Renee Jane Paquette (born September 19, 1985) is a Canadian sports broadcaster. She is currently an on-air personality with WWE appearing as a commentator on Raw under the name Renee Young. She is a former sportscaster for The Score.
Young in 2015
|Birth name||Renee Jane Paquette|
|Born||September 19, 1985|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.|
Renee Jane Paquette was born in Toronto, Ontario. She was a child model. After high school, she applied to several colleges and began training in improvisational comedy. At the age of 19, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a comedic actress, but later moved back to Toronto and auditioned for films, music videos, and commercials.
The Score Television Network (2009–2012)Edit
Renee began working for The Score Television Network in the later months of 2009 on the program called Right After Wrestling, later to be renamed Aftermath, where she presented alongside Arda Ocal, Mauro Ranallo and former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas.
Debut, various roles (2012–2013)Edit
Renee signed with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE in October 2012, where she was initially given the ring name Renee Sterling  before choosing the name Renee Young (a nod to Neil Young), and made her on-screen debut on the 29 March 2013 episode of SmackDown, interviewing Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus. Young had previously performed interviews exclusively for WWE Active since February 2013, and had also presented the 2012 Survivor Series pre-show alongside Scott Stanford. Young debuted on the January 23 episode of NXT as a backstage interviewer.
Young began co-hosting the World Tour segments, which was a segment detailing the city they were filming in, showcasing various tourist attractions, before later being promoted as a third main presenter on the JBL and Cole Show, which was shown on YouTube and WWE.com, until its cancellation in June 2015. It received a Slammy Award for Favorite Web Show of the Year. She also presents WWE Vintage Collection alongside Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund.
NXT and Superstars commentator, hosting Tough Enough (2013–2015)Edit
In September 2013, Young made her commentary debut on NXT. She began performing color commentary during NXT Divas' matches, before later becoming a full-time color commentator on NXT for several months. From July 3, 2014 to January 9, 2015, Young served as a color commentator on WWE Superstars, alongside Tom Phillips, which made her WWE's first full-time female announcer in more than a decade. In April 2015, Young began hosting her own show titled Unfiltered with Renee Young, in which she interviews fellow WWE employees, which airs on the WWE Network. In June, Young served as the co-host of the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Chris Jericho.
In January 2014, Young said:
|“||I always wanted to be an actor. Acting is really where everything started for me. As soon as I got out of high school, I went to The Second City and trained in improv comedy. I always wanted to be more of a comedic actress. That was the path I wanted to take. I fled to Los Angeles at 19 without having worked a day of my life as a performer. I came back to Toronto and auditioned for different films, music videos, and commercials... being in Canada, I got stuck not getting lead role auditions, so I switched gears and got into hosting. I just needed a camera and myself to do that."||”|
Raw and SmackDown interviewer (2016–2018)Edit
On the December 20, 2016 episode of SmackDown, Young interviewed Intercontinental Champion The Miz following his successful title defense against Apollo Crews. After Young asked Miz about his "obsession" with Dean Ambrose, Miz sarcastically responded by revealing Young and Ambrose's real-life relationship, prompting her to slap Miz. On December 27, Young was confronted by The Miz's real-life wife, Maryse, backstage on SmackDown. Maryse slapped Young the following week in retaliation, for which she was fined for. Young also seemed unhappy with Samoa Joe's comments on the January 1, 2018 episode of Raw, when he said that Ambrose became a stay-at-home husband after he injured Ambrose in storyline.
Raw commentator (2018–present)Edit
On August 9, 2018, it was announced by WWE that Young would join the commentary team for the August 13, 2018 episode of Raw, making her the first woman that has called an entire episode of Raw. Her debut coincided with her real-life husband Dean Ambrose's return from a lengthy injury. Young would return to the Raw commentary desk on September 3, 2018 to fill in for Jonathan Coachman. On September 10, 2018, it was announced that Young had joined the Raw commentary team full-time.
Before joining The Score, Paquette worked for BiteTV, where she presented a show about extreme sports and music called Rippin' It-N-Lippin' It during 2008 and 2009. She appeared in a commercial for Oxy and had a part in a Tom Green music video. Prior to this, she had a cameo in the music video for Kelly Clarkson's 2005 song "Behind These Hazel Eyes". She also appeared in a national Noxzema commercial and did a photoshoot for Toro Magazine. In 2016, it was announced that Paquette would be appearing as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas. She had previously appeared in several episodes on a recurring basis. Young has hosted the podcast Regular Girls with Stacy McGunnigle since December 2016.
On being a wrestling fan, Paquette said, "I attended a few events and WrestleMania VI. My dad is a concert promoter, and he'd get me into the events. I remember being backstage and meeting Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Chyna, and Trish Stratus as a kid, so it's really funny to me that I ended up here. I went on a different path than wanting to become a WWE Superstar."
|2007||The Smart Woman Survival Guide||Cute Intern||Episode: "Go Big or Go Home"|
|2010||Gotta Grudge?||Herself||8 episodes|
|2011–2012||Gillette Drafted||Judge, mentor|
|2013||WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History||Host|
|2014||WWE Countdown||Episode: "Coolest Catchphrases"|
|2014–present||WWE Music Power 10||Voice-over host|
|2014–present||WWE Quick Hits||Host|
|2015–18||Total Divas||Guest (season 7 & 8) |
Recurring (season 4–5)
Main cast (season 6): 37 episodes
|2015–17||Unfiltered with Renee Young||Host|
|2015||WWE Tough Enough||Co-host|
|2016–2018||WWE Talking Smack||Host|
|2016–2018||WWE Raw Talk||Host|
|2017–18||Total Bellas||4 episodes|
|2018||Miz & Mrs.||Episodes: "A Simple Mizunderstanding" & "Proud Papa"|
|2013–2015||The JBL and Renee Show||Herself|
|2013–2015||After Total Divas||Herself|
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
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- Linder, Zack (January 9, 2014). "Exclusive interview: Backstage with WWE's broadcasting beauty Renee Young". WWE Official Website. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- Murphy, Jan (February 10, 2012). "Aftermath's Paquette blazing a trail that started in grade school". Canadian Online Explorer: Slam Wrestling. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- Dave Meltzer (October 13, 2013). "Sat. Update: First Punk vs. Ryback match, Rutten Box Office, 69-year-old legend still packs a whallop, previews of tonight's Bonnar & Fitch matches, WWE signs new announcer, new WWE DVD". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- Edge & Christian (11 May 2018). "E&C's Pod of Awesomeness" (Podcast). Event occurs at 30:05.
- Chris Jericho (19 June 2015). "Talk is Jericho - EP153". Talk is Jericho (Podcast). PodcastOne. Event occurs at 14:33. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
- "WWE Names 10 Stars Who Were Ahead Of Their Time, Renee Young On Her SmackDown Debut". Wrestling Inc. March 29, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
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- Layfield, John (August 10, 2013). "JBL and Cole show with a host of WWE stars and why the show exists". Layfield Report. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
- Nissim, Mayer (10 December 2013). "Daniel Bryan wins Superstar of the Year at the 2013 Slammy Awards". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Middleton, Marc (September 13, 2013). "Antonio Cesaro's Swing Featured On The Soup, Renee Young Does Commentary, Next NXT Tapings". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved October 15, 2013.[unreliable source]
- Wortman, James; Pellegatto, Brian (3 July 2014). "Renee Young joins the 'WWE Superstars' commentary booth". WWE. Retrieved 12 July 2014.
- "WWE Network: WWE Unfiltered With Renee Young: "Seth Rollins" Sneak Peek (2:22)". WWE. Retrieved May 18, 2015.
- "Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho, Paige and Daniel Bryan headline new season of WWE Tough Enough". WWE.com. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015.
- "Intercontinental Champion The Miz def. Apollo Crews". WWE.com. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- "12/27 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Complete, Real-Time Report, including three title matches, John Cena's return". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
- Parks, Greg. "1/3 WWE Smackdown LIVE – Parks's Ongoing, Real-Time Report, including Miz vs. Ambrose for the I.C. Title". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Staff, WWE. "Renee Young to step in on Raw announce team as guest commentator Monday night". WWE. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
- Renee Young makes history on Raw commentary: WWE.com Exclusive, Aug. 13, 2018, retrieved 2018-08-14
- "Renee Young joins Raw announce team full-time". WWE. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
- Deleo, Franco. "Renee Paquette – Toro Women". toromagazine. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
- "WWE News: Maryse, Lana, And Renee Young All Added In Major 'WWE Total Divas' Cast Change". Retrieved 4 January 2017.
- "Regular Girls with Renee Young and Stacy McGunnigle". audioboom.com. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
- "WWE's Renee Young Confirms She IS Dating Dean Ambrose!". MTV. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- "WWE's Dean Ambrose comments on dating Renee Young". ProWrestling.net. September 2, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
- "WWE's Renee Young and Dean Ambrose recently got married". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- "Washoe County Search Results". Washoe Clerk Search. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
- Wortman, James (April 12, 2017). "Renee Young and Dean Ambrose get married". WWE. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
- "Dean Ambrose and Renee Young spotted at NHL game". WrestlingNews.co. Retrieved 14 January 2018.