It is now time for the third installment of the ‘Double Underhook’, and I would like to thank everyone who has read the first two articles and those that have given me positive feedback. The first article focused on two individuals, the second article focused on two different events going on in TNA and with my third installment, I want to go in a different direction. Music plays a huge part in wrestling. The opening theme is to get you pumped up for the show you are about to watch, the music played during video packages can really set the tone for a match and entrance music plays a key part in that initial reaction. We now live in a digital era where going to the store and buying CDs isn’t really a thing that people do anymore. But I can remember, not too long ago, anxiously waiting for the latest CD full of wrestling music to be released. This issue of the ‘Double Underhook’ will take a closer look at two different wrestling CDs that were released over the years.
WWF Forceable Entry
This CD released on March 26th, 2002. It was dubbed as being a CD full of new superstar themes that rocked. This was one of the only CDs the WWE released that was packed with well known names. Drowning Pool, Kid Rock, Creed, Limp Bizkit, Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson, to name a few, were all featured on this album. A lot of the songs on this album were actually used as entrance or TV themes, but a few were never actually used. Drowning Pool redid Triple H’s theme with their own version of ‘The Game’. I loved their version and still listen to it often, but Triple H never used it as his entrance theme. They only used it in video packages dealing with him and for a terrible live performance at Wrestlemania X8. I think it would have fit him perfectly and I would have loved to see him use it. This album features two of my all time favorite WWE rock themes. One being Breaking Point doing RVD’s theme, which he still uses today, and the other being Boy Hits Car doing Lita’s awesome theme. To me, there were a few strange features on this album. It featured a horrible version of Edge’s Rob Zombie theme that was no where close to the version he used on TV, and a very different version of Mr. McMahon’s theme performed by Dope. It gave us themes for ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin & The Undertaker during very memorable parts of their careers, themes for guys like Raven & Tazz and a song called, ‘Whatever’. Which going by the title of that song, it leads me to believe that nothing else even needs to be said about it. All in all this is still one of my favorite CD’s that the WWE ever put out. If you’ve never listened to it, I would suggest picking it up. Just make sure you buy it used on Amazon, cause if you buy it brand new, you are looking at a $33.94 price tag.
WCW Mayhem: The Music
When you hear WCW Mayhem, the video game is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But lets not forget that on November 16th, 1999, WCW released a music album with the same title as it’s video game. Mayhem: The Music also featured a lot of known artists… ICP, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Megadeath, Metallica & Cypress Hill were all present on this album. For me, this album had highs and lows. It started off with a fun DJ mix featuring audio clips & catch phrases from a lot of wrestlers, it had the two best themes Sting has ever used, as well as the funny themes from Konnan & the West Texas Rednecks. After that, it fell flat. The wrestlers themes are the shortest audio tracks on this album. You get full songs from people you could care less about, yet you got a minute or so of some of the wrestlers themes. Then, when it was pretty much the full wrestling theme, it was Hulk Hogan’s horrible ‘American Made’ song. The album consisted of 26 tracks but a lot of them just seemed like filler. If you only listened to one of these albums I would point you more in the direction of ‘Forceable Entry’, but both are worth the listen and both bring back some good memories. If you want to purchase ‘WCW Mayhem: The Music’, I would also suggest you purchase it used because a brand new copy on Amazon will cost you $37.64.
That’s it for another edition of the ‘Double Underhook’. As always with 4CR, we keep the conversation going on twitter. You can follow me @Figure4CR!