Johnathan Coachman recently revealed why he left ESPN.
Jonathan Coachman, also known as The Coach, made his most recent appearance in WWE this past Monday for the 25th Anniversary of Raw. Many fans were relieved to see The Coach once again, even for a brief moment.
The Coach was with the WWE from 1999 to 2008. In 2008, he decided not to renew his contract with the WWE and then he moved on to be a commentator on ESPN. As with most wrestling personalities, The Coach developed a following during his tenure with WWE, and so he already had a fan base following him when he went to ESPN. He presented highlights of WWE and even interviewed WWE wrestlers on Sportscenter. After almost ten years with ESPN, The Coach announced on Periscope that he would be parting ways with the network this past October.
In a recent interview with Busted Open, Coachman said ESPN did not want to have anything to do with any of the ideas that he had for the company. There is no doubt that he contributed to storylines in the WWE, and so he tried to spread the love at ESPN in the same manner. The Coach wanted to cover the Connor McGregor/Nate Diaz fight last August and then he wanted to cover SummerSlam which occurred the following day. His appearance at Summerslam would have been well received since he is a familiar face to a lot of wrestling fans and he saw the marketing potential behind his appearances at these venues.
“They dropped the ball. They could have done so much more. Every single project I’m about to start doing, I pitched to ESPN, and they said no. It was very frustrating near the end. I said to my boss ‘you are so shortsighted on what we need to be doing, that it’s incredible to me’,” revealed Coachman who went on to detail a pitch he had to cover Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz and SummerSlam in one weekend.
The idea was shot down, but he later discovered after the weekend’s festivities that the network would have run that if his idea made it to them, and they would have loved to air that. Something like this would rub anyone the wrong way, and there were perhaps several more incidents like this which led to Coachman leaving ESPN.
Coachman has now come back home with the WWE where he will be taking Booker T’s place on the Raw announce team.
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