Music, Lyrics and Headlocks

After watching the World Broadcast Premiere of Wrestlemania XXVI on NBC and listening to the great work of Adam (or at least that’s what I’m calling the guy/s who make all the video packages. Taking that from Shawn’s farewell speech). The Show of Shows set to music, the outstanding video packages highlighting The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, leading up to Wrestlemania, entrance themes – they all work and look so great. There’s something that just clicks when you mix wrestling and music together.

Taker and Shawn are amazing, but how much better was their build-up to ‘Mania thanks to Johnny Cash? How many of us would have jumped out of our seats in the 90s to something other than glass shattering? And who doesn’t get all hyped-up listening to Warrior’s theme?

It really isn’t surprising at all. Music and wrestling have some great similarities. Surely, we all have our favorite genre of music, favorite artist and know the type of emotion that we can draw from listening to our music. If you’re here, reading this right now, you know the emotion that you draw from your favorite wrestler or from a great storyline.

Whether it’s U2, Metallica or Justin Beiber, the music we listen to often says a lot about who we are and what we’re about. In the world of wrestling, music does the same thing. Dark, Intense, but even and calm, surges of hard beats with lyrics that are cold — suiting for a slithering viper ready to strike, like Randy Orton. Dramatic, compelling, unorthodox and a bit mesmerizing — fitting for the bizarre one, Goldust.

Kid Rock’s “Lonely Road of Faith” was the perfect soundtrack to the History of the WW[E] desire video, produced in 2001. The song is a great mix of classic melodies, then jumps into a much grittier sound; mirroring the humble beginnings of the WWE that led to the Attitude Era.  In other instances, the melding of wrestling and music are simply just provoking. I still find it extremely difficult to watch the video packages that were made to honor Eddie Guerrero’s life and career. Certainly, the raw video would provoke such emotions too, but the addition of music makes it that much more heart-wrenching.

Whether the music we hear in wrestling is a bone-chilling funeral dirge or a hard rock tune meant to hype a pay-per-view event, it’s something that would be missed if we didn’t have it.

Those emotions and feelings of excitement, adrenaline and heartache and sadness; it’s what we’re drawn to and what makes great music and what makes great wrestling.


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