Following on from the release of Jim Johnston, apparently, WWE will be looking into tweaking some of the themes that he had a hand in writing.
After over 30 years with the company, composer Jim Johnston was released from WWE a little over a week ago. Johnston was hired all the way back in 1985 and—for older fans, in particular—is likely responsible for most of your favorite Superstars’ entrance themes. The likes of The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and The Ultimate Warrior are just a few of the wrestlers that came to the ring to the sound of Johnston’s compositions.
As of late though, the musical duo CFO$ have become increasingly more responsible for the music we hear on WWE television. With that, it seemingly became unjustifiable for the promotion to continue paying Johnston a salary when he hasn’t played more than a bit part role in the music created in recent years. It’s a shame as reportedly Johnston didn’t want to depart the company.
With Johnston’s release, however, WWE may be about to run into some problems. Since the now-former WWE employee was responsible for composing countless WWE entrance themes over the years, as well as pay-per-view and video game soundtracks, according to Ringside News it may mean that Vince McMahon and co have to make some tweaks to a few of the current entrances. They recently did exactly that with Kane‘s theme suggesting that they’ve known they were going to be letting go of Johnston for a while.
The topic of Johnston’s release was discussed in last week’s episode of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard. Co-host Conrad Thompson posed the scenario that in the future we may watch old matches on the WWE Network where the original themes have been dubbed over depending on what happens between the company and Jim Johnston. Prichard, knowing Johnston, replied that he highly doubts that it would come that.
The release of Jim Johnston from WWE is a sad one considering how much he has given to the company, but even behind the scenes employees are eventually replaced with younger talent. It sounds like CFO$ have been doing the bulk of the work when it comes to WWE’s music in recent years and with Johnston’s release, they will now be in charge of all of it.
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