Legendary former WWE composer Jim Johnston has revealed the true inspirations behind Vince McMahon’s iconic entrance music.
In a recent interview with Vice, Johnston said that “No Chance In Hell” was initially written as a spite song!
“When I was writing Vince’s No ‘Chance In Hell’ entrance theme, I had been really upset with him about something at work,” Johnston said. “I found myself thinking: ‘You’ve got no chance against this guy!’ He’s got the power, the money, and in terms of pro-wrestling, he was pretty much the only game in town,” he continued.
“I had written the guitar groove much earlier, and I found myself singing ‘No Chance…No Chance’ over that groove. Rather than a song about one man, I wanted it to be about ’The Man’.”
McMahon began using his “No Chance In Hell” entrance theme in 1999, when the Mr. McMahon character was in full swing. WWE’s CEO still uses the theme to this day.
The theme was also used as the entrance theme for VKM’s Attitude Era stable The Corporation. A mash-up version of the song was used for the Corporate Ministry, which was formed when The Corporation joined forces with Undertaker’s Ministry of Darkness.
Johnston also composed the iconic entrance themes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker and many more.
On November 30, 2017, WWE announced that Johnston was released from his contract, ending his 32-year run with the company.