I have heard several wrestlers claim they had the first musical entrance over the years. Most notably Micheal Hayes and Sgt. Slaughter.
Hayes claims he and Gordy entered to Freebird as teenagers during their first run together in Tennessee in 1979. This has been backed up by Lawler who used the Rocky theme in his comeback from a broken leg in I think 1980 he claims Hayes gave him the idea.
Slaughter says he entered to the Marine Corps hymn in the Mid-Atlantic area, and gave Vince Sr. the idea during his first WWWF run. This would have also been around 1979-1980.
So who was first? I thought I heard that Georgeous George used music, but surely that would have predated the tech to pull it off?
World Class has to get credit for doing it as a company wide thing, as the WWE did not use music for most of it's wrestlers until 1984.
So does anyone know of a wrestler using an entrance theme before 1979?
Gorgeous George is the name I've heard/read here and there get tossed into the mix but for years I always thought of Hayes/The Free Birds as the answer. If they technically weren't THE first, they most certainly were the ones that started the trend of it be the new standard and creative way of presenting wrestlers.
Of course with the WWF Rock n' Wrestling period in the mid-80s, entrance music was tied to the business forever from that point.
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Re: Who had the first entrance theme?
I have a shoot interview with Porkchop Cash (don't ask who, how or why) and he said he was the first wrestler to use entrance music. I could be mistaken and it could be Brickhouse Brown that said that, as I haven't watched either's shoot in quite a few months now. Maybe they meant in Tennessee or Mid South.
But I read that Glen Stride (have no clue who he is) is often cited as the first to be accompanied to the ring by music. Mildred Burke and Gorgeous George were using it in the 50's and supposedly, Sgt. Slaughter introduced the concept to Vince, Sr. in the 70's.
I don't know who the first person was to come to the ring to music, it may have even been in boxing and then taken from there but it's been accredited to The Freebirds for making theme music popular and the given for guys to have it.
I get what you are all saying about Georgeous George.....but answer me this question.....how did he pull that off? I may be mistaken but I don't think the technology was available to them until maybe the mid-60's with the introduction of the portable cassette. Even then I have not seen any evidence. I have probably watched 50 matches of his and never heard any music.