In recent years there has been an increase in woman not only working in broadcasting, but working for longer. Although, as Renee Paquette recalls, that wasn’t always the case.
During an appearance on the Wrestling Inc Daily, Paquette recalled that she initially feared that her career would have a very short shelf-life.
“I always felt like, when I first started getting into this world, ‘Man, my shelf-life is going to be short! You’ve only got so long!’”
Paquette added that being 35 was seen as being ancient, but that’s no longer really the case.
“You hit 35, and you’re like ‘ancient’… I don’t think that’s the case any more.”
Paquette began her broadcasting career on The Score Television Network in her native Canada in 2009, before joining WWE in 2012.
During her time with WWE, Paquette, appearing under the name Renee Young, worked in a variety of on-screen roles, 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.
During this time, Doris Burke who is currently 55, has remained a regular and respected presence on ESPN’s NBA coverage. Paquette cites Burke as someone who “created a path” for women such as herself to follow, before highlighting Beth Phoenix who currently works as a commentator on NXT.
“We’re seeing more women able to really hold that spot down,”
“We’re tacking years onto our careers now it feels, and there’s something really, really special about that,” she stated, “To not feel that pressure — like ‘God, I’d better hurry up and achieve all my goals by the time I’m 30, because then I’m washed up and can’t work any more!’”
Paquette continued, explaining that she feels both men and women don’t really hit their stride until their mid-30’s, scoffing at the long-held belief that a person’s prime is in their 20’s.
Speaking on her Oral Sessions podcast, the former WWE announcer recently discussed the differences between AEW and her former employer. Paquette also admitted that she found it difficult to watch her husband Jon Moxley in action when he’s competing hardcore style matches.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.