In an industry that will always be met with skepticism, Renee Young represents everything WWE wants to be in the future. So giving her a turn in Raw's commentary booth seems like an easy decision.
On Thursday, ESPN reported that Young will fill in for Jonathan Coachman on the August 13 episode of WWE's flagship show. Just days after joining Beth Phoenix to become WWE's first-ever all women's broadcast for the Mae Young Classic, Young will become the first female to hold the booth for an entire episode of Raw.
"I believe this is the first time ever that we have had a woman in the booth for an entire episode of Monday Night RAW," Michael Cole told ESPN.
As expected, Young is excited about the opportunity.
"When Michael told me, I was like, 'This Monday?! What are you talking about?!'," Young said. "I am so excited for this opportunity. To be sitting with Cole, who has been such a great champion of mine since I've been working for WWE, it's going to be really cool," she said.
Young posted to Twitter and Instagram to profess her gratitude to WWE's decision makers.1comments
"I’ve tried to write a caption for this several times over but nothing can truly relate how much I’m freaking out about this!! 😵 can’t wait to call Raw with @michaelcole and @wwegraves this Monday! Thank you for the opportunity Vince, @tripleh
WWE released the following statement on Young's big news:
Renee Young to step in on Raw announce team as guest commentator Monday night
Renee Young will be stepping in for Jonathan Coachman on the Raw announce team as a guest commentator this Monday night, ESPN.com reports. Coachman, meanwhile, will be fulfilling another obligation.
Young will work alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves for all three hours of the broadcast, making this the first time a woman has called an entire episode of Raw.
Don't miss Renee Young's historic Raw announce team debut live this Monday at 8/7 C on USA Network.