Missing: One RAW Announcer
If you watched RAW Monday night, you got quite a show from the announcers. But amidst all the controversy with Joey Styles, the one thing everyone seems to have glossed over is that Jonathan Coachman was nowhere to be found.
So where was Coach? Well, no one's seen or heard from him in almost two weeks, since he stormed out of RAW in London after being assaulted by Viscera. If you noticed Coach was missing from RAW, well, it wasn't a vacation; he was a complete no-show. No one, from Mr. McMahon on down, has any idea where Coach is. In fact, his family hasn't heard from him, nor have any of his friends.
Because of his recent disappearance, Coach will NOT be in the broadcast booth for this week's edition of WWE.com HEAT. The WWE Television Production brass had no other choice, and has announced that Todd Grisham will be flying solo this week on HEAT whether Coach surfaces or not.
While it will be Grisham's first shot at tackling a show by himself, it won't be the first time an announcer has done a show on his own. Former RAW lead announcer Joey Styles did commentary for hundreds of ECW shows on his own, and if you want to count it, there has been the occasional segment on RAW or SmackDown in the past where one member of the team had to take care of business by themselves.
Even though he's not exactly a pioneer, Grisham was excited about it when I talked to him about it today. "I'm excited about it, even though it's uncharted territory for me," he told me. "I'm just glad the company has enough faith in me to give me this opportunity and I'll do my best."
Regardless of the opportunity he's been presented, even Grisham is worried about Coach. "When you ask me where he is, normally I'd say check the nearest gentlemen's club," he joked, "but seriously, I don't know. We're actually friends, believe it or not, and I usually talk to him once a day. But, I haven't seen or heard from him either."