Welcome to Hit The Music, your favorite wrestling entrance theme and music review segment on the internet. Earlier this week, I spent some time watching the inaugural NWA X Championship Match between Jerry Lynn, AJ Styles, Low Ki, and Psicosis. In this match, this Alabama crowd witnessed the crowning of AJ Styles as the first NWA X Champion. As excited as the fans may have been to see this young upstart win a major championship in NWA-TNA, the crowd quickly deflated after hearing AJ Styles’ theme song to end the segment. This original AJ Styles theme was bad enough to force me into a deep dive.
In this article, we are going to be taking a look into AJ Styles’ various entrance themes. To qualify for this countdown and review segment, a theme song must have been used at least five times throughout his career. Without further ado, let’s discuss the music “stylings” (get it?) of “The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles.
9. NWA-TNA (2002-2003)
Born & Raised by Dale Oliver
Right off the bat, we start off with the entrance theme that inspired this piece – Born & Raised by Dale Oliver. As an obvious Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen ripoff, this song would’ve resulted in an absolute burial if Styles had continued to use it. Styles used this song from 2002-2003… and somehow still managed to win championships during this period as well. You’re telling me you want your NWA X Champion and your NWA World Tag Team Champions to have one of the most repetitive songs in professional wrestling? That isn’t going to add up to me.
This song is ranked at the bottom of the list due to it having nothing to do with Styles as a character – other then, of course, being born and raised in the USA. Interestingly enough, this song would also be used by Jerry Lynn and Chris Candido in NWA-TNA. They saddled this horrendous song on multiple people? That is absolutely rough to see. Am I overreacting to this one? Who knows. All I can say is that this theme song was not the move.
This isn’t even one of those songs that fails as a wrestling theme, yet remains catchy. This one just sucks.