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#ThemeSongTuesday: He's in the Top One Percent


Last Sunday (Manila time), EC3 finally made his return to a WWE ring and he, along with new North American Champion Adam Cole (BAYBAY!), Killian Dain, Velveteen Dream, Lars Sullivan, and the debuting Ricochet put on a memorable Ladder Match to open TakeOver: New Orleans. And while EC3 didn't win, he put on the type of performance that reminded us just how much he's grown into a star since he first left NXT as Derrick Bateman.

Now that he's just EC3, he's bringing his style and swagger to the Yellow Brand, where he's immediately proven that he is a force to be reckoned with. And like virtually all of professional wrestling, it all starts with presentation. That's why I was really stoked when WWE finally uploaded this Song of the Year contender on YouTube and Spotify:


EC3's song grabs your attention from the get-go, emphatically claiming that he is in the top one percent. And then the song kicks in with a really fun hook that's worth chanting along to if you happen to be in an arena in which it plays.

"I'M IN! THE TOP ONE! TOP ONE PERCENT!"

Listening to the hook over and over again, I bet CFO$ and whoever else they got on this track had a great time just recording it. I sure would.

The song's lyrics just repeat through the two verses and the hook—a CFO$ staple—but what stands out about them is that they incorporate EC3's TNA backstory into the song. For those who never followed TNA at all, EC3's gimmick over there was that he was Dixie Carter's nephew, Ethan Carter III, and that he relied on nepotism to get whatever opportunities he felt were preordained for him. Looking through the lyrics, you see the cockiness and self-entitlement all over the song, which is perfect for the EC3 character.

I AM IN THE TOP ONE PERCENT

Born and bred for success, for fame
Spendin' every top dollar
My brand, my name
I don't complicate, I can taste your shame
EC3 changin' the game

Get it, get it, yeah
Come and get it, get it

And that's what makes you, just you
And me, me

I'm in the top one!
Top one percent!

Time to pay attention cause I'm movin' too fast
Top trending, time bending
Yeah, I'm built to last
EC3 is VIP
And that's what makes you, just you
And me, me


Upon hearing "Top ONE Percent" for the first time, some wrestling fans suggested that his TNA theme, "Trouble," was much better. While I don't necessarily agree, I can see why. "Trouble" is more of a real song, instead of the endless loops that CFO$ produces.


The verses are also way more than the short verses that are spit on his NXT theme. However, "Trouble" gets a few points deducted for sounding like a ripoff of Fall Out Boy's "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'Em Up)."

What wins the argument for "Top ONE Percent" is how the song really gets in your face and lets EC3 makes a grand entrance. It's the type of entrance song that makes it hard for you to fuck up your entrance just because it's so damn good at announcing that you're in the building. While "Trouble" can exist on its own as an actual song outside wrestling, it doesn't have the same x-factor that really beats you over the head to let you know that EC3 has arrived.

Which EC3 theme do you prefer? Do you actually like his NXT entrance theme? Let us know in the comments section below, you one-percenter, you!

Photo from WWE


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Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of The Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.

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