5 – “THE NATION” BY JIM JOHNSTON
While Rocky Miavia definitely needed The Nation of Domination (and their declarative theme) to transition from a bland babyface to a bitter, cocky heel, the faction changed during his tenure. What started as the wrestling equivalent of the Nation of Islam morphed into a group of guys who knew they were the WWE’s most talented stars but weren’t given the proper chance to shine. This theme was passed along most of the individual Nation members, but it fit best with The Rock.
4- “IF YOU SMELL” BY JIM JOHNSTON
On the flip side of the disastrous tweaks made in “The Rock Says” is the transformative powers granted by changing a single word in a pre-song quote. For years, fans had heard the rhetorical “Do you smell what The Rock is cookin?” before his theme hit and it worked pretty well. However, by swapping that question out for a more shouty declarative statement and it made his theme all the more resonant, if you smell what The Rock is cookin’.
3 – “ELECTRIFYING” BY JIM JOHNSTON
Here we have The Rock’s current (and likely final) theme, which is a pretty great match for his current persona. Every time he makes an appearance it’s a big event worth celebrating that’s the culmination of his great career. This tune pops the crowd and the extended guitar riff really cements every time the Rock has come to the ring and laid the smack down, be it the physical or verbal variety.
2 – “IS COOKIN”
A case could be made for the 2003 “Hollywood” Rock iteration being the best incarnation of Dwayne Johnson. After being booed out of the building when he was trounced by Brock Lesnar in 2002, The Rock made yet another part-time return but instead raged against the fans who despised his absentee nature. With just a few hits to his name at the time (The Scorpion King and The Rundown aren’t exactly in the annals of action cinema history), The Rock never hesitated to showcase how above the WWE he was, and this intro exudes that attitude. From the intro video that literally looks down on the world to the almost-holy organs equating The Rock’s appearance to a religious event. And then the titular line of the song that hearkened back to his previous themes where crowds could still go nuts with a single line from The Rock. True to its name, this song sure was cookin’.
1 – “DO YOU SMELL IT?” BY JIM JOHNSTON
Here’s where I should break the news that these rankings come from a purely personal perspective. My favorite version of The Rock was the post-Nation Rock that went from potentially the most popular star, to the best heel of the next year, back to the for-sure best babyface, this theme was a perfect fit. It has a crowd-pleasing start, a decent amount of catchphrases peppered in the chorus (later tunes would overdo it), and a mellow bridge that kept out of the way as The Rock glared at (or played to) the crowd.
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