The Daniel Bryan Theme Song – The History

Daniel Bryan, the ‘Yes!’ man, is known worldwide for his exceptional wrestling abilities and powerful kicks. He is well loved by the audience for his persona and signature mannerism. They love him so much that they hijack WWE segments where Daniel is not performing by repeatedly chanting ‘Yes!’ Over the years Daniel has used different entrance music but for WWE performances he uses the start of The Flight(Ride) of the Valkyries set to guitar, followed by yes chants. Apart from WWE, when he was with ROH, Daniel made his way to the ring to his entrance song, “The Final Countdown”; once in the ring, he stood on the top turnbuckle and sang the refrain along with the fans in attendance.

The present Daniel Bryan Theme song is Wilhelm Richard Wagner’s orchestral classic Flight of the Valkyries. Ride of the Valkyries is probably Wagner’s most famous piece of music, and it is a good choice as a theme song. Ride of the Valkyries introduces the German opera Die Walküre’s Act III, which starts with the Valkyries, warrior maidens raised by the god Wotan, and riding back from battle before they gather on a mountaintop. It symbolises the return of a victor. Daniel Bryan, warrior and a victor (having won WWE championship 3 times), was right to choose this as a theme song.

The inspiration for this music was the Norse legend of the Valkyries. There were 9 Valkyries, the daughters of Erda and Wotan. They used to swoop down on battlefields and take away the souls of warriors to Valhalla, the hall of the slain. Thus, this music is foremost a music about warriors, and about battles. Daniel Bryan’s theme song alerts the crowd and his opponents about his arrival and entrance song should be worthy of a warrior. The Flight of the Valkyrie does justice to Daniel Bryan’s personality, signature mannerisms, and wrestling ability. This song draws the maximum reaction from the crowd during the course of his matches.

Ride (Flight) of the Valkyrie the most popular music Wagner ever wrote and is certainly still among the most beloved orchestral excerpts ever written by anyone. It is so popular that it is used in many popular cultures, most notably in the helicopter assault scene of the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.

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