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#ThemeSongTuesday: Ravishing


For the longest time, rock has been the most common genre used in wrestling entrance themes. While there are certain rock songs that remain near and dear to our hearts as wrestling fans, there are also times when they end up sounding so generic like the themes of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns.

That's why hearing entrance themes that are of a different genre are such a breath of fresh air. You don't have to have a rock entrance theme to be a memorable character, or one that immediately makes an impact. Mark Henry's been going out to "Some Bodies Gonna Get It" by Three 6 Mafia for over a decade now and it's been one of the most badass themes a WWE Superstar has ever used. The New Day goes out to music that sounds like it was made for a freakin' gospel album, and they're one of the most money-making acts in pro wrestling today. And who can forget "Cha Cha La La," Fandango's theme that went viral in 2013 and continues to be instant sing-along and dance-along material in wrestling arenas worldwide?

Fandango's theme was pretty special when it came out because it was tailor-made for a ballroom dancer. But who knew that it would be the spiritual predecessor for this week's chosen theme song?


First off, it's amazing that Lana even got repackaged to begin with. I had lost faith in her character's arc after the infamous Love Quadrangle storyline she found herself in two years ago. After that, she just went back into Rusev's arms and became the anti-American Russian villain again, so you could see where the pessimism was coming from.

But to see WWE go all in on Lana's dancing background and incorporate that into her character was a step in the right direction, especially since she becomes less of a cartoon character at this point. We already heard the song before her SmackDown Live debut, but there was always that chance that the song was only used for her vignettes and a different one was going to be used.


It's great that they went with this theme because for starters, it's a theme that can be used by either a babyface or a heel. It's also flexible in the sense that Lana won't necessarily have to be the dancing character she portrays today to use this theme, unlike her old theme, which limited her to the business-like manager character she was boxed in as RuRu's valet.

"Ravishing" is also fun to listen to on its own. As soon as the sax comes in, you're in the mood to dance and you can imagine an entire arena of people being drawn in to just get up on their feet and move. Once the beat comes in, it isn't hard to just bob your head and chant along with the "Hey! Hey!" bit you hear every now and then. When the song gets to the clapping part, you could very well find yourself clapping along as Lana shakes what her momma gave her on her way to the ring. Upon a closer listen, you'll notice that CFO$ managed to sneak in a soft guitar strum that's in sync with the beat as it turns into clapping. Nice touch.

You don't hear a jazzy wrestling entrance theme aside from Fandango's everyday, which makes Lana's theme really special. It's not a song that's going to go viral, but it's one I wouldn't be surprised to hear in a non-wrestling event just because it's fun to dance along to. Hell, if I were a preschool or elementary teacher and my students had to dance a song as part of a school-wide celebration, I'd probably have them dance along to this just for kicks.

In a world where jazz enthusiasts like Ryan Gosling's Sebastian Wilder laments the death of jazz, it's nice to see that the genre has somehow found its way into the wacky world of pro wrestling where its very existence draws no backlash whatsoever.

Photo from WWE


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Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast and The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. He dresses up in fancy suits from time to time to book matches as PWR's General Manager.

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