When Triple H was recently asked by Mr Beanyman about how his views on Arsenal using his entrance music before football matches at the Emirates, he expressed his delight. "Whether it's the music, whether it's the in-ring product or whether it's the spectacle that we bring to it, when you come to a Wrestlemania, a Raw or Smackdown, it attacks your senses."
He continued: "Music is a big part of that - of setting the tone and theme."
Unfortunately for wrestling fans and those involved in the industry, the lack of crowds at events since the start of the pandemic has robbed us of those great moments. The anticipation builds, the music hits and suddenly - as Triple H puts it - all your senses are attacked in some fantastically choreographed theatre. WWE's ThunderDome has helped bring some sense of crowd atmosphere back to the arena but while we patiently wait for a time when everything returns to normality, we thought we'd take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of the best entrances from the last decade.
These are not neccessarily the best entrance songs but instead specific times when the entrance, the music and/or the enormity of the match came together to produce the perfect moment. Let us know if there are any you think should have made the list.
10. Finn Balor's Entrance vs Baron Corbin - Summerslam 2018
The Demon entrance was one that was adored on NXT but fans had to wait a long time to see Balor use it after he switched brands. It was worth it.
9. Any of Triple H's Wrestlemania Entrances
Triple H has continually being trying to outdo himself over the last decade with his increasingly extravagant entrances. Take your pick.
8. The Hardy Boyz Return - Wrestlemania 2017
There have been plenty of suprise returns over the last ten years but none on a bigger stage than The Hardy Boyz' dramatic entrance at Wrestlemania 33.
7. Shinsuke Nakamura's Entrance vs Jinder Mahal - Summerslam 2017
Theme music so good they had to change it once Nakamura turned heel in an effort to stop fans singing along.
6. Brock Lesnar Returns - 2012
There were plenty of options for Brock entrances over the last eight or nine years but we've gone with the first one of the decade. Like him or hate him there's no denying that he has that 'it' factor.
5. Bobby Roode's Entrance vs Drew McIntyre - NXT TakeOver Brooklyn II 2017
Glorrrrrious! It's very tempting to put this at number one but rest of the top five probably trump it purely because they were bigger moments.
4. Becky Lynch's Dramatic Entrance - 2019 Royal Rumble
Not exactly an orthodox entrance but given they play her music we're counting it. The drama, the crowd going nuts ... this had it all.
3. CM Punk's Entrance vs John Cena - Money in the Bank 2011
Possibly the best match of the decade? CM Punk made what was potentially his final WWE entrance in his hometown of Chicago, as he prepared to face John Cena for the WWE title on the night his contract expired.
2. Goldberg's Entrance vs Brock Lesnar - Summerslam 2016
Some looked at this at WWE relying on the old names to try muster up some interest but whatever way you want to look at it, Goldberg v Lesnar was box office. It felt like a real fight and the atmosphere was incredible.
1. The Rock Returns - 2011
Like Lesnar, we could have gone for a variety of entrances from The Rock. His Smackdown return a couple of years ago was right up there, his Wrestlemania entrances were obviously huge but we coudn't look past the long-awaited return in 2011.
As David Kent pointed out to us on Twitter, it's a disgrace that Edge's return at this year's Royal Rumble did not make the list. Truth be told, we completely forgot about it. Apologies to David, to Adam Copeland and to you, the reader.
Edge at this year's Rumble being left out is a crime!
— David Kent (@KentoCCFC) September 17, 2020