My brother Dan has always wanted to write a piece for Wrestledelphia. Over the years, he’s pitched lists about greatest video games to funniest Enzo Amore insults. Now that we’re on the road to WrestleMania, and the quality of our posts has embarrassingly tumbled, I’ve decided to go all in and share his thoughts on the greatest WrestleMania theme songs.
10. Wrestlemania 31: “Rise” by David Guetta feat. (Skylar Grey)
This is one of the best themes because you can take a swing at Roman’s ego and Lesnar will take his ass to Suplex City.
(John’s Thoughts: I don’t even remember this song and it was two years ago. While it does have a good beat, the lyrics only relate to Undertaker rising like the Phoenix, avenging The Streak being ended the year prior as he went face-to-face with Bray Wyatt in a forgettable bout.)
9. Wrestlemania 26: “I Made It” by Kevin Rudolf
WWE has used a lot of Rudolf’s hits, but this one stands out more than all because on the Grandest Stage of Them All, you’ve truly made it.
John’s Thoughts: Great song, perfect fit, but there’s only one song to remember this night for: “Running Up That Hill” by Placebo. It told the story of Shawn Michaels being so desperate to avenge his loss to Undertaker that he would sacrifice his friendship with Triple, his Tag Team Titles, even his career to get one more shot at the Deadman. It’s the best video promo that WWE has ever done.
8. Wrestlemania 27: “Written in the Stars” by Tinie Tempah feat. (Eric Turner)
“Written in the Stars” was the perfect theme for 27 because the matches were great except for Cole and Lawler.
(John’s Thoughts: It’s a great song for the majesty of WrestleMania, but ill-fitting for the enclosed Georgia Dome. How you gonna see the stars?!)
7. Wrestlemania 9: “Wrestlemania” by The WWF Superstars
This must be on the list because it is so creative by the wrestlers singing along.
(John’s Thoughts: Dan only knows this song because I annually play it ad nauseum before Mania. Yes, it’s about “the Survivor Series,” but the chorus is all about WrestleMania. Look at who lays down these tracks: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Tatanka, Big Boss Man, Nasty Boys, and Bret Hart. Plus, Mean Gene keeps asking who will survive. It’s cheesy 90s WWF in all its glory.)
6. Wrestlemania 28: “Invincible” by Machine Gun Kelly
The Rock is invincible and Cena, the hero, will collide with him in a brawl at Wrestlemania 28.
(John’s Thoughts: Maybe this was a bad idea to let him write. This song blows, and it’s partly because Cena entered to it. “Wild Ones” is the better choice for this event, and I still get goosebumps whenever I hear it on the radio, harkening back to be there live for my first Mania and witnessing The Great One back in action.)
5. Wrestlemania 31: “Money and the Power” by Kid Ink
Wrestlemania 31 hits the board again because of this crazy beat and rhythm to get you in the mood for Sting/HHH, Wyatt/Taker and Lesnar/Roman.
(John’s Thoughts: How did this make the list, much less this high up? I can’t understand half the words and I guarantee Sting can’t either. WrestleManias 18, 19, and 21 all got screwed on this.)
4. Wrestlemania 22: “I Dare You” by Shinedown
This song is excellent because it has all that you need, a great beat with awesome lyrics.
(John’s Thoughts: Agreed, but what a shitty Mania for such a good tune. If Edge hadn’t speared Foley through the flaming table, the song would have no comparable visual aid. This is also marks the first WrestleMania where Cena headed in as the defending champion so it leaves somewhat of a bitter taste in my mouth.)
3. Wrestlemania 30: “Celebrate” by Kid Rock
You’re in New Orleans and there’s always a party, so just celebrate. Wrestlemania 30 was the most memorable event in history: Taker loses, HHH vs Bryan and Bryan wins both titles.
John’s Thoughts: Anyone who watched WrestleMania 30 will argue that the Daniel Bryan “Monster” video should replace this garbage. Some folks go so far to say it’s better than “My Way,” but they’re fools. But it does deserve critical acclaim for telling Bryan’s journey to the top of WWE. From clean-cut kid to bearded lunatic, the Miracle Kid transformed due to the obstacles thrown in his way time after time.
2. Wrestlemania 29: “Surrender” by Angels and Airwaves
The Best in the World fought the Deadman in his last match at WrestleMania and Rock would fight Cena again but in New York for the title.
(John’s Thoughts: I thought 29’s theme song was “Coming Home,” but maybe I just spaced out during this emo Myspace shit. My brother is biased because he attended this Mania and was extremely hype to meet Hunico. “Coming Home” makes more sense because WWE refers to NY/NJ as its home base and because Rock would be walking into Mania as the defending champion for the third time. And as usual, he’d walk out without it.)
1. Wrestlemania 17: “My Way” by Limp Bizkit
Wrestlemania 17 was wonderful. It was the match between the most electrifying people’s champ in the world against the toughest son of a bitch in WWE history.
(John’s Thoughts: At least he tried with their nicknames. Finally, a ranking we can all agree with. If you clicked on this article and expected any other song at #1, you need a crash course in wrasslin’ history. “My Way” encapsulates the adrenaline rush of two super egos, and two of the biggest stars ever, colliding on the Grandest Stage. It got you hype back in 2001, and 16 years later, it takes you back on one helluva nostalgia trip.)