There's been quite a few topics on entrance music in the WWE lately, and the discussion has gotten me thinking about how a wrestler's entrance theme directly influence's how popular they are. Obviously, that's not always the norm, but there are definitely quite a few cases.
For example, when did you guys first notice Alex Riley's main event potential? I had liked him from his time on NXT, and thought he was an ok wrestler since then. I even took a little bit of notice of him the night he attacked the Miz, but it wasn't until he made his entrance the following week with that awesome music that I think a lot of people got behind him.
Another example that I hear about a lot is John Morrison's theme song. Personally, I like the opening guitar riff, but the rest of the theme is just meh. We can all agree that Morrison is one of the most talented and most promising up and comers on Raw, but I always hear people saying that his theme song is holding him back. It kind of baffles me a bit, since he's a great wrestler and he's popular, but 45 seconds of music is holding him back?
Shawn Michaels, Austin, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Cena... I could go on. They all have instantly recognizable theme music that gets the energy flowing when they come out. But how important was their theme music to their success?
Now for the topic of discussion. How important do you guys think theme music is to a wrestler's success/popularity and who do think benefits the most from their theme music or who do you think is hindered by it?