Welcome back to another edition of Sound and Fury. For those unfamiliar, Sound and Fury is my attempt to make use of four years of college for Music Education and describe how music either enhances a talent or situation in wrestling or detracts from them. In the inaugural edition, I took a look at the theme of Shinsuke Nakamura and how the theme is a reflection of the performer. This time around, I’m going to be taking a look at the Australian beauty, Emma, who recently came back to the main roster after a lengthy stint down in NXT in which she re-imaged her character. With that, of course, came a new theme, which still bares some resemblance to the old, bubbly, awkward personality of the original Emma character.
Anyone who’s seen my NXT reviews, read my Twitter, or even listened to the NXT Chapter Podcast will know that for the most part, I love Emma as a performer and both a character. I wasn’t always that way with her, however. I originally hated the character of Emma, especially her atrocious paring with Santino Marella on the main roster that was doomed the minute it left the creative orifice of the WWE. Emma did her best, and made the most of the opportunity, even if it involved the invention of a female Cobra….which is, again, cringe worthy at best on the part of WWE creative. Aside from awful creative angles, Emma has always proved to be a solid in ring talent, having several marquee and incredible match-ups to her name with the likes of Paige and Asuka as part of the ever growing, always impressive Women’s Division in NXT.
That being said, as always, I like to ask the question: What do we know about the performer? In this scenario, what do we know about Emma? In short, she’s been absolutely ruthless lately, displaying a “nobody matters but me” attitude and backing up her arrogance with strong and dominating performances in the ring. She can walk the walk and talk the talk, which is something not many competitors have the ability to do, especially when it comes to the Women’s Division. Other than that, we have no real basis for the character or persona of Emma. She’s just a girl who can beat you up and look beautiful while doing, which is the dream after all, isn’t it?
Time for us to pretend we know nothing at all about Emma, as we’ll analyze her entrance theme and see if it’s able to tell us what we should be expecting from the Australian beauty as a performer. Her theme, for starters, contains traces of her old, bubbly personality with the beginning electronic beat, and slowly develops into an aggressive, explosive electronic dance theme, akin to that of the dubstep genre. Otherwise, it’s a somewhat generic electronic piece of music, with a few explosive sections. If you were to go off this, you could assume that Emma is a bad apple with a bit of a mean streak, and that’s not too far off from the character that she portrays.
Do you get the whole story of Emma though from the entrance theme? Not at all, and this is a case where the theme may either hurt or help the talent. While it doesn’t go as far as say Shinsuke’s does as to cover most if not all the elements that encompass the performer, you at least get a clear definition that she is a heel and that she’s got an aggressive streak that she has no problem unleashing. The detractor here is with the main beat of the music, which still contains, as I’ve mentioned, traces of her former bubbly personality, which failed to connect with fans. If WWE really wants to succeed this go around with Emma, because she’s an excellent talent, it may be time to go back to the drawing board and rethink of something more fitting. That of course, is just one opinion, and many may and can feel free to disagree with me.