12. Orange Cassidy
There’s a couple of benefits to AEW being run by a madly enthusiastic son of a billionaire.
First, it means they can bankroll some of the best wrestlers in the world, and provide actual alternative career opportunities to WWE, and second, it means they can throw money at licensed music by actual bands.
AEW’s roster has some true bangers on it, Jungle Boy’s Tarzan Boy is a crowdwork delight, Darby Allin’s I Fell is as effortlessly cool as the man himself, but special mention has to be made of Orange Cassidy’s, mostly because I’m a big fan of Pixies.
Tony getting out the chequebook to give OC “Where Is My Mind” is a wonderful move, it’s a beautiful song, perfect for his character, serene but full of subtle aggression, just brilliant brilliant.
LOVE a bit of classical music in my wrestling.
Damien Sandow’s hallelujah chorus by Handel, Randy Savage’s pomp and circumstance, Bryan Danielson’s “Ride of the Valkyries” (I don’t actually like his new AEW theme sorry don’t @ me) the Flairs with their various versions of Also Sprach Zarathustra, and then there’s this, the theme for all of Imperium, but especially their uber ring general, WALTER.
Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9” from the new world, and that new world is governed by a final boss, and the final boss will chop your f**king tits off.
The song reeks of intelligent cruelty, and unstoppable violence, which are the top two qualifications on WALTER’s linkedin profile.
10. Rhea Ripley
I’m not sure if this’ll be a controversial inclusion, because who the hell knows what the internet thinks about anything anymore, but purely for my own tastes, this song RULES.
It genuinely is in contention for the best women’s theme ever, maybe alongside Lita’s classic theme and Io Shirai’s occasional theme Scary Mask, which why isn’t that her theme song all the time, please.
The vocals on Ripley’s theme are by Ash Costello and talk about killing it, and also her own vocal cords. Great sting with this is my brutality, and the rest of the track absolutely THUNDERS along.
Shame the Mania 37 performance didn’t quite capture the song’s fury.