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What is the best opening music for WWE RAW?

We’ve seen a number of different theme songs throughout the years open WWE RAW, but none of them has ever stood out to me as much when Anthrax performed “All Together Now” for the second hour of RAW which was better known as the War Zone back then.

Now,  I was a WCW guy and growing up with the Nitro theme song, I never thought much of that WCW brand song. The song itself was a pretty generic guitar rift and lacked any sort of vocals. The intro to Nitro also seemed more like the opening to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle video game than a Pro Wrestling program.

The first time I saw the intro for RAW in 97/98 with “All Together Now”,  I was blown away. This intro screamed “All bets are off, anything goes!” with this program. Helicopters,  things blowing up, and various wrestlers exchanging punches with each other in a wrestling ring…THAT WAS ON FIRE! That’s right! I honestly think that the ring on fire in this intro is what eventually inspired the inferno match that would come a few years later. Most importantly though, the music set the tone with its heavy guitar rifts and wrestling inspired lyrics:

Rock n’ roll’s like fightin’ in the ring,
we got together, to do our thing,
we all play hard, we all play low,
that’s why we got together to sing this song.

To me, the song is what sealed the deal for that intro being one of the best intros to a wrestling program and being one of my favorite songs throughout RAW’s history featured as the intro. I’m really enjoying watching the Attitude Era RAW episodes and hearing thie song again!

What’s your favorite theme that opened RAW?


The Casual Mark Podcast – Episode 2


The Casual Mark Podcast – Episode 2 – Download

Its Royal Rumble season people!

Segment 1 – Introduction.

Segment 2 – Fallout from Episode 1.

  • Download numbers from Episode 1.
  • Feedback on Episode 1
  • Casual Mark is on iTunes!
  • Casual Mark Website:
  • Social Networking sites.
  • Twitter: @thecmwpodcast
  • Facebook:
  • Podcast E-Mail:

Segment 3 – Favorite Matches during the 1990s.

  • Favorite Matches during the 1990’s.

Segment 4 – WWE WrestleMania Pinball Machine.

  • The machine.
  • The price.
  • Previous pro wrestling themed pinball games.
  • The machine’s “John Cena” reaction.

Segment 5 – WWE 2K15 Review.

  • Discussing this year’s version of WWE’s wrestling game series.

Segment 6 – Wrestle Kingdom 9 – NJPW.

  • Thoughts on the Wrestle Kingdom 9 PPV.

Segment 7  –Royal Rumble 2015 Predictions.

  • Royal Rumble Predictions.

The Casual Mark Podcast – Episode 1


The Casual Mark Podcast – Episode 1 – Download

Join Mike, Matt, Nikos and Frank as they talk about their Pro Wrestling backgrounds, CM Punk, the WWE TLC PPV and more!

Segment 1 – Introductions

  • Podcast Introduction.
  • Host Introduction.
  • What’s on this month’s show?

Segment 2 – CM Punk

  • CM Punk on Art of Wrestling Podcast.
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin on WWE Network speaking about CM Punk.
  • CM Punk signs deal with UFC.
  • Will CM Punk ever work with WWE again?

Segment 3 – TLC PPV Predictions

  • The New Day vs. Gold & Stardust (Kickoff Match).
  • Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler (Ladder Match).
  • Erick Rowan vs. Big Show (Steel Stairs Match).
  • The Miz & Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos (WWE Tag Team Championship Match).
  • Ryback vs. Kane (Chairs Match).
  • Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee (Divas Championship Match).
  • Rusev vs. Jack Swagger (United States Championship Match).
  • Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match.
  • John Cena vs. Seth Rollins (Tables Match).

Segment 4 – Premier Pro Wrestling Introduction

  • Intro to Premier Pro Wrestling.

Segement  5 – Wrestlemania 31

  • Who main events Wrestlemania?

Segment 6 – NXT TakeOver: R-EVOLUTION Results

  • NXT Title vs Career Match:
    -Adrian Neville(c) vs Sami Zayn
    If Zayn loses, he will quit NXT
  • NXT Tag Team Title Match:
    -The Lucha Dragons (c’s) vs The Vaudevillains
  • NXT Women’s Title Match:
    -Charlotte (c) vs Sasha Banks
  • -Hideo Itami and Finn Balor vs The Ascension
  • -Kevin Owens VS CJ Parker