Sunday, April 14

Worst WWE Ruthless Aggression Era Theme Songs

After the Attitude Era drew to a close, the WWE product became more sleek and modernized in various aspects of its presentation. The graphics looked very 21st century-ish, entrance ramps and TitanTrons became more sophisticated, and even the entrance themes sounded more polished.


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Some theme songs, however, couldn’t keep up with the other upgrades being installed in the Ruthless Aggression Era. While “Basic Thuganomics” and “I Walk Alone” were certified hits with the fans, other specimens of entrance music sounded bizarre, outdated, or just outright corny.

10 Randy Orton’s Babyface Intro Was As Uninspiring As His Character

Orton Himself Hated The Song

  • From Early 2003 To Mid-2004, Randy Orton Was A Member Of Evolution
  • The Night After He Won The World Heavyweight Title At SummerSlam, He Was Kicked Out By Triple H
  • This Triggered A Shift From Heel To Babyface, Which Did Not Suit Orton’s Personality

After being on the wrong end of a Triple H-ordered beatdown in August 2004, Randy Orton shifted his persona from in-ring villain to a supposedly well-mannered babyface. While there were no discernible changes in Orton’s wrestling gear, his entrance music had to undergo a sizable transformation. But it wasn’t exactly for the better.

The Legend Killer went from “Line in the Sand” performed by the legendary band Motorhead to an unexciting, lackluster song called “Burn in My Light.” Orton, a self-professed natural heel, had no love lost for this goody two-shoes theme. Fortunately for him, a song with the opening line “I hear voices in my head” would come into existence in the late 2000s.

9 Remember The “Dangerous Politics” Entrance Theme? That’s Heidenreich In A Nutshell

Interestingly, This Song Contains A Vocal Performance From A Certain Wiseman

  • In 2003, Heidenreich Had His First Main Roster Matches On Monday Night Raw
  • The Following Year, He Moved To SmackDown
  • There, Heidenreich Became A Protege Of Paul Heyman

To say that Heidenreich was a unique character would be a massive understatement. The former offensive lineman recited terrible poetry, drove a car into a hearse carrying the Undertaker, and joined the Legion of Doom alongside Road Warrior Animal. If you had any doubts about the singular infamy of Heidenreich, you need only listen to his SmackDown entrance theme.

Shortly after coming to the blue brand in 2004, Heidrenreich debuted a new entrance song that was bizarre and creepy. While there are some decent guitar riffs here, the song (which is officially titled “Dangerous Politics”) consists mostly of austere war drums and a menacing voice repeatedly saying “Heidenreich.” The man who lent his vocals to this entrance theme? None other than a long-forgotten version of Paul Heyman.

8 Luther Reigns’ Theme Was Forgettable, Just Like Reigns Himself

The Big Man Had Very Little Going His Way

  • Luther Reigns Made His Televised WWE Debut In April 2004
  • He Was An Assistant To SmackDown General Manager Kurt Angle
  • At The Time, Angle Was Confined To A Wheelchair After A Brutal Big Show Attack

When Kurt Angle was wheelchair-bound for a number of months in 2004, he enlisted the services of a burly bodyguard. That musclehead was Luther Reigns, who had previously wrestled for WCW and Ultimate Pro Wrestling. Aside from SmackDown segments and matches in which he fought on behalf of Angle, Reigns hardly made an impact during his brief WWE stint.


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The same can be said for his entrance theme, which may as well have been downloaded from the recesses of Jim Johnston’s archives. It’s slow metal music that never kicks it up a notch—a lack of progression that mirrors Reigns’s time as a WWE Superstar.

7 Simon Dean’s Theme Was The Fitness Guru Anthem That No One Asked For

He Had To Come Out To This Music With A Huge Grin On His Face

  • Mike Bucci Made His Pro Wrestling Debut In 1992
  • Prior To Joining WWE, Bucci Competed For ECW As Nova
  • When ECW Folded, He Spent Several Months On The Indy Circuit Before Signing With WWE Developmental

If WWE creative hands you a character to portray on their programming, you ultimately have to live the full experience of that persona. In the case of Mike Bucci, his marching orders in mid-2004 were to portray an obnoxious fitness guru who loved to showcase his infomercials. It was a no-brainer, then, how this character’s entrance theme would sound like.

Simon Dean’s music could have certainly passed off as a tune from Home Shopping Network. While this entrance theme was consistent with the Simon Dean character, it was hardly music to the ears of fans who weren’t quite receptive to Bucci’s alter ego.

6 Deuce And Domino Had A Cheesy Entrance That Suited Their Cheesy Gimmick

The Theme Music Proved That There Wasn’t A Lot Of Mileage In Their Act

  • On The One Hand, Deuce Is The Son Of 80s Icon Jimmy Snuka
  • On The Other Hand, Domino Is An Alumnus Of Larry Sharpe’s Monster Factory
  • The Two First Became A Tag Team In Ohio Valley Wrestling, Where They Crossed Paths With The Likes Of CM Punk And Cody Rhodes

To Deuce and Domino’s credit, their personas were pretty well-defined. Along with their roller blades-wearing valet Cherry, the former tag team champions were a throwback to 1950s culture, with an emphasis on Elvis Presley’s mannerisms. This meant that the Deuce and Domino tag team would make their way to the ring as music of a bygone era blared over the arena speakers.

Their entrance theme was, to put it simply, an old school jukebox theme. Whether that intro had a place in WWE’s 2007 product was up for debate, but for what it’s worth, the Deuce and Domino tandem lasted just a year and a half before their partnership imploded.

5 Mark Jindrak May Have Been “The Reflection Of Perfection,” But His Music Was Pretty Flawed

This Entrance Theme Was All Over The Place

  • Mark Jindrak Spent About Two Years In WCW
  • During The Invasion Storyline, Jindrak Joined The Alliance Of WCW And ECW Competitors
  • After The Invasion, Jindrak Worked To Refine His Skills In OVW

When wrestling fans examine the list of wasted potential over the years, they’ll inevitably find an entry named Mark Jindrak. At one point, this impressive physical specimen was slated to join the Evolution stable. Due to maturity issues, this plan fell through and Jindrak struggled to find his footing.

He had a chance to do just that after WrestleMania XX when he debuted the “Reflection of Perfection” gimmick. Jindrak’s music, though, did him no favors. This 2004 theme sounded like a mish-mash of Goldberg’s entrance, Randy Savage’s entrance, and some obscure 17th-century orchestra piece.

4 Batista Used To Come Out To Entrance Music That Was Hardly WrestleMania Material

The Animal Had A Pretty Tame Theme Before Saliva Upgraded It

  • After Months Of Teaming With Reverend D-Von, Batista Placed Himself Under The Tutelage Of Ric Flair
  • This Led To Batista’s Inclusion In Evolution, A Stable Formed By Triple H
  • As The Enforcer Of The Group, Batista Helped Triple H Retain The World Heavyweight Title On Multiple Occasions

If you ever doubted that art imitates life, look no further than the evolution of Batista’s entrance music. For a significant portion of his full-time career, The Animal came out to the adrenaline-pumping “I Walk Alone,” which was performed impeccably by Saliva.


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Before Batista busted out the machine guns with this entrance theme, though, he was saddled with a generic rock instrumental. It’s jarring to rewatch WrestleMania 21 and watch an emotional Batista come out to this unimaginative entrance theme—seconds after Motorhead played his opponent Triple H to the ring. That must have been embarrassing.

3 The Mexicools Had A Self-Deprecating Entrance Theme

“Politically Correct” Wasn’t The Correct Term To Describe Their Song

  • The Mexicools Consisted Of Juventud, Psicosis, And Super Crazy
  • They Debuted On SmackDown in June 2005
  • In Their First SmackDown Appearance, They Interrupted A Paul London-Chavo Guerrero Match

When it comes to presenting foreign personas, WWE doesn’t have a stellar track record. One example of the company’s ineptitude in this regard would be the Mexicools, whose gimmick had more than one problematic detail.

The trio’s entrance theme was certainly an awkward piece of work. Right from the get-go, you hear the sound of lawn mowers—an unnecessary addition that brings to mind images of certain offensive stereotypes. Then, over a Hispanic beat, the vocals kick in and leave you puzzled with lyrics like “You’re gonna be working for me so/You don’t wanna get on my bad side/’Cause everybody look Latino”. The Mexicools’ theme song made it abundantly clear that not every Latino superstar in the WWE was going to be an Eddie Guerrero or Rey Mysterio.

2 Everything About The Dicks (Including Their Entrance Music) Was Cringe-Worthy

Their Music Borders On NSFW


  • Chad And James Dick Debuted On SmackDown In October 2005
  • They Spent The Next Four Months Competing On Velocity And SmackDown
  • However, Both Competitors Would Be Released From WWE In Early 2006

To put it bluntly, Chad and James Dick had a gimmick that was meant to evoke male genitalia. Taking on the appearance of male strippers, The Dicks were most definitely not family-friendly programming.

Completing their schtick was an entrance theme reminiscent of tunes used in adult entertainment. The Dicks’ entrance music is the last thing you want playing through your speakers when your parents and relatives drop by for a visit.

1 The Spirit Squad, Entrance Theme And All, Was Such A Difficult Gimmick To Recover From

Only One Member Crawled Out Of That Cheerleading Abyss

  • The Spirit Squad Consisted Of Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nicky, And Mikey
  • Spirit Squad Aided Vince And Shane McMahon Against Foes Like D-Generation X
  • They Also Won The World Tag Team Championships And Defended It Under The Freebird Rule

While cheerleaders certainly play an indispensable role in the context of educational institutions, the Spirit Squad had no real shot of being taken seriously as competitors in a pro wrestling company. To this day, Ruthless Aggression era fans feel some sort of way when they hear the vintage pep squad music of that infamous group.

Among the five members of that group, only Nicky (who went on to become two-time World Champion Dolph Ziggler) carved out a career that was more than decent. The Spirit Squad theme, then, is a stark reminder of how initial WWE gimmicks can make or break a competitor.

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