiss-ass but it takes a lot to be a legit American hero and drape yourself in the red, white and blue and have an arena full of fans boo you. Now, it’s a term of endearment but you can’t possibly listen to this song without imaging everyone chanting “You suck.” That’s what makes this theme so great.

13. Ric Flair/Charlotte Flair

I am including Ric and Charlotte Flair together because while their themes are slightly different, the essence of their themes are similar enough that I am keeping them together. This is the second classical entry on the list as Flair has used Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” for most of his career. The only theme song really that’s worthy of the 16-time World Champion as well as his champion daughter.

12. Ted DiBiase

Bragging that you’re insanely rich will typically get people to boo you and that’s just what Ted DiBiase did. Offering fans money for performing various activities and then doing something to prevent them from doing it, DiBiase was the master. And his theme was capped off by his famous laugh at the start.

11. Triple H

“It’s time to play the game.” Motorhead’s first foray into creating themes for Triple H started in 2000 with “The Game.” Triple H may have had one of the greatest career runs of theme songs with “My Time” and “King of Kings,” in addition to his themes with DX and Evolution. But it’s this one that’s his greatest theme as a singles wrestler.

10. Chris Jericho

For a debut that consisted of counting down to the new millennium, Chris Jericho’s theme is certainly timeless if it still gets cheers today. While his band Fozzy never performed this theme, I always wondered how it would sound if Jericho ever sang his own theme song. While Fozzy is good, I’m not sure they could do justice to what Jim Johnston did here.

9. D-Generation X

Any wrestling fan who has ever wanted to rebel against society identified with DX. This was the group who did whatever they wanted to anyone they wanted and really were the people everyone wanted to be with. Granted, pretty much everything they did in the Attitude Era might not be allowed in 2018. But at the time, they were the wildest wrestlers in a wild era of WWE.

8. The Undertaker

This is an example of a theme doing so little but also says a lot. The gong, the thunder striking, the organ playing; everything about this is so ominous and mysterious that it is one of the most iconic themes in wrestling and incredibly fitting for an undead wrestler in The Undertaker. Will we hear this at WrestleMania? We’ll have to see.

7. Bret Hart/Natalya

Just like the Flairs, I’m including Bret Hart and Natalya for similar reasons. This was the theme that ushered in WWE’s New Generation era and was a bit edgier than what we heard in the 80s. Hart’s niece Natalya uses a similar theme that is distinctly her own, but still keeps enough of her uncle’s theme to remind us of the legendary Hart family.

6. Ultimate Warrior

It takes a very high-tempo song that can serve as an appropriate theme for someone as high-tempo as the Ultimate Warrior. The Ultimate Warrior always did everything at 100 mph, including running to the ring and this theme is a great example of a theme fitting one wrestler and a wrestler fitting one theme song. This is truly one of the most memorable themes of 80s WWE wrestling.

5. Mr. McMahon/The Corporation

Mr. McMahon was already the most detestable heel of the Attitude Era but it was this theme, “No Chance in Hell,” that put him over the top. It’s not exactly the kind of sound you would expect the billionaire owner of the company to walk down to the ring with. But the lyrics really fit Mr. McMahon as he did all he could to keep the good guys, particularly Stone Cold Steve Austin, from any success in WWE.

4. The Rock

The Rock has had the same theme song for almost his entire career. But unlike others who have kept the same song, The Rock has done slight variations to his theme, especially during times when he came back from filming a movie. I have always loved his Hollywood heel theme from 2003 where the extra-long intro demanded you to wait and respect the egomaniac who went completely Hollywood. But his best-known theme is from just before taking time out to film movies.

3. Shawn Michaels

For the longest time, I never knew there was an earlier version of Shawn Michaels’ theme “Sexy Boy.” If you don’t know about this version, Vince McMahon sings this version. Let’s just say thank goodness Michaels went back in and re-recorded a version with his own vocals and the rest is history.

2. Hulk Hogan

“Real American” is timeless. For the 80s, at the height of Hulkamania, you couldn’t beat this. While this theme became somewhat antiquated in the 90s when “taking your vitamins” was passé for a babyface to say, “Real American” was mockingly used by Vince McMahon’s “stooges” Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco while Hogan was in WCW.

Despite that, “Real American” remains synonymous with Hogan and this is certainly one of the first themes we remember as well as one of the best.

1. Stone Cold Steve Austin

Is there really any other choice for the top spot? When you hear that glass breaking, you knew it was about to go down and everyone in the ring was getting their asses kicked. I have a little love for the Disturbed remix that Stone Cold used for a few months in 2001, but the classic is the best and is Stone Cold Steve Austin.

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