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Renee Young
Renee Young at WM31 Axxess.jpg
Young in March 2015.
Birth name Renee Paquette
Born Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Website www.prettyfunnyblonde.com
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Renee Young
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Debut March 29, 2013

Renee Paquette is a Canadian sports broadcaster and actress. She is currently an on-air personality with WWE under the ring name Renee Young, where she performs interviewing and commentating duties. She is a former sportscaster for The Score.[2]

Early life[edit]

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.[3] 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.[3]

Professional career[edit]

The Score Television Network (2009–2012)[edit]

Paquette 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,[4] where she presented alongside Arda Ocal and former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas.

WWE (2012–present)[edit]

Young in April 2014.

"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."
— Young in January 2014.[3]

Paquette signed with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE in October 2012,[5] where she was given the ring name Renee Young, and made her on-screen debut on the 29 March, 2013 episode of SmackDown, interviewing Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus.[6] Young had previously performed interviews exclusively for WWE Active since February 2013,[7] and had also presented the 2012 Survivor Series pre-show alongside Scott Stanford.[8] Young debuted on the January 23 episode of NXT as a backstage interviewer.[9]

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 The JBL and Cole Show, which was shown on YouTube and WWE.com, until its cancellation in June 2015.[10] It received a Slammy Award for Favorite Web Show of the Year.[11] She also presents WWE Vintage Collection alongside Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund.

In September 2013, Young made her commentary debut on NXT.[12] She began performing color commentary during NXT Divas' matches, before later becoming a full-time color commentator on NXT for several months.[3] 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.[13][14] 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.[15] In June, Young served as the co-host of the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Chris Jericho.[16]

Other media[edit]

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] She appeared in a commercial for Oxy, and had a part in a Tom Green music video.[3] Prior to this, she had a cameo in the music video for Kelly Clarkson's 2005 song "Behind These Hazel Eyes".[3] She also appeared in an national Noxzema commercial, and did a photoshoot for Toro Magazine.[17]

Personal life[edit]

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."[3]

In March 2015, Paquette confirmed that she is currently in a relationship with wrestler Jonathan Good, better known by his ring name Dean Ambrose.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Smart Woman Survival Guide Cute Intern Episode: "Go Big or Go Home"
2010 Gotta Grudge? Herself 8 episodes
2011–2012 Gillette Drafted Herself Judge, mentor
2013–2015 Total Divas Herself Guest (Season 1, 4): 6 episodes
2013 WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History Herself Host
2014 WWE Countdown Herself Episode: "Coolest Catchphrases"
2014–present WWE Music Power 10 Herself Voice-over host
2014–present WWE Quick Hits Herself Host
2015–present Unfiltered with Renee Young Herself Host
2015 WWE Tough Enough Herself Co-host

Web[edit]

Year Title Role
2013–2015 The JBL and Cole Show Herself
2013–2015 After Total Divas Herself

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actress Renee Paquette puts laughs ahead of looks". February 5, 2009. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Byer, Matthew (August 30, 2012). "Some thoughts on The Score/Rogers deal and how it affects WWE shows". Canadian Online Explorer: Slam Wrestling. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Linder, Zack (January 9, 2014). "Exclusive interview: Backstage with WWE's broadcasting beauty Renee Young". WWE Official Website. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Renee Young Makes Raw Debut on WWE Active". Diva Dirt. February 5, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013. [unreliable source?]
  8. ^ Johnson, Mike (November 18, 2013). "Complete WWE Survivor Series PPV coverage". PWInsider. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ James, Justin (January 25, 2013). "James's WWE NXT results 1/23: Tag Tournament begins, HBK appearance, Big E. in main event". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Middleton first=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?]
  13. ^ Wortman, James; Pellegatto, Brian (3 July 2014). "Renee Young joins the 'WWE Superstars' commentary booth". WWE. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Erin (July 3, 2014). "Renee Young Joins WWE Superstars Commentary Team". Diva-Dirt. Retrieved July 3, 2014. [unreliable source?]
  15. ^ "WWE NETWORK: WWE UNFILTERED WITH RENEE YOUNG: "SETH ROLLINS" SNEAK PEEK (2:22)". WWE. Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Hulk Hogan, Chris Jericho, Paige and Daniel Bryan headline new season of WWE Tough Enough". WWE.com. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Deleo, Franco. "RENEE PAQUETTE - TORO WOMEN". toromagazine. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  18. ^ "WWE's Renee Young Confirms She IS Dating Dean Ambrose". MTV. Retrieved 5 March 2015. 

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