Why WWE Can't Honor Musical Composer Jim Johnston and Others at This Time

Justin LaBar@@JustinLaBar Featured ColumnistApril 19, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE
Photo courtesy of WWE

WWE's longtime music composer Jim Johnston cannot go into the WWE Hall of Fame. At least not until WWE changes some aspects of their induction process.

Fellow Bleacher Report columnist Ryan Dilbert wrote an interesting piece on why Jim Johnston should be in the HOF. I encourage you to check it out.

Still, I have to go against Dilbert.

Make no mistake: I have nothing but respect for Johnston. I can remember seeing his name on the cassettes I was buying as a kid 20 years ago, when WWE first started releasing their entrance music. Music drives emotion, and emotion is a key ingredient in the overall entertainment of pro wrestling.

So why can't Johnston go into the WWE HOF? WWE's not ready for that.

The HOF needs to be a physical location before they can branch out into inducting more than just on-air performers. There would need to be an exhibit with pictures, props, a mini-documentary on Johnston's career, wrestlers talking about Johnston's talents—and of course, sound samples to showcase Johnston's best work.

And if you induct Johnston, you then need to start looking at a lot of others who aren't onscreen but have made WWE what it is.

The first example would be Adam Pennucci.

Pennucci is the man responsible for so many of WWE's wonderful video packages which showcase superstars or storylines. Many of the videos shown at the announcements of HOF inductions are made by Pennucci. He's a senior video editor at WWE, and he's as deserving as Johnston.

If you induct Johnston, you have to start acknowledging many more in the company whom the audience doesn't get to see. As I said for Johnston, Pennucci's induction would call for a physical location for the WWE HOF, an exhibit with some of the greatest videos Pennucci has ever put together, as well as a video of various WWE figures talking about him and telling his story.

What about Kevin Dunn? Some might like him, some might not, but Dunn is another guy who should be honored. He's been the executive overseeing the company's television operations for many years and started with the company in the mid-'80s.

It takes so much more than the wrestlers and commentators you hear every week to keep the machine running. I'm all for WWE honoring and recognizing those behind the scenes―but it's not fitting to do so until you can do it right.

Honor them by truly letting their work live on forever—via display at a location.