Jonathan Coachman, a familiar voice in the WWE commentary team, recently opened up about his current position within the wrestling industry. In a conversation with Chris Van Vliet, Coachman shed light on his decision never to return to WWE, citing his treatment during his second stint with the company as a pivotal factor.
Reflecting on his wrestling career, Coachman expressed a firm belief that it is now a closed chapter in his life. He emphasized that no enticement could lure him back into the squared circle. This period marks a time of deep introspection for Coachman as he contemplates his journey.
Coachman’s sentiments about never returning to WWE stem from the manner in which he felt he was treated. He expressed his desire for fair treatment, in alignment with the principle of treating others as he wishes to be treated. Coachman acknowledged that WWE doesn’t necessarily require his presence, and he holds no illusions about that fact.
For Coachman, the wrestling world is a distinct realm inhabited by individuals whose lives are deeply intertwined with the sport. He, on the other hand, doesn’t aspire to be part of that world. He considers himself fortunate for the opportunities he had during his tenure in WWE, attributing that to the kindness of fans, fellow wrestlers, and others who played a role in his journey.
- Advertisement -
However, he also touched on events that transpired over the last five years, events that have solidified his decision not to return. Coachman has a history of unwavering loyalty to the company and its Chairman, Vince McMahon. Nevertheless, certain developments occurred that compelled him to draw a line in the sand, reinforcing his stance that he cannot accept ill treatment and still maintain his loyalty to the company.
In essence, Coachman’s words convey a sense of finality regarding his association with WWE. While he looks back with appreciation for the positive experiences, his journey has reached its conclusion, marked by a firm resolve never to return.
“I think back now, I’m kind of in that reflective point of my life. Because I know, for a fact, that my wrestling career is over. There is nothing that can make me go back and do that so now you get into a reflective state.”
“It’s not like they need me anyway. They’re not crying over spilt milk. But I like to think I treat people a certain way and I wanted to be treated that way. So yeah, I would never go back. So I reflect now, and when I think about the cool things that people have done for me when I was in the WWE, whether it’s fans, wrestlers, whatever, that might still be the coolest thing.”
“Yeah, but that’s usually people whose lives are wrestling, you know what I mean? That’s what they inspire to be. That’s not who I aspire to be. I got lucky. And then there are things that have happened over the past five years that make me not want to go back. I was 100% loyal to that company and to Vince [McMahon] so when things happen, sometimes you’ve got to draw the line in the sand and say ‘I can’t be treated that way and still go back and be loyal to the company.’”
- Advertisement -