We know C.M. Punk got the WWE brass to buy the rights to play “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour instead of some generic tune the organization had previously given him.
The WWE also purchased the rights to a song by Mark Crozer, who has toured as a member of The Jesus and Mary Chain. The tune, renamed by the WWE as “Live in Fear,” is now Bray Wyatt’s entrance music.
So, the WWE will spend money for songs that it wants certain stars to come out to. With that in mind, why can’t the WWE also buy the rights to “Eye of the Tiger” for Hulk Hogan?
“Eye of the Tiger” was recorded by Survivor, a 1980s group that was well-known to the MTV generation. Survivor catapulted to the big time when “Eye of the Tiger” went on the soundtrack to the Rocky III movie, which Hogan co-starred in. The movie was no doubt Hogan’s inspiration to start using the tune during his AWA days, and he brought it over when he jumped to the WWF in late 1983.
If you watch a clip of Hogan’s WWF Heavyweight Title victory over the Iron Sheik, he comes out to “Eye of the Tiger.”
Sometime in late 1985 or early 1986, the WWE started to instead bring Hogan out to a Rick Derringer tune called “Real American.” Hey, I like Derringer and he’s performed with a lot of heavy duty rock stars (Steely Dan, Ringo Starr), but “Real American” is a generic, terrible wrestling theme. And who is that chick wailing on background vocals?
I can’t believe nearly 30 years on that Hogan still uses this awful song. Actually, to be fair, when he was in WCW, he didn’t come out to that tune because the WWE owned it. So instead, Hogan raised the bar and would hit the ring to “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix. Now that’s a cool tune.
And so is “Eye of the Tiger.” A lot of us old-school fans would whip out our lighters if we heard the familiar guitar riff and saw Hogan strut out through the curtains.
Please, WWE: Drop some dough and let’s give the Hulkster his real sound back.