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Renee Young

Renee Young
Young in March 2015.
Birth name Renee Paquette
Born Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
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

Paquette was born in Toronto, Ontario, and was raised in Ajax, 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 moved 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.[3]

Professional career

The Score Television Network (2009–2012)

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)

Renee 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".[3]

Paquette signed with WWE in October 2012,[5] where she was renamed 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 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.[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, following months of being an interviewer, Young made her commentary debut on NXT.[12] She began to do color commentary during NXT Divas' matches before later becoming a full-time color commentator on NXT.[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 named Unfiltered with Renee Young, which airs on the WWE Network.[15] In June, Young became the co-host of the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Chris Jericho.[16]

Other media

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 did 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

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

Television

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 Announcer

Web

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

Awards and accomplishments

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External links

  • WWE profile
  • Renee Young on Twitter
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