Stings Entrance


Just a thought I had; when Sting eventually makes his return does he come down from the rafters? Is that a permanent taboo for Vince and company?

​I'm pretty sure it's rightfully a taboo for everyone.  Plus another multimillion dollar lawsuit would wreak havoc with WWE's next quarterly report.  ​

Entrance Music

Say what you want about Hogan, I don't think there's ever been better Super Hero Face entrance music than "Real American". It hits all the most important points: 1) You can recognize it the second it starts to play with an iconic opening riff. 2) Totally suits the character. 3) Repetitive enough that it can keep going during circumstances longer than an entrance without getting distracting, but varied enough that it never gets boring. 

Similarly, Austin has (in my opinion) the no question best Anti-Hero Face entrance, for the same reasons. 

Considering they're the two biggest stars ever, and that everybody else on that list (HBK, Edge, Rock, Vince, Taker, Flair, Savage, arguably Cena though personally I prefer Word Life) has similarly excellent entrances, I have to ask: how big of a deal is it? Is there anybody in the last 20 years who succeeded in spite of crappy entrance music? Some guys are just ok, sure, but the top of the WWE right now is Cena, Orton (I HEAR VOICES), HHH (TIME TO PLAY THE GAME!), Punk (Static followed by Cult of Personality), and Bryan (Ride of the Valkyries); all good-great. Would giving someone like Ziggler or Reigns a better entrance be enough to elevate them. 

I guess my main question is how important overall is entrance music? And who had the best ever? 

Probably Hogan or Flair.  Hogan for all the reasons mentioned, and Flair because you heard it and knew you were about to see a superstar.  Also add Randy Savage to that one.  
I'm not fond of Orton's "Voices" song and I kind of preferred the Legend Killer era theme (The "hey nothing you can say" one) but it works fine for what he is now.  Ziggler absolutely needs better entrance music, something more in the bombastic classical idea like Perfect or Savage.  They've got it right with Sandow at least.  
I think Big Show's music has long been kind of terrible and we just sort of got used to it.  It's really kind of senseless and doesn't pertain to his character in any meaningful way.  Cody Rhodes' music is such generic pap that I don't how or why they haven't ditched it by now.  Zack Ryder's music has nothing to do with him and has never worked for me.  
But yeah, entrance music is HUGELY important.  Generally one of my favorite facets of a character, in fact.  

80's Wrestling Entrance Themes

Hey Scott, hope all is well.
 
I was burning some time away on a Saturday night on You Tube (for all of those with young kids, you will understand) contemplating my favorite WWE entrance theme ever.  I got into some old ones from the 80’s (Demolition, Strike Force, Hogan, Warrior, the old Hart Foundation, etc.), and then ran across one gem, the Rougeau Brothers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIFhXX12-PI).  It got me thinking about their characters and their run in the old WWF, but how in the world were these guys not given an opportunity with the Tag-Team titles?!?!?  With Jimmy Hart, those handheld American flags they would carry to the ring, their squirrely promos, and the fact that both  Jacques and Raymond Rougeau could go in the ring (their finishing move was the tits), I just don’t understand how Vince didn’t give them a shot.  You may have addressed this previously, but I thought they both could be huge heels prior to  Raymond Rougeau becoming the Mountie.  Any thoughts?
 
 
Jacques was the Mountie, Raymond was the dorky announcer.
 
And technically they DID win the tag titles in Toronto (or maybe Montreal, I forget which) from the Harts in 87, but it was returned on a technicality.  I guess based on the flimsy whims of the blog, THAT would be a unification too.  OH YEAH I WENT THERE.
 
Honestly, in today’s climate, they totally would have gotten a run with the belts in the All American Boys period.  Although by late 88 Jacques’ back was pretty shot and he was out for a long time during their hottest period.  But really, are you gonna put them over DEMOLITION in 1988?  I think not.  Any other team unlucky enough to be in title contention during that reign was pretty much SOL.
 

Edit:  Oddly, just after this e-mail, someone ELSE sent me THIS one… Scott, Thought this was interesting. Quoting from The Rougeaus’ Wikipedia entry: “The Rougeaus actually won the WWF Tag Team Championship on August 10, 1987 at the Forum, defeating The Hart Foundation. Jimmy Hart, the Hart Foundation’s manager, tried to interfere on their behalf with his signature foreign object, a megaphone. The megaphone was intercepted by the Rougeaus, who used it to get the pin and win the titles. They were announced as the new tag team champions, but the decision was later reversed and their title win is not recognized by the WWE.” And here’s footage of the win: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzGQ1o4P4Hw

Entrance music

Thought this might be a fun blog discussion….

So, you are a wreslter. What's your entrance music? I have a few… My Name Is Mud ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCf40wrpdlc ) or Mexicola (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dppDPXgGhnE ) which both have a fun intro then become just your standard "bout to kick some ass" hard rock songs or Dvorak's 4th, pt 9 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo1KHr-b-CA )  which seems different and has a bit of epicness to it.
This sounds like something we might have covered in the past already, but my #1 choice would be "Uprising" by Muse or the "Battle Without Honor" song from Kill Bill.  The second one is probably a little cliche because I remember a bunch of indy guys using it after the music came out, but it's still pretty awesome.  Also, "Jesus Christ Superstar" is due for a comeback with someone, I'm pretty sure.

Entrance themes

Hey Scott. Long time reader.
You've probably fielded this one before, but I think it's worth
re-asking. How much is the importance of entrance themes in the
development of a character? Can an otherwise talented performer suffer
with lame or inappropriate music, or does it have little to no bearing
in the grand scheme of things? Are there any examples you can think of
to support your opinion?
Thanks.

Man, now I've gotta provide EXAMPLES to support my opinion?  I'm already grumpy at not being able to afford a trip to Calgary for UFC 149 tonight, don't make it worse for me.
Entrance music can be huge.  Rock never would have gotten quite the pops he did without "If you SMEEEEELLLLL…." hitting the PA system when he came out.  Hogan also had an awesome theme that held up well for nostalgia purposes later on as well.  Instantly recognizable riff and it couldn't help but get a crowd jacked up.  
As for hurting the character, yes, definitely.  Steve Austin lost a lot of his luster when the glass breaking classic got dropped for a while.  WCW was terrible for it, nearly killing Goldberg's entrance when they switched from his traditional theme to "Crush 'Em" at the end, and swapping out Sting's music for "Seek and Destroy".  But they never had much grasp of the art of entrance music in the first place.  

Greatest Ring Entrance

Scott, I don’t know if I’ve seen this one knocked around too much so here goes.  What, in your opinion, is the coolest single, pre-match ring entrance that you’ve ever seen? CM Punk’s at MITB was awesome but I have an all-time favorite that is probably not on anyone’s radar.  I loved HHH’s entrance at Royal Rumble 2000 against Cactus Jack.  You had the atmosphere of MSG and the classic short entrance way for WWF events.  His mannerisms and facial expression coming to and getting in the ring conveyed the seriousness and the brutality that was about to take place. It was before the whole "water bottle" routine that defined his entrance in later years, so there was more ad-lib to it.  Plus, it was his first venture into the world of bloody, hardcore-style brawls and I think Paul Levesque’s nervousness was showing as well.  What say you and the readers? What single entrance, before a match, sticks out above the rest?

I always liked Flair and Steamboat at Chi-Town Rumble, as Steamboat was the simple family man coming out with family for one last shot at glory, while Flair was the overblown music, robes and women that ended up coming back to bite him when pride went before the proverbial fall.  Simple yet effective on both sides. Hogan at WM3 was of course one of the defining moments of the modern era, as everyone else took a cart to the ring and Hogan walked down, taking the hard way and getting ready to face down the giant.  I like stuff like that.

Greatest Ring Entrance

Scott, I don’t know if I’ve seen this one knocked around too much so here goes.  What, in your opinion, is the coolest single, pre-match ring entrance that you’ve ever seen? CM Punk’s at MITB was awesome but I have an all-time favorite that is probably not on anyone’s radar.  I loved HHH’s entrance at Royal Rumble 2000 against Cactus Jack.  You had the atmosphere of MSG and the classic short entrance way for WWF events.  His mannerisms and facial expression coming to and getting in the ring conveyed the seriousness and the brutality that was about to take place. It was before the whole "water bottle" routine that defined his entrance in later years, so there was more ad-lib to it.  Plus, it was his first venture into the world of bloody, hardcore-style brawls and I think Paul Levesque’s nervousness was showing as well.  What say you and the readers? What single entrance, before a match, sticks out above the rest?

I always liked Flair and Steamboat at Chi-Town Rumble, as Steamboat was the simple family man coming out with family for one last shot at glory, while Flair was the overblown music, robes and women that ended up coming back to bite him when pride went before the proverbial fall.  Simple yet effective on both sides. Hogan at WM3 was of course one of the defining moments of the modern era, as everyone else took a cart to the ring and Hogan walked down, taking the hard way and getting ready to face down the giant.  I like stuff like that.