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    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    #ThemeSongTuesday (5/3/16): The Last of the Exodus

    Good day, folks! WWE Payback is over with, and despite Bullet Club AJ & Friends’ shenanigans, Roman Reigns is still your WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Reigns vs. Styles delivered the right amount of unpredictability to keep even the most skeptical of us uncertain if Roman would be walking out with the belt. All this started when A.J. Styles became the #1 contender for the title at the RAW after ‘Mania then like a fan to the flame, Styles’ old friends Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson attacked Reigns weeks later. They made their debut to no music (just the Los Angeles crowd chanting “Bullet Club”), but were given this theme shortly before their in-ring debut on SmackDown:

    Gallows & Anderson were given “Omen In The Sky” by CFO$, making this their first ever WWE theme as a tag team, since Gallows was previously involved with the company from 2005 until 2010 playing numerous characters such as Impostor Kane, Festus, and the Luke Gallows who was CM Punk’s follower in the Straight Edge Society.

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    Now the former IWGP Tag Team Champions are thrust into the thick of the ongoing Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles saga, with those Balor Club rumors getting closer and closer to reality as the days pass.

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    Not much sets “Omen In The Sky” apart from the rest of CFO$’ raunchy rock compositions (Paige’s “Stars In The Night” for example), although the vocals and instrumental arrangement complement each other and keep it fresh enough to grow on you after each replay.

    Their theme starts slowly, in a dark and menacing manner. I would’ve kept it this way throughout the whole track, but the pace and overall energy pick up with commanding lyrics: “We came to conquer and divide...

    It’s also interesting to note that—while it could just be coincidentally similar guitar mixing—the intro riff sounds almost exactly like that of their previous Bullet Club theme in NJPW: “Shot’em” by [Q]BRICK.

    An audible nod to their past, or just a simple coincidence that comes with composing for the same genre? With the company being more liberal with its mentioning of A.J. Styles’ past and NJPW in general, we’re gonna go with the former.

    "Omen In The Sky" is a solid theme for Gallows & Anderson for now, at least. If the two plan on branching out into a story that doesn't ride on the Bullet Club/A.J. Styles hype, then we're gonna need a different approach to their brooding identities in the ring. Some describe this theme as being "too generic" or something straight out of default CAW entrance music, but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below!


    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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