ESPN isn’t enjoying the best of times right now, with cuts being made across the entire platform. So it’s no surprise that in the wake of the WWE segments being scaled back, Jonathan Coachman has left the sports news network.
The former WWE personality made the announcement via his Twitter,
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 (@TheCoachESPN) November 8, 2017
He then went on to suggest that he may already have irons in the fire, pointing particularly to the idea of a WWE return when questioned by his followers;
He then went on to confirm that he may already have something big lined up – something he’ll reveal when he’s legally allowed to change his Twitter handle.
Can’t change it until I am allowed to put it in my handle. When the time is right I will. Going to be cool though the next steps https://t.co/h0lhD8GIZU
— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachESPN) November 9, 2017
It’s all very interesting, as Coachman has a long history with WWE. Coachman was a strong presence during the Ruthless Aggression era, managing to find his way to the Monday Night Raw commentary team.
He left the company when he joined ESPN – becoming one of the company’s on-screen anchors. Even in his departure, Coachman has retained strong connections with WWE, managing to bag a number of exclusives for the sports network. Coachman arguably acted as the connecting tissue between the two tissues, with both parties benefitting from the established personality.
Earlier this year, Coachman came under fire for not covering the publicised issues between Smackdown Live commentator JBL and Mauro Ranallo. It led to ESPN cutting back on coverage of WWE – arguably harming that relationship. We’d hazard a guess that with reduced WWE coverage across ESPN, the decision to release the former WWE personality became somewhat inevitable.
Our Take: Whatever Jonathan Coachman ends up doing next, we wish him well. We’re not sure quite where he’d fit into the modern WWE landscape, given that the company already has an abundance of on-screen talent. It makes me suspect that he’ll be moving into new ventures.