After exiting ESPN, where his WWE ties were readily apparent as the point man for bringing more coverage of the sports entertainment company to the broadcaster’s flagship SportsCenter franchise, Jonathon Coachman will head back to Raw full-time.
WWE announced this morning Coach will join Michael Cole and Corey Graves in the booth on Monday nights. It doesn’t specifically state this, but the implication is he’ll be replacing Booker T. The Hall of Famer was only supposed to be an interim commentator himself while David Otunga was filming a movie last Summer, and ended up sticking around. Booker also has a wrestling school and promotion in Houston where he is running for mayor, so this will free up his time to focus on those efforts.
Coachman was with WWE from the tail-end of The Attitude Era until 2008 in a variety of roles including announcer, manager and authority figure. At this point, his return looks to be limited to joining the team calling Raw, but it could expand from there.
His tenure at ESPN reportedly ended with his contract this past Summer, which the Disney-owned company opted not to renew amidst ongoing cost-cutting. It did come after Coachman defended WWE against bullying accusations during the Mauro Ranallo controversy, after which he announced he would no longer cover his former employer for his then-current one.
No matter - The Rock’s old punching bag is back. Excited?