Why WWE Released Legendary Composer Jim Johnston

32 year WWE veteran Jim Johnston was released last week and gradually more and more information is being released as to why.

WWE has released a few Superstars over the past couple of months, but perhaps the most surprising of the group that has been let go came last week when Jim Johnston's time with the company came to an end. Johnston has been with WWE since 1985 as a composer of the majority of their music and entrance themes in that 30+ year period.


Johnston is one of the unsung, unseen heroes in WWE. Since he was hired by the company in 1985, he has been responsible for countless entrance themes and also other music like pay-per-view soundtracks and music used for video games. Superstars such as The Rock, The Undertaker, and Stone Cold Steve Austin all had entrances composed by Johnston and that really is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Over the past few years, WWE has been making Johnston's workload lighter and lighter. For the past few years, musical duo CFO$ have taken the brunt of the responsibility when it comes to creating music for WWE, and apparently, Johnston's departure from the company has been a long time coming. It's being reported that his contract became too big for the company to be able to justify keeping.

While Johnston has contributed more to WWE than most could ever imagine, it's hard to argue that the musical side of things within the company hasn't been left in good hands. Most of what you hear on today's product is the work of CFO$ rather than Jim and tracks they created such as Shinsuke Nakamura's Rising Sun and Bobby Roode's Glorious have both made it to number one respectively in the iTunes soundtrack chart.

While the decision to release Johnston is clearly one that just revolves around dollars and cents, it's still hard not to feel sorry for Jim. The composer has clearly devoted his life to the business for over 30 years only to be let go when he clearly feels like he still has something left to give. Johnston is in his late 50s, so not so old that he should be retiring, but clearly, CFO$ are younger and more in touch with present-day music and WWE feels like they're more suited to the job now than Johnston.


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