https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iazu5htQT4I While WrestleMania 22 may have been the year of Peter Gabriel and "Big Time", the most memorable theme song could be heard in the night's opening video and then again during the package hyping the Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton World Heavyweight Title match. Shinedown's "I Dare You" was an emotionally-charged song. It was the perfect compliment to the "then and now" imagery of Triple H, Kurt Angle, Undertaker and Vince McMahon that aired early, then the inspirational story of Rey Mysterio as he won the Royal Rumble and fought his way to the 'Mania main event. "I dare you to tell me to walk through fire", the chorus went, and Mysterio did just that, overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to incomprehensibly capture the World Heavyweight Championship on wrestling's biggest stage. To this day, it remains the only Shinedown song to appear on a WrestleMania pay-per-view, this despite the fact that their music makes typically makes for fitting themes to WWE shows.
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