Speaking on the latest edition of her podcast Oral Sessions, Renee Paquette has commented on the differences between AEW and WWE.
During her time with WWE, Paquette, appearing under the name Renee Young, worked in a variety of on-screen roles. Later becoming the first woman to hold a permanent position on the Monday Night Raw commentary team in 2018. The Toronto native left the company following SummerSlam in 2020, although she has appeared sporadically on WWE television since.
While the podcast host herself isn’t tied to AEW, her husband Jon Moxley currently appears regularly as a central part of the company.
On the latest episode of her podcast, Paquette and her producer Emilio Sparks discussed Moxley’s recent clash with Lance Archer. The match saw Moxley driven through tables covered in barbed wire as Archer claimed the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship.
Reflecting on the match, Sparks raised numerous questions about what the result means for the future of the championship and Archer himself.
“Explain to me this: How do two AEW guys wrestle for the IWGP United States Championship? Does Lance go back to Japan? Does Jon go back to Japan?” Emilio Sparks asked. “Do we get a third match? Because there’s history there. Jon couldn’t get into the country the last time, and they had to take the title off of him. And then, Jon gets the championship back. And then, Jon goes on this lengthy run with the IWGP United States Championship. And then, last week, Lance dethrones Jon. It’s like, whoa, where do we go with this?”
Paquette responded by saying while the match does raise a lot of questions, that’s what makes the storytelling fun and engaging.
“It’s so layered and so intriguing. There’s really so much to sink your teeth into as a wrestling fan. There are so many deep roots that make the storytelling fun and engaging to watch. That’s something you don’t get to see in WWE.”
Expanding further, Paquette went into the differences in presentation between AEW and WWE, before discussing how they operate in two very different ways.
“They [AEW] don’t treat their fans stupid, in terms of not knowing what this is and we’re going to beat you over the head to make sure you understand it,”
“I understand the reasoning of why they do that obviously, but I think with smart fans, and the way that people have access to looking into information that they might not know and being able to connect the dots themselves, I think that there’s something really cool about that, that people like to have that sense of discovery, rather than being talked to like they don’t understand.”
Reflecting on the match between her husband and Archer in particular, Paquette admitted that the Texas Death Match was difficult to watch.
“I was watching it with my mom. Yeah, it’s difficult to watch,” Paquette mentioned. “You don’t want to see your loved one getting hurt like that. I mean, it’s really scary. As much as he’s a pro and a tough son of a bit*h, it’s hard to watch that. I’m always just like waiting to talk to him after and make sure that everything is ok and for him to come home and all of that. But yeah, it can be difficile [French for hard] to watch. I will squirm a bit. Usually, I’ll find a distraction. I’ll be doing something as well during a match like that ’cause if I’m giving my 100 percent attention, it does stress me out.”
After the match the new champion wasn’t left much time to celebrate as he was immediately confronted by HIkuleo. The two will meet for the championship at AEW Fight For The Fallen on July 28th.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.