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    Tuesday, October 16, 2018

    #ThemeSongTuesday: These Femme Fatales Are IIconic

    You know how Corey Graves goes apeshit on commentary every time Mandy Rose makes an entrance? He goes out of his way to tell Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton to shut up while he goes on a word vomit about how beautiful Mandy is. It's as if time has stood still for the man, while everyone else is forced to sit through what he has to say.

    That's how I feel whenever The IIconics come out, particularly for Peyton Royce.

    I don't care that she and Billie Kay are as bratty as they come on SmackDown Live. I don't care how annoying they get when they do their bad impressions of other Superstars. I don't even care that I'm supposed to boo them because they're heels.

    Peyton Royce is one of my absolute favorites on the Blue Brand because she's an absolute joy to watch from the moment The IIconics' music plays.

    "Femme Fatale" was actually Billie Kay's solo theme on NXT, appropriately named so because Billie was branded as the Femme Fatale of NXT during their time there. Even then, I knew this theme was actually special because it had a captivating aura about it. Every time I heard the song, it felt like a host of muses was calling me to come closer. And like the prey to a black widow, I'd say yes without thinking, and then these muses would unmask as, well, femme fatales while slitting my throat in the process.

    That's pretty much how "Femme Fatale" feels even until now. It's an enthralling track that's built on the haunting, yet enchanting vocals that you hear all throughout the hook. Unlike most CFO$-produced loops, this song survives on the strength of the vocals alone. They pull you in and then take you in for a ride. Whether you survive by the end of it is anyone's guess, really. Isn't that the point of the femme fatale archetype?

    This song has a beat that you can dance along to, as well. The loop is more sexual than physically imposing, and yet it's equally threatening, given the layering of The IIconics being femme fatales. And my God, do these women just take it in when they make their entrance.

    I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere, someone's got fantasies of taking in a lap dance (and then some) with "Femme Fatale" playing in the background. It's one of those rare wrestling songs that actually works in a different context outside of wrestling.

    I'm glad Peyton no longer uses her old theme on SmackDown Live. It felt too generic, like it was from their bank of themes they'd give any random female Superstar they'd trot out on TV. "Femme Fatale," however, is special because it feels like it was made for a star—or in this case, a couple of stars. WWE may not be getting everything right—no one really does. But they really hit it out of the park with this theme because it... is... iconic.

    What other entrance themes do you want to be featured on Theme Song Tuesday? Let us know in the comments section below!

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    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, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.
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