Jim Johnston Talks To Newsweek

Former WWE Composer Criticizes Entrance Themes For Today’s WWE Superstars

Former longtime WWE music composer Jim Johnston recently spoke with Tufayel Ahmed of Newsweek for an interview. Featured below are some of the highlights.

On his thoughts on the music the company uses today for its’ performers: “What’s being produced just feels too homogenous. 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.”

On the difference between today’s entrance themes and the ones he created: “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.”

Check out the complete Jim Johnston interview at Newsweek.com.

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