JONATHAN COACHMAN TALKS ABOUT HOW HIS WWE WORK AFFECTED HIM WHEN HE WENT TO ESPN
By Dave Scherer
on 2012-05-13 09:41:44
Former WWE announcer Jonathan Coachman was interviewed by a Kansas media outlet (he is from McPherson, KS) about his job in ESPN after formerly working in the pro wrestling business. In the piece he talked about how coming from WWE hurt his initial credibility at ESPN saying, "It really held me back for a while. There were certain people (ESPN executives) that were fearful of some negative backlash that they hired a guy best known for wrestling. It was frustrating. I knew where I should be, at and I knew where I wasn't. But I also knew the reason."
He also talked about how, as news reporter at the Kansas City ABC affiliate in 1999, he was assigned to cover the the PPV where Owen Hart fell to his death at the Kemper Arena. He was live at the building and ended up covering the story for his station. That was his first real exposure to Vince McMahon and WWE, where he later went to work.
You can read the whole article by clicking here.
On a related note, in the last week I have seen both Coachman and Todd Grisham on ESPN. Good for them. ... Thanks to Mike K. for his help.