Longtime WWE music composer Jim Johnston sounds off on today’s entrance themes

By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Former WWE music composer Jim Johnston was critical of the music the company uses today while he was interviewed by Tufayel Ahmed of Newsweek.com. “What’s being produced just feels too homogenous,” Johnston said. “It’s just music that plays—it doesn’t feel like each guy is really themed. All the women have a dance music kind of thing. And it’s lots and lots of loud sound effects.

“What makes me the worst is not anything that happened to me, or any negativity towards those composers…I feel bad for the talent trying to build careers for themselves when I just don’t feel they’re being served well enough to become stars. Before ‘Stone Cold’ was ‘Stone Cold’ he was The Ringmaster. The Ringmaster’s theme was something I wrote for him. The music can make such a difference in the person and how they perform. That same guy who was dead-in-the-water as The Ringmaster, a couple of tweaks, different music, different attitude, and he becomes one of the most popular people in the history of the genre.

“I’m wondering who is working currently at WWE who is an absolute superstar but, who, because they’re wrapped in a homogenous piece of clothing, they’re stuck and can’t break out? I would hope they would try to really brand each guy and each woman as an individual.” Read the full interview at Newsweek.com.

Powell’s POV: There are some good post-Johnston themes, but they don’t seem to be as consistently strong as they were under his lead. Johnston mentioned politics during his last few years with the company as one of the factors that led to his departure. He also spoke about composing the famous entrance themes of Undertaker, Steve Austin, and The Rock, how much input the talent had, his relationship with Vince McMahon, and what’s next for him.


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