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.
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) August 9, 2018
Meanwhile, Paul Heyman said Raw had received an “instant upgrade,” and Stephanie McMahon said Young would “kill it.”
I applaud @WWE for the decision to have @ReneeYoungWWE sit in this coming Monday as a guest commentator on #RAW. The entire program has just been handed an instant upgrade. Bravo! A most worthy recipient of this extraordinary opportunity! https://t.co/ct3xOXt6IO
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) August 9, 2018
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) August 9, 2018
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.
Congrats to @ReneeYoungWWE on this wonderful achievement-commentary on @WWE Raw! Well deserved and I am so happy for you!!!! You deserve this and will do an outstanding job! Can’t wait to watch and listen. https://t.co/SQA4dC0aei
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) August 9, 2018
Along with Layfield, Renee’s Raw commentary team partners Michael Cole and Corey Graves gave their own congratulations, with Cole calling her a “trailblazer.”
And secondly. #raw will be absolutely incredible Monday Night with @ReneeYoungWWE joining me and @WWEGraves! Renee is true trailblazer and about to do something that has never been done before! This is gonna be fun! https://t.co/7o1DmTz5wv
— Michael Cole (@MichaelCole) August 9, 2018
— The Great Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) August 9, 2018
Jonathan Coachman, who Renee is standing in for, also offered his support. NXT commentator Mauro Ranallo congratulated his fellow Canadian as well.
I am absolutely thrilled for @ReneeYoungWWE who has EARNED this opportunity. No one takes lightly the honor of sitting in those chairs every Monday night and I can’t wait to hear the different dynamic in Greensboro. https://t.co/uGQbppYyTa
— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachrules) August 9, 2018
— Mauro Ranallo (@mauroranallo) August 9, 2018
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.
You’ll kill it.
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) August 8, 2018
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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