5 WWE backstage stories we learned this week: Superstar nearly quit before SummerSlam, why Renee Young stopped commentating
#4 Why Renee Young disliked doing RAW commentary
Renee Young became the first permanent female commentator in RAW history when she joined Michael Cole and Corey Graves at the announce desk in August 2018, replacing Jonathan Coachman.
Unfortunately, the former Talking Smack host received a lot of criticism from people on social media about her commentating skills, and she even admitted in a tweet earlier in 2019 that she knows she’s “not great” but she is trying to improve.
Following the 2019 draft, it was confirmed that Young would no longer be a commentator on RAW and she will now be the host of a weekly show on FS1 – WWE Backstage – as well as a correspondent on SmackDown.
Speaking on the SI Media Podcast this week, Young revealed that she “never felt comfortable” doing commentary, adding that she did not enjoy calling the action when her husband, Jon Moxley (fka Dean Ambrose), participated in matches on RAW.
"So one week Michael Cole and Triple H pulled me aside and said that I am going to be doing commentary on Monday Night Raw next week. I was like, what? Why? Whose idea was this? And on top of that, trying to call my husband's matches when he was still with WWE, so there is a lot of different weird factors. I'm not trying to make any excuses but it just wasn't the right gig for me."