Longtime WWE music composer Jim Johnston’s time with the company has come to an end as of last week. WWE has yet to officially announce the release, but a report from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio notes that many people within the company saw it coming and aren’t surprised by it. Johnston reportedly wanted to stay with WWE, however, his contract was much too high to retain.
Since 2012 WWE has been relying more on CFO$ to produce the majority of their star’s themes, thus Johnston’s value to the company depleted. People were expecting Johnston’s time with the company to end once his contract expired. Meltzer noted “it’s the end of an era, but the era kinda ended years ago.”
Johnston had been with WWE for 32 years and has produced themes for legendary stars such as The Undertaker, D-Generation X, The Rock and so many more.