Renee young made history last year when she became the first full-time female commentator for Monday Night Raw. She would commentate until the WWE Draft last month, after which she became host of WWE Backstage on FS1. Young appeared on the latest episode of the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast, where she admitted that she struggled with the commentator role and felt it “wasn’t working.”
I never felt comfortable doing that job. It was a very stressful year, to be completely honest. You look in that situation, I’m here in WWE and the first female to come into the [backstage] role…. I needed something else to chew on. Michael Cole and Triple H pulled me aside one week and said, ‘You’re going to do commentary on Raw.’ I was like, ‘What? Why? Who approved this? Whose idea was this?’ But, like with anything, I was gonna try to figure it out.
She continued by saying that calling three hours of wrestling made it hard for her to show her bubbly and sarcastic personality:
To go out there and call three hours of wrestling, coming from the background I come from, I’m a host, and I like to have more of a bubbly personality and that was what fans have been a little bit more drawn to. Or my sarcastic side, I can be a smartass. It’s hard to do that on commentary, especially when you’ve got [Corey] Graves, who is great at that. But also stepping in there as a third person. I’m used to being the ‘A person,’ I get to drive the ship. So to have Cole and Graves there be in there rhthym and I’m trying to jump in there and everything has kinda everything already been said, it was odd. I tried to come at it from a fan standpoint, but then that doesn’t always work, that doesn’t always necessarily seem to be what they want you to be saying or doing. I just always felt a little misdirection about what my purpose was when I was out there.
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