Best of 2016: Music

Believe it or not a big role in any promotion is music. Whether it’s a of a talent, show or big pay-per view event’s theme song, we all respond to it. Music can hold a lot of mysterious power in humans psychologically and at the same time stimulate more parts of the brain than any other human function. Around the world music is not only art but sends a message and to provoke any kind of human emotion at any time and place.

These are some of the top tracks of 2016 that have set the tone for an event, cemented a talent’s contagious yet lovable gimmick (Bayley…but she’s not going to be on this list – 2016 themes only) and was just overall a good jam! Let’s also look back on some of the matches that took place this year.

“Mayhem” by Halestorm
Into the Wild Life (2015)

This track by the Pennsylvania rock band, Halestorm, was one of the three official theme songs of NXT TakeOver: Dallas back in April. The other two being “Devil Inside Me” by Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes and “Fiddle Me This” by Yelawolf. I chose this song as one of the top tracks of the year because, for a band with 21 years of experience, Halestorm continues to produce songs such as “Mayhem” that create their own unique spice with the impressive vocals from lead singer Lzzy Hale. She absolutely killed it in this track!

NXT TakeOver: Dallas was held two nights before Wrestlemania 32 and most notably featured the debut and wins of Shinsuke Nakamura and Austin Aries. The Kay Bailey Hutchinson Center catered to a sold-out crowd of 9,000. At this point in NXT, Finn Balor would retain the NXT Championship and sported his insane Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) demon look complete with a chainsaw prop during his entrance paying homage to Texas pop culture, American Alpha would capture the NXT Tag Team titles from The Revival and Bayley would pass out to the Asuka Lock resulting in a new NXT Women’s Champion in the Empress of Tomorrow – Asuka.  A little mayhem never hurt anyone, right? 

“My House” by Flo Rida
My House EP (2015)

No surprise here! I’ll admit at first I wasn’t in favor of yet another Flo Rida track to be the theme song for any pay-per view event…let alone Wrestlemania. However, as months went on and the countdown to Wrestlemania was displayed during each WWE programming – I was sold! “My House” wasn’t only a hit to me but Flo Rida is a hit maker in general. Flo Rida had not only one but two singles featured twice as one of the five official theme songs this year and for Wrestlemania 28 in Miami with his version of “Good Feeling” and “Wild Ones” feat. Sia. He makes it look so easy but with that kind of talent and magic touch to the charts it was only inevitable that he would do it again.

“Hail to the King” by Avenged Sevenfold
Hail to the King (2013)

I felt that this track went so well with the main event of Wrestlemania 32. There were actually five theme songs to the event the remainder being “Hello Friday” by Flo Rida feat. Jason Derulo, “Sympathy for the Devil” by Motorhead and “Oh No” by Goodbye June. I’m actually a little shocked and confused as to why “Victorious” by Panic! At The Disco wasn’t a part of the official “soundtrack” (well, let’s call it an EP since there’s about five songs in one) of Wrestlemania 32. It was featured in the post Wrestlemania 32 video package. The only thing this Wrestlemania lacked, music wise, was a live performance. I’m not going to count Fifth Harmony performing “America the Beautiful.” I’ll admit I was disappointed we didn’t get Flo Rida to actually perform or maybe have Avenged Sevenfold play as part of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s intense entrance during the main event.

Wrestlemania 32 broke ceilings as an NXT Superstar, Baron Corbin, would go on to win the annual Andre the Giant 20-Man Battle Royal Memorial, the epic return of Shane McMahon and continuing streak of The Undertaker, AJ Styles’ Wrestlemania debut and the bar set by three of the Four Horsewomen Becky Lynch, Charlotte and Sasha Banks in a triple threat match for the new WWE Women’s Championship. The event housed a record breaking new attendance record of 101, 763 and despite the mixed reviews this event nonetheless went down in history.

“We Don’t Have to Dance” by Andy Black
The Shadow Side (2016)

Andy Biersack or better known under the names of Andy Six and Andy Black kick started his music career with the buzz around heavy metal, rock band Black Veil Brides in 2006. “We Don’t Have To Dance” is the lead single off of his solo debut full-length, The Shadow Side. He even tweeted a shout out to WWE in regards to the track being the official theme song.

Payback was highly criticized, particularly with its main event resulting in Roman Reigns retaining the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against AJ Styles, and showcased matches such as the fan favorite on-going rivalry between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, the #1 contender match for the WWE Tag Team Championship against The Vaudevillains and Enzo Amore and Big Cass, where Amore would suffer an injury resulting in The Vaudevillains winning by technical knockout.

“Fire” by Pvris
White Noise (2014)

When WWE announced the official theme song to Extreme Rules, I nearly flipped. Pvris is a rock band from Massachusetts that consists of Lynn Gunn, Alex Babinski and Brian MacDonald. Throughout the last two years, they had gained so much praise being recognized as one of the top breakthrough bands of 2015 and the unique musical style produced on their debut album, White Noise. There’s a lot that can be said about girls in rock bands but you truly have to create your own atmosphere to sell it properly and they’re doing just that. Pvris are no strangers to the WWE and especially to WWE Superstar Seth Rollins. He has noted Pvris as being one of his favorite bands and praised Gunn for her vocal talent. The band was even invited to a WWE pay-per view event at one point.

Extreme Rules recycled a couple of match cards in this event with the feud between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn except this time threw in The Miz (with Maryse), Charlotte defeating Natalya, Dean Ambrose defeating Chris Jericho and the main event of Roman Reigns against AJ Styles – only to retain again, which I’m sure wasn’t in 99% of the WWE Universe’s favor. So really, were there no rules? Extreme rules.

“Serpents” by Neck Deep
Life’s Not Out to Get You (2015)

Neck Deep is a Welsh pop-punk band whose music can be compared to the likes of A Day to Remember, New Found Glory, Sum 41 and The Wonder Years. The band has released two studio albums, Wishful Thinking (2014) and Life’s Not Out to Get You (2015). Neck Deep has received awards as Best British Newcomer via Kerrang! Awards in 2014 and for Best Live Band via APMAs (2016).

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II had three official theme songs one of which was “Serpents” by Neck Deep. Brooklyn is currently home to one of WWE’s “Big Four” – SummerSlam. The Barclays Center seated over 15 thousand fans for TakeOver and served as Ember Moon and Bobby Roode’s in-ring debuts. This event gave Nakamura his first title reign as the NXT Champion after defeating Samoa Joe.

“Stronger” by Through Fire
Breathe (2016)

Through Fire is a four-piece hard rock band from Nebraska. The band formed in 2015, soon signed with Sumerian Records and released a full-length record, which featured the single “Stronger” peaking in at the Top 30 on the mainstream rock chart.

Backlash was brought back by the WWE after the brand split in July 2016. This was documented as the first SmackDown! Live brand event. It also marked the phenomenal resume of AJ Styles as he captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship from Dean Ambrose making him the first wrestler ever to hold world championships in WWE, TNA and New Japan Pro Wrestling. The event determined an inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion in Becky Lynch and Tag Team Champions in Heath Slater and Rhyno.

“Bulletproof” by Young Guns
Echoes (2016)

Young Guns isn’t a band new to the game. They fist stepped onto the music scene in 2008, have four studio albums and hail all the way from England. The defining thing about Young Guns is the fact that their music and themselves don’t seek out to be a specific or limited style band. They write and play good rock music that almost everyone around the world can enjoy and the fact that they’re English is actually enough, in some peoples minds’, to set them apart from the rest. Although it shouldn’t, there’s something about Young Guns’ musical style that is able to win the ears and hearts of its listeners.

This was the first WWE Event under the revised name Clash of Champions. Each title was to be contested and it was exclusive to the RAW brand and previously known as Night of Champions and even dating back to Vengeance and Vengeance: Night of Champions. One championship switched hands that night, Roman Reigns defeating Rusev for the United States Championship. Other notable matches on the card was the Triple Threat between Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Bayley, in which Charlotte would retain but only lose the title to Banks in a one-on-one rematch the next night on Raw, TJ Perkins defending his newly won Cruiserweight title for the first time against Brian Kendrick, The New Day continuing their reign to the longest reigning Tag Team in the WWE winning up against The Club and the main event of Kevin Owens defeating Seth Rollins.


The remainder of this post is just a couple of theme songs released this year that we all can agree on that we enjoyed hearing. We were introduced to new talent and some that finally made their way to the WWE but nonetheless their theme songs also helped bring out a certain emotion whether you were given a nostalgic vibe from “Playing with Power” to not being able to handle it with “Around the World” to singing along to “The Rising Sun” (which doesn’t even have any words…) and the top hit “Glorious Domination”.

“Phenomenal” (AJ Styles Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“Take A Stand” (WWE Cruiserweight Classic Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“Playing with Power” (TJ Perkins Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“Around the World” (Rich Swann Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“The Rising Sun” (Shinsuke Nakamura Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“Glorious Domination” (Bobby Roode Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“Free the Flame” (Ember Moon Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“Femme Fatale” (Billie Kay Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“Omen in the Sky” (Gallows & Anderson Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

“Chrome Hearts” (Gargano & Ciampa Theme Song) by WWE Music
WWE Music (2016)

Hopefully you enjoyed this post! I strictly narrowed it to music within the WWE and what was produced or used this year but if there are any songs that should’ve made the list, let us know! I know there’s a bunch and I wish we could get to them all! It was a really good year for music despite some of the match cards. It was also shocking too. I mean, who would’ve thought that Bobby Roode’s theme would go so over? Thank you, Team #DIY.


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