WWE Might Get ESPN Coverage For An Even Bigger SummerSlam

WWE might see even bigger coverage for SummerSlam if a former WWE announcer gets his way. Jonathan Coachman currently works for ESPN, but he is petitioning to bring WWE and ESPN together. He is seeking the support of WWE fans to make things happen. But can he do it?

Coachman spent nine years with WWE. He started behind the microphone and was mainly an announcer and commentator, but he eventually got in the ring to wrestle. He was there with The Rock and other huge WWE stars. He worked in the WWE from 1999 until 2008, where he was known as “The Coach.” You could often catch him in hilarious scenes of humiliation courtesy of The Rock. Now he hosts the hugely popular ESPN SportsCenter.

When addressed by a fan about the issue on Twitter, Coachman suggested ESPN cover SummerSlam. According to Wrestlezone, this could be a possibility.

“ESPN has already proven they will give pro wrestling a great deal of coverage if the event is considered a major pop culture happening, as this year’s WrestleMania PPV saw more airtime on the network than ever before.”

Not only does he want to bring ESPN and WWE closer, but WWE fans are hungry to see The Coach return. Coachman has also stated his desire to reunite with the WWE at some point. Bringing WWE and ESPN together would be his dream.

Coachman told Back Sports Page that his experience working in the WWE for almost 10 years stayed with him until this day.

“Every time I sit on set on all the big shows I know, whether it’s on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter or the Sunday NFL show, everything I do, I find myself mentally referring back to the things I learned working with Vince McMahon and everybody in the WWE. People do not understand how difficult it is to entertain, act and make people believe, when most people don’t want to believe it is true.”

Companies Coachman applied to after WWE were hesitant to hire him. After much hard work, Coachman managed to get them to believe in him, overcoming the reputation of people coming out of the wrestling industry. That could be why he is looking to get respect from ESPN for pro wrestling as a whole. It could create opportunities for more former WWE employees.

SummerSlam is scheduled for August 23 in Brooklyn, New York. If Coachman gets his way, this could be the beginning of much larger things for WWE.

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