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#ThemeSongTuesday: Running The Show


This year's Wrevolution X saw a slew of new entrance themes being played in public for the first time. Some fans felt that they were a harbinger for a huge win—or at the very least, a memorable #WrevolutionX moment.

For one ring-announcer-turned-general-manager, it signaled the change of a status quo.

New PWR Co-GM Poch entered the ring at Wrevolution X for the first time since being named an authority figure and he did it in style, debuting his first (!!!) entrance theme. Entitled "Running The Show," the song is a banger, oozing with just enough swag for the fan favorite announcer/GM.

With a few days left before the biggest show of the year, Poch enlisted the help of 99.5 Play FM radio personality Renzo Magnaye, one of his closest friends, to write lyrics for a royalty-free piece of music that he found online. "I didn't know I was getting or needed an entrance theme," recalls Poch. "I gave Renzo the premise of how I started out as the ring announcer and now I'm the GM and he made the first draft which was just initially him."

Once Renzo had added his verse onto the track, Poch sent it over to PWR Creative Director Ouel Babasa, who added a surprise second verse and an additional layer of vocals to the hook. "I heard the demo of the hook from Renzo and got inspired by it," Babasa recalls. "So I wrote a verse to supplement it. Poch and I are huge rap fans and we wanted to write and record stuff but we couldn't find the time to sit down and do it.

"So I thought this could be the perfect time to write and record the verse. Perhaps that could be the jump-off point to us finally doing that mixtape we've been planning to do for a while now."

Babasa is no stranger to music production, having taken classes for it in college. "I did vocals for a few tracks as part of our school requirements," he says. But he reveals having his own secret stash of recorded tracks for the ever-welcome raket. "I also have a couple [of songs] for whenever my company needs someone to rap on songs to be used for company parties. You know how it is," he laughs.

The PWR Creative Director openly talks about his joy in having contributed to Poch's first entrance theme. "I never really imagined myself [recording a wrestling theme]," he says. "But I'm glad I got to do it for a good friend and one of PWR's hardest workers. I feel honored representing the guy."


Renzo similarly beams when asked about Poch's transition from ring announcer to General Manager, saying that he is "super proud" to be part of Poch's journey. "I'm happy it was for Poch," he exclaims. "The guy's been one of my best friends for years now and to see his growth in PWR is one thing, to be part of it in the form of his first theme is another."

Renzo Magnaye is no stranger to this website as his fascination for music and wrestling led to him owning this very column for a little over a year from 2016-2017. And now, he's on an entrance theme himself.

"Growing up hearing wrestling themes, I always liked it when the lyrics would include the wrestlers' catchphrases or references to their character," shares Renzo. "So I knew I wanted to go full campy with my [Poch] references. Knowing Poch has always been a crowd favorite made the line 'The Revo-Nation knows / your five minutes have passed and now I'm running the show'—a reference to the ring announcer's time count during matches—feel so right."

Meanwhile, Babasa looked towards one of his musical inspirations for his verse, an artist both he and Poch are a huge fan of: Drake. "The lyrics on my verse were inspired by our shared love for Drake," he says. The Drizzy homage is evident from the get-go, with his hit "0 to 100" immediately getting name-dropped as the PWR Creative Director's verse drops. He then uses the next few lines to reference WWE Performance Center Head Coach Matt Bloom and he caps it off with a line that may or may not be a reference to current IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada.

Ultimately, Babasa's verse is a reflection of how he sees Poch as a character and as a performer. "[It's about] how I view Poch as a genius on the mic, and how I compare him to famous authority figures in wrestling such as Shane McMahon and Teddy Long, na hindi sila cookie-cutter authority figures kasi they have swag," he says.



Whether or not the song has swag is ultimately something you get to decide! Here's the full track straight off Poch's Facebook page. Scroll down below the video for the full lyrics (as transcribed by yours truly).


Voice of a generation
Or maybe call it a revolution
Call it what you want
Cause from calling names, I'm calling shots
Brand new man with a plan
The Revo-Nation knows
Your five minutes have passed and now I'm running the show

Running the show
I'm running the show
Working hard and reaping what I sow
I'm running the show 

Running the show
I'm running the show
Came from nothing, now look at me
I'm ready to go

Running the show
I'm running the show
Working hard and reaping what I sow
I'm running the show 

Used to hand out mics 
Now I'm hanging out with CEOs, ey

I'm running the show
Came from nothing
Now I'm ready to go

Zero to 100
I always bring my A-game
Tensai on a mic
Might as well call me A-Train
Give 'em what they want
Make it pour
I make it rain

Running the show
Welcome to the House of Pain

Running the show
I'm running the show
Making money left and right
Dolla dolla, here we go

Running the show
I'm running the show
Making matches left and right
Holla holla, here we go

I'm running the show
Came from nothing
Now I'm ready to go


Photos from "Heartfelt" Hub Pacheco


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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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