Renee Paquette

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Renee Paquette
Renee Young April 2014.jpg
Young at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2014.
Birth name Renee Paquette
Ring name(s) Renee Young
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1]
Born (1984-09-19) 19 September 1984 (age 29)[2]
Ajax, Ontario, Canada[3]
Resides New York
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Debut 2012

Renee Paquette (born September 19, 1984) is a Canadian sports broadcaster. She is currently an on-air personality with WWE, where she conducts interviews under the ring name Renee Young. She is a former sportscaster for the The Score, now known as Sportsnet 360.[4]

Early life[edit]

Paquette was born Ajax, Ontario.[3] Paquette was raised in cities such as her birth town Ajax, Toronto and eventually in Whitby, Ontario.[3] Paquette was a child model growing up.[3] After High School, Paquette applied to several colleges moved to Chicago, Illinois and began training in The Second City in Improvisation comedy.[5] At age 19, Renee moved to Los Angeles then Hollywood to attempt to become an comedic actress but moved back to Toronto and auditioned for films, music videos and commercials.[5]

Paquette, on being a WWE Fan, stated "I was. 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. I have a broadcasting and performance background."[5]

Career[edit]

The Score (2009–2012)[edit]

Paquette began working for The Score in the later months of 2009 on the programme called Right After Wrestling, later to be renamed Aftermath.[6] During her time on the show, she interviewed the band The Rolling Stones.[1] She presented alongside Arda Ocal and former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas.

WWE (2012–present)[edit]

Paquette signed with WWE in October 2012,[7] where she was renamed as Renee Young, and made her on-screen début on the 29 March 2013 episode of SmackDown, interviewing Randy Orton, Big Show and Sheamus.[1][8] Young had previously performed interviews exclusively for WWE Active since February 2013,[9] and had also presented the 2012 Survivor Series pre-show alongside Scott Stanford.[10] Young debuted on the January 23 NXT as an interviewer.[11]

In September 2013, following months of being an interviewer, Young made her commentary début on NXT.[12] Young began to do color commentary during NXT Divas' matches.[13] Young also presents WWE Vintage Collection alongside Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund.

Young began co-hosting the World Tour segments, which is a segment detailing the city they are filming in, showcasing various tourist attractions, before later being promoted as a third main presenter on The JBL and Cole Show, which is shown on YouTube and WWE.com.[14] It received a Slammy Award for Favorite Web Show of the Year.[15]

Other Media[edit]

I did not, no. 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 off 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. I did a commercial for Oxy, I was in a Tom Green music video, a Kelly Clarkson music video and other film projects. 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.

— What was that path exactly? Did you go to school for broadcasting?.[5]

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.[3][5] Paquette did a commercial for Oxy and apart of a Tom Green music video.[5] Prior to this, she had a cameo in the music video for Kelly Clarkson's 2005 single Behind These Hazel Eyes.[3][5] Paquette appeared in an national Noxzema commercial.[3] Paquette did a photoshoot for Toro magazine.[16]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Smart Woman Survival Guide Cute intern Episode: "Go Big of Go Home"
2010 Gotta Grudge? Herself 8 episodes
2011-2012 Gillette Drafted Herself Judge/Mentor
2013 Total Divas Herself Episodes: "SummerSlam"
"Total Divas After Party"
2014 WWE Countdown Herself Episodes: "Coolest Catchphrases"

Awards and Accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Renee Young". WWE. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Renee Young Bio". Wrestling Data. Retrieved 9 October 2013. [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Actress Renee Paquette puts laughs ahead of looks". February 5, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ Matthew Byer (August 30, 2012). "Some thoughts on The Score/Rogers deal and how it affects WWE shows". Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Linder, Zack. "Exclusive interview: Backstage with WWE's broadcasting beauty Renee Young". WWE.com. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Jan Murphy (February 10, 2012). "Aftermath's Paquette blazing a trail that started in grade school". Slam Wrestling. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "Renee Young Makes Raw Debut on WWE Active". Diva Dirt. February 5, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Mike Johnson (November 18, 2013). "Complete WWE Survivor Series PPV coverage". PWInsider. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ James, Justin. "James's WWE NXT results 1/23: Tag Tournament begins, HBK appearance, Big E. in main event". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Marc Middleton (September 13, 2013). "Antonio Cesaro's Swing Featured On The Soup, Renee Young Does Commentary, Next NXT Tapings". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ Linder, Zack. "Exclusive interview: Backstage with WWE's broadcasting beauty Renee Young". WWE.com. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ Layfield, John (August 10, 2013). "JBL and Cole show with a host of WWE stars and why the show exists". Layfield Report. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Nissim, Mayer (10 December 2013). "Daniel Bryan wins Superstar of the Year at the 2013 Slammy Awards". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  16. ^ Deleo, Franco. "RENEE PAQUETTE - TORO WOMEN". toromagazine. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 

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