Jim Johnston

Jim Johnston critical of current WWE theme music

Newsweek.com is featuring an interview with Jim Johnston, who was the former theme music composer for WWE for over 30 years.

As reported on last year, Johnston and WWE quietly parted ways. WWE opted to not publicly comment on the departure of Johnston with the media.

Johnston spoke at length about his final years with the company.

“My last few years with WWE were sadly filled with a lot of politics. It was disappointing because I didn’t think I could contribute in the way I would have preferred. It was probably best I’m no longer there. We got to a point where it was time to move on. I’m good with that, because I was not happy with where things were going musically in the company and I wasn’t contributing in the way I wanted to. So when Vince gave me the leaving orders, that was probably the best thing for us both.”

On being critical of current theme music in WWE created by CFO$:

“All I can react to is what I’m hearing. I’m sure they’re talented guys. But what’s being produced just feels too homogeneous. 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. I’m wondering who is working currently at WWE who is an absolute superstar but, who, because they’re wrapped in a homogeneous 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.”

Talent off live events due to injuries

Kevin Owens and RAW Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan were both held off WWE live events this past weekend due to injuries according to a report by PWInsider.com.

Owens has been reportedly nursing a back injury and also took time off events last week.

Jordan, who’s injury remains undisclosed, is again scheduled for tonight’s RAW 25.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again,CFO$ has good music but they NEED to stop looping their instrumentals and lyrics (mostly lyrics)! It’s one thing to do it here and there but for guys like AJ Styles,Asuka,Bobby Roode and a few others there needs to be an exception. If a guy like Jim Johnston (who produced many great themes) can make Baron Corbin’s theme even more badass I can only imagine how great AJ Styles,Bobby Roode,and others would be if Jim produced them.

  2. This guy is spot on. The words that come to mind when I think about WWE’s men’s themes are “generic rock and metal sound.” And the Women’s themes sound like someone first discovering the Moog synthesizer in 1970.

  3. Exactly! They have a few good themes but most of the music now is just one good part that just loops.

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