Here’s How The Undertaker Punished a Former WWE Commentator for Not Going to Afghanistan

Published 09/11/2021, 8:45 AM EDT


The pro-wrestling business demands a lot of road travel for wrestlers and the staff to perform in different cities and countries. However, there are certain circumstances when certain wrestlers demand time off because of personal issues or simply when they do not want to travel to a war zone.

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The same happened with former WWE commentator, Jonathan Coachman, when he refused to travel to Afghanistan back in the early 2000s. However, his decision to not travel led to a punishment from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and The Undertaker.

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Speaking on his podcast “Ask Coach Anything Live”, Coachman confessed that The Undertaker and Batista punished him when he refused to go to WWE’s Tribute to the Troops.

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Jonathan Coachman detailed how The Undertaker punished him

The reason he opted out of Afghanistan was because his child was about to be born and his wife did not want him to go to a war zone and risk his life.

However, the week after Tribute to Troops, Jonathan was asked by a referee to enter the ring from his commentary desk and was told to attack The Undertaker from behind.

“The next week, I was down doing commentary. There’s always been a culture of, I don’t want to use the word hazing because I didn’t get hazed. That wasn’t this. Punishment perhaps? But when the show was over, one of the referees, I can’t remember who it was, Undertaker was ending the show, and he (the referee) came over and said, ‘You have to go hit The Undertaker from behind.’

Jonathan mentioned he did not like the way WWE treated him after his decision to not go to Afghanistan. The treatment left him disgusted.

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“I said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘That’s just what they’re telling me.’ So basically as punishment for not going to Afghanistan, I got beat up by The Undertaker. Then they hit Batista’s music. He came down, and he finished the job.” Jonathan said. [h/t: WrestlingNews]

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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