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Renee Paquette Discusses Change She Made To “Blend In With The Men” On Commentary

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Renee Paquette did a number of jobs during her time in WWE, and she discussed a change she made to herself when it came to being a commentator.

Formerly known as Renee Young in WWE, Renee Paquette donned a number of hats between the time she signed with WWE in 2012 and left the company in 2020. Speaking to NBC Sports, she detailed the differences between being a backstage interviewer and hosting a discussion panel.

“They were very different jobs. As much as I like to consider myself a jack of all trades and I like to try all these different things out, they’re very different jobs. Whether I was doing a backstage interview, or I was hosting a kick-off panel, or I was doing commentary, they were all very different hats.

“Doing a backstage interview is essentially like an acting job, you’re reading a script, you’re asking a question and you have to react accordingly. Hosting a kick-off show, that’s far more conversational. We have to ask questions, we can ask things, it’s just people hanging out, enjoying wrestling, and talking about it.”

Renee Paquette continued, speaking about her time as part of the WWE commentary team. She revealed that she made a number of changes to her presentation in order to blend in and do a better job when commentating.

“When you’re doing commentary, you’re talking in sound-bites. I changed the register of my voice so I could try and blend in with the men so that it wasn’t this higher-pitched voice kind of cutting in there. Trying to talk faster to get my points in there, you have to emphasize moments when someone’s getting hit instead of just talking.

“They’re just very different things and I have a different appreciation for all of them, and I have a mega appreciation for those that do commentary, especially in the professional wrestling space because it’s a lot of moving parts. There are so many different little details, you got Vince [McMahon] in your ear, the show is changing, there are so many different things happening.”

As the host of the podcast The Sessions, Renee Paquette often speaks to wrestling stars about their careers, and has recently had conversations with the likes of W. Morrissey, Big Swole, and former WWE Diva’s Champion Kaitlyn.

h/t WrestlingInc