Johnston: “There’s a certain satisfaction that the music (in WWE) now is so bad”

Mar 7, 2021 - by James Walsh

During an interview with Lucha Libre Online, former WWE music composer Jim Johnston commented on today’s WWE music:

“While I told you before this interview that I don’t do trash talking, but the closest I’ll get to being critical, is that, absolutely, I want to slap Vince upside the head. The music is so bad! These days it’s just sound effects and noises and stuff. It doesn’t have anything to do with the characters and the storylines anymore. That’s the essence of this business… And that’s currently lost. I don’t get it.”

“I hate to say this, but there’s a certain satisfaction that the music (in WWE) now is so bad. Because it makes me feel better about what I did contribute. It does make me feel bad for a bunch of the wrestlers, because without good music you can’t become a big star. I don’t believe it’s possible. The music is just like a score in a movie, it’s what leads the fans’ emotions. It’s a very visceral, very deeply emotional connection. That’s always what I went for, now that’s what’s missing.” (quotes courtesy of

3 Responses

  1. Luke says:

    100% correct, but the problem is that most people no longer want good music, they don’t care, they just listen to what they’re told that they’re supposed to listen to and like.

  2. Mackdeezy says:

    He’s not wrong. But what I wanna know, is if CFO$ (whose work I couldn’t stamd as it is) isn’t doing it, then who is?

  3. Jake Allen says:

    I don’t watch enough (hardly anything outside of big ppv’s) WWE anymore, but I’m sure he’s right in what he’s saying. Yet still, I just wanted to chime in to say that he’s got some real clunkers in his own stash of wrestling themes while there have been a couple of really great (current) themes that he didn’t make – Undisputed Era, Fiend, Shinsuke (his first WWE), etc…

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