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#ThemeSongTuesday (3/8/16): Zayn Is Back And Headed In One Direction



RAW spoilers ahead, so leave this page right now if you don't want to be spoiled!

Don't say we didn't warn you.

The road to WrestleMania Star’s been a wild back and forth of returns and debuts. Shane McMahon, the surreal A.J. Styles, and making his most recent re-re-return, Sami Zayn. Spoiler alert: earlier on RAW, he rushed to Neville’s aid just as Kevin Owens prepped Neville for an apron powerbomb, the same fate both Zayn and Neville suffered over two years ago at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution.


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This time around, the man more well-known by indie smarks as El Generico refused to let history repeat itself.




The past few weeks in WWE have been a lot to take in, so why not a two-in-one for this week’s #ThemeSongTuesday? Vamos, amigos! Es Sami Zayn’s tema musical!



“World’s Apart”, by CFO$ is Zayn’s 3rd and current WWE entrance theme. The track itself requires no stinger or sound effect, for the opening claps and vocals are infectious enough to keep us hyped til the build up hits its crescendo: “LET’S GO!” All bets are off when the barrage of ska instrumentals hit us clap after clap, horn toot after horn toot. You see, the ridiculously fun theme warrants the use of ridiculously fun terms.


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Some would argue that his previous NXT theme was better, namely the darker and grungier “Lower The Boom”, by rap metal band Fifth Floor.



While it does musically translate Sami Zayn’s intensity and passion in the ring, the heavier guitars and overall menacing feel are far from what makes him as universally loved as he is now. Zayn gives what he gives for the love of pro wrestling and for the love of having fun. Sami Zayn is just a blatantly lovable Canadian, and having a theme that resembles angsty Rage Against The Machine just does not fit.


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Take his very first WWE theme, for example. A quick listen to “3 Minute Record” by The Berettas and you immediately hear the kind of persona Zayn wants to project: A guy that feeds off positive energy and really really really loves ska and punk.



Sami Zayn is out there to be nobody other than himself. He said it best himself:


"As you can probably tell just by looking at me, I'm not your typical… what you may perceive a WWE Superstar to look like, right? So, I've always just been about owning who I am, and a part of that is ska or punk rock… it's part of who I am."



If you need one more example of this man’s dedication to his character, listen to “OlĂ©” by The Bouncing Souls, the theme song of his alterego the totally unrelated Canadian-Syrian-Spanish indie luchador El Generico.



He exudes positivity and requires no effort from the audience to empathize with him. Happiness and Sami Zayn go together like Sami Zayn and the space between the middle and bottom ropes.



Now that he’s officially on the main roster, are we about to experience the continued saga between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens? A rivalry that has gone on for years over different promotions, mind you. If that isn’t WrestleMania material, we don’t know what is anymore.


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What are your favorite Sami Zayn themes over the years? Do you think his darker “Lower The Boom” fits him better? Let us know in the comments below!


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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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