WWE composer Jim Johnston's 10 favorite entrance themes

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Johnston recalled early struggles developing theme music for the man who would become one of the biggest stars in ring history.

“Steve Austin came to WWE as The Ringmaster, which was one of the dullest characters ever,” he said. “I mean, you talk about a guy without a persona. What did The Ringmaster mean? Was he from the circus? What is it? I have no idea what I wrote, but I bet it wasn’t very good.”

Only after The Ringmaster began filming vignettes as the defiant “Stone Cold” Steve Austin did the theme come to Johnston.

“Steve had his black trunks and black vest and looked like someone you didn’t want to screw with,” Johnston said. “We debuted the theme as the tag to the vignettes introducing Steve’s new persona.”

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When WWE Classics asked Johnston about the famous glass shattering sound effect, the composer told us it was his idea. “But I had difficulty creating a glass break that felt violent enough,” he revealed. “[Austin’s] glass break ended up being a combination of three different glass breaks, someone falling downstairs and a car crash all mixed together.”

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