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    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    #ThemeSongTuesday (1/10/17): All Hail the King (of the Cruiserweights)

    It's been way too long since we last had a #ThemeSongTuesday column, which is why it's great that we have a host of new themes to cover thanks to the influx of the Cruiserweights. Before we get any further, it's your boy Stan Sy sitting in this week for former reviewer Renzo Magnaye, whose work we still miss on this space.

    If there's one thing that's easily noticeable with regard to entrance themes and wrestlers' alignments, it's that there's a general pattern that emerges when you observe music in wrestling. Babyfaces normally come out to upbeat tracks, while heels generally use slower, rougher, and grittier songs. There are also cases where a wrestler's alignment no longer affects the theme because the song has become such a part of the character that it would be incomplete without the track. Superstars like "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and the Undertaker are the best examples of that.

    Today, however, we'll take a look at a heel whose entrance theme got an upgrade because of his recent turn. So let's focus on the Man that Creative Remembered Self-Proclaimed King of the Cruiserweights, Neville.

    Neville's theme, "Break Orbit," has been one of CFO$'s more interesting creations because of how it fit his babyface character. Its intro had the same vibe as Chris Jericho's entrance theme during the 2000s with the countdown intro leading to the drop. From there, you're taken on an audio journey through the cosmos, which pretty much simulates Space Mountain with all the seeming twists, turns, ups, and downs. The vocals come in and out with the transmission filter, as if they're being sent from some control center. And then there's the guitar solo, which is just the right amount of shredding to add some life to the high-octane track.

    When Neville turned heel towards the end of 2016, many expected that "Break Orbit" would get a remix the same way Eddie Guerrero's theme did when Latino Heat turned heel in 2005. It only made sense since it would be hard to imagine a ruthless heel come out to Neville's old theme. 

    Much like Neville's wrestling style, "Break Orbit" gets stripped and slowed down to create a rougher redux to fit his new demeanor. The song starts with a couple of riffs that sound like the basic riffs of Ryback's WWE theme. And then you get the same countdown-like lead-in to the takeoff, which ends underwhelmingly relative to the original version. You then hear everything slowed down, from the beat, to the vocals, to the guitar riffs—the last of which get the most gruff added to it. If you take the riffs on their own, you could actually associate this with a generic rock theme for a huge, burly Superstar like Braun Strowman. You could argue that it fits Neville since he's one of the most jacked Cruiserweights, but we're all just fooling ourselves because the Cruiserweights still just live in a world of their own for the most part.

    It's not the best remix in the world, because a lot of the elements we've come to associate with "Break Orbit" and Neville are still there. And when you look at Neville on screen today, there's very little left of the Man That Gravity Forgot that we all used to cheer for. Hell, he wears a permanent scowl now and finishes opponents off with superplexes and submissions. You'd think CFO$ would have given him a fresh new theme song. Then again, it probably reflects on how Creative ultimately cares about Neville that they didn't even bother giving him a new theme like the Usos did.

    The original "Break Orbit" is one of those wrestling themes that were low-key great additions to your workout playlist, especially when you're doing your cardio. The remix could still remain there, but it sounds like it's more appropriate for when you're doing weight training, particularly leg day.

    What do you think of the remix to Neville's theme? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Let us know below!

    Photo from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. He dresses up in fancy suits from time to time to book matches as PWR's General Manager.

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    Item Reviewed: #ThemeSongTuesday (1/10/17): All Hail the King (of the Cruiserweights) Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Stan Sy
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