Music in professional wrestling

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Music in professional wrestling serves a variety of purposes. The most common uses of music in professional wrestling is that of the entrance theme, a song or piece of instrumental music which plays as a performer approaches the ring. After a match, the entrance theme of the victor will normally be played as they exit the ring. Entrance themes are used to alert the audience to the immediate arrival of a wrestler, and to increase anticipation.

Usage as part of a gimmick[edit]

Entrance themes are often tailored to the gimmick of the wrestler they are written or selected for. For example, Jacob and Eli Blu (The Blu Brothers) had an entrance theme in the World Wrestling Federation that resembled a piece of Blues music, while The Undertaker has often used entrance themes which resemble a dirge and include the ringing of an eerie bell. In practice, modern day entrance themes are normally Rock, Rap, or R&B (especially for women), as these genres of music are popular with the professional wrestling key demographics.

Original music[edit]

Due to licensing costs, entrance themes are often composed by the promotion for which the wrestlers perform in order to avoid having to pay royalties. A promotion might also purchase music from production libraries, which is considered to be cheaper than the royalties of commercial music, or use public domain music, which is available for no fee. Due to less restrictive copyright laws in Mexico, Lucha libre promotions use mostly popular songs. In addition, ECW used popular music in order to promote a hip, edgy, counter-culture image. ECW owner Paul Heyman previously worked in the music industry, and used his contacts there to secure more affordable licensing deals for music.[citation needed] For example, ECW licensed Metallica's "Enter Sandman" for their performer, Sandman (Jim Fullington)– but only licensed the music for live events and broadcasts. On TV and DVD productions, the song was replaced by a cover version performed by Motörhead, which was significantly cheaper to license for distribution than the original. One common misconception about ECW's licensing habits occurs because often the original music can be heard on "fan-cam" tapes.[citation needed] Because ECW events were heavily traded via these bootleg-style "fan-cam" videos, it is often assumed that ECW didn't license their music, but in truth, all of ECW's official productions used properly licensed music.[citation needed]


The history of entrance themes is not clear, but Glen Stride is often cited as being the first wrestler to be accompanied to the ring by music. In the early 1950s, female champion Mildred Burke often entered to theme music, while Gorgeous George was associated with Pomp and Circumstance, a song which was later used regularly by "Macho (King) Man" Randy Savage. Sgt. Slaughter, who has sometimes claimed to have introduced the idea to Vince McMahon, Sr., entered to the Marines' Hymn at a Madison Square Garden show in the 1970s.[1] However, the practice did not become widespread until the 1980s, when the Fabulous Freebirds, Hulk Hogan, the Junkyard Dog and various World Class Championship Wrestling performers began using rock music for entrance themes.

Music is also used as a promotional tool during advertisements, video packages, and as the theme of television programs.

Wrestler entrance themes[edit]


3-Minute Warning 
"3 Minutes" (2 Skinnee J's)[2]
"Frankenstein" (Edgar Winter Band)


"Down in the Catacombs" (Dale Oliver)[3]
AMW (America's Most Wanted) 
"Guilty" (Dale Oliver)[3]
Kurt Angle 
"Medal" (Jim Johnston),[4] "My Quest" (Dale Oliver), "My Quest" (Tha Trademarc)
Chad Austin 
"Whatta Man" (Salt-n-Pepa)
Stone Cold Steve Austin 
"Jesus Christ Superstar" (Andrew Lloyd Webber), "I Won't Do What You Tell Me" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Oh Hell Yeah" (H-Blockx),[6] "Glass Shatters" (Disturbed)[7]
Mike Awesome 
"Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses), "Immortal Sin" (Fight), "The Zoo" (Bruce Dickinson),[8] "Awesome Bomb" (Harry Slash & The Slashtones), "Phantom Lord" (Metallica)
AJ Lee 
"Let's Light It Up"
A.J. Styles 
"I Am" (Dale Oliver),[3] "Wherever I May Roam" (Metallica), "Touched" (Vast), "Evil Ways (Justice Mix)" (Blues Saraceno)


Bad Crew 
"Bad to the Bone" (George Thorogood)
"Voodoo" (Godsmack),[9] "Monster" (Jim Johnston), "Line In The Sand" (Motörhead) (while part of Evolution),[5] "I Walk Alone (Saliva)[10]
Rap Sheet, Booker T 
"Can You Dig It?" (Jim Johnston)
Chris Benoit 
"Back in the Saddle" (Aerosmith), "Replica B" (Blood Brothers),[5] "Shooter" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Whatever" (Our Lady Peace)[7]
Bam Bam Bigelow 
"Stand Back" (Vince McMahon), "Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses), "Bam Bam" (Jim Johnston)
Big Boss Man 
"Hard Times" (Jim Johnston)[11]
Shelton Benjamin 
"Ain't No Stoppin' Me" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Ain't No Stoppin' Me" (Axel)[12]
Big Show 
"Big" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Big" (Mack 10, K Mac, and Boo Kapone),[13] "Crank It Up" (Brand New Sin)[10]
Big Titan 
"Skin o' My Teeth" (Megadeth)
The Blue Meanie 
"What Would You Do?" (Tha Dogg Pound), "YMCA" (Village People) "Let Me Clear My Throat" (DJ Kool)
Blue World Order 
"The BWO Theme" (Swamp Candles)
Bot Winter 
"The Boys Are Back in Town" (Thin Lizzy)
"Sad but True" (Metallica)[14]
Briscoe Brothers 
"Gimme Back My Bullets" (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Broad Street Bully 
"Rock and Roll Part 2" (Gary Glitter)
The Bruise Brothers 
"War Pigs" (Black Sabbath)
Bruiser Brody 
"Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin)


Colt Cabana 
"Copacabana (Disco Version)" (Barry Manilow)
Cactus Jack 
"Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses)[15] (UWF), "Born to Be Wild" (Steppenwolf) (ECW)
Tommy Cairo 
"We Will Rock You" (Queen)
Chris Candido 
"Back in Black" (AC/DC)
Arik Cannon 
"Anarchy in the U.K." (Sex Pistols)
"Cool" (Jim Johnston)[5]
John Cena 
"Basic Thugonomics" (John Cena),[5] "The Time is Now" (John Cena and Tha Trademarc)[16]
Chris Chetti 
"Livin' la Vida Loca" (Ricky Martín), "Superbeast" (Rob Zombie)
Christian Cage 
"Blood Brother" (Jim Johnston),[5] "At Last" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Just Close Your Eyes" (Waterproof Blonde),[5] "Take Over" (Dale Oliver),[3] "My Last Breath" (Evanescence), "Just Close Your Eyes" (Story of the Year)
"My Time" (The Chris Warren Band),[5] "Who I Am" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Jonathan Coachman 
"Hard Hittin'" (Homebwoi),[10]
Rob Conway 
"Just Look At Me" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Steve Corino 
"Come with Me" (Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page)[17]
Justin Credible 
"Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" (Prong), "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" (Grinspoon)
Cryme Tyme 
"Bringin' Da Hood T U" (Jim Johnston)[5]
" Pretty Baby", "Butterfly" (Crazy Town)


D-Generation X 
"The Kings" (Run-D.M.C.),[13] "Break it down" (The Chris Warren Band)[5]
Bryan Danielson 
"The Final Countdown" (Europe), "Self Esteem" (The Offspring), "Last Resort" (Papa Roach)
"Demolition" Rick Derringer[18]
Simon Diamond 
"Simon Says" (Drain STH)[17]
Danny Doring 
"Super Bon Bon" (Soul Coughing)
Shane Douglas 
"Are You Gonna Go My Way" (Lenny Kravitz), "Perfect Strangers" (Deep Purple)[17]
Tommy Dreamer 
"Even Flow" (Pearl Jam), "Man in the Box" (Alice in Chains),[17] "Man in the Box" (Harry Slash & The Slashtones), "Boxed Man" (Jim Johnston)
Dudley Boyz 
"Highway to Hell" (AC/DC), "We're Comin' Down" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Turn the Tables" (Saliva),[7] "Bombshell" (Powerman 5000)[19]
Spike Dudley 
"Highway to Hell" (AC/DC)
Danny Duggan 
"Cruel Summer" (Bananarama)


ECW Superstars 
"This Is Extreme!" (Harry Slash & The Slashtones) (From Original Promotion up until Bankruptcy),[8] "Bodies" (Drowning Pool) (WWE Owned Era)[20] "This Is the New Shit" (Marilyn Manson), "Don't Question My Heart" (Saliva) (featuring Brent Smith)[12]
"You Think You Know Me" (Jim Johnston),[5] "On the Edge" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Never Gonna Stop (Original Mix and The Black Cat Crossing Mix)" (Rob Zombie),[7] "Metalingus" (Alter Bridge)[21]
Elijah Burke 
"Don't Waste My Time" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Catholi-Funk" (Dale Oliver) (TNA, as "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero)
The Eliminators 
"No Remorse" (Metallica), "Real Solution #9" (White Zombie)
Eric Bischoff 
White Train by Tito and Tarantula (WCW theme), I'm Back (Jim Johnston)
"Child's Play" (Jim Johnston)[5]
"Line in the Sand" (Motörhead)[5]
Extreme Exposé 
"Holla" (Desiree Jackson)[10]
"SOS" (Jim Johnston (composer))


Filthy Animals 
"Psyko" (Konnan ft. Mad One)
"Lambeg" (Jim Johnston)[5] "Hes Ma Da" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Ric Flair 
"Also sprach Zarathustra" (Richard Strauss)
Mick Foley 
"Wreck" (Jim Johnston)[5]
"Paradise City" (Guns N' Roses)
The Full Blooded Italians 
"That's Amore" (Dean Martin) (ECW Theme), "Stayin' Alive" (N-Trance) (ECW Theme), "No Sleep Till Brooklyn (Instrumental)" (Beastie Boys) (WWE Theme)
Terry Funk 
"Fanfare for the Common Man" (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), "Desperado" (Eagles)
Doug Furnas 
"Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses)


Lilian García 
"You Just Don't Know Me At All" (Lilian García) "Quiero Vivir!" (Lilian García)[22]
The Godfather 
"Pimpin Ain't Easy" (Ice T),[13] "The Ho Train" (Jim Johnston)
Terry Gordy 
"Free Bird" (Lynyrd Skynyrd) "I Love It Loud" (KISS)
Zach Gowen 
"Out of My Way" (Seether)[23]
Sal E. Graziano 
"Rico Suave" (Gerardo)
The Great Khali 
"Da.ngr" (Jim Johnston)[24]
Juventud Guerrera 
"Wherever I May Roam" (Metallica)
Chavo Guerrero 
"La Raza" (WCW), "Chavito Ardiente" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Te Kill Ya" (Dale Oliver)
Eddie Guerrero 
"La Raza" (WCW), "Mamacita" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Latino Heat" (Jim Johnston),[5] "I Lie I Cheat I Steal" (Jim Johnston), "Can You Feel The Heat?" (Jim Johnston), "Gangsta Lean" (Jim Johnston)
Los Guerreros 
"We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal" (Eddie & Chavo Guerrero)[5]
Little Guido 
"That's Amore" (Dean Martin)


Hacksaw Jim Duggan 
"U.S.A." (Jim Johnston)[11]
Jeff Hardy 
"Loaded" (Zack Tempest) (WWE/F Theme),[25] "Modest" (Peroxwhy?Gen) (TNA Theme), "No More Words" (EndeverafteR) Similar Creatures (Jeff Hardy and Dave Oliver)[12]
Matt Hardy 
"Loaded" (Zack Tempest),[25] "Live for the Moment" (Monster Magnet)[7]
Bret "The Hitman" Hart 
"Hitman" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder 
"In The Middle Of It Now" (Disciple)[12]
Christy Hemme 
"Walk Idiot Walk" (The Hives), "Society Box" (Dale Oliver)[3]
Mark Henry 
"Sexual Chocolate" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Some Bodies Gonna Get It" (Three 6 Mafia)[10] "The Wall" (Heet Mobb)[12]
Ulf Herman 
"Big, Bad, Dangerous To Know" (Metal Men)
The Highlanders 
"Gorse" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Hillbilly Jim 
"Don't Go Messin' With A Country Boy" (Hillbilly Jim)[26]
Hulk Hogan 
"Eye of the Tiger" (Survivor), "Real American" (Rick Derringer),[5] "American Made" (WCW Music), "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (Jimi Hendrix)[27]
The Honky Tonk Man 
"Cool Cocky Bad" (Jim Johnston & The Honky Tonk Man)[5]
Mr. Hughes 
"Ruff Neck" (MC Lyte)
Maven Huffman 
"Tattoo (Around the Stars)" (Mercy Drive)[28]
The Hurricane 
"Eye of the Hurricane" (Jim Johnston)[5]


Marty Jannetty 
"Living After Midnight" (Judas Priest)
"Whatta Man" (Salt-n-Pepa)
"Money, Power & Respect" (The L.O.X., with Lil' Kim and DMX)"Steelo" 702. (rarely used since 2001.)
Mickie James 
"Obsession" (Jim Johnston)[5]
James Gang 
"Nobody Move" (w/BG Intro) (Dale Oliver)[3]
Jeff Jarrett 
"My World" (Dale Oliver)[3]
Chris Jericho 
"Break The Walls Down" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Electric Head, Part 2 (The Ecstacy)" (White Zombie), "King of My World" (Saliva),[5] "Don't You Wish You Were Me?" (Chris Jericho),[5] "Break The Walls Down" (Sevendust)[7] "Break The Walls Down" (James Grundler)[12]
Jesse and Festus 
"Biscuits & Gravy" (Jim Johnston (composer))[12]
Jillian Hall 
"Sliced Bread" (Jim Johnston)[12]
Junkyard Dog 
"Another One Bites the Dust" (Queen), "Atomic Dog" George Clinton "Grab Them Cakes" (Junkyard Dog & Vicki Sue Robinson)[26]


"Burned/Out Of The Fire" (Jim Johnston),[29] "Slow Chemical" (Finger Eleven)[5] Veil of Fire (Jim Johnston)
Kintaro Kanemura 
"Come Out and Play" (The Offspring)
Johnny Kashmere 
"Johnny Angel" (Shelley Fabares)
Stacy Keibler 
"Legs" (Kid Rock)[7]
Kelly Kelly 
"Holla" (Desiree Jackson)[10]
Brian Kendrick 
"Hey You", "Danger High Voltage", "My Heart Will Go On Party Mix", "Man With A Plan"
Kid Kash 
"Bawitdaba" (Kid Rock),[17] "Change 2 Kash" (ECW)
Billy Kidman 
"You Can Run" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Gail Kim 
"International Woman" Dara Shindler & (Jim Johnston),[5] "Unstoppable" (Dale Oliver)[3]
Mr. Kennedy 
"Turn Up The Trouble" (Jim Johnston) featuring (Ted Nigro)[1], "Turn Up The Trouble" (Airbourne)[12]
Ron Killings 
"Get Rowdy" (Ron Killings) & (Jim Johnston),[4] "What's Up" (Ron Killings)
Kofi Kingston 
"SOS" (Collie Buddz),[12] "Confrontation" (Damian Marley) (Chaotic), "This Is Why I'm Hot (Remix)" (Baby Cham and Junior Reid) (DSW)[30]


Paul Lauria 
"Whatta Man" (Salt-n-Pepa)
Bobby Lashley 
"Unstoppable" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Hell Will Be Callin' Your Name" (Mercy Fall)
John "Bradshaw" Layfield 
"Longhorn" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Brian Lee 
"Train" (Blackfoot)
"It Just Feels Right" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Lovefurypassionenergy" (Boy Hits Car)[7]
Brock Lesnar 
"Next Big Thing" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Theodore Long 
"Macmilitant" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Troy Lords 
"Downfall" (TRUSTcompany)
Jerry Lynn 
"Scapegoat" (Fear Factory), "El Cu Cuy" (Coal Chamber), "Trust (instrumental version)" Megadeth


"Party" (Jim Johnston) "With Legs Like That" (Zebrahead)[10]
Balls Mahoney 
"Big Balls" (AC/DC / Muscadine)
Dean Malenko 
"Are You Dead Yet" (Children of Bodom)
Tony Mamaluke 
"Stayin' Alive" (Bee Gees), "Stayin' Alive" (Remix) (N-Trance)
Kristal Marshall 
"Move It Up"(Jim Johnston) " Feelin Me"
"All Summer Long", "Lounge Lizard", "Ooh Oui"(Jim Johnston)
Ashley Massaro 
"Be Yourself" (Audioslave),[31] "Light a Fire" (Bryan Seeley) & (Jim Johnston),[5] "Lets Light A Fire Tonight" by Aiden[32]
Michelle McCool 
"Not Enough For Me" (Jim Johnston)[5]
The Miz 
"Reality" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Shane McMahon 
"Here Comes the Money" (Naughty by Nature)[5]
Stephanie McMahon 
"My Time" (The Chris Warren Band),[5] "All Grown Up" (Jacki-O),[5] "Welcome to the Queendom" (Jacki-O)
Vince McMahon 
"No Chance In Hell" (Jim Johnston)[5] "No Chance In Hell" (Theory Of A Deadman)[12]
"Paparazzi" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Midnight Express 
"The Chase" (Giorgio Moroder)[33]
Shawn Michaels 
"Sexy Boy" (Shawn Michaels) & (Jimmy Hart),[5] "Break It Down" (The Chris Warren Band) (DX Era Theme)[5]
Candice Michelle 
"What Love Is" (Jim Johnston),[12] "What Love Is"(Techno Re-Mix) (Scooter and Lavelle)
EZ Money 
"Down on Me" (Jackyl)
John Morrison 
"Ain't No Make Believe" (Jim Johnston)[12]
Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) 
"I'm Comin'" (Silkk The Shocker)[10]
Hack Meyers 
"Emhaeevil, or 'Am I Evil'" (Widowmaker)
Rey Mysterio 
"Sad But True" (Metallica), "(619)" (Jim Johnston) & Chris Classic,[5] "Booyaka 619" (Mysterio and Mad One), "Booyaka 619" (P.O.D.)[10]


Necro Butcher 
"Free Bird" (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
New Jack 
"Natural Born Killaz" (Dr. Dre and Ice Cube)[17]
Johnny Nitro 
"Paparazzi" (Jim Johnston)[5]
"Intergalactic" (Beastie Boys)[17]


The Oddities 
"Oddities" (Insane Clown Posse)[29]
Randy Orton 
"Voices" (Rev Theory) - Confirmed on WWE mobile, "Burn in My Light" (Mercy Drive), "Line in the Sand" (Motörhead)[5]


Diamond Dallas Page 
'Smells Like Teen Spirit" (Instrumental) (Nirvana)
Mr. Perfect 
"I'm Perfect" (Jim Johnston)[11]
Beth Phoenix 
"Glamazon" (Jim Johnston)[12]
Brian Pillman 
"Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses)
The Pitbulls 
"Thunder Kiss '65" (White Zombie)
"Battery" (Metallica) (through 1995 ECW), "Cherub Rock" (The Smashing Pumpkins) (2000 ECW)
Public Enemy 
"Here Comes the Hotstepper" (Ini Kamoze), "Slam" (Onyx)
Daniel Puder 
"Getting Away With Murder" (Papa Roach)
Val Puccio 
"Who Made Who" (AC/DC)
El Puerto Ricano 
"Gel" (Collective Soul), "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin), "Wild Thing" (The Troggs)
CM Punk 
"Miseria Cantare (The Beginning)" (AFI),[34] "Cult of Personality" (Living Colour), "This Fire Burns" (Killswitch Engage)[10][34]


Mike Quackenbush 
"Break It Down Again" (Tears For Fears),


"Come Out and Play" (The Offspring),[17] "Come as You Are" (Nirvana),[35] "What About Me" (Jim Johnston),[4] "End of Everything" (Stereomud),[7] "Scream" (Dale Oliver)[3]
Razor Ramon 
"Bad Boy" (Jim Johnston)[5]
"Debonaire" (Dope),[17] "Stampede" (Dale Oliver)[3]
Cody Rhodes 
"Is Anybody Home?" (Our Lady Peace)
Stevie Richards 
"Nitro" (The Offspring), "Ride of the Valkyries" (Richard Wagner), "Runnin' Away" (WCW Production Track),[17] "Love Dump" (Static-X)[17]
"Bad Man" (Jim Johnston)[5]
"Super Bon Bon" (Soul Coughing)
Road Warriors 
"Iron Man" (Black Sabbath)
Jake "The Snake" Roberts 
"Snake Bit" (Jim Johnston)[5]
The Rock 
"If You Smell" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Know Your Role" (Jim Johnston)[6]
Rocco Rock 
"This Is How We Do It" (Montell Jordan)
Rockin' Rebel 
"Whatta Man" (Salt-n-Pepa)
Axl Rotten 
"Kick Out the Jams" (Monster Magnet), "Cake and Sodomy" (Marilyn Manson) "The Beautiful People" (Marilyn Manson), "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" (Beastie Boys)
Ian Rotten 
Bring the Noise (Public Enemy), The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson, When I'm Gone by Three Doors Down


"Huka Blues" (Harry Slash & The Slashtones)[8]
Samoan Gangsta Party 
"Pump Pump (Instrumental)" (Snoop Dogg)
Samoa Joe 
"Mama Said Knock You Out" (LL Cool J) "Crush U Up" (Dale Oliver)[3]
The Sandman 
"Big Shot" (Billy Joel), "The Bitch Is Back" (Elton John), "Surfin' U.S.A." (The Beach Boys), "Enter Sandman" (Metallica, Motörhead), "Twisted Transistor" (Korn)
2 Cold Scorpio 
"Whoomp! (There It Is)" (Tag Team), "Jungle Boogie" (Kool & The Gang), "Funky Headhunter" (MC Hammer)
Shark Boy 
"Eat Me" (Dale Oliver)[3]
Alex Shelley 
"Papparazzi/Up Yours" (Dale Oliver)[3]
Ron Simmons 
"Damn" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Zakk Sixx 
"When Darkness Falls" (Killswitch Engage), "Trigger" (In Flames)
"Jive Soul Bro" Slick[36]
J.T. Smith 
"Fly Me to the Moon" (Frank Sinatra), "Gonna Fly Now" (Bill Conti)
"Unglued" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Al Snow 
"Breathe" (The Prodigy), "Purple Haze" (Jimi Hendrix), "Rock and Roll Part 2" (Gary Glitter)
Louie Spicolli 
"Louie Louie" (John Belushi)
Jungle Jim Steele 
"Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses)
The Steiner Brothers 
"Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses)
"Seek & Destroy" (Metallica),[37] "Slay Me" (Dale Oliver)
Devon Storm 
"Terrible Lie" (Nine Inch Nails)
Lance Storm 
"El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama (Wine, Women, and Song Mix)" (White Zombie)
Trish Stratus 
"Time to Rock & Roll" (Jim Johnston) & (Lil' Kim)[5]
Kevin Sullivan 
"Black Sabbath" (Black Sabbath)
Super Crazy 
"Roadhouse Blues" (The Doors), "Muy Loco" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Super Nova 
"Flashdance" (Irene Cara), "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" (Pat Benatar), "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" (Wham!)


Yoshihiro Tajiri 
"Smack My Bitch Up" (The Prodigy)
"War Machine" (Kiss) (ECW), "Survive (If I Let You)" (Harry Slash & The Slashtones), "13" (Jim Johnston), "Just Another Victim" (Cypress Hill),[7] "If You Dare" (Jim Johnston)[5]
"This Is a Test" (Jim Johnston)[6]
Too Cool 
"Turn It Up" (Jim Johnston)[5]
Triple H 
"Ode to Joy" (Ludwig van Beethoven), "Break It Down" (The Chris Warren Band),[5] "My Time" (The Chris Warren Band),[5] "The Game" (Motörhead),[5] "The Game" (Drowning Pool) (2002 Theme),[7] "King of Kings" (Motörhead)[5]


The Ultimate Warrior 
"Unstable" (Jim Johnston)[5]
The Undertaker 
"Dark Side" (Jim Johnston),[5] "Dead Man"/"You're Gonna Pay" (Jim Johnston),[5] "American Bad Ass" (Kid Rock),[38] "Rollin' (Dead Man Mix)" (Limp Bizkit),[7] "The Ministry of Darkness", "Rest in Peace" (Jim Johnston)[5]


Luna Vachon 
"Enter Sandman" (Metallica), "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" (Lenny Kravitz)
Rob Van Dam 
"Poundcake" (Van Halen), "Walk" (Pantera),[17] "Walk" (Kilgore),[8] "One of a Kind" (Breaking Point),[7] "Fury of the Storm" (Shadows Fall)[10]
Val Venis 
"Hello Ladies" (Jim Johnston)[5]
"All the Things She Said" (T.A.T.u.),[39] "Don't Mess With" (Jim Johnston)[5]


Mikey Whipwreck 
"Loser" (Beck), "Pepper" (Butthole Surfers) "Bombtrack" (Rage Against the Machine)
Steve Williams 
"I Love It Loud" (KISS)
Torrie Wilson 
"Need a Little Time" (Lilian García), "Not Enough For Me" (Jim Johnston), "A Girl Like That" (Eleventh Hour)[10]
"The Bitch Is Back" (Elton John), "Her Strut" (Bob Seger)[40]
William Regal 
"Born Naughty" (Jim Johnson)


Jimmy Wang Yang 
"Gonna Punch Someone Tonight" (Jim Johnston)[5]



Armageddon 2000 
"Down With The Sickness" (Disturbed)[41]
Armageddon 2002 - Armageddon 2007 
"The End Is Here (Remix)" (Jim Johnston)[42]
Armageddon 2008 - Armageddon 2008 
"Chinese Democracy" Guns N' Roses


Backlash 2002 
"Young Grow Old" (Creed)[42]
Backlash 2003 
"Remedy" (Cold)[42]
Backlash 2004 
"Eyes Wired Shut" (Edgewater)[42]
Backlash 2005 
"Stronger" (Trust Company)[42]
Backlash 2006 
"Baby Hates Me" (Danko Jones)[42]
Backlash 2007 
"There and Back Again" (Daughtry)[42]
Backlash 2008 
"All Summer Long" (Kid Rock)
Bad Blood 2003 
"Headstrong" (Trapt)[42]
Bad Blood 2004 
"Sold Me" (Seether)[42]


Cyber Sunday 2006
"Game On" (Disciple)[42]
Cyber Sunday 2007
"Fast Fuse" (Kasabian)[42]
Cyber Sunday 2008
"Propane Nightmares" (Pendulum)[42]


TNA Destination X 2008 
"Life Story" (Crash Anthem)[43]


Great American Bash 2005 
"Pay the Price" (Eric & The Hostiles)[42]
Great American Bash 2006 
"Lonely Train" (Black Stone Cherry)[42]
Great American Bash 2007 
"The Church of Hot Addiction" (Cobra Starship),[44]
Great American Bash 2008 
"Move To The Music" (American Bang)[42]


Invasion 2001 
"Between Angels and Insects" (Papa Roach)[42]


Judgment Day 2002 
"Time And Time Again" (Papa Roach)[42]
Judgment Day 2005 
"Before I Forget" (Slipknot)[42]
Judgment Day 2006 
"This Fire Burns" (Killswitch Engage)[42]
Judgment Day 2007 
"I Don't Wanna Stop" (Ozzy Osbourne)[45]
Judgment Day 2008 
"Take it All" (Zididada)[45]


King of the Ring 2002 
"Ride of Your Life" (Neurotica)[42]


New Year's Revolution 2005 
"Race Against Time" (Jim Johnston)[42]
New Year's Revolution 2006 
"Stricken" (Disturbed)[42]
New Year's Revolution 2007 
"Race Against Time" (Jim Johnston)[42]
Night Of Champions 2008 
"Devour" (Shinedown)[42]
Night Of Champions 2012 
"Champions" (Kevin Rudolf)[42]
Night Of Champions 2013 
"Night of Gold" by CFO$
No Mercy 2001 
"Click Click Boom" (Saliva)[42]
No Mercy 2003 
"Today Is The Day" (Dope)[42]
No Mercy 2005 
"Save Me" (Shinedown)[42]
No Mercy 2006 
"Animal I Have Become" (Three Days Grace)[42]
No Mercy 2008 
"All Nightmare Long" (Metallica)[42]
No Way Out 2002 
"Feel So Numb" (Rob Zombie)[42]
No Way Out 2003 
"Toxicity" (System of a Down)[42]
No Way Out 2004 
"Goodbye" (SR-71)[42]
No Way Out 2005 
"Enemy" (Fozzy)[42]
No Way Out 2006 
"Deadly Game" (Theory of a Deadman)[42]
No Way Out 2007 
"Powertrip" (Monster Magnet)[42]
No Way Out 2008 
"Fake It" (Seether)[42]


ECW One Night Stand 2005 
"This Is Extreme" (Harry Slash & The Slashtones)[42]
ECW One Night Stand 2006 
"Bodies" (Drowning Pool)[42]
WWE One Night Stand 2007 
"Famous" (Puddle of Mudd)[42]
WWE One Night Stand 2008 
"Hell Yeah" (Rev Theory)[42]


Royal Rumble 2002 
"Cocky" (Kid Rock)[42]
Royal Rumble 2003 
"Falling Apart" (Trust Company)[42]
Royal Rumble 2004 
"Nothing Left To Lose" (Puddle of Mudd)[42]
Royal Rumble 2005 
"Find The Real" (Alter Bridge)[42]
Royal Rumble 2007 
"Drones" (Rise Against)[42]
Royal Rumble 2008 
"Stand Up For Rock 'N' Roll"(Airbourne)[42]


SummerSlam 1998 
"Highway to Hell" (AC/DC)[42]
SummerSlam 2001 
"Bodies" (Drowning Pool)[42]
SummerSlam 2002 
"Fight" (Jim Johnston) Wrestling Music Facts 
SummerSlam 2003 
"St. Anger" (Metallica)[42]
SummerSlam 2004 
"Summertime Blues" (Rush)[42]
SummerSlam 2005 
"Remedy" (Seether),[42] "Get It Poppin'" (Fat Joe feat. Nelly)[42]
SummerSlam 2006 
"The Enemy" (Godsmack),[42] "Cobrastyle" (Teddybears)[42]
SummerSlam 2007 
"Whine Up" (Kat DeLuna feat. Elephant Man)[46]
SummerSlam 2008 
"Ready To Roll" (Jet Black Stare)[47]
Survivor Series 2001 
"Control" (Puddle of Mudd)[42]
Survivor Series 2002 
"Always" (Saliva)[42]
Survivor Series 2003 
"Build a Bridge" (Limp Bizkit)[42]
Survivor Series 2004 
"Ugly" (The Exies)[42]
Survivor Series 2005 
"Lights Out" (P.O.D.)[42]
Survivor Series 2006 
"Are You Ready?" (Hazen Street)[42]
Survivor Series 2007 
"Tick Tick Boom" (The Hives) 
Survivor Series 2008 
"Spoilin' for a Fight" (AC/DC)[48]


Taboo Tuesday 2005 
"Twisted Transistor" (Korn)[42]


Unforgiven 2002 
"Adrenaline" (Gavin Rossdale)[42]
Unforgiven 2003 
"Enemy" (Sevendust)[42]
Unforgiven 2004 
"Rose of Sharyn" (Killswitch Engage)[42]
Unforgiven 2005 
"Calling" (Taproot)[42]
Unforgiven 2006 
"Face Down" (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus)[42]
Unforgiven 2007 
"Rise Today" (Alter Bridge) 
Unforgiven 2008 
"Rock Out" (Motorhead)[42]


Vengeance 2001 
"Sinner" (Drowning Pool)[42]
Vengeance 2002 
"Downfall" (Trust Company)[42]
Vengeance 2003 
"Price To Play" (Staind)[42]
Vengeance 2004 
"Away" (Mercy Drive)[42]
Vengeance 2005 
"Happy?" (Mudvayne)[42]
Vengeance 2006 
"Victim" (Eighteen Visions)[42]
Vengeance 2007 
"Gone" (Fuel)[citation needed]
Vengeance 2011
"Make Some Noise (Put 'Em Up)" by The Crystal Method feat. Yelawolf


WrestleMania 2000 
"California" (Jim Johnston) 
WrestleMania X-Seven 
"My Way" (Limp Bizkit)[42]
WrestleMania X8 
"Superstar" (Saliva),[42] "Tear Away" (Drowning Pool)[42]
WrestleMania XIX 
"Crack Addict" (Limp Bizkit)[42]
WrestleMania XX 
"Step Up" (Drowning Pool),[42] "Touche" (Godsmack)[42]
WrestleMania 21 
"Bigtime" (The Soundtrack of Our Lives),[42] "Behind Those Eyes" (3 Doors Down)[42]
WrestleMania 22 
"Big Time" (Peter Gabriel),[42] "I Dare You" (Shinedown),[42] "Save Me Sorrow" (Bullets and Octane)[42]
'WrestleMania 23 
"Ladies and Gentlemen" (Saliva),[42] "The Memory Will Never Die" (Default)[49]
WrestleMania XXIV 
"Snow ((Hey Oh))" (Red Hot Chili Peppers)[50] "Light It Up" (Rev Theory)[51]

Television shows[edit]



"This Is Extreme!" (Harry Slash & The Slashtones) (Main Theme, ECW PPV opening theme)[8]

"This Is Extreme! 2000" (Harry Slash & The Slashtones) (ECW on TNN)[8]

"Closer" / "Thunder Kiss '65" (Nine Inch Nails/White Zombie) (ECW Hardcore TV)

"Bodies" (Drowning Pool) (Alliance era/ECW on Sci Fi)[42]

"Famous" (Puddle of Mudd) (June 19 edition of ECW on Sci Fi)

"This is the New Shit" (Marilyn Manson)

"Don't Question My Heart" (Kyle Morrison) (ECW on Sci Fi)

"Don't Question My Heart" (Saliva feat. Brent Smith) (ECW on Sci-Fi); from WWE The Music, Vol. 8


WCW Monday Nitro 
"Adrenaline V.1" Purity[52]


WWF Prime Time Wrestling 
"Jump (for My Love) (Instrumental)" (performed by the Pointer Sisters) (closing theme)


WWE Raw 

"Monday Night Raw" (1993–1997)

"The Beautiful People" (Marilyn Manson) (1997)

"Thorn In Your Eye" (The WWF Superstars & Slam Jam) (1997–2002)[53]

"All Together Now" (The WWF Superstars & Slam Jam) (Used As Bumper Music as well as for the 2nd hour "War Zone" opener) (1997–2002)[53]

"Across the Nation" (The Union Underground)(2002–2006)[54]

"...To Be Loved" (Papa Roach)(2006–2009)[55]

"Burn It to the Ground" (Nickelback) (2009–2012)

"The Night" (Kromestatik) (2012–present)


WWE Saturday Night's Main Event 

"Obsession" (Animotion) (1985 Theme),

"Take Me Home" (performed by Phil Collins) (1985 closing theme),

"Boom" (P.O.D.) (2006–2008)[56]

WWE SmackDown 

"Everybody On The Ground" (1999–2001)

"The Beautiful People (The WWF Remix) (Marilyn Manson) (2001–2003)[7]

"I Want It All" (2003–2004),

"Rise Up" (Drowning Pool) (2004–2006),[57]

"Rise Up 2006" (Drowning Pool) (2006–2008)[58]

"Know Your Enemy" (Green Day) (2008–2012)

"Born 2 Run" (7Lions) (2012–present)

Video packages[edit]

WWE Diva Search[edit]

Raw 2004 Diva Search 
"Open Your Eyes" (Alter Bridge),[17] "Walk Idiot Walk" (The Hives),[59] "Real Good Girl" (Jim Johnston), "Time and Time Again" (Chronic Future)
Raw 2005 Diva Search 
"Be Yourself" (Audioslave)[31]
2006 Diva Search 
"Move Along" (The All-American Rejects)[60]
2007 Diva Search 
"Let It Roll" (Velvet Revolver)[61]

WWE "Desire" Videos[edit]

Jeff Hardy 
"Not Enough" (Our Lady Peace),[42] "Rooftops" (LostProphets)[42]
Matt Hardy 
"Live for the Moment" (Monster Magnet)[42]
Chris Jericho 
"King of My World" (Saliva)[42]
The Rock 
"Alive" (P.O.D.)[42]
Triple H 
"Beautiful Day" (U2)[42]
The Undertaker 
"Adrenaline" (Gavin Rossdale)[42] "My Sacrifice" (Creed)[42]
Stone Cold Steve Austin 
"My Sacrifice" (Creed),[42] "Weathered" (Creed)[42]
WWF History 
"Lonely Road of Faith" (Kid Rock)[42]

Superstar Video Segments[edit]

Mick Foley 
"So Far Away" (Staind)[42]
Kurt Angle 
"Clocks" (Coldplay)[42]
Chris Benoit 
"One Thing" (Finger Eleven)[42]
Randy Orton 
"Game On" (Disciple), "Away" (Mercy Drive)
Jeff Hardy 
"Rooftops" (LostProphets)
Ric Flair 
Flair's Farewell - "Leave The Memories Alone" (Fuel)
Matt Hardy 
"With Me" (Sum 41)[62]

WWE Tribute to the Troops[edit]

2006 Tribute to the Troops 
"Better Days" (Goo Goo Dolls),[63] "The Great Divide" (Scott Stapp),[63] "Feels Like Tonight" (Daughtry)[63]
2007 Tribute to the Troops 
"Better Days" (Goo Goo Dolls),[64] "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (John Lennon),[64]"Feels Like Tonight" (Daughtry),[64] "Best Days" (Graham Colton),[64] "So Far Away" (Staind)[64]


Eddie Guerrero 
"Here Without You (Acoustic version)" (3 Doors Down)[65]
"Hurt" (Johnny Cash)
Chris Benoit 
"Remember (I.O.U.)" (Big Dismal)
"One Thing" (Finger Eleven)
Paul Bearer
"Get in the Game" (Cody Martina & Sparky Buddha)

In-house composers[edit]

The following are composers known for composing numerous in-house theme songs for particular wrestling promotions:

See also[edit]


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  44. ^ WWE: Mediaplayer > "The Church of Hot Addiction" by Cobra Starship is the official theme song for The Great American Bash
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  46. ^ WWE: Inside WWE > Over the Ropes > News > 'Whine Up' to SummerSlam
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  48. ^
  49. ^ Wrestlemania 23
  50. ^ WWE: Mediaplayer > "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red Hot Chili Peppers is the official theme song for WrestleMania XXIV
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  52. ^ WCW Mayhem: Music: Various Artists
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  55. ^ WWE RAW theme - To be loved - Papa roach WWE RAW theme - To be loved - Papa roach - Song - MP3 Stream on IMEEM Music
  56. ^ WWE: Mediaplayer > "Boom" by P.O.D. is the official theme song for Saturdays Nights Main Event
  57. ^ WWE Theme Addict: The Music, Vol. 6: Music: Various Artists
  58. ^ Drowning Pool WWE Smackdown Theme [Rise up!] - Song - MP3 Stream on IMEEM Music
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