Renee Young

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Renee Paquette
Renee Young at WM31 Axxess.jpg
Young in March 2015
Birth nameRenee Jane Paquette
Born (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 35)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Spouse(s)
(m. 2017)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Renee Young
Billed height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Debut2012

Renee Jane Good (née Paquette; born September 19, 1985) is a Canadian television host and personality. She is currently signed for WWE where she will be performing SmackDown Kickoff pre-show. She where served as a commentator, presenter, and interviewer between 2012 and 2020. She appeared as a main cast member on the reality television series Total Divas. She is also a former sports broadcaster for The Score Television Network.

Early life[edit]

Renee Jane Paquette[1][2] was born in Toronto on September 19, 1985.[3][4] After high school, she applied to several colleges and began training in improv comedy.[5] At the age of 19, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a comedic actress, but later moved back to Toronto and auditioned for films, music videos, and commercials there instead.[5] After becoming frustrated with her lack of auditions, she became interested in broadcasting instead of acting.[5]

Career[edit]

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

Paquette began working for The Score Television Network in 2009 on a program called Right After Wrestling, later renamed Aftermath,[6][7] where she presented alongside broadcasters Arda Ocal and Mauro Ranallo as well as former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas.[8]

WWE (2012–2020)[edit]

Young in April 2014

Paquette signed with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE in October 2012,[9] where she was initially given the ring name Renee Sterling[10] before choosing the name Renee Young (a nod to Neil Young).[11] Her first appearance was as a co-host on the 2012 Survivor Series pre-show alongside Scott Stanford.[12] Young then debuted on the January 23, 2013 episode of NXT as a backstage interviewer.[13] She began performing interviews exclusively for WWE Active in February 2013.[14] Renee made her SmackDown debut on the March 29 episode, interviewing Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus.[15]

Young confronting The Miz in December 2016

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's website, until its cancellation in June 2015.[16] It received a Slammy Award for Favorite Web Show of the Year.[17] She also presented WWE Vintage Collection alongside Gene Okerlund.[18]

In September 2013, Young made her commentary debut on NXT.[19] She began performing color commentary during women's matches, before later becoming a full-time color commentator on NXT for several months.[5][20] From July 3, 2014 to January 9, 2015, Young served as a color commentator on Superstars, alongside Tom Phillips, which made her WWE's first full-time female announcer in more than a decade.[21] In April 2015, Young began hosting her own WWE Network show, Unfiltered with Renee Young, in which she interviews fellow WWE employees.[22] In June, Young served as the co-host of the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Chris Jericho.[23]

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.[24] On December 27, Young was confronted by The Miz's real-life wife, Maryse, backstage on SmackDown.[25] Maryse slapped Young the following week in retaliation, for which she was fined.[26]

Young filled in for Jonathan Coachman as a guest commentator on the August 13, 2018 episode of Raw, making her the first woman to call an entire episode of Raw.[27] Young joined the Raw commentary team full-time the following month and became the first permanent female commentator on the program.[28] Beginning in October 2019, Young moved to SmackDown as a "special contributor" and began co-hosting the new studio program WWE Backstage on Fox Sports 1 with Booker T.[29] On November 1, 2019, Young filled in as commentator on SmackDown, as Michael Cole and Corey Graves missed the episode due to travel delays returning from Crown Jewel.[30] Young announced her departure from WWE at SummerSlam in August 2020, stating that the event would be her last appearance with the company.[31] Young explained that she left WWE because she felt that she had accomplished everything in WWE, as well as the cancelation of WWE Backstage.[32]

Back to the WWE (2020—present)[edit]

As announced by WWE, Renee Young will be returning for a special SmackDown Kickoff pre-show before the episode of the Blue brand on Friday, Oct. 16. Renee Young will co-host the Kickoff show alongside Booker T. The show is a part of the celebration of season two of SmackDown on FOX.

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.[5] She appeared in a commercial for Oxy and had a part in a Tom Green music video.[5] Prior to this, she had a cameo in the music video for Kelly Clarkson's 2005 song "Behind These Hazel Eyes".[5] She also appeared in a national Noxzema commercial and did a photoshoot for Toro Magazine.[33] In 2016, Paquette began appearing as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas.[34] She had previously appeared in several episodes on a recurring basis. She also hosted the podcast Regular Girls with Stacy McGunnigle.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Paquette began dating wrestler Jonathan Good, better known as Jon Moxley and formerly Dean Ambrose, in 2013.[36][37] They were married at their Las Vegas home in an impromptu ceremony in the early hours of April 9, 2017.[2][38][39]

Paquette is a fan of the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights.[40] On being a wrestling fan in both her childhood and adulthood, 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."[5]

Paquette stated in June 2020 that she had tested positive for COVID-19.[41]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2020 The Main Event Herself

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 Judge, mentor
2013 WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History Host
2014 WWE Countdown Episode: "Coolest Catchphrases"
2014–2020 WWE Music Power 10 Voice-over host
2014–2020 WWE Quick Hits Host
2015–2018 Total Divas Recurring (season 4 & 5)
Main cast (season 6)
Guest (season 7 & 8): 37 episodes
2015–2017 Unfiltered with Renee Young Host
2015 WWE Tough Enough Co-host
2016–2018 WWE Talking Smack Host
2016–2018 WWE Raw Talk Host
2017–2018 Total Bellas 4 episodes
2018 Miz & Mrs. Episodes: "A Simple Mizunderstanding" & "Proud Papa"
2019–2020 WWE Backstage Co-host

Web[edit]

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

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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