Renee Young has been a real bright spot in the world of WWE programming over the past few years. She began performing color commentary during NXT matches back in 2013 before serving as a color commentator on WWE Superstars in 2015, which made her the first full-time female announcer on WWE programming in a decade. From, there she conducted in-show interviews and hosted various WWE Network shows, including Talking Smack, which she co-hosted with Daniel Bryan, which was a refreshing opportunity to present WWE superstars (before it was strangely axed and she had to find out about it on Twitter).
She made history on August 13 when she became the first women to call an entire episode of Monday Night Raw. Reviews were overwhelmingly positive and many viewers started to wonder if the move would become permanent when she returned to commentate the September 3 episode of Raw. Those suspicions were confirmed by WWE on Monday when they announced that Young would become the first woman to join the Monday Night Raw broadcast booth full-time.
.@ReneeYoungWWE joins the Monday Night #Raw announce team! @WWE today announced changes to its broadcasting team, naming Renee Young as the first woman to join the Monday Night Raw broadcast booth full time. https://t.co/iQUa1kjpF3 pic.twitter.com/sOQhlkvDzZ
— WWE Public Relations (@WWEPR) September 10, 2018
Starting with the Monday, September 10 episode of the show, Young will officially join announcer Michael Cole and fellow commentator Corey Graves in the three-person booth as the ongoing announcing team for the company’s flagship program.
Young is also currently part of the Mae Young Classic commentary team on WWE Network, which runs from September 5 to the all-women Evolution pay-per-view on Oct. 28. Young will almost certainly be a part of that announce team as well given the historic nature that WWE is assigning to the event.
I CANT BELIVE THIS IS REAL LIFE!! ?? https://t.co/GHeCqCKnk9
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) September 10, 2018
Meanwhile, Young is taking the place of Jonathan Coachman, who leaves the Raw booth to become the new host of WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows. That role was previously filled by Young. Coachman returned to WWE in January 2018 after a nine-year stint with ESPN. He had worked with the company between 1999 and 2008 previously.
A sincere congratulations to @ReneeYoungWWE for a much deserved move to the table on Raw. To be part of a team means understanding your strengths and using them to help the team grow. I have always embraced with positivity any role asked of me. That will not change.
— Jonathan Coachman (@TheCoachrules) September 10, 2018
Coachman begins his new role on Sunday, September 16 when he hosts the pre-show for WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view alongside Booker T, David Otunga, Sam Roberts, and Peter Rosenberg.