Jim Johnston is a legendary composer for WWE who worked with the company for close to 32 years until his departure in 2017. He is responsible for composing many iconic WWE entrance theme songs including The Undertaker, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin and many more. It seems he contacted AEW to write themes for them but it seems he was ghosted by them instead.

The pro wrestling world is an ever-changing entity, as it is very different from the time Jim Johnston began his career. This is especially true when it comes to the topic of entrance themes as well as legitimate stars.

While speaking to Conrad Thompson on Conversations With Conrad, Jim Johnston was asked if he would ever work in AEW. Johnston then revealed that he had contacted AEW to write themes for them.

However, to Jim Johnston’s surprise, AEW never got back to him and ghosted him instead. Jim Johnston stated that he believes AEW never got the memo. He then expressed his frustrations at hearing some of the current themes pro wrestlers have.


”I actually approached AEW at one point to write some themes for them with no interest. The way I approached, it’s very possible that the people in charge never got that memo. I’d be happy to write themes for them. I’d be happy to write themes for WWE, but I would never want to get as immersed as I was. It’s almost a frustration for me, the few times I’m going through these cable stations and I land on one of these programs and I’m shaking my head. What does this music have to do with anything?

We’ve gone from a time when you could be cooking in the kitchen and the TV is two rooms away and you could tell who is coming out to the ring. Now, it’s noise to me. How did that transition happen to where it seems to just get done to the pure noisy spectacle of it all and we’ve lost that magic of all about character and storyline?”

Mikey Rukus currently does the majority of the music for AEW, but Jim Johnston isn’t really impressed at all by what he hears. We’ll have to see if Johnston will ever make his way to AEW.

What’s your take on what Jim Johnston said? Do you want to see him in AEW? Sound off in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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