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    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Cowboy S**t!


    "Hangman" Adam Page in AEW Dynamite

    Hold my beer.

    Alright. Your boy's back in the saddle so it's time for another #ThemeSongTuesday feature! This week's theme has been on my shortlist for quite some time, but I just never got around to featuring it because I started out hating it. 

    Yep. I used to hate "Hangman" Adam Page's theme. In fact, I was really close to taking a huge ol' dump on it right here in this very space. But the more I watched AEW Dynamite, the more I realized that this fine ditty didn't deserve a stinkin' heap of poop. I just didn't get the song because I didn't appreciate "Hangman" as a vanilla, white-meat babyface. Now that he's developed some layers to his character on TV, he—and by extension, his theme song—have grown on me. So it's time to give this song the love that it deserves.

    "Hangman" Adam Page comes out to a theme called "Ghost Town Triumph" by Vincent Pedulla, a musician who's worked for major labels and symphonies, and has written and arranged music for video games, ad campaigns, TV, and film. His bio on his site doesn't really mention any previous work he's done for wrestling, so if Page's theme is his first, then he did a fine-ass job and should really be tapped to do more going forward.

    The song starts with some suave guitar plucking, with the bass slowly building towards something looming, as if emerging from a distance. More strings are peppered in as another layer and then the bass drums bring in the midtempo beat that sets the stage. This was meant for a Western. This was really meant for a cowboy. This was meant for someone who's all about that cowboy shit.

    What I love about "Ghost Town Triumph" is how simple it is as a song. Yes, it's an instrumental loop. But with a character like "Hangman" Adam Page, that's really all you need to paint the picture that this man is a badass plucked from the Wild West. It's not a slow, plodding theme that underscores the entrance of a behemoth. And it's also not a frenetic, hyper tune that's usually associated with a junior heavyweight who also happens to be a highflyer. This song is a song you casually walk out to because when it's playing in the background, the crowd's attention is drawn to the badass who dares to be a cowboy in 2020 and will earn your respect because he can.

    "Ghost Town Triumph" has the vibe of a conquering hero in a Western. And that's what makes this song work so well! You can imagine "Hangman" walking out to this at an arena or an empty saloon and it'll make sense. And you can just as easily visualize him riding off into the sunset with this song in the background after he's taken care of those gosh-darned baddies who tried to loot the town. It just works. Setting the scene for the character, check. Drawing your attention to said character, check. Establishing said character's presence or post-match triumph, check.

    With "Hangman" and Kenny Omega's post-tag title story taking shape the way it is, I'm actually glad Kenny's the one turning heel instead of Page. I'm not yet ready to see "Hangman" go full heel, especially if it means parting with his current theme song. "Ghost Town Triumph" is a hero's theme, a conquering one's at that. If "Hangman" Adam Page" ever decides to wear a black hat for real, then he'll probably have to ditch this theme or commission a darker remix for it.

    I wish we'd shown this song some love on last year's Theme Song Awards on The Wrestling-Wrestling Podcast. But since we can't do that anymore, this #TST feature will have to do for now.

    Now get me my beer.

    Screenshot from All Elite Wrestling


    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 the host of On Deck, as well as one of the hosts of The Wrestling-Wrestling 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. 

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