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#ThemeSongTuesday: Mamma Mia!


Let's start with something we can all agree on: Mauro Ranallo is the best play-by-play commentator in pro wrestling today.

His passion for the sport, enthusiasm on the mic, and pop culture references give everything he calls a big fight feel. He takes you through an emotional journey, even while just painting a picture of a car crash. He knows when to dial it back during smaller, more mundane moments, and when to turn it all the way up at the highest points of a match—an underrated skill that often goes unnoticed. Hell, I could listen to this man sell liquid detergent all day.

Mauro's excellence as a commentator has drawn him legions of fans from the worlds of boxing, MMA, kickboxing, and our beloved sport, pro wrestling. The fact that he gets all of these gigs and is now using his celebrity status as a platform to raise awareness for mental health is even more impressive. Before NBA stars like Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan openly spoke up about their mental health issues, Mauro Ranallo was already forthcoming about his struggles with Bipolar Disorder.

All that said, Mauro Ranallo is a public figure I won't stop rooting for anytime soon, and if I were at a WWE live event and his theme song played, I would mark the fuck out. Oh, hey, guess what, he actually has a theme song.



Fun fact: Even the commentators get entrances at live events that are broadcasted over TV or the WWE Network. They get introduced by the ring announcer and their entrance is also a subtle cue for fans to file in quicker since the show is about to start.

Side note: I can only imagine how loud the pops for Mauro are at TakeOver events.

Okay, let's talk about his entrance theme, which is named "End of the Line." Hmm. Not the most sensitive title if you take it as is, given how he lives with Bipolar Disorder. I also can't help but think of that R&B girl group from the late 90's, Honeyz, because of their signature song of the same title.

But when you look at the lyrics, you'll see that the song isn't even suicidal at all in nature. It's got more of a carpe diem, live-in-the-moment feel. See for yourself:

I got no time to waste 
To get mine, make no mistake 
At the end of the line 
At the end of the line 

My nights turn into days 
And my fears all start to fade 
At the end of the line 
At the end of the line 

Cause I got no time to waste 
To get mine, make no mistake 
At the end of the line 
At the end of the line 

That's where you'll find me when 

My nights turn into days 
And my fears all start to fade 
At the end of the line 
At the end of the line 

That's where you'll find me every time

Yes, like every CFO$ release, the song just repeats the two verses over and over. And it becomes even more noticeable when you notice the buildup in how the vocalist sings. He starts off all suave, with a sexy, deep bass. Then by the next verse, he raises an octave, sounding more like a baritone. Once the next verse kicks in, he just goes into full rock 'n roll mode, which makes the song fit a guy whose nickname is the Bipolar Rock 'N Roller.

I actually love how this song sounds like something you'd hear at a lounge or at a jazz club, not unlike what Seb eventually opened at the end of La La Land. It's got the right pep in its step to hype you up at the start of a WWE live event, and if you're a fan of Mauro Ranallo, it'll energize you enough to pop for a guy whose commentary you won't even get to hear that night since you're there live.

"End of the Line" doesn't sound as synth-y compared to a lot of the themes you currently hear, which works for this track, especially since it would've cheapened the final product. It's just a shame that the bass doesn't pop out as much because that riff is actually pretty funky. Thankfully, the organ keys that pepper through the song are fun enough to dance along to.

All in all, it's amazing that Mauro even got a nice entrance theme song in the first place. That it's vintage rock 'n roll just makes it suit him even more. If you ever find yourself watching an NXT even that will be broadcast on the WWE Network, make sure to come in early so you get to hear this. And get a "Mamma Mia!" in for me.

Photo from WWE.com

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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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