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Jonathan Coachman signs WWE deal, will return tonight

Jonathan Coachman, former WWE employee turned ESPN broadcaster, is returning to where it all began. He has signed a deal to return to the company and will officially return to television tonight in Philadelphia.

Coachman will replace WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, who will return to his old as a panelist on the WWE Network Kickoff shows. Booker of course was only temporarily on commentary while David Otunga was filming for a movie role, but Otunga instead returned to take on a panelist role of his own.

The former “interim” General Manager was with WWE in 1999 all the way through to 2008 where he become a regular on screen character, and was also a sideline reporting during the launch of XFL in 2001.

ESPN released Coachman last-year when his contract expired as part of their cost-cutting measures, but during his time he was pivotal in forming a relationship between the two parties through initiatives such as a weekly WWE interviews with talents.

Welcome back Coach.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Jerry Lawler in his prime was one of the best. But Booker T he just horrible. He was not even suppose to be the Raw broadcaster but the guy who came from Smackdown was just as bad. But the Coach is way better heck an fans know him.

  • CC

    He is like Jerry Lawler when Jerry got to old, making dumb mistakes all the time or comments that make no sense. Plus his delivery is awful. Why on earth he emphasizes certain words I will never know. Not even the important words.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Yeah Booker T is just horrible.

  • Leedraven

    You didnt say that… Tell me you did not just say that

  • CC

    Never cared for Coach until he turned heel. He was just kinda vanilla up to that point. I didnt hate him, but didnt like him either. He was just kinda there.
    Now he has gone off and done stuff outside WWE, he will probably be a lot more of a rounded personality.

    And as long as it means getting rid of the truly dreadful Booker T commentary, I will be happy.

  • Exactly my thoughts. Coach just needs to be himself.

  • Arnold Jackson

    This is awful.

  • wwemrpeeps85

    Eww he’s so annoying

  • Can’tGetNo…Stratusfaction

    Definite upgrade from Booker and Otunga, to be honest.

  • Sparti Love

    That’s cool but I hope he doesn’t bring back his obnoxious character that wears a backwards hat and thinks he’s cool