It was announced on Monday morning that Renee Young will join the Raw announce team full time. Here’s the press release issued by WWE:
STAMFORD, Conn., September 10, 2018 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced two changes to its broadcasting team, naming Renee Young as the first woman to join the Monday Night Raw broadcast booth full time and Jonathan Coachman as the new host of WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows.
Starting tonight, Renee Young will join Michael Cole and Corey Graves each week on Raw. Young started with WWE in 2012 and has served as a backstage interviewer and commentator on Raw, SmackDown Live and NXT. She is currently part of the Mae Young Classic commentary team on WWE Network. Prior to WWE, Young worked at The Score Television Network in Canada, building her reputation by co-hosting WWE Aftermath and interviewing high-caliber talent such as The Rolling Stones on other programming.
A veteran broadcaster with more than 20 years of experience hosting shows for WWE, ESPN, MSG Network and the Golf Channel, Coachman will bring his unique style to millions of viewers around the world on WWE Network, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and WWE.com, as the host of WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows. Coachman will begin his new role this Sunday, September 16 alongside WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, David Otunga, Sam Roberts and Peter Rosenberg prior to WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event.
Young has filled in for Coachman a few times since Coachman has other duties sometimes as an announcer for long drive golf competitions and apparently Young has really impressed the bosses.
Great news. I’m all for this. Renee has done well and is a fresh voice that Raw needs. I won’t miss Coach on Raw commentary at all.
It should be noted that Renee is married to one of Raw’s biggest stars in Dean Ambrose. While it was acknowledged in the past on Smackdown a few times, it hasn’t really been mentioned when Young has been on commentary during Dean’s matches. Whether WWE uses that in storylines or not remains to be seen.
I am so so so insanely excited about this! To be the first woman to take over that chair that so many amazingly talented voices and personalities have sat in before me! Thank you to @VinceMcMahon@StephMcMahon@TripleH@MichaelCole and @WWEGraves (and MANY others) ❤️⚡️⚡️ https://t.co/fOKRKlheHE
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) September 10, 2018
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) September 10, 2018
Work hard and you will be rewarded. Simple but true. Tonight will be a top 5 highlight in my 22 year career. Congrats @ReneeYoungWWE
— Michael Cole (@MichaelCole) September 10, 2018
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) September 10, 2018
CONGRATULATIONS @ReneeYoungWWE 👏🏻 this is so awesome! Proud of you woman! https://t.co/WTypijBFyH
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) September 10, 2018
This!!!!!! Wow. What a time to be a woman in the WWE. Breaking barriers left and right! 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/Y4g26zwUt9
— The Most Beautiful Woman in all of WWE (@CarmellaWWE) September 10, 2018
— Triple H (@TripleH) September 10, 2018