Throughout WWE’s history, there have been many iconic entry themes. Jim Johnston was in charge of creating the vast majority of them, highlighting the entrance music of The Undertaker. Jim Johnston was fired by WWE a few years ago but has not been rehired by any other wrestling company.

But it seems like Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp may have an idea on how the WWE can bring back the legend behind the iconic WWE themes.

Sean Ross Sapp on the return of the musical legend


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Jim Johnston has worked for WWE for more than three decades, composing instantly recognizable entrance themes for the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, DX, The Undertaker, and many others. So it is no wonder that the fans miss him and want him back. In a recent Fightful Wrestling podcast episode, Sean Ross Sapp was asked about what he thinks of Johnston returning to the WWE. Sapp, who was earlier talking about how the current WWE themes are dull under Def Rebel, revealed he wouldn’t mind having Johnston back. But not as a composer. He said, “Bro he’s 72 in a couple months. What type of slappers you think 72-year-old Jim Johnston’s cooking up? He’s been out of this game for seven or eight years. He was phenomenal in his time. A legend. Should be a Hall of Famer. But I mean he was largely phased out 12 years ago.”


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He further pitched the idea that he should be brought back, maybe to help Def Rebel. “I wouldn’t mind him being back for like a couple things. But I don’t need him back for everything you know what I mean.” But what does Johnston think of the current WWE themes? Well, he did reveal his thoughts in an interview with Chris Van Vliet.

Jim Johnston agrees with the fans

In an interview with Chris Van Vliet, Jim Johnston gave his take on the entry themes we hear about today in WWE and AEW. Johnston said the current music at both companies is mediocre, and they don’t represent either of the wrestlers they’re credited with. In addition, he talked about what he felt when he was in charge of entry issues in WWE.


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He said, “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.”

The reality is that this issue is one of the most worrying to WWE fans, as many have a similar feeling to the one shown by Jim Johnston in his statements. A return of Johnston to WWE, or an arrival in AEW, could be great news, as we could see entry themes of the caliber of a few years ago again. What do you think? Should the WWE bring Johnston back? Let us know in the comments.

Written by

Abhishek Kumar Das


One take at a time

Abhishek Kumar Das is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a researcher, journalist, and combat sports editor, Abhishek is uniquely poised to deliver wrestling news that is both straightforward and backed by facts. A die-hard Jeff Hardy fan, and a defender of heels to hell and beyond, he enjoys delving into the different storylines that both WWE and other promotions have to offer.
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Amal Joyce