Jim Johnston Reveals His Relationship With Vince McMahon In WWE
Johnston worked with McMahon for 32 years
Former WWE composer Jim Johnston has provided details on his working relationship with Vince McMahon.
Johnston worked closely with McMahon on music for WWE shows, events and pay-per-views, and also wrote and produced some of the most iconic entrance themes ever seen in professional wrestling, before his 32 year career with the promotion came to an end in 2017.
The 61-year-old has now revealed he considers McMahon a friend and enjoyed working closely with the WWE Chairman during his time with the company.
Johnston also indicated he liked to creatively surprise McMahon, who would always be very specific about the music he had in his mind for a particular superstar or show.
Speaking to Lucha Libre Online, Johnston said: "I consider Vince a friend. It was a little upsetting at the end with the way things ended but there were, as happens in corporations, a lot of politics involved and people trying to get my job, but Vince and I have always gotten along.
"He’s a really intriguing guy. He’s an incredibly charismatic guy. He can be really tough. He can be a real bully but fortunately, I did not personally get that end of him too frequently. He and I stood on pretty solid ground for 32 years.
"Not that it ever really changed my relationship with Vince but he’s a really intriguing guy. Really smart. Really stubborn. One thing I always loved about him is he loves to be creatively surprised even though when he gives you something to do he’s always very specific. He hears something in his head or he has a feeling. Fortunately, with me, he learned that he didn’t have to spell that out musically, that he just needed to tell me how he wanted to feel with that character. I also learned over the years with Vince you have to be respectful enough to give him something that he asked for."