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    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    #ThemeSongTuesday (5/17/16): The Lone Wolf

    I think it’s safe to say that when it comes to the now-tired “unstoppable beast” archetype, it’s tough to find the concept fresh, unless these characters are named Mil Muertes, Samoa Joe, or Brock Lesnar. Many have come, and many have been labeled “boring” sooner or later. The Big Show, Gene Snitsky, The Great Khali, Ryback, Goldberg, and even the legendary Andre The Giant have all debuted and stayed effective as powerhouses for a period of time before their matches generally got repetitive.

    Simply put: big and scary does not always mean entertaining. Unfortunately, Vince McMahon has yet to find the memo from the early 90’s that contained this simple fact and continues to push talent that fits this criteria, no matter how engaging they actually are beyond their physically imposing appearance. Whoever can find me a list of “Best Braun Strowman Matches” has a pizza on me!

    Source: WWE
    The question I’ve been asking myself ever since I saw him in NXT last year is, does Baron Corbin have the tiny, unique differences that keep him fun to watch, or is he slowly sliding into this monotonous formula? There are many factors—time to develop being one of them—so today we take a look at one that’s integral to Corbin’s identity: his theme song.

    The Lone Wolf begins his slow walk to the ring with the sound of a motorcycle engine starting to go with Baron Corbin’s biker getup. There’s this particularly awesome part of the intro a few seconds after when the engine is revved at the same time we’re given a taste of the pummeling drums and guitar this theme is driven by. “Supernatural” by CFO$ comes into full force following a quick build-up, and the intensity only picks up from here.

    Overusing the hard rock genre and composing yet another looped theme are offenses we can waive because while this theme isn’t necessarily a standout, CFO$ has managed to churn out a song that matches Corbin’s ruthlessness, thus fitting him like a glove. This monotonous formula for the unstoppable powerhouse heel all seem to come to him naturally, namely the hard-hitting strikes he’s nearly perfected thanks to an award-winning boxing/MMA background, the physical dominance required of an offensive guard in American football, and the permanent scowl draped across his face. This “formula” seems to be his life more than anything.

    Source: WWE
    2016 has been quite the year for Baron Corbin so far, the monster push he got winning the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal shows the company has faith in him as a true heel, but something tells me it’ll be a while before they fully show how nuanced his character really is. Within the span of a year, he went from semi-sleeper squash wrestler to vocal indie-hater. Just imagine reading this from his interview with WWE.com:

    It's true. I don't respect anyone who has a background on the independent circuit. NXT is the professional level, and it's the best of the best. ...Indie guys are in the bottom 95 percent of wrestlers. I don't care what they did or how many nobodies are sitting in their mom’s basement tweeting how good they are. If they were so good, it wouldn't take them 10 years to get here.  When those guys walk in the door, I am happy to show them they don't belong.”

    ...then realizing that he got into the company by literally calling WWE up one day and asking for a tryout. That, my friends, is not only a heel designed to be hated by the IWC, but an “unstoppable beast” that as of late has evolved uniquely enough as a character to remain Subway-fresh.

    Baron Corbin’s theme is equal parts Seth Rollins’ and Dean Ambrose’s. CFO$ managed to capture elements from both these themes plus a pinch of wolf-growling guitars to produce quite a solid theme song. “Superhuman” is fine where it is by Corbin’s side, whether or not he keeps things interesting is entirely up to where they take him. Oh, and one feud with Dolph Ziggler is good enough, thanks!

    Let us know what you think of Baron Corbin’s theme in the comments below! Got a theme you want us to review? Feel free to let us know!


    When he isn't writing Smark Henry's #ThemeSongTuesday column, Lorenzo Magnaye hosts the #HomeRun on 99.5 PlayFM. It's a good thing, too, since his childhood consisted mostly of watching professional wrestling and listening to his parents on the radio. He's only recently rekindled his love for the WWE, and has been trying to make up for missing out on everything post-WrestleMania XX by praying to Seth Rollins thrice a day. Follow him on Twitter: @RenzoSaurus!
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    Item Reviewed: #ThemeSongTuesday (5/17/16): The Lone Wolf Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Unknown
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