There are various aspects of a superstar that connect them with the audience. Along with extreme athleticism, over-the-bar promo skills, charisma, and drawing power, the entrance theme song also plays a huge role in any superstar’s profile. The entrance song sets the tone for any superstar and is a main attraction for the fans.
Many wrestlers are known for their impressive theme songs, which are still remembered by fans to this date. Music composers and singers play a very important role in delivering high-quality soundtracks for these superstars. When we talk about high-quality theme songs, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin might have a special mention.
Steve Austin is undoubtedly one of the main pillars of the WWE’s Attitude Era. From his hard-hitting verbal promos to his unmatched aggression, he truly was one of a kind. Another huge factor in making ‘Stone Cold’ what he is today was his catchy theme song. To this day, the crowd erupts whenever a glass-shattering sound is heard inside the arena, followed by a huge ovation for the Rattlesnake.
His theme song has gained a lot of popularity over the years and has been celebrated by the WWE Universe up until now. The Rattlesnake personally likes the song very much and it is close to his heart. During various podcasts and interviews, he has talked about the influence the song had on his character during the Attitude Era.
— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) October 1, 2023
“They said, Do you have any ideas for some ring music? I said you’re damn right I do. So I took Rage Against the Machine Bulls On Parade to Jim Johnston, I said it’s ain’t this song but it’s in the vein of this song. So why does he think about the glass breaking, I mean Stone Cold, and then he puts the sirens in…The Whole thing was a masterpiece,” said Steve Austin.
During the Pardon My Take Podcast, Steve Austin talked about how he got his iconic theme song, ‘I Won’t Do What You Tell Me’. He stated how his character needed a dynamic theme song after he switched to being the Stone Cold from The Ringmaster. Austin further stated that he took inspiration from ‘Bulls on Parade’ by Rage Against the Machine. He narrated the idea to Jim Johnston, hence creating the iconic masterpiece.
Why did Steve Austin’s theme song turn out to be a huge success?
During the Attitude Era, WWE needed someone to take over the company and lead from the front to increase ratings. The flag bearer turned out to be Steve Austin, as he carried WWE on his back and hence achieved success. Austin’s character was highly relatable to the audience, and they bought tickets just to get a glimpse of the Rattlesnake.
This Stone Cold Steve Austin theme song was 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/6p9eKGfh5x
— 2000’s WWE (@2000s_WWE) May 18, 2022
The moment he entered the arena, the course would change, and a huge part of that depended on his theme song. Jim Johnston also agreed that Austin needed something violent and bad*ss to make himself look like a real boss. The song itself fits Austin’s character, and with his approval, look where it has gotten as of now.
Superstars like The Rock, The Undertaker, and Steve Austin surely had a huge influence over the crowd. Along with their professionalism and experience, theme songs will also be forever remembered and will always be cheered on.