More details on Jim Johnston leaving WWE Submitted by Aaron Rift on 11/30/2017 at 08:17 PM
In an update on reports of longtime WWE music composer Jim Johnston being released (which still haven't been officially confirmed by WWE), the Twitter account @ThemersUnited issued the following statement:
It is with great sadness that we can confirm that WWE has released composer Jim Johnston, deciding not to renew his contract that expired today.
This was a forced release as Jim was very keen to keep working with the company he has tirelessly served for 32 years.
In further news, our source in New York confirmed the removal of Jim from the company had been the ongoing wish of Neil Lawi, John Alicastro and Michael Lauri (CFO$) for some time. Jim still had influence on certain aspects of WWE's musical output, even though CFO$ had been the main composers for superstar entrance themes since 2012.
John and Michael wanted to totally overhaul WWE's musical output and replace all Jim Johnston creations with their own. Knowing Jim's departure was on the cards, they already started remaking Jim's music with Kane's theme being the first instance of this occurring.
Therefore, you can expect all Jim's music to be remade or replaced entirely in due course.
Our contact also confirmed Jim was the person who spearheaded the Uncaged series. With Jim Johnston no longer working for WWE, the Uncaged series will not continue.
ThemersUnited was aware that Jim's release was imminent, so attempted to try and show how beloved Jim was with our recent poll and the creation of this Twitter account.
It appears though unfortunately; our efforts have been in vain.