Legendary composer Jim Johnston who composed entrance music for the WWE for over 30 years has reportedly been “released” from the wrestling company after his contract had not been renewed.
Twitter account ThemeTitan, which reports news on WWE Music and followed Johnston’s career since 1997 posted an update earlier today.
Jim Johnston has been released by WWE
— ThemeTitan (@ThemeTitan) November 30, 2017
Johnston had been responsible for some of the most iconic music in the company’s history. He composed the entrance themes for early superstars like Bret Hart, the Ultimate Warrior and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and later for “Attitude Era” wrestlers like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and The Undertaker. Many of these themes had been released on best-selling compilations of wrestlers’ entrance themes since 1996.
Johnston also worked on much of the music for various pay-per-view events and incidental music for many of their television broadcasts. He later employed outside artists to assist in wrestlers’ themes including nu metal band Drowning Pool and Motörhead for “The Game” which became Triple H’s theme in the early 2000’s.
In interviews Johnston had likened his own composing style to film scoring, this time for a new wrestling character.
“Is he a good guy or a bad guy? Is he light and svelte and quick-moving, which dictates a fast tempo, or is he a big plodding kind of a guy, in which case you need a big, heavy, the-wrath-of-God-is-coming-upon-us sound?”
Since 2012, much of the WWE’s music for new superstars has been composed and performed by music collective CFO$. News of Johnston’s departure has yet to be confirmed by WWE.
Watch Jim Johnston discussing the composition of The Rock’s theme music below: