In a hilarious story, ESPN anchor Jonathan Coachman said today that former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion Batista actually knocked him out backstage during his WWE run.
While filling in for the SVP & Russillo show with fellow anchor and huge wrestling fan Robert Flores, Flores was asking Coachman, nicknamed “Coach,” several wrestling related questions. Coachman was in the WWE from 1999 until 2008.
When Flores asked about the hardest hit or bump Coachman ever took, Coach said that it was one people had never saw– backstage in Ohio, where Batista knocked him out, and caused him to be sent to the hospital.
Flores followed up and asked Coach why it happened, and Coach said they were actually practicing a move that he hadn’t tried in a while. While going over the move, Coach was airborne and slammed against a cement column and was knocked out. An accident, yes. Unfortunate, yes. Hilarious, yes.
Coachman left the WWE in 2008 for the ESPN role and has become a staple with the network in the six years since. Earlier this year, Coach teased that he may do some additional work with WWE soon, namely the WWE Network. However, due to recent budget cuts within the WWE, it appears that may not be happening any time soon.