In a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, Jonathan Coachman discussed several topics, including his return to the WWE RAW commentary team alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves in 2018.

“The mistake that I made, to be brutally honest with you, I never wanted to do commentary, I had already signed my deal with Golf to be the voice of the World Long Drive tour, to do PGA TOUR event, I knew that I was going to have to miss five RAW’s that first year. Do you know, in my ten years when I was there full-time, I missed one and so then, in eight months I was going to miss five.

That felt like 50 and I knew that Vince was not going to be happy with it and to be honest, I like Corey Graves as a person, but I just don’t think he wanted a partner, I think now he’s better than he’s ever been, because he doesn’t have to do a three-man booth, nobody likes doing a three-man booth, it’s too many people, it’s too many guys trying to talk, I just don’t think he wanted me there and that’s okay because now, I think he’s able to shine with just him and Michael Cole, so that was the mistake I made was accepting the role they wanted me to play, because Vince, because of my days at ESPN, he did not want me to go back to heel Coach.

That’s the Coach that I love, I love heel Coach, heel Coach is fun, but he did not want me to lose the credibility that I had gained in 10 years as a SportsCenter anchor, which at the time, I agreed with. If I ever went back again now, which highly, I would give it a two percent chance of me every doing wrestling again, but if I did, it would have to be on my terms and doing it my way, because when I was most popular there was when I was a heel and I was a character and now, I feel so good about the other things that I’m doing and they know who I am that I could do heel Coach and it would be okay.”

The interview is available in full at this link.