Update 8/23/20: Renee Young officially announces her departure on the WWE SummerSlam 2020 Kickoff show. We wish Renee the very best!
Original Story: Long-time WWE broadcaster Renee Young (Renee Paquette) is leaving the company according to PWInsider.com’s Mike Johnson.
Per Johnson’s multiple sources, Young gave WWE her notice a week ago. As of press time, no word on Young’s final date with WWE.
Young has shown great versatility throughout her WWE career, hosting a wide variety of shows including “Talking Smack” and “WWE Backstage” on FS1, along with appearing as a cast member of E!’s “Total Divas” reality series. She also served as the first full-time female commentator in WWE Monday Night Raw history.
Still, there was always a feeling among some fans and observers that Young was underappreciated by WWE. Every time Young seemed to find her footing in a WWE new project, the proverbial rug was pulled out from underneath her. From “The JBL and Cole Show” to “Talking Smack,” a number of Young’s shows were cancelled just as they seemed to be hitting their stride.
It didn’t help matters at all when WWE put Young and other employees/talent in danger with the extremely lax COVID-19 protocols (or lack thereof) at TV tapings, leading to her getting infected with the novel coronavirus in June. Young’s husband Jonathan Good (AEW World Champion Jon Moxley) also had to quarantine, but ended up testing negative.
On top of that, no high ranking WWE executives reached out to check on Young after her positive test, including Vince McMahon, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, Kevin Dunn, and Mark Carrano per WrestlingObserver.com.
Young’s next destination is unknown at this time, although there have been rumors for years of interest from ESPN. It is also unknown if WWE attempted to retain Young upon her giving notice.
Wherever Young chooses to go, I hope her great work and dedication is rewarded with the appreciation and success she deserves.
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