Renee Young Praised by WWE Colleagues

Renee Young Praised by WWE Colleagues

ESPN reported yesterday that Renee Young would fill in for Jonathan Coachman on commentary on this Monday’s episode of Raw. Remarkably, next week’s Raw will mark the first time in the show’s 25 year history that a woman has provided commentary for an entire episode of WWE‘s flagship show.

The announcement was met with praise across social media, with fans, WWE legends, and current superstars all congratulating Young.

Smackdown Live general manager Paige tweeted that she was proud of Young for making history.

Meanwhile, Paul Heyman said Raw had received an “instant upgrade,” and Stephanie McMahon said Young would “kill it.”

In a video posted to WWE‘s website and official YouTube page, Renee herself said that she thought Michael Cole was joking when he told her the news.

In the same video, Young revealed that she’d been given advice by controversial former Smackdown Live commentator John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield. JBL apparently told the Canadian journalist not to look at what people said on social media, but as Cathy Kelly pointed out, the reaction to Young being announced as guest commentator has been overwhelmingly positive.

Along with Layfield, Renee’s Raw commentary team partners Michael Cole and Corey Graves gave their own congratulations, with Cole calling her a “trailblazer.”

Jonathan Coachman, who Renee is standing in for, also offered his support. NXT commentator Mauro Ranallo congratulated his fellow Canadian as well.

Renee Young is already making history this week, as she’s been commentating on the Mae Young Classic alongside Beth Phoenix and Michael Cole.

Commentary legend and fan-favorite Jim Ross welcomed the historic announcement of a commentary team with two women on it on Twitter.

When you look at the progress made during the women’s evolution over the past few years, this announcement makes perfect sense and has been well-received by the majority of the WWE Universe. For all the advancements and accomplishments made inside the ring, women are still underrepresented on the commentary table and this is a definite step in the right direction.


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6 years ago by Wrestle Talk


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