Colt Cabana: A Wrestler Grapples With His Entrance Music
Clayton Hauck Professional Wrestler Colt Cabana
The life of an independent professional wrestler is busy enough, but for Colt Cabana, squaring off in the ring is only the beginning. A wrestler, actor (you may have seen him with legendary Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka in a recent Old Navy commercial), stand-up comic, and popular podcaster, his talents have brought him all over the world (including The Gathering of the Juggalos). He comes to Brooklyn's St. Patrick's Gym tonight to wrestle Mike Bennett as part of Family Wrestling Entertainment's Back 2 Brooklyn internet pay-per-view (8 p.m. on WWNLive.com) where fans will come unglued the moment they hear his entrance music. While "Boom Boom," an original theme written specifically for Cabana by Chicago rapper Kidd Russell, has become his signature soundtrack, his journey through the world of wrestling themes has been a long and adventurous one.
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The music in wrestling attracted Cabana from an early age. "For Hanukkah," he remembers, "my parents got my brother, who was not a wrestling fan, The Wrestling Album on vinyl. A year later, I got him to hand it over and my favorite was 'Land of a Thousand Dances' with all of the wrestlers singing together." But it didn't end there. "I remember I got Piledriver: The Wrestling Album II, and I played 'Jive Soul Bro' [the song performed by wrestling manager 'The Doctor of Style' Slick] constantly. That was the original rap song for me, and years later, that's my favorite genre."
Cabana was aware early on of the importance of music in wrestling. "Entrance music is so important to a wrestler and how they're perceived because that's painting the first picture of who you're about to see next. Early in my career I used 'Vivrant Thing' by Q-Tip because I love Q-Tip and there used to be a wrestler in ECW named Chilly Willy who used to come out to Q-Tip's 'Breathe and Stop.' While looking back, he isn't noted as one of the best wrestlers in history, but at the time I thought he was so good because I loved his entrance. To this day, you'll hear some of the songs from the '90s on the radio and automatically think about your favorite wrestling superstar."
For the most part, the indie wrestling circuits give wrestlers a level of creative freedom for their entrances. "In Independent wrestling, usually the promoter comes up to you and asks if you have a CD with your music on it. You give them the CD with a piece of paper with your name and what number the sound person would play." The rare instances this wasn't the case lent itself to some odd circumstances. "I was touring England for about three months. We were the entertainment for people staying at a holiday resort who weren't necessarily wrestling fans. The promoter had his set songs and his set ways, and it didn't matter who you were, you came out to whatever ever song he played so [Avril Lavigne's] 'Sk8ter Boi' was my song for a while, as was 'Let Me Entertain You' by Robbie Williams."