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#ThemeSongTuesday (12/29/15): The King of Kings


Just earlier today, Motörhead lead vocalist, bassist, and principal songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister passed away at the age of 70 after a short battle with cancer. The man is considered a legend by many fans of the metal genre, being the only member that’s stuck with Motörhead since its conception in 1975.


Source: ConsequenceOfSound

To us wrestling fans, Lemmy holds a particularly special place in our ears and hearts, since Motörhead is responsible for some of the most famous theme songs of all time, including Triple H’s “The Game”, The Authority’s “King of Kings”, and Evolution’s “Line In The Sand”. This week on #ThemeSongTuesday, we’re pouring one out and blaring these themes at max volume in honor of the late rock god.

“It's time to play the game...TIIIIIME TO PLAYYYY THE GAAAAAAAMMEEEE, UHEHEH”
You know that voice you hear when you read the opening lyrics to Triple H’s main theme for basically forever (or since 2001, if we’re being specific)? That’s the voice of Lemmy Kilmister. A voice that—thanks to the popularity and significance of this theme—can even be recognized by people who have no idea what a Motörhead is.

Lemmy, along with whoever else was in the band at the time, has made two WrestleMania appearances: WrestleMania XVII and WrestleMania XXI, both just as goosebumps-inducing as the other. Hell, he straight up sings the wrong lyrics for half the song during the WM21 performance and no one cares. We know those unintelligible yet instantaneously recognizable vocals are as big a part of the entire experience as the wrestlers themselves.


The same goes for The Authority’s current theme—and Triple H’s secondary theme—“King of Kings”. You hear that crushing opening chord and Lemmy’s voice, commanding you to “Behold the King...The King of Kings”. The voice that accompanied you to the throne throughout all these years is definitely the same one you want telling people to bow down to your evil ass.


Ah, Evolution. I first started watching the WWE right before this legendary heel stable formed, and can’t help but count myself lucky. They dominated RAW and were responsible for so many of my heel-inflicted heartbreaks growing up. Don’t even get 11-year old me started on how frustrating it was to see them bamboozle their way to a win during Triple H’s World Heavyweight Championship matches.

“Line In The Sand” progresses differently from “The Game”, taking you along a stride with the baddest motherfuckers on Monday night television. Evolution, along with this theme, deserved more than what they got during their reunion in April of last year.



We’ll leave you with Triple H’s entrance from WrestleMania XXVII. Now while Lemmy wasn’t present for this, the entire sequence speaks for itself. Right from the beginning, the anticipation during that silence, right before the meteoric impact of Motörhead’s most prolific theme song. We’re waiting for his voice. We’re ready to play The Game.


Source: 411Mania

Rest in peace, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister. We hope you enjoy your bottle of Jack a day in the afterlife.


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When he isn't writing Smark Henry's #ThemeSongTuesday column, Lorenzo Magnaye hosts the #HomeRun on 99.5 PlayFM. It's a good thing, too, since his childhood consisted mostly of watching professional wrestling and listening to his parents on the radio. He's only recently rekindled his love for the WWE, and has been trying to make up for missing out on everything post-WrestleMania XX by praying to Seth Rollins thrice a day. Follow him on Twitter: @RenzoSaurus!

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