Long-time WWE composer Jim Johnston was released at the end of November, ending an impressive tenure with the company that lasted over 30 years. Johnston composed many of the most iconic wrestling songs, including the entrance themes of Vince McMahon, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan (I Am a Real American), and more.
Johnston recently did an interview with Sean Mooney’s Prime Time podcast, and discussed a variety of topics (that Reddit user Truthamania summarized), which included his departure, and a surprising admission that he “was never a wrestling fan.”
Johnston revealed that his departure from the company did not end on good terms. The legendary composer admitted that he trusted the wrong people, and many “turned out not to be friends.”
On top of that, Johnston revealed the conversation he had with Vince, and how he learned that they were not going to renew his expired contract:
“I had a brief conversation with Vince and it was over. All I’ll say is that I think there were a lot of ways to end it, and the way that it ended was, I think, there were better ways to end it to where everyone could’ve walked away with a much better feeling. After thirty two years, it feels like a lost opportunity to me and I don’t really understand it.”
Of course, Johnston is far from the only WWE employee that has left the company on bad terms. Plenty of wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin left the WWE after falling outs with Vince.
It is disappointing that a man who did so much for the WWE didn’t get to leave on proper terms. Even thought Johnston was never a “wrestling fan” he carved out a remarkable career that no present or future WWE composer can match.
He doesn’t work for the WWE anymore, but wrestling fans of the ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s will forever remember Johnston as the mastermind behind many of their favorite wrestler themes.
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