Talk about everything working out in the end.
Late last year, Bobby Roode gave an interview where he talked about the origins of his “Glorious Domination” theme. As he told it, the theme was originally intended for someone else but wasn’t being used and after he heard it and everyone liked it, they tried it out for him.
You’ve seen where that has taken him.
Now, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter is reporting (subscription required but recommended) on who the theme was originally intended for: Shinsuke Nakamura.
If you’re having trouble imagining him walking out to that theme, you are not alone.
Nakamura didn’t like it and told WWE he didn’t want to use it. It may be the entrance theme he was talking about when he spoke on it in an interview with ESPN recently:
"Before my debut, WWE sent me a sample of the music and I sent it back. I said, 'I don't want to use this, I don't want to use this.' They tried to keep it and I said, 'No, no, no.' Finally, I asked them if they could listen to some samples, and we went back and forth and finally they sent me what you hear now, and I said, 'Yes, OK. I'll use this one.'"
He ended up with “The Rising Sun,” one of the most popular entrance themes in all of professional wrestling today. Roode’s is another but something tells me it wouldn’t have worked out the same had it played out the way WWE originally intended.