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    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    #ThemeSongTuesday: MegaTJP

    This morning on RAW, TJ Perkins was officially rebranded as TJP. It was on his Titantron graphic and his name card; plus the commentators and JoJo all referred to the Fil-Am Flash as TJP.

    In recent weeks, TJP has embraced his inner douchebag and portrayed a smarmy, arrogant character that comes across more naturally than the babyface fighting gamer (Whoops, sorry, Vintendo) that he was packaged as coming out of the Cruiserweight Classic.

    Since the heel turn, however, TJP has still been using the same entrance theme that he used since he debuted on the main roster at last September's Clash of Champions. "Playing With Power" initially got a lot of love from those of us who love video games, especially those who grew up in the 8-bit and 16-bit era of the '80s and '90s.

    And why wouldn't anyone like a video game-inspired theme that clearly suits a guy whose passion for video games is well-documented? It's a match made in heaven. Hell, it even got props from Mega Man, the game from which the theme was inspired.

    Here's the thing about "Playing With Power." If you aren't familiar with the Mega Man franchise, you just pop for the fact that it sounds exactly like your old school Atari or Nintendo video game, from the point where you select the character you want to play as to the battle stage. That's the basic feel you get from TJP's theme, and WWE did a great job of completing the experience with the graphics that accompany the Fil-Am Flash's entrance.

    But now that he's a heel, I initially thought that it was time to change his theme, or at least give it a remix like Neville's.

    And then it was pointed out to me by Rey Moralde of thenolookpass.com that TJP's theme is actually based off the very heel in Mega Man himself, Dr. Wily.

    Yes, this guy.
    Photo from comicvine.com

    Want proof? Here's the soundtrack of the stage when you reach Dr. Wily's castle in Mega Man 2.

    Pretty ironic that TJP's entrance theme when he debuted as a babyface was actually based off a heel theme, and now that he's a villain, the theme makes sense even more. According to Moralde, who's actually friends with TJP in real life, Kuya TJ actually had a hand in the direction of his entrance theme, too.

    Yes, my mind was blown, too.
    As cool as this all is, though, TJP could really use a heel remix for his theme because as it stands, it still sounds too happy. If you were a newcomer to WWE and TJP came out to his entrance theme, you're more likely to think of him as a babyface than a heel because of his theme. Let's face it, entrance themes play a big part in wrestlers making a first impression as characters. Neville's the best example of how the heel remix really helped in solidifying his heel turn.

    Of course, all of that is easier said than done. With TJP having debuted just last September, and given that the Cruiserweights still come across as RAW's purple-haired stepchild, whether we like it or not, it's not likely that WWE will commission a new theme immediately.

    But we can hope, right?

    Photos from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast and The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. He dresses up in fancy suits from time to time to book matches as PWR's General Manager.
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