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10 WWE themes that have been used for a very long time

Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle

It may sound like something of a backwards statement, but being a pro wrestler isn't all about wrestling. WWE Superstars are very much putting on a show that the wrestling matches themselves are only one aspect of.

If you want to be a Superstar and not just a wrestler you really need to have the whole package. Wrestling ability, skill on the microphone, a certain look, and know how to make an entrance.

A WWE Superstar's theme is a very important part of their overall package. There are certain songs that we immediately associate with specific wrestlers. Ones that make an arena fill with cheers before the star has even stepped out from behind the curtain. Here are ten of those that have been used by WWE for the longest time.


#10 Goldust

Goldust
Goldust

Most wrestling fans know that Goldust has been around in professional wrestling for a very long time, but it might shock you to discover how long exactly. Goldie actually wrestled for WWE for the first time all the way back in 1990, competing as Dustin Rhodes, and defeating Ted DiBiase during December of that year.

Throughout the 1990s and into the 21st century, Rhodes never really settled and went between WWE and WCW quite a bit. It was during his second run with WWE that began in 1995 that he started portraying the man we know him today, Goldust.

Although he returned to WCW and even tried out different gimmicks in WWE after that, Dustin would always return to old reliable, Goldust. For over 20 years, when that 24 Karat Productions image is thrown up, you know exactly who is on their way to the ring.

#9 Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle

Ask almost anyone that has worked with or even met Kurt Angle and they will likely tell you that no one has adapted to pro wrestling quicker than the Olympic gold medalist. His ascent up the card in the late 1990s/early 2000s was nothing short of incredible.

Aside from his gold medal, what's synonymous with Kurt is his patriotic, very American entrance music. However, for Angle, what has come along with that is something of an unfortunate chant. Every time he comes to the ring, fans chant 'You suck!' over and over again.

Fast forward 15 years and fans are still doing it today. Nowadays though it's more for nostalgic reasons rather than fans thinking Kurt actually sucks. Fans even chanted it when Angle emerged on stage during the WWE Hall of Fame.

#8 Triple H

Triple H with the WWE Championship
Triple H with the WWE Championship

While he hasn't been around for quite as long as Goldust, Triple H is very much a WWE guy and has been employed by the company for over 20 years.

Triple H hasn't always been "The Game" though. It took a while for WWE's Executive Vice President to find his feet but eventually, he did and the rest, of course, is history. Since then he has been World Champion an incredible 14 times as well as headlined more WrestleManias than anyone else.

Triple H's entrance music is iconic and when it hits it will get a reaction in any arena in the world. The Game is performed by Triple H's good friends, Motorhead, and will forever be known as one of the greatest tracks in WWE history.

#7 The Undertaker

The Undertaker
The Undertaker

Since WrestleMania 33 earlier this year there has been one major talking point that refuses to die. Roman Reigns defeated The Undertaker and The Deadman's actions after the match suggested that the veteran has finally retired from in-ring competition.

It hasn't been officially announced one way or the other, so fans continue to debate whether we will ever hear that signature gong again. When the arena is plunged into darkness and the bell tolls, you know that means The Undertaker is on his way to the ring.

While the music itself has changed ever so slightly, apart from his time as the American Bad Ass, the general theme and aura has remained the same. The lights go out and the eerie music begins to play. It's as synonymous with The Undertaker as tombstones and WrestleMania.

#6 Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar lifts the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 33
Brock Lesnar lifts the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 33

He may not have been a WWE Superstar for a solid 15 years, but that's how long it has been since the WWE Universe was introduced to The Beast Incarnate. In 2002, he came to the ring and laid waste to all of those in it, and not much has changed.

Although Lesnar hasn't been a constant in WWE for the whole of the last 15 years, some aspects about his WWE persona certainly have been. Brock has always been a dominant performer, for the most part, he has had Paul Heyman by his side, and he has always had the same entrance music.

Lesnar's WWE theme is simple, but it's extremely effective. When that music hits, fans know that something bad is about to happen. It fits The Beast Incarnate perfectly and it will almost certainly be his entrance music for his entire WWE career.

#5 The Rock

The Rock
The Rock

There is no one that has managed to transcend the pro wrestling business quite like The Rock. In 2017, Dwayne Johnson is a household name and one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Plus in a few years time, he may even be President of the United States.

Despite all that, and his movie career taking off like nobody could have imagined, Rock has never forgotten his roots. He still has pro wrestling running through his veins and will never be able to completely give it up.

Every now and again Rock will return to WWE, and when that music hits you won't hear anything like it. 'IF YOU SMELL...' will ring out through the arena and there will not be one person in the building who won't lose their mind.

#4 Kane

Kane without his mask during the mid 2000s
Kane without his mask during the mid-2000s

WWE has recently witnessed the return to the ring of Kane. The man behind the mask, Glenn Jacobs, has been out campaigning and trying to become mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. For now, though, he's back on Raw and has really made an impact.

The one sure fire way that you know The Big Red Machine is about to make his way to the ring is when you hear that explosion. It may not be accompanied by his signature pyro right now but still signifies that Kane is on his way.

We first heard his eerie music 20 years ago, and even though it has remained the same, it can still strike fear into the heart of even the toughest WWE Superstar. Whether he has his mask on or not, Kane's music fits him down to a tee.

#3 Vince McMahon

Vince McMahon
Vince McMahon

Believe it or not, there was a time when Vince McMahon didn't necessarily want the fans to know that he was the owner of WWE. For the most part, his role was off screen and as an announcer or a commentator.

Then came the Attitude Era, and Vince became as pivotal an on-screen character during that time as anyone else. His rivalry with Stone Cold Steve Austin will forever be considered as one of the greatest in pro wrestling history.

Vince's entrance was and still is made up of two things: the chairman's signature swagger, and his No Chance In Hell entrance theme. When that music hits to this day, it signals a rare appearance from the boss and will whip any crowd up into a frenzy.

#2 Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels

In the unpredictable world of professional wrestling, there are not many Superstars who are afforded the opportunity to go out on their own terms. Not only did Shawn Michaels do that, he probably had the most perfect ending to a career that anyone could possibly hope for.

For almost 20 years, before that fateful night against The Undertaker, The Heartbreak Kid came to the ring to the sound of his own voice. That is normally a no-no in WWE and there are very few performers who have done it and done it well.

Shawn Michaels is definitely one of those few. The words to HBK's entrance theme may be simple and extremely narcissistic, but they work, and the music never needed to be changed. To this day, if Michaels ever makes an appearance, he comes to the ring to the sound of his own voice.

#1 Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin

Stone Cold Steve Austin might very well be the most iconic figure to ever exist within the realms of WWE. Nobody drew a bigger or more raucous crowd than The Texas Rattlesnake and Austin was atop the business throughout the company's most affluent period.

The formula was so simple. Steve was just a bald guy with a goatee, in some black trunks and boots. He ruffled corporate feathers and became the anti-hero the business so desperately needed during the late 1990s.

Go back and watch some Stone Cold matches during that time. When that glass breaks and Austin's music begins to play the noise from the crowd is deafening. There is no sound in pro wrestling that can pop a crowd like the noise of that glass shattering, even to this day.

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Edited by Nishant Jayaram
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