4 Great AWA Wrestling Theme Songs

A scene from The Freebirds'

A scene from The Freebirds’ “Badstreet USA” video

When Danko Jones and Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham recently got together to discuss pro wrestling for an episode of Exclaim TV’s Chatroom the pair completely no-sold a question I sent in asking what their favourite AWA wrestler themes were. So I answered my own question… myself.

Here they are:

Sgt. Slaughter & Camouflage “The Cobra Clutch”

The Sarge was always particularly pathetic at copying Hulk Hogan’s ideas, so when the Hulkster used his (legit) music background to make an album Slaughter did, too. This is not good, but it is kinda amusing.

The Midnight Rockers using Judas Priest’s “Living After Midnight”

I totally hated those cocky dandies Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty. At least they introduced me to Judas Priest, though.

The Road Warriors using Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”

“Iron Man” is a pretty awesome song when you hear it for the first time as an 11-year-old. And it’s even more awesome when it’s used to soundtrack two giant crazypeople doing previously unimaginably crazy things in the wrestling ring.

The Freebirds’ “Badstreet USA”

It’s only now as an adult I realize how great The Fabulous Freebirds were at playing the heel. The layers of dumb in this video are magic.

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