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#ThemeSongTuesday: YOLO with the Flow


Happy Chinese New Year! ๆญๅ–œๅ‘่ดข! Gong xi fa cai! 

One of these days, I'll find a Chinese theme song to feature in this here space. Maybe when a certain faction of baddies in the local wrestling scene commissions one with Chinese hip-hop in it... In the meantime, if you didn't have any fireworks last night, the theme I'm featuring this week should suffice because it is nothing short of ๐Ÿ”ฅ.


If you weren't at PWR Live: New Year's Wrestle-ution a couple of weekends ago, then you missed out on the YOLO Twins' new theme song (and entrance video) which dropped during their three-way tag match against the teams of Revo Ranger & Bolt and GrabCamus & Kapitan Tutan.

What a lot of people would learn after the show was that this brand new theme is a #WrestleAndFlow original.

That's right.

This track was made by Josiah Williams, the same guy who made his own rap remixes of the themes of The Undisputed ERA, Sasha Banks, Ricochet, Samoa Joe, and Becky Lynch, to name a few. Go on, take a few minutes to listen to each track—and every other video on his YouTube channel. Seriously. They're that great. Shit, he even made a rap remix for Bray Wyatt's theme. 

So how did Josiah Williams, who's all the way in the U.S. and has only made remixes for the likes of Kenny Omega, Marty Scurll, Kane, and the Superstars listed above come into contact with a local tag team from the Philippines?

"He held an Instagram contest," shares Yohann Ollores. "You just had to leave a comment telling him a reason why he should make a '#WrestleAndFlow for you.' We just jumped on the opportunity!" The YOLO Twins left a comment using their Instagram account and it was enough to get Williams's attention.


Yohann recalls waking up a few days later and then just seeing that they had won the contest. From there, Williams slid into the YOLO Twins' DMs and they began to coordinate via email. He interviewed them, asking about their favorite wrestlers, favorite genre of music, favorite artists, influences, inspirations, why they wrestle, their finishers and catchphrases—doing his best to get an idea about a tag team from the other side of the world that he'd never even seen before, let alone heard of.

Yohann and Logan shared their story about how wrestling has always been a childhood dream for them, calling it their art. They told him about their involvement with Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR), with whom they had been affiliated since 2015. From being bootcampers who helped set up the venue at Makati Square Arena to eventually debuting as full-fledged wrestlers, the YOLO Twins shared how proud they were to be part of the burgeoning wrestling scene in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. 

If it weren't obvious by now, the YOLO Twins are heavily influenced by two tag teams of brothers in the Hardy Boyz and the Young Bucks, whose moves and poses they've often paid homage to in the ring.




As for the musical side, the Ollores brothers told him how much they enjoy listening to different genres like EDM, alternative, rap, and even pop, citing acts like Twenty One Pilots, Panic at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, and Michael Jackson as their favorites. Yohann, who even spent some time as a student DJ at Mellow 94.7 a few years ago, recalls playing a Twenty One Pilots track on air every chance he could get. But when they got down to choosing what they wanted their updated theme to sound like, they had a few specific ideas.

"It's important to note that our current theme song has the hook, 'B-B-Back from the dead,'" explains Yohann. "It's kind of like Edge's 'You think you know me?' hook." Like most wrestling themes, it does matter what you hear in those first three seconds. You know "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is about to raise hell when the glass begins to shatter. Somebody's going to get an ass-whooping from The Rock once you hear him yell, "IF YOU SMELLLLLL WHAT THE ROCK! IS COOKING!" And you damn well know there will be pancakes flying around once you hear Big E yelling out (insert city/town here) and telling them not to be sour.


That said, the YOLO Twins wanted to update the theme that they had, which really evoked the spirit of a partying millennial, the characters that they had when they introduced themselves to the Revo-Nation in 2016. "Like the song itself, we, too, want to evolve," shares Yohann. "We've moved on from the hard-partying millennials and become something more than that."

After one email exchange, the YOLO Twins didn't get another reply and assumed that Williams had forgotten about them. They were going to send a follow-up email until he beat them to the punch and slid into their DMs once more. Josiah Williams wanted to do a video chat.

Upon getting on the call, he revealed the finished product—the music video above—as a surprise for the twins. To say that they flipped out was an understatement.

"We gave him all the creative freedom," beamed Logan. "I think he just took his vision of us and put all that essence into the song."

"The theme is absolute FIRE!" exclaims Yohann. "Now that we've got this brand new theme, we really feel more motivated to seek success. The goal is to make it as wrestlers in different places so that one day we can have Josiah play our theme live and actually pay him back. We don't want to let him down."

When asked what emotions or feelings run through their heads whenever they hear their very own #WrestleAndFlow track, Logan says, "Every time we hear the song, it keeps us absolutely HYPED."



We're only one show into 2019, but it seems like we have our clear frontrunner for Best Local Theme Song of the Year. Everyone in the Philippine pro wrestling scene better take note. The YOLO Twins are dead set on owning the Year of the Pig and everything else that they can grab along the way. After all, you only live once.

The YOLO Twins' new entrance theme is an original track by Josiah Williams. It was produced, mixed, and mastered by MoFlo Music. Follow him on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also check out his work here.

Images from Hub Pacheco Photography

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Smark Henry is independently owned and managed by a group of Filipino pro wrestling fans but includes members affiliated with the Philippine Wrestling Revolution.



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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