A wrestler’s entrance theme is crucial to their inevitable success between the ropes, something Rey Mysterio knows a thing or two about with a couple of must-hear bangers!
A pro wrestling entrance theme will immediately become great if you can recognise the wrestler from the first few seconds of the track. Classic examples include Ric Flair’s ‘Woooooo’, Bret Hart’s opening sting, and The Undertaker’s gong. This is precisely the case for Rey Mysterio too.
‘The Biggest Little Man’ sat down with Inside The Ropes’ Alex McCarthy recently to discuss all manner of topics, including when his theme song was changed from ‘619’ to ‘Booyaka’. Rey Mysterio explained how he didn’t know WWE’s reason for changing his entrance tune:
“Believe it or not, I don’t know [why WWE changed the song]. I remember we were working on a song, which is the ‘Booyaka’ song, and I thought that it was going to be an incorporation of the old and the new song. But next thing, you know, it was changed, I love the fact that I give the respect to Mad 1, who was the inspiration of ‘Booyaka’, that song eventually became very popular.
I get a lot of people that do love the ‘Who’s that jumping out the sky…’, especially with the old entrance, coming out from underneath. Maybe we can do a mix, a collaboration of both songs.”
Revered as one of the greatest high-flyers, Rey Mysterio signed with WWE in June 2002 after an incredibly successful career all around the globe. In the sports entertainment giant, Mysterio reached the top of the card, with one WWE Championship reign and two as World Heavyweight Champion.
He remains with the company to this day, bar a few years away in the mid-2010s, and now teams regularly with his son Dominik. Together, they held the SmackDown Tag Team Championships, while Rey also served as a top contender to Roman Reigns’ Universal Championship last summer.
Rey Mysterio celebrated his twentieth anniversary with WWE at the end of July as he winds down his in-ring career.