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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Prepare the Way for the Monday Night Messiah

    Seth Rollins

    Even before I took a break from this column, I'd been waiting for a time when I could write about Seth Rollins's new current theme song. I say "current" because he's already been using this for about half a year so the novelty of it all is gone. But the fact that I'm still excited to write about it should give you an idea of how good it really is as a whole. Hell, if WWE didn't just drop the ball on the writing behind Seth's disciples, then he'd have one of the best (and darkest) gimmicks of the modern era. Instead, I'm left here pondering how not to incorporate 13 years' worth of my Catholic school upbringing into low-effort puns in an article about the Monday Night Messiah's theme song.

    Alright. *cracks knuckles* 

    Here we go.

    Seth's theme is entitled "The Rising," which sounds exactly like something you'd call a song about someone with a messianic complex. I mean, this is a guy who took a look at the show he was a part of, realized that everything around him fell apart, and decided that he would be the savior who would rise above it to lead everyone back to whatever promised land he had cooked up in his head.

    The song itself opens with what sounds like a choir vocalizing in a church, but because this theme was written for a heel wrestler, you can tell that it sounds equally angelic and ominous. Great touch.

    The beat then drops and you've got a midtempo beat accompanied by synth organs and strings announcing the arrival of the biggest, most delusional prick in the building. It's actually befitting of Rollins's character because it has all the pomp and circumstance of someone so full of it, they're fully capable of saying the words, "Prepare the way of the Monday Night Messiah! Make straight my paths!" 

    The song itself isn't too intense that it only belongs in a lair of gangbangers. But it also isn't too boring that you'd think you could only hear it at a real religious service. It sounds like a wrestling theme, make no mistake about it. It's just not your stereotypical wrestling theme, which is more than the baseline of what we ask for from WWE's music group or the people who write, produce, and record the actual music, def rebel.

    What I love about this song is how it perfectly captures the aura of this version of Seth Rollins. You've got the holier-than-thou feel the moment the song plays and his stained glass graphics are displayed on the trons. You can feel how condescending he is from the moment he steps out and walks slowly as if he wants you to thank him for working hard to save RAW. You can see that this is a man whose delusions of grandeur make him so blind to the fact that this place is a cesspool because he is the problem. If you can get all of that from one song, then you know you've hit money.

    The best part is that you don't even feel it looping because it's not a loop. And the entire track goes on for less than three minutes.

    That's how you create a track that won't make me turn away from Seth. I believe.

    Photo 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 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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