A lot of thought and planning should go into a wrestler’s entrance music. In a lot of ways, it can make or break a character on television. Former WWE composer Jim Johnston realizes this all too well.
“No and it always amazed me from a business angle. If I was in that work room, I would say ‘Vince just fired Jim, this is a way we could really stick it to them. Find that guy and get him in here this afternoon.’ It doesn’t make sense to me.”
When asked about the current state of pro wrestling entrance themes, Johnston held little back. He called WWE and AEW out for having mediocre entrance music that doesn’t have anything to do with those characters.
“I felt a great responsibility, like part of these guy’s careers and successes were in my hand. The music now in WWE and in AEW, I’m sorry if this is mean, it’s all really homogenous and really mediocre and it doesn’t have anything to do with the characters. And I think that’s why there are less big stars. I don’t think that there are no potential big stars on the rosters hiding there. Before Steve Austin was Steve Austin, he was The Ringmaster and there are lots of stories like that. These people need the right storyline, the right costuming and definitely the right music to lift them up.”
Mike Rukus handles a majority of AEW’s entrance music. WWE has their own music group now after firing CFO$, the duo that replaced Jim Johnston. We’ll have to see if WWE or AEW gives Johnston a call for pointers. He certainly seems willing to help out if they need it.