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    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Joshi Judas (In My Mind)

    Well, this is long overdue. You know, like Io Shirai's NXT Women's Championship reign.

    It seems someone seemingly forgot and remembered the password to WWEMusic's accounts again because they finally decided to bless us with several entrance themes in full. It's weird that they hadn't uploaded some of these songs when they've been used on TV for the longest time. But I understand that they might have been dealing with copyright issues or whatever else so, despite the clamor from people like us at the Smark Henry offices and you reading this, the best we could do up to this point is listen to these songs when these Superstars make their entrance.

    That's all changed because last week, WWE posted Io Shirai's heel theme, "Tokyo Shock," on YouTube, Spotify, and Apple Music! I now implore you to appreciate this POWER in its entirety.

    God damn, what a banger.

    That's the only reason behind all the clamor, to be honest. It's such a good theme song. Despite being an instrumental loop, the theme is able to announce Io's arrival and signal the beginning of mayhem, convey just how fucked up her character's headspace is, and get you in the mood to see her fuck shit up. It ticks all of my boxes of what makes an entrance theme effective and it can't get any simpler than that.

    You've got that siren in the first three seconds that literally serves as a warning to whoever is in the Joshi Judas's way: uh oh, you're in trouble. And then you've got that thumping bass with a foreboding vibe setting you up for that techno drop leading to... chaos

    From there, it's an audio journey into the mind of an extremely talented wrestler driven to the point of madness. The synths and bass come together in a loop that makes you feel like you're spiraling, slowly descending into the depths that Io Shirai has gone to since she turned to the dark side. Listening to it feels like you're in a trance and you can't help but feel stuck in the moment while bobbing your body to the infectious beat that drives this woman to the ring. Little by little, you're brought to the very end of this downward plunge, and then... You're back in it as the beat drops.

    I'll never forget one of The Joker's iconic lines from The Dark Knight, when he tells Batman, "Madness is like gravity... all it takes is a little push." That's pretty much what happened to Io Shirai's character and it's also a perfect description of what listening to "Tokyo Shock" feels like. 

    It's a far cry from her theme as a babyface, which was an upbeat techno track that made you want to get on your feet as if you were playing Dance Dance Revolution

    That track, like that version of the Genius of the Sky, was fun. It made you want to clap along to the beat. It made you smile and want to be happy.

    Her current theme, "Tokyo Shock," is none of those things and makes no bones about it. It's just a straight-up banger and gets you hyped enough to want to wreak havoc at all costs. It's such a good song I can't believe it took WWE almost a year to release it in full.

    Header image from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an 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, AEW, and the occasional New Japan match. In fact, he promises to try following this year's New Japan Cup

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