Jonathan Coachman spent a decade in WWE as a backstage reporter, manager and authority figure, but left the company in 2008 to find his way in mainstream sports media, eventually landing at ESPN, where he became a SportsCenter anchor.
Last year, Coachman was among the many that left ESPN, but one of the few to do so on his own terms. Coachman cited a lack of commitment from ESPN to covering pro wrestling as the main reason he was leaving, which hinted that The Coach was going to be looking to re-enter the world of professional wrestling with his next venture.
Coach made his return to WWE television last week as part of the Raw 25 broadcast, but that wasn’t just a one-off appearance like so many of the former superstars and personalities that came back for the anniversary celebration. On Monday, WWE announced Coachman was returning to WWE full-time once again and he would be joining the Raw announce team, supplanting Booker T in the booth alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves, beginning with tonight’s broadcast.
As for Booker T, he will move back to serving as an occasional contributor on Raw and as a panelist on WWE pay-per-view kickoff broadcasts.