In a sudden and strange bit of news, former WWE announcer, Jonathan Coachman, confirmed on Twitter that he has parted ways with ESPN. A regular host on the sports network, Coach was also a beloved announcer for the WWE between the years of 1999 and 2008. He left WWE when offered a role at ESPN and had been there ever since.
While Coach didn't elaborate on the reasoning behind the split, he simply called it, "just time to leave ESPN" for both "professional and personal reasons."
Yes I️ will be. Several projects in the works. When I️ can discuss I️ will. But it was just time to leave espn. Professional and personal reasons. But I️ feel great and this show is for fun and to stay sharp. https://t.co/zw0Y9omDUj— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachrules) November 8, 2017
What Coachman will do next is still a mystery but it sounds like he has projects already in the works. Fans flooded his Twitter and social media accounts with questions about whether or not he'd be returning to the WWE and while it doesn't sound like there is any plan to make a return happen right now, Coach seemed very open to the idea.
Even in his role with ESPN (a company not often associated with professional wrestling) Coach was very wrestling friendly. He had been producing a WWE segment for ESPN called "Off The Top Rope" and hasn't shied away from his desire to gain extra exposure for the WWE. His interviews or videos he posts on social media are often heavily wrestling-oriented. His coming back to WWE would seem like a natural fit.
I will just say this. ONE of my new gigs signed and sealed. A little hint. a good friend once said “you PLAY to win the game”. https://t.co/E2lN2O8JL8— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachrules) November 10, 2017
Coach is naturally charismatic so the chances that he'll be without something to do for long is slim. He intends to announce what he's working on next when the time is right and perhaps Vince will see his former employee's loyalty to the WWE as a reason to give Coachman a call.
In a recent Periscope video, Coach was right back to talking wrestling including what's going on with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. You can catch him every morning for about 30 minutes as he talks all things sports.