Wrestling and video games. There can be some correlations found between the two. Both are forms of unadulterated mayhem at times, as well as both featuring cartoon-like, over-the-top avatars performing some kind of fantasy combat (though Mario doesn’t run the chance of breaking his tailbone with each butt slam performed.) Certain musical compositions in a number of different games could also work as a plausible method of introducing each wrestler to the ring, providing a somewhat “grand entrance” for them.
With everyday music, some can already be pointed out as the calling card of a current or former wrestler. Whenever I hear Enter Sandman by Metallica, right away I envision the Sandman, staggering through the crowd with a kendo stick on one hand a beer in another, and another half dozen cans of beer throughout all of his jean pockets. Straight edge superstar CM Punk set off a frenzy at iTunes once he debuted his new entrance theme, which was a throwback to his time in Ring of Honor. Cult of Personality made an impact on the charts years after it was first released, thanks to the power of CM Punk and the WWE. Some well established bands even helped pen tracks for the sole purpose of promoting a certain wrestler, such as Triple H and the three Motorhead themes he has used over the years (The Game, Line in the Sand for his faction Evolution, and King of Kings) and Edge with Metalingus from Altered Bridge (IMO the greatest entrance theme ever in life.)
If you think having a famous or catchy entrance theme isn’t something worth clamoring over, I direct your attention to probably the single greatest entrance in wrestling history:
Space Channel 5 – Spaceport: Introducing Ulala
Street Fighter Alpha 3 – Shin Bison’s Theme
Lost Odyssey – Roar of the Departed Souls
When I first heard this one, I immediately thought of “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels, mainly from older themes he used in TNA. There are quite a few parallels between this theme and the track from Lost Odyssey, from vocal portions to instrumentals. I would crop the intro about thirty seconds however, which leaves enough time for a build up and an entrance to follow. I’ve heard conflicting reports about Daniels winding down his career though, but in any case, the theme seems to fit him well, both in resemblance to his older entrance theme, to the bit of complexity to its composition representing the kind of in ring move-set and talent that Christopher Daniels showcases week in and week out.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night – Gates of Spirits
Taken as either a demented or a somewhat supernatural type heel theme, this track from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night reminds me a bit of two wrestlers, though one in a faint sort of manner. The first wrestler I think of is Sycho Sid from back in the WWF days. The guy in general seemed like a loon, but if you heard one of his promos, you’d be convinced that he’s been hitting some kind of illegal drug hard. Not Ultimate Warrior hard, but close. His entrance theme had a psychopathic tinge in it, which for some reason I can see this video game track fitting in well enough. The second guy that the track could fit (in a faint respect) is the Boogeyman. His actual theme is a bit more frantic and unsettling though, but oddly enough, I still thought of this gimmick while I heard this song.
Wrestling entrances can be plausibly linked to the use of video game music. While there may not be a myriad of suitable tracks for the number of talents throughout the industry, they are as logically sound and completely feasible as using a movie soundtrack, or an already established song from the CD of a hugely popular band. Did you know of any video game songs that would fit right in with the persona of a current of former grappler? Lets us know with a comment below and perhaps share a link to these songs!