||From the Vault...
"The Music Volume 3"
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Year of Release: 1998
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"The Music Volume 3"
What does wrestlers have in common with music? Theme Songs! The World Wrestling Federation (now known as World Wrestling Entertainment) was still
in its prime by the late 1990s. Sure, Hulk Hogan and the start of the WWF were basically gone, yet a whole new generation of wrestlers were becoming
more and more popular. The Undertaker, The Rock, Steve Cold Austin and D-Generation X basically were running strong at this time.
Vince McMahon's wrestling powerhouse had released volumes of theme music, and Volume 3 is featured this week. The score card for this volume are:
The Undertaker, Edge, X-Pac, Dude Love, Kane, The Rock, Gnagrel/The Broad, Ken Shamrock, The Oddities, D-Generation X, Sable, The New Age Outlaws,
Val Venis, and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
First, let's cover the theme songs I did remember: The Undertaker, yes -- the very beginning is very recognizable; we get to hear the entire song
on this volume, as I do not remember hearing the entire song during each of Undertaker's entrances. Kane, I remember, yet his theme music sounds very
depressing, and easily fits a horror film soundtrack. The Rock, D-Generation X, and Steve Cold Austin themes are easily remembered, and loved by all
wrestling fans. What's cool about The Rock's theme here, are his infamous lines "Do you smell what The Rock is cookin'?" and (repeatedly),
"The Rock says..." As soon as you heard Stone Cold's theme, everyone just went nuts. D-Generation X's theme brings a very tricky smirk, as
Triple H, X-Pac, Shawn Michaels, and whoever else was in their group always had something up their sleeves. One word for Sable -- "MEOW"
Val Venis was another one of those sly guys, with his entrance line, "Hello, Ladies..."
I had to look up the New Age Outlaws, and yes, I do remember them, after seeing who they were on the lookup - They were "Road Dogg" Jesse James and
"Bad Ass" Billy Gunn. (Actually, they were part of D-Generation X.) Their theme song however, I vaugely remember. Like the vauge theme song, X-Pac I
remember as a wrestler, and yes, he was also a member of D-G-X, but his theme music I don't remember. (His theme was rap, and Who likes that rap crap
music anyway?) Dude Love was another character of Mick Foley. Cactus Jack, Mankind, and the "loving" Dude Love. Again, his theme song was least
remembered. I was never really a huge Edge fan back in the day, and yes, his theme song was another one less remembered. The same for Ken Shamrock,
although I did like his scientific old-school wrestling style, his theme song, another ho-hum, "I don't remember."
Which leaves us to the last two: Gangrel/The Broad, and The Oddities. Looking them up, The Oddities contained some very unusual and less-favorite
wrestlers. The Jackyl, Kurrgan, Giant Silva, Golga, Insane Clown Posse, Luna Vachon (daughter of Mad Dog Vachon), Sable (ooh baby), and the famous
George "The Animal" Steele were members. As bizarre as some of the members of this group were, I had easily passed on this group, easily forgetting
their theme song as well. For Gangrel/The Broad -- he was another bizarre character, and least-liked, with his showing of fangs and uncomfortable
Overall, WWF's The Music Volume 3 is very memorable. The standouts for me were The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and
D-Generation X. Their themes are always memorable, and brings back a lot of great memories when Wrestling was still in its prime.
Where Are The Now? -- The Undertaker is still competing for the WWE, as he continues his endless winning streak at Wrestlemania
events. (As of the year 2013, he has won since Wrestlemania VII in 1991, and is now 22-0.) Edge has been in the WWF/WWE since 1997.
X-Pac has been with the WWF from 1993 to 1996, them moved to other wrestling federations, such as World Championship Wrestling (WCW) from 1996-1998,
returning to the WWF in 1998 to 2000 (D-Generation X). In 2001 to 2002, he merged with the nWo (New World Order) in the WWF with Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall
and Kevin Nash. From 2002 to 2003, he moved to TNA (Total Nonstop Action and Xtreme Pro Wrestling federations. He returned to TNA in 2003, 2005-2008.
From 2006-2008 he joined Wrestling Society X and the National Wrestling Alliance. From 2007 to 2008 he joined Asistencia Aseoria y Administraction.
From 2009 to the present, he has been in various Independent wrestling circuits, a return again to TNA in 2010, Chikara from 2011-2013, and another return
to the WWE in 2011.
Dude Love (Mick Foley) has been in wrestling since 1983, starting professionally in World Class Championship Wrestling from 1991-1994. Extreme
Championship Wrestling (ECW), Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW), and Japan wrestling, from 1994 to 1996. He was part of the WWF/WWE from 1996 to 2008, as
three "characters" : Mankind, Cactus Jack, and Dude Love. He retired in 2000, yet he was always involved behind the scenes for the WWE as Commissioner
from 2000 to 2001, and making various appearances throughout the years 2003 to 2008. He traveled through the independent circuits of wrestling from
2003 to 2005, and (like many other various WWF/WWE wrestlers) returned to wrestling in TNA from 2008 to 2009. Another return to the WWE occurred in 2011.
He wrote his autobiography story, entitled Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks in 1999. It topped the best-sellers list. A follow up
book was written in 2001, Foley Is Good And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling. The third part of his autobiography was The Hardcore
Diaries (2007), and another book, Countdown to Lockdown (2010) were published. He also wrote four books for children.
Kane has been a "staple" in the WWF/WWE from 1995 to the present day. Starting out as a masked wrestler, it's been debated if there was only one
individual to have portrayed Kane. He was a rival "brother" to the Undertaker. Kane was unmasked in 2003. Kane's real identity is Glenn Thomas Jacobs.
The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) has been very famous as a WWF/WWE wrestler and actor in movies. From a very successful family of wrestlers, his father
was Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather was "High Chief" Peter Maivia. The Wild Samoans were his cousins. From 1996 and onward, the Rock has been one of
the most popular and admired wrestlers in history. He retired in 2004, but would return later in 2007, and in 2011-2012. Since 1999, he purused an acting
career, and has been in movies every year, up to the present.
Gangrel/The Broad (David William Heath) was with the WWF from 1994 to 1995, Extreme Championship Wrestling in 1995, World Championship Wrestling
in 1998, returning to the WWF from 1998 to 2001. Since 2001, he has been in the wrestling independent circuit, returning to the WwE from 2004 to 2007.
He was married to Luna Vachon (daughter of wrestler Mad Dog Vachon). He later married again, to Kiara Dillon. He has two children, and is stepfather to
Luna Vachon's children.
Ken Shamrock (Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick) lived a hardship life. His father was a United States Air Force enlistee, his mother was a waitress
and dancer. His mother had her first son when she was 15, as Ken had 3 brothers. His father abandoned the family, and his mother remarried. He and
his brothers basically went their own separate ways. Kicked out of the house at age 13 by his stepfather, Ken lived in various group homes, until he
arrived at Bob Shamrock's Boys home at age 14. He then decided to change his life for the better, by changing his last name to Shamrock, in honor of
Bob Shamrock. During high school he excelled in football and wrestling. Despite a serious neck injury, doctors feared his sport life was over. Against
doctors' wishes, he continued pursuing football. He was offered tryouts from NFL teams San Diego Chargers, but he decided to stay in wrestling, where he
started in Japan, and began pursuing not only a wrestling career, but marial arts as well. Japan's Pancrase Hybrid Wrestling (1993-1996) combined his
martial arts and wrestling skills. During this time he pursuing more on martial arts with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Despite his highly
successful career in the UFC, many of their pay-per-view events were pulled away by Senator John McCain. Shamrock left the UFC to join the WWF from
1997 to 1999. He returned back to his mixed martial arts with Pride Fighting Championships from 2000-2002, then back to the UFC from 2002 to 2006. In 2003,
he became a member of the UFC Hall of Fame. He would be part of The Ultimate Fighter, Season 3 television show, in 2005. From 2007 to the present,
he would continue fighting in the UFC and coaching. As for wrestling, he has been with the WWF from 1997 to 1999, TNA in 2002 and 2004, and Juggalo
Championship Wrestling in 2009. But he is best known as a UFC Champion fighter. He has had two marriages, and from them, he has 4 children from his
first marriage, and is stepfather to 3 children from his second marriage. He is grandfather to 3. His eldest son, Ryan, made his mixed martial arts
debut in 2010 at KOTC - Underground 59. He has appeared in a wrestling documentary, and appeared as a wrestler in a TV episode of That '70s Show.
He is currently being investigated for assaulting a young woman at a strip mall in California.
The Oddities were defined as "freakish" wrestlers, and probably not considered very popular. Saying that, they never won any titles. However
female wrestler Sable reintroduced them later in their career, in a more respectable light. Sable would leave, as she and Oddities member Luna Vachon
began a feud, while the Insane Clown Posse feuded with the Headbangers, yet ICP would join forces with the Headbangers later.
D-Generation X -- Another well-known and popular group in the WWF/WWE : Led primiarly by Shawn Michaels Triple H Helmsley, other members
included Billy Gunn, Chyna, Rick Rude, Road Dogg, Tori, X-Pac, and Stephanie McMahon. The New Age Outlaws were Road Dogg and Billy Gunn.
Recently, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are married, and now that owner Vince McMahon (Stephanie's father) is close to retirement age, most likely
Triple H and Stephanie would continue the family tradition in taking over management of the WWE.
Sable (Rena Marlette Greek Lesnar) was introduced with wrestler Marc Maro (formerly Johnny B. Badd). Maro and Sable were married (her second marriage).
She became one of the first WWE Divas, and a WWF Women's Champion. She would become more famous than her husband, as Maro filed a $110 million lawsuit
for sexual harrassment and unsafe working conditions against the WWE. Sable returned to the WWE in 2003, and left a year later to be with her family.
Outside of wrestling, she appeared on the cover of Playboy 3 times, and has appeared briefly in television, on Pacific Blue and appeared in
the film Corky Romano. She returned to wrestling in 2007, in the New Japan Pro Wrestling. After her divorce with Marc Maro in 2004, she dated and
was engaged to wrestler Brock Lesnar. They ended their engagement, but later reunited, and were married in 2006. They have two sons together, and is
stepmother to Brock's daughter from an ex-fiancee. In 2012, she became a grandmother, as Brock's daughter, Mya, gave birth to a son.
Val Venis (Sean Allen Morley) started wrestling in Canada, then in Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico. He joined the WWF from 1998 to 2000. His character
was based on being a "ladies' man," by his entrance line "Hello, Ladies..." His last name Venis was obviously based (and rhymes) with a specific male body
organ, and improvising his character as a porn actor. This character took a toll on his popularity, and he decided to tone his image down a bit, by joining
the Right to Censor, from 2000 to 2001. Yet, he would return to his old gimmick in 2002 as The Big Valbowski. From 2002 to 2003, he went by his
real name, and was appointed "Chief of Staff" of the WWF/WWE by then general manager Eric Bischoff. In 2003 he became tag team champions with Lance Storm.
He was fired from his Chief of Staff job in 2003, and went back to his stage name Val Venis. He was released in 2009, and joined Japan wrestling and a
Hulkamania tour. He joined TNA in 2010. Then on, he has participated in the independent circuit of wrestling, including returning to Canada wrestling.
He speaks Spanish, is married with 2 children. His sister is married to wrestler Edge. He is a supporter of legalizing cannabis in the U.S. and is involved
in the Tea Party Movement, and he supported Ron Paul for President in 2012.
Stone Cold Steve Austin (Steve James Anderson), like Hulk Hogan and The Rock, he has been one of the WWF/WWE's most popular wrestlers. Starting
out as "Stunning" Steve Austin in the WCCW and WCw (1991-1995). Fired by then Vice President of WCW Eric Bischoff in 1995, where Bischoff felt Austin was
not a "marketable" wrestler. Austin moved to the ECW, and from there started distinguishing what would be his trademark character, "Stone Cold Steve Austin."
Moving to the WWF in 1995, it was there he started as the "Ringmaster" and joining with Ted DiBiase. when DiBiase left, Austin developed more on his Cold
Stone image. From 1996 to 2003, he became a superstar. Despite his differences, including the return of Hulk Hogan to the WWE in 2002, and a verbal attack
regarding his future with the WWE. He left during the year 2002, to return after settling differences a year later. Medical issues became a huge factor
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