Beca stared at her with big eyes and a quiet expression. Her hands were nimbly tucked away in her lap as she wanted to smooth out her dress for the billionth time. This was a wedding.
And it wasn’t hers.
She watched as Chloe gazed at the groom, a smile that displayed all kinds of love and affection and pride grazing her face sweetly.
The man was handsome in his gorgeous tuxedo staring at his gorgeous new bride. He sat next to her and they enjoyed their first meal, the room filled with sweet chatter and many compliments towards the new happy couple.
All Beca could do was stare at the redhead who sat across from her, feeling some sort of empty anger bubble up inside her at the memory of their last conversation, their last fight.
“You’re coming to my football game tonight, right?” Fourteen year old Liam Mitchell asked as he slung his sports duffel over his shoulder and grabbed a water bottle and apple off the kitchen table.
“Uh, yeah, I think I can make it. Your older sister is supposed to come home tonight though, so I might be late,” Beca said, looking up from her laptop set at the kitchen table and waiting for her youngest’s reaction.
“Oh, uh, that’s okay. I know you and mom have missed her since she’s been away, so, um, no problem at all,” Liam said, walking out of the house and getting into the car, waiting for his older brother to drive.
“What was that about?” Chloe walked into the kitchen to kiss her wife good morning and grab the cup of coffee and french toast waiting for her.
“I think Liam’s upset we’ll be late to his game,” Beca said, shutting her laptop.
Before Chloe could get another word out, their seventeen year old high school junior son came running down the stairs, laughing as the dog followed clumsily.
“Eddie! Slow down!” Beca scolded, watching the boy slide around on his socks.
“Sorry, sorry. Bella woke up when I grabbed her chewy from her and started chasing me,” Eddie said, scratching behind their Australian Cattle dog’s ear, a gift from Amy because ‘Australian dogs are better than American dogs’.
Chloe rolled her eyes and smiled when her oldest son kissed her cheek, ruffling his brown hair.
“Go. You’re making your brother wait,” Chloe warned, pointing to the front door.
What do you think makes a good wrestling entrance theme?
That’s a good question. Thank you for asking. There are three things that make a wrestling thing good: 1) it has to match the wrestler’s character; 2) it has to be catchy; and 2) it has be memorable. I’ll share with you some of my all-time favorite wrestling themes.
“Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase’s theme is pitch-perfect. You hear his
supervillain laugh at the beginning and you know right away he’s hitting the ring. The
refrain “Money money money money money” and DiBiase’s spoken lyrics dovetail nicely with DiBiase’s character as
an arrogant rich asshole. It’s basically Wrestling Theme Composition 101 if you ask me.
The Rock’s theme song has gone through many iterations over the years, but it’s retained and/or remixed some elements without turning it into a completely different theme. It always starts the same — The Rock yelling “If ya smeeeeeeeeellllllll… what The Rock… is cookin’“ — before launching into a barrage of blaring guitars. Here’s what it sounded like in its first version.
See how close the “new” version sounds to the original? Preserving the character of The Rock’s leitmotif keeps fans clued in, even if the song gets tweaked or revised.
Finally, let’s go over a more recent example: AJ Styles.
I love this theme for many reasons. First, the gospel-like opening gives this leitmotif a very distinct sound. It stands in contrast to the more rock-driven themes that are prevalent in the WWE, although the saturation level of “generic metal” themes is nowhere near as awful as it was in the mid- to late-2000s.
But this difference also sets him off immediately as different from the rest of the WWE roster. He *is* different — not a homegrown WWE talent like a John Cena or Randy Orton, but an accomplished outsider, having honed his craft elsewhere and abroad.
That use of gospel tones also carries some other subtext. It ties in with AJ Styles’ Christian faith and his fondness for Christian hip-hop music. While there is no mention of his religiousness on WWE television, his theme is a slight nod to that fact, which a more perceptive wrestling fan might notice.
Suffice it to say, it’s one of my favorite entrance themes in the WWE presently.