New World Order Theme Music Appreciation Day!

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Branden Harvey
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:36 am

I, your humble blog Undisputed Champion, LOVE theme music... I wrote something a few weeks ago that called for original Jim Johnston themes to make their comeback, given the shitty band music that's presently used for theme music. If you know me, you'll know that I was quite fond of Theme Music CD's. To me, a wrestler's theme music helps to establish a strong image as to who the wrestler is or what they represent. It can be a great marketing tool for wrestlers, if the promotion gives theme music great attention.

During 1996 and onward, WCW employed a musician by the name of Frank Shelley for his "Rockhouse" theme:

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The theme, itself, appears to sample Jimi Hendrix's "Highway Chile" theme song, found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMFS_jIKJn8

Frank's "Rockhouse" theme is available on Itunes for your humble purchase for those who enjoy riding down the road with wrestling theme music full blast (guilty, guilty, guilty!).

The theme music was PERFECT for the New World Order and seemed to exemplify the swagger that the entire group of rogue wrestlers had during 1996-1997. Later on, WCW's production team would put "New New New New World Order" and other produced quotes into the theme music. I believe they inserted "Biggest Icon in Wrestling" for Hulk Hogan.

When the NWO returned in 2002 to "poison" the WWF, the music was still every bit as awesome.

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So kudos to you, Frank Shelley, as well as WCW management for implementing the PERFECT theme for arguably, the best stable of all time (anyone willing to argue that point can bring it... NWO grew the business significantly, unlike other stables).

NWO 4 Life... Except when TNA tries to recycle it in fucking 2010.
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