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#ThemeSongTuesday: Hey, Are You Like Most Girls?


It's been said over and over again that the best wrestling themes encapsulate the character of whoever's using them. It's even better if the song can nail the gimmick within the first, say, 30 seconds. I never really felt that with Nia Jax's theme, especially when she was still a heel.

When you have a song that starts with the line, "I'm not like most girls," and then it sounds like an anthem for female empowerment, it gets pretty hard to think about that wrestler's character as villainous. And with the current generation being more attuned to the conversation surrounding women's rights, it gets even more awkward to have to boo a strong woman just because she's dominant and can easily overpower everyone else.

That's why I felt it took WWE too long to turn Nia Jax face, but I'm glad they finally did. In this era where people are more conscious about things like body-shaming, how women are treated in the workplace, equal pay among genders, etc., we do need someone like her in wrestling who breaks the stereotypical mold of a female WWE Superstar.

More importantly, her theme song finally fits her as a character, so let's break it down.


"Force of Greatness" still has that bass-heavy intro that connotes a foreboding sense of danger. Whether or not Nia Jax is a heel, I can appreciate how this part signals that someone imposing is about to make their way to the ring.

And then the vocals come in, and they'll really make you wonder why this was used as a heel's theme song in the first place. Read them for yourself.

I'm not like most girls 

Who only take just what they're given 
Like a plastic little princess 
Lucky for me I'm not like those girls 
Who only take it all for granted 
All they got is what they're handed 
Lucky for me I'm not like most girls 

I'm not like most girls 
My path to victory's infinite 
Run the game and never quitting it
Lucky for me I'm not like those girls 
Toss out the book, burn the pages 
My destiny's a force of greatness 
Lucky for me I'm not like most girls 
Who only take just what they're given 
Like a plastic little princess 
Lucky for me I'm not like those girls 
Who only take it all for granted 
All they got is what they're handed 
Lucky for me I'm not like most girls
The song is about someone who worked really hard to get to where they are, and refuse to take it for granted. It's also about someone whose determination and will is unparalleled, which is all they need to rise above everyone else and succeed. Total female anthem.

If the song weren't just a loop—you know, the standard CFO$ formula—I wouldn't be surprised to hear it in a non-wrestling setting. It sounds like something that could be used in a dance routine for girls in school, or in a highlight montage featuring female athletes. That's because the beat in the song sounds like something you could dance to. It's not scary; it's sassy, plucky, and confident. IT'S A TOTALLY BABYFACE SONG, OKAY.

The one thing holding "Force of Greatness" back is how it always stuck in second gear. But that's a result of the song being written and composed the CFO$ way, so there is no second verse to help build to a powerful bridge. It feels lacking that way and makes me wish it were fleshed out as a full song, like Christina Aguilera's "Fighter" from 2004.

Given Nia Jax's current character as a powerful female babyface, I don't expect her to get a different theme anytime soon—nor should she. It's fine for what it is, at least for the most part. But in the event that WWE turns her heel, I wouldn't want her coming out to a female empowerment anthem when I'm supposed to boo and hate her.

For now, every time this song plays, I'm going to think of my buddy Rey Moralde of The No-Look Pass commenting on our WWE live discussion threads and asking, "Hey, are you like most girls?"

Image 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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