It was noted a few weeks back that Jonathan Coachman, known as “Coach” in WWE, wanted to get SportsCenter to cover WWE SummerSlam from Brooklyn, New York. Coach has worked for ESPN for a couple of years now and is one of the anchors of SportsCenter, the flagship show for ESPN. ESPN has covered WWE in the past through shows like E:60, Sports Nation, and others. However, SportsCenter has never really covered a WWE event in a major way. They only seem to mention WWE on major shows when they use athletes on their shows.
Coach wanted to change this and mentioned to ESPN higher-ups that it would be a good idea for ESPN to be there to cover the event. It now looks like he may have gotten what he wanted. According to ESPN’s Public Relations team, Coachman will be in Brooklyn for the event to cover it for SportsCenter.
Coach was dropping hints about this on social media lately and recently pretty much gave it away that he will be at the event.
It is unknown if Coachman will be used on WWE programming at all, but it does appear that he will be at the event for coverage. Which means we will see some WWE action on SportsCenter next Sunday night.
Coachman attempted to get ESPN to allow SportsCenter to go on the road for the event like a major sporting event. However, ESPN didn’t feel this was a good idea. However, the fact that they are budging on the idea of covering WWE for SportsCenter is a big deal. WWE name drops ESPN quite a lot on WWE RAW where someone like JBL will tell Coach or another anchor that a certain move could be in the top 10 on SportsCenter.
WWE SummerSlam is set to be a four hour event this year, which is the longest it has ever been. The show is going to be main-evented by The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar. On top of this, WWE will be using Stephen Amell, the star of Arrow, in a tag team match with Neville against the team of Stardust and Bad News Barrett. There will be a big tag team title match as well as a huge WWE Diva tag match on the event as well.
To round it all out, John Cena and Seth Rollins will face off where the winner will win both the WWE United States and WWE World Heavyweight Championships.
The show is set to be fantastic. The night before is going to be big as well, as WWE NXT will be hosting the WWE NXT Takeover: Brooklyn show which is stacked from top to bottom. So it will surely be a stacked weekend for pro-wrestling fans.
[IMG Credit: ESPN-Joe Faraoni]