What’s the story?
On a recent edition of The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling, Jonathan Coachman opened up on his relationship with and thoughts on Vince McMahon, the producer.
Coachman revealed that it was considerably nerve-wracking to work for McMahon, especially having him monitor one’s work as a producer.
In case you didn’t know…
Jonathan Coachman worked for the WWE from 1999-2008 as an on-screen personality, interviewer and commentator.
‘The Coach’ has also served as a football commentator and hosted ESPN’s SportsCenter; recently announcing his departure from ESPN, which in turn has led to widespread speculation regarding the possibility of having him return to WWE full-time.
The heart of the matter
Here’s what Jonathan Coachman stated, when asked as to whether it’s tough working with Vince McMahon as an on-screen character or a producer —
"Probably him watching you because he's in a producer role. When you are working with him and I did many times he's in a talent role so he's usually watching his performance and not necessarily critiquing your performance.”
“When he is producing the show and there were many stretches where the Mr. McMahon character was not on the show, well now he's full time producer and that is nerve-wracking and I tell people all the time that if you can make it through a show with Vince as your producer than you can work with anybody.”
Furthermore, Coachman emphasised that he earned a ton of respect in the WWE by always doing what the company asked from him, even to the extent of once answering the call and shooting a segment for WWE during Christmas Eve. Besides, Coachman also alluded that his position became highly respectable once he got into ESPN, and also revealed that he shares a great relationship with Mr. McMahon.
The Coach also said that Vince McMahon is by far the most intimidating human being that you could ever hope to be around.
Jonathan Coachman made a couple of sporadic appearances for the WWE last year, but hasn’t returned to his full-time position in the company as of yet.
Coachman is a criminally underrated talent, and if he chooses to return as an on-air personality in WWE, it’ll be a surefire hit with the fans.
With the Coach now free of his ESPN obligations, a possible WWE return wouldn’t be too much out of the realm of possibility.Published 19 Nov 2017, 22:41 IST