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Opinion: Johnathan Coachman returns to WWE commentary, so far so bad

'Too much of that and not enough of this'
David Cullen
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Modified 30 Jan 2018, 13:43 IST
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Johnathan Coachman is a seasoned announcer in WWE, having been a colour commentator on WWE RAW, SmackDown and Sunday Night Heat during his first nine years with WWE. Coach is now back in WWE as an announcer on RAW, replacing WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, and even though it has just been one show, it is not off to a good start.

Coach left WWE in 2008 for a job with ESPN. He had actually only been promoted to the Smackdown announce team in January 2008 and had intended to stay there for as long as possible. However, Vince McMahon was very unhappy with his commentary and would often have his fellow announcers on SmackDown, as well as guest commentating superstars, take digs at him, which makes it all the more perplexing that WWE has brought him back for that very same job, only on the 'A' show, RAW.

This was what actually prompted Coach to decide to take the job with ESPN, months before his WWE contract expired. He would maintain his position with ESPN until October 2017. Ironically, Coach had expressed interest in returning to WWE months before his ESPN deal ran out.

Coach returned as a guest on the 25 Anniversary show of RAW and signed a new WWE contract shortly thereafter, to replace Booker T on RAW, he made his official return to the position on Monday's RAW, and it didn't start well. Coach seemed a little flustered, which is understandable but did cause him to mix up his words, and it didn't help that Michael Cole was either interrupting him and not letting him finish what he was saying. Now obviously, this was only one episode and I do like Coach as an announcer, so I hope he can have a little more leeway over the next few episodes of RAW in getting to talk.

I think it would also maybe help if Coach returned to his former heel announcer persona, which was a very entertaining character, that all started with the most underrated and surprisingly shocking heel turn n WWE history, at SummerSlam 2003.


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Published 30 Jan 2018, 13:43 IST
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