He’s just a common man!
Working hard with his hands
Many of you, I would expect the majority, are now wondering what the hell I am talking about. Some of you though have just smiled, some of you (hopefully the same ones that smiled) are thinking of a large man in polka dot clothing.
Still don’t know what I’m talking about? Okay, strap yourself in, I’m taking you on an eclectic musical journey.
The man in question is obviously The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes! Dusty, a legend of the Wrestling world, sadly passed away last year and it was listening to the lyrics of his song that prompted me to write this blog. But first, let me get the elephant in the room out of the way (or at least acknowledge him and his large trunk):
Yes I watch wrestling, usually with my two sons. I loved watching the product when I was younger, and was a huge fan of WCW and the WWF. Sure I know it’s pre-determined and pre-planned, but so is the vast majority of Television that you watch. I have an appreciation for the athletics and risk-taking involved, and the stories entertain me.
If you’re not a fan maybe you should look away now, if you are however read on good sir (or madam).
Wrestling music is great isn’t it – it becomes synonymous with the wrestler – and as soon as you hear the start of that song, you know who is heading down that ramp. The glass break of Stone Cold’s theme, or “Do you smell what The Rock is cookin’?”, will make any crowd go crazy!
Listening to Dusty’s theme made me think about the lyrics of the theme songs, I dont know why but the lyrics in Dusty’s song just make me laugh. They are a little odd aren’t they, as well as the lines at the start of this article (which I guess are pretty self explanatory), my favourite part is:
If you are black or white
Redneck funky that’s alright
Blew up on out of soul
Call the man he’s got his goal
Some of the theme songs from the 1980’s and 1990’s were great as well, and they do a pretty good job of capturing the essence of the character involved (or is that just by association). Here are some of my favourites, along with my favourite part of the theme:
Money money money moneyyy
Everybody’s got a price
Everybody’s gonna pay
You think you can tell us what to do?
You think you can tell us what to wear?
You think that you’re better?
Well, you’d better get ready Bow to the masters
BREAK IT DOWN!
Don’t rule out WWE in the present day however, here are some corkers, and some more slightly unusual ones:
You can see the garden
But you can’t come in the house, babe
You’re getting all excited, when you need to say come
Yes really! Any ideas who this is? Nikki Bella.
Who could forget Billy Gunn, most famously of the New Age Outlaws. Well old Billy seemingly loved a nice backside, earning his nickname of Mr Ass. This is a snippet of the Dylanesque lyrics used:
So many asses, so little time
Only a tight one, can stop me on a dime
I’m a lover, of every kind
The best surprises always sneak up from behind
I’m an ass man
Another which drives me crazy is John Cena’s. Yes I know he’s not the most popular amongst the Internet Wrestling Community at the best of times, but his theme is awful! It is obviously a throwback to his time as a rapper (remember that? I try to forget):
Your time is up, my time is now
You can’t see me, my time is now
It’s the franchise, boy I’m shinin’ now
You can’t see me, my time is now!
It’s the repetition that drives me crazy, that’s right, it drives me crazy that repeition! If there’s one thing that grinds my gears it’s repetition.
His theme doesn’t get much better I’m afraid:
In case you forgot or fell off I’m still hot – knock your shell off
My money stack fat plus I can’t turn the swell off
The franchise, doin’ big bid’ness, I live this
I struggle to turn my swell off as well John.
What are your favourite wrestling themes? What are the themes that make you smile, or maybe make you question what the writers were drinking when it was made?