This week, Music to My Ears is stretching the definition of video game music a little bit.
Wrestlemania 30 was this past weekend, and for the first time in a long while, I watched the event in full. You can insert your jokes here about wrestling being fake or stupid — that way, we can get them out of the way early.
When I was a kid, my dad watched wrestling a bit because my step-mom was into it. That time happened to coincide with the infamous Monday Night Wars, when the (then) WWF battled WCW in a desperate struggle for ratings and viewership. The Rock and Stone Cold and the nWo and Sting were all running wild in the late ’90s, so it was a pretty good time to jump in.
Just like WCW, my interest eventually faded, although I continued to sort of follow from afar. The one thing that kept me into it was video games. Classic titles like WWF No Mercy and WCW/nWo World Tour carried me through the N64 age, and were later replaced by the Wrestlemania XIX game (ridiculous but fun) and the Smackdown vs. Raw series.
Still, CM Punk’s pipe bomb promo from a couple years ago brought me back. I started following what was happening on more of a weekly basis. And once some promising, fresh stars like Daniel Bryan and the Shield and the Wyatt Family began to get serious play, I was back in.
If you’re starting to realize that this song choice is basically just a chance to reminisce about wrestling, you’re right!
Anyway, Wrestlemania 30 was entertaining. A few of us watched it while grilling food and all that jazz. Cesaro winning the battle royale was cool. The Undertaker’s streak ending at the hands of Brock Lesnar was stunning. And while we could see Bryan’s huge night coming from a mile away, the story being told was still fantastic to watch.
So why Edge? His entrance was my favorite. To have a great wrestling entrance theme, you have to start with good music, but it’s more than that. You need something that tells the fans within the first three seconds that this song represents the badass who is about to step through the curtain. Think Stone Cold’s glass shattering or Mick Foley’s car crash. (Some cool pyro doesn’t hurt either.) Edge has all of those and more in the theme that he used for the latter part of his injury-curtailed career, and naturally that music appeared in all the wrestling games as well.
Maybe I’m cheating on this week’s pick. But if you think you know me, and you didn’t know I was a wrestling fan, well…
Metalingus (Edge’s entrance music)
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