One of the most exciting moments for wrestling fans is when the familiar entrance songs of their favorite fighters blast through the speakers, gearing everyone up for a thrilling show from their most beloved wrestling stars. During a behind-the-scenes interview, Stone Cold Steve Austin revealed that he wanted to take a very hands-on approach to the creation of his entrance theme. The goal of the iconic shattering glass intro of the entrance song was to capture all the auditory power and energy of a formidable car crash—communicating to the audience that Stone Cold Steve Austin was just as much of a wild card! As one of the more controversial WWE factions, D-Generation X was introduced with a fitting theme song that conveyed a strong message of defiance and passion for resisting conformity. The slow buildup of the dual drumbeats was particularly effective at raising the energy of the crowd to the point of mania by the time D-Generation X entered the ring—and encouraging them to defy some rules of their own. After Shawn Michaels took a break from wrestling between and , he was asked if he wanted to go with a newer, heavier theme song to herald his return. I came in with this song and I want to go out with it.
It was manufactured and co-marketed by Columbia Records and was distributed by Sony Music. The locker room would later reconvene for the song's music video. By , however, it had sold a total of 91, copies.
If there was one thing that really gets me excited about wrestling, it's the entrance songs. Whether it was hearing the glass breaking or hearing "if ya smellll," I always got pumped. A great entrance song describes the wrestler's character. When you hear "if ya smellll," you think of some really pretentious jerk that you can't help but like. Great entrance songs are timeless and evoke a loud reaction from the fans. What can I say? John Cena's character from this time frame was insanely over with the crowd. Ah yes, the days when Kane was darker and scarier than The Undertaker.
Mick Foley was strange and intriguing. The hardcore wrestler fought under three different personas in the 90s: Dude Love, Cactus Jack, and Mankind. While other wrestlers came out to heavy guitar riffs with pyrotechnics shooting off around them, Mankind awkwardly shuffled his way to the ring with a gently tragic piano playing him in. It was disturbing, unsettling, and perfect. At one point in time, Mark Henry was legitimately the strongest man in the world. It flashes hints of serious threat but is also so outwardly playful that it can make you laugh. Being forced to retire early because of injuries, Edge hung up his boots in the prime of his career. And the music painted the exact picture the company wanted its fans to see: a blurry, but startling warning that something was coming. Sometimes, really well-crafted theme songs can make crowds believe, without specific reason, that a wrestler is a certified star. Joe-like character made him a cult hero and a household name in the late 80s and early 90s.