WARNING:We have detected your browser is out of date. For both performance, security and a better web experience you should keep up to date to avoid viruses, malware, hijacking and stay on top of compatibility features.
Jonathan Coachman on Leaving ESPN, Working for Vince McMahon, Favorite Raw Moment
Posted By: Caylon Knox on Jan 26, 2018
Former WWE personality and former ESPN anchor Jonathan "The Coach" Coachman recently spoke to Busted Open Radio.
ESPN helping WWE get back into the mainstream:
“I feel a lot of pride. When we decided to push the envelope a little bit, I got a call from the office and they said ‘can you help us’. That’s one of the biggest criticisms of Vince over the years is he always felt like the superstars are all we need. These days with social media, you need crossover all of the time. They realized that. There is no more crossover at the time than ESPN.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we not only got a segment every week on Sportscenter, but it became the highest rated segment on social media. We created a dropdown on ESPN that when you go there today, it’s right there next to the NBA, NFL, WWE is right there at the top.”
Coachman’s past Tweet saying ‘journalism is dead’:
“I got in trouble when I tweeted this. I said ‘journalism is dead as we know it. Anybody that wants to go to college to be a writer and write for the Washington Post, stop right now, because your career will never take off’. If you don’t entertain me, I’m turning the channel. Entertainment needs to be the #1 priority. That’s what I told my bosses at ESPN. This is entertaining. Who cares where the eyeballs come from?”
The reason he left ESPN:
“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 to. 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’. The night before Summerslam 2016, Conor McGregor fought Nate Diaz for the 2nd time. I said to them, ‘I will go to Vegas, cover the fight, then fly to New York, cover Summerslam, and put both stories into a package to celebrate the biggest weekend in combat sports’.
“My boss said, ‘can’t do it. Nobody’s gonna want to watch that. I’ve already sent 3 cameras to preseason football.’ I said you gotta be kidding me. When I was getting ready to leave, I went to his boss and asked if this idea ever came across your desk. He said ‘No. We would have absolutely ran with that.'”
His most favorite RAW moment that he was involved in:
“After The Rock left, Eugene and I were having our thing. Rock called and threw the idea around to make an appearance, since we were in San Diego and he was in the area. So we snuck The Rock backstage, no one knew he was there. The plan was Todd Grisham was going to interview Eugene, I would cut a heel promo, and as Eugene walks to the back, Rock’s music hits. Rock was very giving if he thought it was the right thing to do, and he thought this was the right thing to do.
“This was his idea, so am I gonna say no? Hell no I’m not gonna say no to this. So we sneak Rock in, Eugene walks back, and I got goosebumps all over my body, because I saw the crowd come unglued. It was also the only time I ever insulted The Rock back.”
How it is working for Vince McMahon:
“He liked me a lot. For that, I was very close to him. He’s very difficult to be around sometimes, but there’s no-one else I’d rather work with. Part of the reason I was able to be at ESPN for almost 10 years is because what I learned from Vince, and that’s business comes first, you never burn any bridges, and you do what’s always right for the business. You also show up. The one thing that Vince taught us was you show up. I’ve actually seen him fire talent because they went out on an autograph session on Tuesday, and saw a blizzard coming to their hometown, they went home, and then couldn’t make the TV taping. The one thing you do in this business and for Vince is you show up. He was also the orchestrator of an incredible rib on me in North Carolina that I was arrested and jailed.
“When he really likes you, that’s what he does to show you. He’s very difficult to work for. He demands excellence. He is very demanding. He always doesn’t make the right call, but when you do TV 51 weeks a year, it’s hard to make things right every single time and make it hot. As far as leadership goes, I don’t know if there is a better leader, because you always know which direction you’re going. It may not always be the right direction, but you know which direction you’re going. There was no waste of time proposing ideas to him. He loves hungry talent. If you don’t want to sit on the sidelines, come prepared and pitch him ideas.
“Take The New Day for example. These are three guys whose careers were basically over, and here they come with this act, and Vince signed off on it. He is a guy who you better be prepared to talk to, don’t stumble over yourself and have your thoughts together. He will die on the road. There will not be a Vince McMahon who sits at home and watches the show. That’s just who he is. If you have a baby, you want to watch that baby grow. That’s just who he is.”
Aug 15 - Velveteen Dream made his return to NXT this week, which many fans did not expect due to the allegations made against him as part of the #SpeakingOut movement. Velveteen Dream is scheduled to wrestle [...]
SmackDown Quick Results (08/14/2020) Below are the results for tonight's episode of Friday Night SmackDown: *Singles Match* Big E vs John Morrison is postponed due to interference by Retribution *Triple Brand Battle Royal* Asuka wins[...]
Aug 14 - Below are the results for tonight's episode of Friday Night SmackDown: *Singles Match* Big E vs John Morrison is postponed due to interference by Retribution *Triple Brand Battle Royal* Asuka wins[...]
Joseph Park (Abyss) Debuts on SmackDown AJ Styles came to the ring with a giant white board tonight on SmackDown, where he started introducing analyticis and statistics to decide who should face him for the Intercontinental Championship, bu[...]
Aug 14 - AJ Styles came to the ring with a giant white board tonight on SmackDown, where he started introducing analyticis and statistics to decide who should face him for the Intercontinental Championship, bu[...]
Brandi Rhodes Comments on Future of AEW Heels During an interview with WrestleJoy, Brandi Rhodes commented on plans for the AEW Heels program that has been launched. On future plans for AEW Heels: “When we’re able to get back to bu[...]
Aug 14 - During an interview with WrestleJoy, Brandi Rhodes commented on plans for the AEW Heels program that has been launched. On future plans for AEW Heels: “When we’re able to get back to bu[...]
Aug 14 - Ring of Honor is set to return very soon, and the promotion is now putting out more about its impending shows. This includes their COVID-19 safety protocol and who will participate in the ROH Pure Tit[...]
Aug 14 - All Elite Wrestling Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes recently spoke with TVInsider.com and was asked about Awesome Kong's status with AEW, to which she responded with the following statement: She [...]
Aug 14 - Former All Elite Wrestling star Sadie Gibbs posted the following on Twitter when asked about her release from AEW: Afraid so. Due to circumstances — Sadie Gibbs (@TheSadiegibbs) August 13, 2[...]
Aug 14 - WWE is going to begin broadcasting WWE programming live from the Amway Center. Tonight’s episode of SmackDown and next week’s RAW will be the final two episodes from the Performance Center[...]
Aug 14 - Dewey Foley, son of WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, has reportedly become one of the key creative forces behind the WWE 205 Live product. It was noted this week by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter tha[...]
Aug 14 - AJ Styles made a big impact in WWE from the very beginning, with his now-iconic debut in the Royal Rumble. But according to Styles on his latest Twitch stream, Vince McMahon was the only one not impre[...]
Delirious is In Charge of ROH Creative Again Earlier this week, Ring of Honor announced that they would be resuming television production for the first time in a while. Marty Scurll, the booker before their hiatus, is currently on the sidelines,[...]
Aug 14 - Earlier this week, Ring of Honor announced that they would be resuming television production for the first time in a while. Marty Scurll, the booker before their hiatus, is currently on the sidelines,[...]
Aug 14 - Former WWE referee Mike Chioda debuted on AEW this past Wednesday and refereed the main event between Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy. One person who has decided to speak up on his podcast and voice [...]
Aug 14 - Josh Fuller, one of Velveteen Dream’s accusers of sexual harassment, spoke out on Twitter following Dream's NXT return. WWE has not commented on their investigation into the claims made against [...]
Aug 13 - Santino Marella made a post on Facebook announcing that his Battle Arts Academy will be shutting down next month. The last day for the school will be September 30th. Here is his statement: So I hav[...]
Aug 13 - PWInsider released a new update on the ongoing legal dispute between Jeff Jarrett and Impact Wrestling's parent company, Anthem Sports. Jarrett’s lawsuit was originally declared a mistrial afte[...]
Aug 13 - After the allegations made against Jimmy Havoc and reports that he's going to rehab, he has been removed from AEW's roster page on their official website. Also removed are Bea Priestley and Sadie Gib[...]
Aug 13 - WWE was scheduled to tape two episodes of SmackDown on August 4th to air on the 7th and 14th respectively. Instead, WWE canceled the the second taping at the last moment. The cancellation had various[...]
Aug 13 - During the storyline where Erick Rowan carried around a cage for what felt like forever, it was finally revealed that inside the cage was a giant spider. Many felt this was a disapointing reveal, but [...]
Aug 13 - Major League Wrestling has reportedly signed a new distribution deal with Fubo Sports Network, according to Deadline, to air the promotion’s weekly episodic show Fusion. The show will air on the[...]
Aug 13 - NJPW has unfortunately had to cancel an event today, in order to assure the safety of all the performers. Here's the statement: “Unfortunately, one of the wrestlers scheduled to appear had de[...]
Bret Hart on The Kliq Bullying The Rock On the latest edition of Bret Hart's Confessions of the Hitman podcast, he discussed The Rock's beginnings in WWE as Rocky Maivia and how he was bullied by Shawn Michaels and Triple H. "A lot of th[...]
Aug 13 - On the latest edition of Bret Hart's Confessions of the Hitman podcast, he discussed The Rock's beginnings in WWE as Rocky Maivia and how he was bullied by Shawn Michaels and Triple H. "A lot of th[...]