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    Tuesday, September 7, 2021

    Theme Song Tuesday: New Music, Who Dis?

    It's Tuesday, you know what that means.

    Well, well, well. All Out fulfilled the hype and gave us not one, not two, but three huge debuts in Ruby Soho, Adam Cole, and Bryan freakin' Danielson. And since all three stars came out to actual music, unlike Mark Henry and Andrade El Idolo during their debuts, then it's only right that we show them some love here on #ThemeSongTuesday.

    Let's start with Bryan Danielson's new theme, which is apparently called "Born for Greatness."

    I love how this theme brings together two iconic sounds from his runs in Ring Of Honor and WWE. The song's base track is Richard Wagner's iconic composition "Ride of the Valkyries," which was actually Daniel Bryan's theme song for a while in WWE until they remixed it into "Flight Of The Valkyries," which we remember the most. I'm actually not mad that Bryan didn't bring Europa's "The Final Countdown" with him to AEW because, honestly, most wrestling fans today will remember him from WWE. He did spend over 11 years there, so I wouldn't be surprised if more people associate "Ride of the Valkyries" with Bryan. Great call here.

    What does pay homage to his ROH run is the "YOU'RE GONNA GET YOUR FUCKING HEAD KICKED IN!" chants, which are in the actual fucking song! This is amazing! It's a great nod to his history as "The American Dragon," and if you know, you know. If you don't, it'll make you want to look up his many exploits in ROH. Based on Danielson's post-All Out media scrum, it looks like he's raring to start kicking people's heads in again, and I'm all for it!

    As for the hip-hop beat and the vocals, I'm not too mad about it. I've been used to hearing Danielson come out to an instrumental track for over a decade, so it's a refreshing change. The song's lyrics seem to be aligned with what Danielson said about himself. He already knows he's great. He's not here for that. He's in AEW to see how great everyone else is.

    Is this going to be a contender for New Theme of the Year? It's too early to tell. Give me a couple more months of watching Bryan Danielson on AEW.

    In the meantime, let's talk about Ruby Soho's new theme.

    Like Jungle Boy, Orange Cassidy, and Jon Moxley before her, Ruby Soho's entrance theme is an existing song. It's a track called, well, "Ruby Soho!" American punk band Rancid wrote and recorded the song in 1995, and it inspired Soho's former ring name, Ruby Riott. Not long after her WWE release last June, Soho was a guest on The Wrestling Perspective Podcast, which Rancid vocalist Lars Frederiksen co-hosts. During the interview, Frederiksen told Soho that she could use "Ruby Soho" as her ring name and that they could work around the copyright immediately. That explains everything Ruby Soho's released on social media since she left WWE, all the way down to the "Destination: Unknown" and "Destination: Known" bits.

    I love Ruby Soho using "Ruby Soho" as her theme because it's an established song that has a personal connection to her, much like "Wild Thing" is connected to Moxley's love of Atsushi Onita. The fact that Soho and Lars Frederiksen have a personal relationship takes this to a whole 'nother level because everything just fits together so well. Now that I've heard "Ruby Soho," I can't help but think that The Riott Squad's old theme, "We Riot," must've been inspired by it. I can't unhear the punk influences; I really can't!

    Alright, let's talk about the dead guy AEW brought back to life.

    The Undisputed ERA's theme made me want to play air guitar like Kyle O'Reilly. It made me want to walk across a hall, wave my arms, and scream out like Adam Cole. It also made me want to point my thumb at my shoulder and yell, "BOOM!"

    "All About Tha (BOOM!)" makes me want to do a lot of the same things, which is great because it means that Adam Cole's presentation isn't really all that different now that he's in AEW. He's the same guy—just, y'know, brought back from the dead and all. He just happens to be with a different gang now, but with a lot of the friends he used to roll with back in the day. New music, same old Adam Cole (BAYBAY!).

    From the moment you click play, you'll want to just scream, "YOU KNOW IT'S ALL ABOUT THA BOOM! ADAM COLE BAYBAY!" I like that the theme was specifically written and produced for Adam Cole, which is another reminder of how big a fucking deal this man is. Like his theme songs in WWE, these themes draw from nu metal influences and are built around heavy guitar solos. What makes "All About Tha (BOOM!)" stand out is the scratching in the middle of the track. As a fan of Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and the X-Ecutioners' brand of nu metal, my inner '00s kid gets giddy every time I hear that part of the song.

    I'm not going to get this song out of my head for a few weeks. Do you know why? Because YOU KNOW IT'S ALL ABOUT THA BOOM! ADAM COLE BAYBAY!

    Okay, I'm gonna stop. Which of these new theme songs is your favorite? Do you think these songs fit AEW's newest trio of debuting stars? Let us know in the comments section below!

    Image from AEW


    Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry and is also a TV and events host, a freelance writer, and a podcaster. His podcasts include On Deck with Stan SyNow Steaming: A Tsinoy Podcast, and The Wrestling-Wrestling Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX Philippines. He enjoys watching WWE, AEW, and the occasional New Japan match.
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