Please WWE: Bring back “Eye of the Tiger” for Hulk Hogan

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?

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“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.


  1. geoff bingham

    love the eye of the tiger song but to me when I hear that song I think Rocky not Hulk. I think I maybe a few years younger then some of you guys and when I started following he was using Real American already.

    I should also mentoin while the hendrix song was cool the song he used before that “I’m a Hulkamaniac” or whatever it was was pretty awful.

  2. Joe Lowry

    I too am in agreement in regards to the WWE using Survivors 1982 Billboards #2 hit “Eye of The Tiger.” For us “older” generation fans we saw this ring entrance music used in the AWA and then onto the WWF. I do believe Rick Derringers hit “Real American” took over due to the WWF’s “Rock n Wrestling” connection. Derringer was associated with Cyndi Lauper and David Wolfe as well as their entourage at the time. Whether or not there was any type of licensing rging going on or not, the band Survivor never took home any royalties from this. But the connection was there due in part of its theme to Sylvester Stallones hit movie Rocky III. Its funny I remember back in the first Wrestlemania, there were a few chart topping songs used by certain wrestlers. Queens “Another one Bites the Dust” was used by Junkyard Dog. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in The USA” was used by Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo (aka The US Express). My memory only lasts so long, I am sure there are more..

  3. Mark

    I half agree with this one. Eye Of The Tiger should be reinstated on all Hogan matches before the March ’86 Saturday Nogh’s Main Event matches because that’s what he came out to. It seems silly to recast these intros with Real American as he simply didn’t use it. However Real American is simply one of the greatest intro’s by any WWF superstar ever. (up there with Ultimate Warrior , Honky Tonk Man and Demilition). Let the discussion begin.

    • J.Cee

      The annual or quarterly royalty payments for “Eye of the Tiger” is either too costly or too complicated to justify the cost–just my guess, not knowing off-hand who, or what entity, owns the copyright. The song was immensely popular, no doubt, almost too popular that it may not carry-over as well 30 years later with a new generation of fans.

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