Renee Paquette has discussed Vince McMahon’s positive response to her first night on commentary for Monday Night Raw in 2018.
After filling in for Jonathan Coachman on commentary, Paquette – known in WWE as Renee Young – would become the first full-time female commentator of WWE’s flagship show.
Speaking to the Casual Conversations podcast, Paquette recalled her approach to taking on the role and her joy at the Chairman’s excitement about it.
“My very first night stepping in to do commentary, when I was like, I really had a f*****g attitude. I was like whatever they want me to do, I’ll just step in no skin off my back – if it works, it works and if doesn’t, it doesn’t. I feel like everyone walked away from my first night doing a high-fiving feeling like hell yeah! That was really great. I felt good about it but to have Vince seem like he was really excited about it. He congratulated me on it, he tweeted about – like oh wow – he never sends out those tweets. To get that reaction from him was super cool.”
Renee Paquette would commentate full-time on Raw until October 2019 when she would begin presenting ‘WWE Backstage.’ She has previously discussed that it was the original cancellation of this show that would play a part in her leaving WWE in 2020.
Paquette is currently expecting a baby with her husband, AEW’s Jon Moxley. ‘WWE Backstage’ was brought back for a Royal Rumble special in January 2021 which Paquette returned to host.
To date, Paquette is still the only female to commentate Raw full-time. WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix has been a full-time commentator on NXT since 2019.
Paquette is currently the host of her own ‘Oral Sessions’ podcast. She has invited WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon to be a guest on the show.
Credit: Casual Conversations
h/t Fightful for the transcription