It was reported this past week that FOX were planning on making some major changes to the presentation of Smackdown Live when the show arrives on the network in late 2019. One of the aforementioned changes would be to the commentary team, with FOX reportedly keen to revert back to a two-man booth.
It appears that the commentary team of WWE’s flagship Monday Night Raw is not exempt from alterations either, with Rajah reporting that “there have been discussions with WWE officials to take Renee Young off of the Raw commentary team.”
Renee Young signed for WWE in 2012 and has worked as a backstage interviewer, pre-show panel host and a commentator in her time with the company. Young became the first female full-time announcer when she replaced everybody’s favourite Jonathan Coachman on Monday Night Raw in August 2018. Moreover, she was also the only woman to appear in any format the Saudi Arabia show ”Crown Jewel” in November 2018.
Young excelled in her role as the host for Talking Smack, the weekly WWE Network show that followed Smackdown Live every week from 2016-2017. However, her transition from panel host to commentator has not been the smoothest, with Young herself even admitting that her transition was a challenging and one she is still getting used to.
Whilst it has not been reported as to why WWE are considering replacing Young, one has to question whether this has anything to do with Renee’s real-life husband Dean Ambrose’s impending WWE departure. Whilst WWE released a statement that Ambrose would be leaving, the company have not spoken about his wife and whether she will follow her husband through the exit door or remain under contract with the company.