Music composer Jim Johnston, who has worked with WWE since 1985 and who created some of the most iconic wrestling themes in WWE’s history has been released by the company earlier today. The news was originally reported by Twitter user @ThemeTitan_.
Jim Johnston has been released by WWE
— ThemeTitan (@ThemeTitan_) November 30, 2017
Throughout the decades working for WWE, Johnston produced themes for The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Ultimate Warrior, D-Generation X, Vince McMahon, Chris Jericho, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Brock Lesnar, and many others. Apart from producing theme songs. Johnston also worked on pay-per-view themes, music that accompanied recaps or feuds, tributes, etc. His work is published on many WWE CDs beginning with “The Wrestling Album 2: Piledriver”. Albums he wrote for and produced sold nearly 6 million units in total.
Unfortunately for Johnston, the arrival of the duo CFO$ meant that they were tasked with producing the new songs for the new Superstars, taking away his primary job. CFO$ are behind the popular themes of Superstars like Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sasha Banks, Samoa Joe, and others. The CFO$ were brought in by WWE Music Group General Manager Neil Lawi, the former Columbia Records Vice President who has been with the company since 2005.
Johnston was then moved to WWE’s film division where he wrote for several film projects for WWE’s film division WWE Studios including “The Chaperone”, “That’s What I Am”, and “The Reunion”.
Authors Take: Jim Johnston is one of those unsung heroes in Pro Wrestling that has never, and will never get their due! It sucks that he has been let go like this after over thirty years of producing all the memorable soundtracks to WWE performers.