Jonathan Coachman says he wouldn’t accept an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame

Sep 26, 2021 - by Steve Gerweck

“No, I would not and here’s why. Until they make it right, and I don’t even know if the money would make it right at this point, because sometimes in life you’ve got to do what’s right at that moment. When people are facing a pandemic and you don’t know – and I’m one of the lucky ones. I’m one of the lucky ones, but there were so many people that got laid off or worse furloughed. When you’re furloughed, you make no money. You’ve got a billion dollars in the bank and yet you’re furloughing all these people? What I would have done is, if somebody is making $100,000, you go to two people and say, ‘Would you rather make 50 for the next four or five months till we get through this, or one of you makes 100 and the other one makes zero and is furloughed?’ What do you think both people would have done? They would have taken the $50,000 and still had an income. But that’s not what they did. You can’t treat people that way. So, I wouldn’t even want to hear anything they would have to say to me at this point. Do I think I’m worthy? There’s no question. I mean the things that I’ve done in the different roles that I played, and my longevity. Certainly, I think I belong in there. But also remember this, there’s not actually a physical Hall of Fame. It’s not like I’d be losing a bust somewhere. So, you know, it’s a nice thought to be a Hall of Famer, but to me, I don’t want the award from people that after 20 years can do that. I just have no desire to do that. No, I would not accept it.”

source: Fightful

4 Responses

  1. CM Chippunk says:

    You’re pulling a bit of a Ryback here, Coachie …

  2. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    @Chippunk, Major difference is that Coach had talent, Ryback never did. Vince used the pandemic to essentially brutal and bloody manner to clean house.

  3. Pisto75666 says:

    @Jobber

    And how many years have fans complained about WWE’s overbloated roster? Granted the timing was terrible but it would’ve happened eventually.

  4. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    @Pisto
    An overbloated roster wasn’t the issue. People forget how huge the WWE(F) roster was back in the 80’s, when they’d run two or three shows on the same day in three different cities. Something like that could have been done here or they simply could have trimmed the fat off the prgramming by having less 20-25 minute promos, along with countless backstage skits and needless recaps. WWE treats their audience as if they have the memory of a goldfish, running recaps of the same thing 4-5 times during the show.
    It was never a talent issue but a time budgeting issue.

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