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    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    #ThemeSongTuesday: I Am A Missile

    Last week, we were officially introduced to the entire field of competitors in the upcoming Mae Young Classic. Right off the bat, several names stood out—as expected—like Kairi Hojo Sane, Serena Deeb, Shayna Baszler, and Mia Yim. And while we're all pretty pumped up for the MYC here at the Smark Henry Offices, we know we'll have to wait just a little bit more before we get to watch these ladies tear it up every week. If you got to watch the Parade of Champions on either WWE's YouTube channel or on the WWE Network, then you would've noticed a powerful anthem playing in the background as each competitor was announced.

    And since it's #ThemeSongTuesday, then we might as well talk about the song that WWE decided to choose as the promo song of the Mae Young Classic's Parade of Champions.

    "Missile" is a track by Dorothy, a rock band hailing from Los Angeles, California. They came out strong in their debut year and landed on Rolling Stone's list of 50 Best New Artists of 2014. One year later, and they got signed by Roc Nation, the record label Jay-Z founded, which boasts a roster that includes the likes of Rihanna, DJ Khaled, Demi Lovato, Big Sean, and Lil Wayne, to name a few.

    This isn't the first time Dorothy's music has been heard on WWE programming. In fact, their 2014 single, "Wicked Ones," was used as the theme song for TLC 2015. Now, their song, "Missile," is part of the Mae Young Classic, and it's a fitting addition to the latest chapter of WWE's Women's Evolution movement.

    The song starts off with a beat that's easy to clap along to, not unlike Queen's "We Will Rock You." Dorothy Martin's vocals then come in and she sings with a soulful determination that accurately depicts the collective chip on the shoulders of the women in this tournament. The band's guitar riffs aren't too fancy—in fact, the simplicity complements the power in Martin's delivery.

    Lyrically, the song is about a scorned woman who's set to vindicate herself and won't let anyone get in her way. While that might not necessarily be the story for all 32 women in the Mae Young Classic, "Missile" gives off the same vibe as Christina Aguilera's "Fighter." It's about taking what's yours, putting up a fight, and living in that moment. The MYC is all about girl power, and this song is a great choice for an anthem to introduce these women to us for the first time.

    What's great about WWE's use of this song is it's a great breather from the stuff we get from CFO$. For one, "Missile" actually has a second verse and a bridge that also serves as the song's outro. It's as complete as we'll get in terms of songs used on WWE television. The song also doesn't sound half-assed, which is exactly what we need because we can't afford to half-ass the MYC in its maiden run.

    After several listens, I'm pretty high on "Missile" and I actually hope to hear it more throughout the MYC. Hell, I hope they use it as the tournament's official theme song, and not just for the Parade of Champions. The Mae Young Classic can't come any sooner!

    Photo from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio broadcaster, events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can also catch him every month attempting to keep order in a fancy suit as PWR's General Manager.

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