From blue-blood jobber, to talent-burying main-eventer, to internet-darling executive, Triple H has done it all and has plenty of entrance themes along the way. In the latest Wrestler Theme Friday, we’re counting down every song that’s accompanied The Game to the ring!
Welcome to Laser Time’s weekly countdown of great grappler tunes colloquially known as Wrestling Theme Friday (or WTF for short). While we wrestling a great deal on Cheap Popcast and during our Patreon-exclusive match commentaries, but this is our outlet to discuss an element of pro wrestling that’s just as vital as actual pro wrestling skill; having a kickass entrance theme. In our previous installments of WTF, we’ve picked The Big Show’s best songs, selected Sting’s best entrance music, ranked The Undertaker’s themes and counted down Kurt Angle’s entrance songs. This time, it’s all about The Game, and how we count down Triple H’s best themes.
Triple H has been a mainstay in WWE for over two decades and has been a main-eventer for well over 15 years. While he’s ratcheted down his match count considerably, he can still be counted on to deliver high-excitement bouts when he does complete in the ring (usually around WrestleMania). When he’s not competing, he’s still a major presence on WWE TV today; sort of a modern-day Vince McMahon-esque evil boss. Regardless of the reason he’s entering a ring, you can count on Triple H to usually have an iconic entrance theme. Usually. Starting with some of his lesser tunes, we’re counting Triple H’s entrance themes from worst to best. Now… it’s time to play The Game(‘s music)!
12 – JEAN-PAUL LEVESQUE WCW THEME
Yes, Triple H had a theme back when he was Jean-Paul Levesque in WCW, and yes, it was the worst. He was even more of an aristocrat back then and for some reason it coincided with the most forgettable generic-rock ever put to tape. It sounds like someone slowed down the “Wild and Crazy Kids” theme, which is just wrong for his WCW character.
11 – “EVOLVE” BY JIM JOHNSTON
This theme only existed for the first month of Evolution, and that’s a month too long. A faction featuring Ric Flair, Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton deserves something epic, and this lyric-less version of what would become “Line in the Sand” is far from it. It’s like WWE knew the lyrics were coming but wanted to start the faction earlier so they stuck it with a generic theme to fill the gap!
10 – “CORPORATE PLAYER” BY JIM JOHNSTON
Here’s another one-month wonder. When Triple H turned against D-Generation X and joined The Corporation in 1999, the crown jewel of the faction needed more than “No Chance in Hell,” but this theme wasn’t it. After a string of memorable themes with DX, this was a sad start to Triple H’s more serious persona.
9 – “SYMPHONY NO. 9 (FOURTH MOVEMENT)” BY LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Yeah, that’s right, noted classical composer Ludwig Van Beethoven made one of Triple H’s worst themes. During another awkward phase of Triple H’s career (post-snooty blueblood, but pre-degenerate), this tune was meant to convey his superiority without sounding tinny, but up until Daniel Bryan, classical music never popped a crowd.
8 – “KING OF KINGS” BY MOTORHEAD
Triple H tends to use this theme nowadays in his role as an authority figure, and it’s fine for that role; a character who is meant more for exposition than selling tickets and performing in the ring. In that way, this theme works; it’s not going to make the crowd go crazy, but it’s familiar enough for crowds to note.
7 – “BLUE BLOOD” BY JIM JOHNSTON
It may get mocked nowadays, but the original vision for Hunter-Hearst Helmsley worked in 1995 WWF, where Triple H was a noble amongst disgusting creatures like Henry Godwin, Duke “The Dumpster” Droese, and The Ultimate Warrior. “Blue Blood” may sound like a town theme from Final Fantasy, but it’s a fine theme for an aristocrat, especially after the misused WCW theme.
Where does Triple H’s DX themes rank? Click through to the next page to find out!