||WWE Originals CD (2004)
Lita CD discography To some, an album of pop songs sung by professional wrestlers may seem like an even worse idea than Magic Johnson hosting a late-night talk show. Any real Wrestlemania fan, however, knows that these properly pumped bruisers and their coiffed and curvy counterparts are as much entertainers as they are athletes.
On WWE ORIGINALS, each wrestler performs a song appropriate to his or her image and talents. In most cases, the results are not only competent; they're downright enjoyable. Rey Mysterio delivers a Latin hip-hop number that recalls the raps of Cypress Hill's B-Real, while Booker T's effort is pure West Coast G-Funk, served up in a booming, Chuck D-style baritone. On the pop/rock side of the fence, the listener is treated to Lita slurring her way through a Runaways-esque, attitude-filled bubble-gum rocker, while Trish Stratus croons a piano-based pop confection that wouldn't sound out of place on a Jewel album. In addition, the disc features genuinely funny Stone Cold Steve Austin comedy bits that follow his interaction with a hapless recording engineer. With a refreshing lack of pretense, WWE ORIGINALS succeeds for the same reason the WWE always has: It's loads of fun.