WWE Anthology (The Federation Years) Top 5 Wrestling Themes

26 08 2013

WWE Antholgy (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. - 2002)

Since becoming a fan of Professional wrestling back in late 2004, I have been very interested in the music that the wrestlers come out too. After going to see WWE Smackdown live in Manchester in November 2004, I was interested to hear that the music was available to buy on CD (Back in a time when the iPod was just about to be released). So soon after I bought a copy of WWE Anthology, a collection of pieces of music throughout the history of the WWE. Because the collection came on three discs, I thought I would do a top 5 of each of the discs and my favourite music on them (even though I might skip the NOW disc and just do a general top 5 of the whole collection as there are only 4 songs on the NOW disc of note and one of them is the Hurricane’s theme, I suppose I could just do a list of pieces that were produced post Attitude era). So the first disc as you can guess from the title is the Federation Years which is mostly filled with pre attitude era pieces of music. While the songs still sound tough for the wrestlers in question, they are a lot lighter in tone and some what more pleasant. So here are my Top 5 themes of WWE Anthology The Federation Years (just one thing of note quickly, best theme does not mean best wrestler, so don’t go thinking that one is better than the other just because of which of their music I prefer).

Jake Roberts

5: Snake Bit – Jake “The Snake” Roberts – With a wrestling name like that, you would consider something like the sounds of a snake or something very dark and sinister, instead what you get is a piece of music produced on a synthesizer or keyboard which sounds awe-inspiring. Generally the piece is quite calm and open and does not contain many low notes. while the opening could be considered sinister, it does not sound long and when the piece has its main opening reveal, it gives the idea of Jake Roberts holding his snake up in the air to show to the audience. It’s a simple and peaceful theme for a sinister name like that.

No Holds Barred

4: No Holds Barred – No Holds Barred theme – I have no Idea to what No Holds Barred is or was but from my quick research it appears to have been a film starring Hulk Hogan. Anyway the theme song is quite nice and holds a sense of suspense all the way through. The song almost tells a tale of what one man is going to or is about to do, his hopes or dreams perhaps of what is about to come. The songs suspense though reaches an eventual limit as it shouts at out the title of the piece and says it with pride before going back into the main rhythm of the song. It only continues to go at the risen pitch when the song starts to conclude.

HBK

3: Sexy Boy – Shawn Michaels – The theme song that would be the theme throughout almost the entirety of the career of the Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels. Possibly one of the most recognised themes in all of wrestling, HBK’s theme fits perfectly with both his charismatic style and the excitement of his matches and presence. An assortment of a bit of disco and rock, the song is pretty much showing off and would be perfect for a villain, despite the fact HBK is both a fan favourite and a good guy in wrestling and character. The song is one of only a few love orientated songs in wrestling and contains some nice guitar solo work also.

Hulk Hogan

2: Real American – Hulk Hogan – What is widely considered as the first proper theme for a wrestler (performed by Rick Derringer), the theme suited nobody better than Hulk Hogan. While the song is as patriotic as it sounds, it is generally a nice song which anybody can join in depending on nation as the song is not boisterous about the country it is talking about. The song’s opening track rhythm continues throughout with a mid guitar solo in it too. The chorus to the song is also a lot of fun as well as pleasant and does not at any point go into a dark tone. The idea with a song, particularly a rock song being light and fluffy is present in this song as it is has that feel to it.

Ultimate Warrior

1: Unstable – Ultimate Warrior – A wild piece of music for a wild wrestler. The Ultimate Warrior as a wrestler was wild and unstoppable and so the song Unstable works perfectly for him. The piece is as made as the wrestler and what he does in the ring, it gives the impression of something unstoppable, something that could not be beat, something so terrifying that you would do what you could to avoid getting on its bad side. The piece starts with an easy beat in the speed that it’s at before going into its main part which sounds like something on the rampage without going too heavy, it then reaches a slower and quick conclusion before doing it all over again. Interestingly enough, this piece actually helped me to recover in Hospital back in 2005 when I had a leg injury. Because I was put on a machine that would help me to angle my leg and had to reach an angle of 90 degrees before I could go home, I listened to this CD when I was recovering. When I got to the Ultimate Warrior track, I myself felt unstoppable and put the machine right up to 90 degrees, while it did hurt a lot, I felt unstoppable and left hospital the following Friday. SO not only is this piece my favourite from the first disc, but also it helped me to recover from a horrible accident.

GENEPOOL





MCA – Monster Combat Alliance – Second Chance

26 02 2013

Second Chance

It is now the second month of the year and time for a special event. The MCA has not been running for long but there are still monsters (7 in total) who have yet to win a match. So this month the bottom 8 monsters in the MCA will participate in a mini tournament to stack up some wins. The winner of this evening will not win anything really except for a nice head start of 3 wins to climb up the ranks. The 8 monsters competing tonight are:

  • The Kraken (The only monster tonight to have previously won a match)
  • Mothra
  • The Host
  • Imoogi
  • The Ultimate Warrior
  • King Ghidorah
  • Buraki
  • Zudomon

So, for the first round of this tournament, the monsters will not be shown until they win a match. So another 4 monsters will lose yet another match, while 4 are guaranteed a win. All the first round matches are simple 3 fight matches. Let the Chaos begin.

The first match will be The Kraken vs Mothra – The Kraken goes first.

Kraken

Mothra

19

20

4

12

15

11

Mothra 1961 - Present

Mothra Wins their first match in the MCA. The Kraken was a potential favourite with his past victory but Mothra got an early victory.

Next up it is The Host vs Imoogi – Imoogi goes first

Imoogi

The Host

3

8

2

12

17

3

 The Host

The Host Wins – Another early victory as The Host snatches the victory from Imoogi.

The Next match of the evening will be The Ultimate Warrior vs King Ghidorah – King Ghidorah goes first.

King   Ghidorah

The   Ultimate Warrior

18

7

9

20

19

10

 King Ghidorah 1964 - Present

King Ghidorah Wins – King Ghidorah finally achieves his victory as he smashes the only Human in the MCA.

The final match of Round 1 is Buraki vs Zudomon – Buraki goes first.

Buraki

Zudomon

6

7

2

7

3

11

Zudomon

Zudomon Wins – Zudomon has finally won a match in the MCA as he beats Buraki who now has the most defeats in the MCA with 4.

We now move into the Second round. Our 4 remaining monsters will now be involved in 5 fight matches with the hope of going into the final round. Once again their picture will not be shown until they win the match. They have a long way to climb to get the honour before a match.

The first match of round 2 will be Mothra vs The Host – The Host goes first.

The Host

Mothra

17

13

3

1

17

13

19

5

13

3

The Host

The Host Wins – What was a defiant match against a larger adversary, The Host picks up a major victory against the Cinema Legend.

The Final match of round 2 will be King Ghidorah vs Zudomon – Zudomon goes first.

Zudomon

King   Ghidorah

6

12

13

20

3

1

9

15

9

7

King Ghidorah 1964 - Present

King Ghidorah Wins – King Ghidorah wins again, Good work from Zudomon but it does seem that 3 heads really are better than 1.

Now we come to the Big Final; King Ghidorah vs The Host. The Host has already taken out 1 legend of Cinema can he take another or will King Ghidorah make his record 3 Wins for 3 Losses, let’s find out in a 7 fight match – King Ghidorah goes first.

The Host vs King Ghidorah

King   Ghidorah

The Host

19

13

13

19

12

1

7

17

17

15

15

19

13

17

The Host

The Host Wins – Congratulations to both these monsters for getting this far but tonight’s winner is The Host who now has a Head Start towards the top ranks and possibly The World Title in the MCA.

Next Month is going to be Big. The Top 5 Monsters in the MCA will all be in Action. Yes, Rodan, Godzilla, Battra, Gigan and Kiryu will be in action. Also The Host will have their first match in the big time as they take on Rodan, Yes that’s right Tonight’s Winner takes on the Best in the MCA right now. King Ghidorah will also be fighting in the Big Time as he takes on Desghidorah. There will also be re-match for the MCA World Title as the current champion Battra takes on Godzilla. Next Month will be a Titanic Month for the MCA and I hope you will return to see it. Take care and Watch out.

GENEPOOL (MCA Founder and Chairman)





MCA – Monster Combat Alliance – November Bonfire

23 11 2012

Last month more spaces in the World Title Tournament were filled up as well as the end of the three-part series between the Victor Anguiras and Rhedosaurus. This month is a Big Month. There are only 3 matches but one of them is Big, seven monsters Big. Seven Monsters fighting for the last spot in the World Title Tournament. We also have a Number One Contender’s match which will decide who gets the first shot at the World Title (after the tournament of course). We also have 2 new debuts tonight as Imoogi debuts alongside what could be our most exciting debut to date as a Human joins the ranks. Possibly the only human who is Big enough, Strong enough and Intense Enough to take on a Monster. Before we begin though, let’s see who is in the World Title Tournament.

  • Kiryu
  • Rodan
  • Desghidorah
  • Megaguirus
  • Titanosaurus
  • Godzilla
  • Anguiras

Before we begin, there are many monsters in the MCA who have yet to win a single match (six monsters in total) and so it is time that these monsters start winning. Two monsters will fight tonight and one will win his first match. Two Dragons in particular, two creatures who have not been seen since round 1 of the King Of The Monsters Tournament. That’s right; they’re back – King Ghidorah vs Dragon (RoF). Secondly we have the Number One Contenders match who will get a shot at the title in January. The 2 monsters chosen are 2 monsters that have no Involvement in either the tournament or tonight’s main event. Tonight Battra takes on Ultraman. Then we have tonight’s main event. A Seven Monster Elimination Match that I like to call the Hostile Takeover Match. Tonight it will be Gigan vs Gamera vs The DeathSaurer vs Manda vs Gyaos vs Imoogi vs THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR.

Let the Chaos Begin. Our first match of the evening is a 5 fight match between Dragon (RoF) and King Ghidorah – Dragon goes first.

 Dragon  King Ghidorah
17 13
5 3
13 9
3 20
7 13

Dragon Wins. While King Ghidorah may have made a sort of comeback it was just little too late. Maybe next time. Dragon gets their first win, congratulations.

Our next match of the evening is Battra vs Ultraman in a Number One Contenders Match, this will be a 7 fight match – Ultraman goes first.

 Ultraman  Battra
19 17
17 13
3 12
13 3
7 13
15 17
2 17

Battra Wins. It was a very close match, but Battra wins and earns the shot at the World Title. Whoever wins in December will face Battra in January, see you there. Tough luck Ultraman.

It’s finally arrived, the Big one, the Main Event, The Hostile Takeover Match. Here is how it will go down. Seven Monsters go in, every fight the monster with the lowest roll leaves the match (just like a normal match) and another loss is recorded onto their fight record. If there is a draw, the round is re-rolled. Whoever is left standing at the end wins the match. Simple Really. So let’s begin. Fighting Tonight are:

Gigan (KOTM 3rd Place, Second Best Fight Record)

Gamera (KOTM Wildcard Champion)

The DeathSaurer

Manda (KOTM 2nd Place, Third Best Fight Record)

Gyaos (KOTM 4th Place)

Imoogi (Debuting)

The Ultimate Warrior (Debuting, the only Human in the MCA)

The roll order will be decided by Highest Roll with a D20. If someone gets 20, they get the spot being rolled instantly. In case of draw, roll round is repeated. Last monster remaining gets last spot.

 Manda  Gamera  Warrior  Gyaos  Imoogi  DeathSaurer  Gigan
20 17 2 9 14 17 7
7 17 OUT 13 3 19 5
13 3 OUT 20 OUT 19 17
9 OUT OUT 5 OUT 19 13
17 OUT OUT OUT OUT 16 10
8 OUT OUT OUT OUT 15 OUT

The DeathSaurer Wins. I have to say that I was not expecting that but he has earned it. Not a great Debut for either Imoogi or The Ultimate Warrior. Personally I was hoping that Gigan was going to win it and he stuck in there but in the end he lost in what has to be one of the most exciting matches in the short history of the MCA. Congratulations to The DeathSaurer who earns the final place in the World Title Tournament. Here how the standings look for Next Month.

  • Kiryu
  • Rodan
  • Desghidorah
  • Megaguirus
  • Titanosaurus
  • Godzilla
  • Anguiras
  • The DeathSaurer

Next Month is the World Title Tournament. Next Month Eight monsters fight it out to become The First MCA World Champion. It is an Interesting Line-up. We have Rodan; The KOTM Champion and the monster with the best Fight Record in the MCA. We have Desghidorah who holds a victory over Rodan. We have Anguiras who had to win 2 matches to get to this point. We have The DeathSaurer who holds a victory over Desghidorah. Then there is Kiryu who Fought Mothra for the first spot. Megaguiras who won their debut match for their place. And let us not forget Titanosaurus earning a shot last week along with Godzilla who defeated the current Number 1 Contender Battra for his shot. It is going to be an interesting Month. Make sure you come back that, Take Care and Watch Out

GENEPOOL (MCA Founder and Chairman)





MCA – Monster Combat Alliance – Halloween Hospital

31 10 2012

Last month was another big month for the MCA with some more debuting monsters and some more monsters qualifying for the World Title Tournament in December. There are only four places left in the World Title Tournament, here is how it currently looks:

  • Kiryu
  • Rodan
  • Desghidorah
  • Megaguirus

This month we have three qualifying matches for the World Title Tournament. The final spot in the tournament will be decided next month in a match I am going to call the Hostile Takeover Match, more on that later.  This month we of course have the final match in the three part series between Rhedosaurus and Anguiras, there is a match between Godzilla and Battra as well as Titanosaurus and Buraki. All of these matches have a spot in the World Title Tournament at stake. We also have Rodan (KOTM 2012 Champion) vs Zudomon and The Kraken vs Gigan (KOTM 2012 3rd Place), Let the Chaos commence.

Our first match of the evening is The Kraken vs Gigan in a 5 fight match – Gigan goes first.

Gigan Kraken
15 1
13 2
20 10
10 18
13 1

Gigan Wins, Gigan is back on form after last month. After such a fantastic match I am going to give Gigan a spot in the Hostile Takeover match, I think he deserves it. The Kraken adds to his losses, bad luck.

Next up we have the first Qualifying match of the night for the World Title Tournament, Titanosaurus vs Buraki in a 5 fight match – Buraki goes first.

Buraki Titanosaurus
7 17
17 20
6 7
13 7
7 13

Titanosaurus Wins, two victories in a row for Titanosaurus. Buraki did not appear to put up much of a fight this time around compared to last month.

Next, Godzilla returns as he takes on Battra for a place in the World Title Tournament in a 7 fight match – Godzilla goes first.

Godzilla Battra
7 3
1 17
15 13
2 1
2 9
20 15
7 2

Godzilla, Millenium 4th Generation, Toho Co., Ltd. (Toho Kingdom)

Godzilla wins, It was going to be a titanic battle between 2 of our toughest monsters but it was Godzilla who earns that shot at the World Title. Bad luck for Battra.

Up next is a 5 fight match between Zudomon and the King Of The Monsters 2012 Champion Rodan – Rodan goes first.

Rodan Zudomon
15 13
11 13
7 10
16 7
19 12

Rodan Wins, Rodan has another impressive win. While Rodan holds a title more prestigious than any other title in the MCA (and the only title at the moment), Rodan has proven why he deserves a place in the World Title Tournament with another Fantastic Win. Zudomon has just added another loss to his record.

Our final match of the evening will be a 9 fight match as it is the final match in the three part series between Rhedosaurus and Anguiras – Anguiras goes first.

Anguiras Rhedosaurus
5 2
1 5
2 18
1 12
14 12
17 1
12 9
3 11
17 15

Well wasn’t that a match, it was tough either way with both monsters giving it their all but Anguiras wins it making it his second win in the series and winning that all important title spot. Rhedosaurus gave it his all but this time could not cut the mustard, this time.

Well that wraps up another tough month of monster fights we have had some titanic battles and three monsters in particular have gained spots in the World Title Tournament. Next month we only have 3 matches but one of them is going to be big. Seven Monsters in a Hostile Takeover match. Five have fought in the MCA before while two will be debuting. One of which will be one of the most exciting monsters to debut in the MCA, because they are a Human, in my opinion the only Human Strong Enough, Big Enough and Intense enough to take on a monster. The Seven monsters are: Gigan, Gamera, Imoogi, The DeathSaurer, Manda, Gyaos and THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR.

See you next month, Take Care and Watch Out

GENEPOOL (MCA Founder and Chairman)








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