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    Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    #ThemeSongTuesday: I'm In

    If you've been following this column for quite some time, you probably know two things about your humble scribe by now. (1) I love heel stables. (2) I love hip-hop in my wrestling themes.

    That's why seeing The Hurt Business's entrance theme get uploaded on WWE Music's YouTube and Spotify over the weekend was a hell of a drop for me because I'm finally able to listen to it in full so I can write about it on a #ThemeSongTuesday.

    I was originally going to show this theme some love until I sat down and listened to it in full with headphones on.

    Here's my biggest issue with it: the theme's main chord progression sounds too similar to another theme—Seth Rollins's. It really doesn't help that I just wrote about that particular theme three weeks ago, so Seth's entrance song is still pretty fresh in my mind.

    Seriously, listen to both themes above and below. The chord progressions are so similar that they'd actually blend together whether you listen to them simultaneously or one after the other. The latter isn't so bad because that's the easiest way for DJs to segue songs into one another. But the fact that you could overlap both songs onto one another and they'd actually blend reeks of laziness when you find out that both themes were done by the same team of people. It also doesn't help that both themes have roughly around the same midtempo BPM.

    You could even listen to the main hooks of both themes above and below just to hear it for yourself. 

    The Hurt Business's theme isn't all bad though.

    I appreciate the low bass and deep strings in the intro, which are also peppered in between the track to transition to a different section of the song. It's intimidating and menacing, much like that iconic Jaws theme scored by John Williams. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if def rebel ripped that off specifically for this purpose.

    The Jaws-like bass and strings do fit within what The Hurt Business does as a faction. They're not supposed to be friendly faces you'd cheer for. You wouldn't want to be trapped in a dark alley—or a lit-up ring, for that matter—with those dudes.

    As for the main hip-hop beat, it's got elements of trap music with the syncopated hi-hats and bass drums that add to the overall darkness of the theme. It's got just enough drip in it to make you feel the swag that The Hurt Business should be oozing, whether they're in their fancy suits or in their ring gear. 

    An underrated part of the theme is the quick bridge section with the keys. It's hypnotic and trance-like, and with the beat slowing down for a bit, it feels like it's lulling you into what appears to be a false sense of security before you realize that you're actually about to be jumped by MVP and his crew.

    Overall, "It's Time" isn't a bad theme. It elicits the right feelings I should be associating with The Hurt Business so it checks off the basic list of what I need out of an entrance theme. I just wish def rebel got more creative and original with this one. Speaking of creativity, why didn't they just entitle it, "I'm in?" It's one of their taglines and is practically plastered all over The Hurt Business's graphics as they enter the ring. Jeez.

    What do you think about The Hurt Business' theme song? Sound off in the comments section below!

    Header image 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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    Item Reviewed: #ThemeSongTuesday: I'm In Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Stan Sy
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