Former WWE announcer Renee Paquette has revealed that she received a famous Vince McMahon telling off through her headset with the WWE Chairman screaming “You’ve f**king ruined it!”
Over the years fans have become somewhat used to hearing stories of Michael Cole and previously Jim Ross being berated by Vince McMahon while commentating. However, it seems that if people were thinking that McMahon had calmed down in recent years, they’re very much mistaken.
Renee Paquette worked for WWE under the name Renee Young from 2012 until the summer of 2020. During that she time worked as a backstage interviewer, panel show host and became the first woman to hold a permanent commentary position on Monday Night Raw.
Speaking in a new interview with Ariel Helwani, Paquette reflected on her time with WWE. During the conversation, Paquette recalled an incident where Vince McMahon was screaming at her through her headset. Despite not being on commentary at the time, McMahon was upset with how Paquette had introduced a video package featuring Heavyweight boxing star Tyson Fury, who was involved with WWE at the time.
“So I wasn’t on commentary for this moment. But it was after I had done commentary, and I was doing a panel. I want to say it was either the premiere of SmackDown on FOX, no that was in LA, we were in Las Vegas. Anyway, we were doing a panel show where they cut to us in between the show. It was some kind of special. Anyway, Tyson Fury was on the show when he was doing a stint in WWE, and it was me, Samoa Joe, Booker T and Beth Phoenix, I think that’s what the cast was.
I was was throwing to a package, blah blah blah, something something The Gypsy King Tyson Fury, throw to the package. And he [Vince] is in my ear and he goes ‘You f**king ruined it!’ Screaming at me, telling me that I have ruined this segment, because I did not refer to Tyson Fury as the Lineal Champion. I referred to him as The Gypsy King. He’s screaming at me, and at this point I am over it. I did the commentary thing, I’m just a little bit hardened to the circumstances.”
Paquette continued, saying that the incident made her want to take her headset off and drive home.
“So he is yelling to me about this and I’m looking down at my notes, maybe looking at Samoa Joe and taking in this information in my ear, but he thinks I am ignoring him. So he yells at me again. ‘Do you hear me! Acknowledge that you hear me!’ He wanted me to look into the camera and be like yes sir I hear you, I understand you and I apologise. But yeah, just to be yelled at for a small, I don’t want to say mistake, I just didn’t call him the Lineal Champion.
I didn’t know it was that necessary that I ruined the run of Tyson Fury in WWE by not calling him that. But to be yelled like that in front of your peers was pretty demoralising. We had to do an on-camera after that, and I just wanted to pull off my headset, get in my car and drive home.”
Tyson Fury became involved with WWE in October 2019, staring down Braun Strowman on an episode of SmackDown while watching as a “fan” at ringside. This led to a match at Crown Jewel on October 31st that Fury won.
Renee Paquette recently confirmed that her lengthy non-compete clause following her WWE exit has now expired. She later admitted that she would be open to joining her husband Jon Moxley in AEW.
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