Whether it’s the sound of shattering glass marking the arrival of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, the nostalgia-inducing riffs behind Hulk Hogan’s “Real American,” or the adult entertainment-inspired twang of the New World Order’s theme, entrance music has been a key ingredient in the enjoyment of pro wrestling for decades.
But what if wrestling theme songs weren’t just part of the show, but the actual main event itself?
Fans of wrestling, and music, can experience what that would look and sound like firsthand when “Long Island’s first wrestling theme song cover band” performs live in Amityville tonight.
The Kings of the Ring will headline a wrestling-themed night at the Revolution Bar and Music Hall at 140 Merrick Rd. beginning at 7:30 PM. Admission is $10 in advance and $13 at the door.
The Kings of the Ring are comprised of four Deer Park wrestling fans with names and characters as outsized as the personalities they honor on stage.
“We formed this band because of our love for professional wrestling and WWE—and as a cheap ploy to get Vince McMahon to embrace me into his family,” said Ultimo Guapo, the luchador mask-wearing frontman who claims to the long-lost son of WWE chairman McMahon. “It hasn't happened yet, so instead we continue selling out venues in order to become billionaires ourselves.”
The Kings are rounded out by drummer Big Van Vicario, bassist Juventurd Guerrero and rhythm guitarist Ronnie Burton, an independent pro wrestler who was trained by current WWE star Seth Rollins.
Guapo says the band has performed about 25 times over the years, playing a “healthy mix of classic and modern” songs, ranging from D-Generation X’s theme to fellow Long Islander Mick Foley’s theme.
“It really started as a joke, but our fans loved it as much as we do, so we just keep making this monstrosity even bigger,” said Guapo, who counts the entrance themes of the Ultimate Warrior and the Undertaker as his favorite songs to perform live.
The Kings of the Ring also take requests—the most popular of which is not a song at all.
“The biggest request we get from our fans is for me to give them a ‘Stone Cold Stunner’ at the end of the show,” said Guapo, referencing Austin’s signature wrestling move. “I've probably stunned over 50 fans.”