Russo says he was sad to hear that Jim Johnson was released by WWE this past week, citing the incredible library of music that Johnson has created over the years as WWE’s main musical composer. Gilbertti agrees, saying he was shocked to hear that Johnson and WWE parted ways. He’s a big fan of Johnson’s work, and he says that he prefers the old style of theme music compared to a lot of the themes we hear today.
Lane mentions that WWE sent out a survey this past week, asking people why they aren’t watching 205 Live and giving them several options to choose from. Gilbertti points out that 205 Live and a lot of WWE’s current product is basically small arena wrestling. On RAW this past week, Roman Reigns and Elias had an actual old school ‘wrestling’ match and it was great, yet a lot of the first sheet writers appeared to dislike it.
Speaking about Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks’ plans to self-finance a huge wrestling event in 2018, Gilbertti thinks that those guys definitely have a chance to sell out a 10,000 seat arena, especially if they hold it on WrestleMania weekend when there are plenty of wrestling fans all gathered in the same city. Russo thinks that these guys deserve credit for self-financing this event and trying something new, and if they sell 10,000 tickets they’ll be rewarded with a great payday.
Russo accuses Gilbertti of sucking up to dirt sheet writers like Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez. Gilbertti says he doesn’t even speak to those guys other than when he’s on a podcast with them. He does admit that he tries to be respectful towards them at least, unlike Russo who spends most of his shows bashing them.