This marks the first time Reigns has used new entrance music in several years. Previously, he had been using a variation of The Shield’s original theme song.
Fightful Select (subscription required) provided some backstage news on the theme, noting “the wheels were in motion shortly after he returned at Summerslam”.
WWE is working towards updating entrance theme songs, moving away from music produced by Jim Johnston and CFO$.
During an appearance on Mania Club last September, Reigns spoke on the progression of his new persona, urging fans to be patient when asked about the possibility of a new theme song.
“There’s a lot more to it than just me creating my own music. It requires me to go through a lot of channels. You have to understand I’m not automatically a bad guy now. You’ve seen it [the change in my character] in gradual steps. You’ve seen layers of that so far,”
Earlier this year, Reigns confirmed to new music was in the works, but it needed time to be right with his character.
“It’s not easy because I’m not going to… With this character, it has to be the right vibe. We can’t just hire a rapper and check out this guitar riff. It can’t be some rock music. The Shield music, I wasn’t even really into it back in the day; but over the years, it just started working. You get so used to it that I just time my pace to it. But yeah, it takes some time and it has to be right.”