“I Kind of Hit That Ceiling” – Renee Paquette Looks Back at Her WWE Run and The Current Product

Published 05/16/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 20: WWE anouncer Renee Young attends the WWE, Facebook, Dosomething.org and GLAAD Anti-Bullying Event at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club on August 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)


After eight years of working in WWE, Renee Paquette (fka Renee Young) left the company around SummerSlam last year. She was the first female to break through WWE broadcasting on a major level.

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Despite starting off as a backstage interviewer, Renee also worked as a pre-show panelist, announcer, and the first full-time female commentator in WWE history.

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On a recent podcast episode with Ariel Helwani, Paquette discussed whether her perception of WWE has changed and if she watches the shows. Although she might have some animosity towards some people off-the-camera, Renee revealed she enjoys watching her friends on screen.

I love watching my friends do their thing. Any sourness that I would have, would definitely not be towards anybody that’s on camera, so I love being able to watch them all do their thing.”

While she needed some time off from the industry, Renee still watches the shows. She might not watch all the shows all the time but has an idea of what is going on.

“It’s a thing that I do love, I love wrestling,” Renee mentioned. “So to be able to watch Raw, watch SmackDown, watch some NXT, watch AEW, I was just in LA with my husband doing stuff for New Japan, there’s no shortage of wrestling happening in this household.”

Renee Paquette reveals whether she has any hate towards her previous employer

She also revealed that she felt the urge to leave, mostly because she felt there was nothing else she could do in WWE. But Paquette does not ‘hate’ the company. She is still very much “wrapped up” in WWE.

“For me to spend negative energy feeling a certain way about something is useless,” according to Paquette. “It’s burdening nobody but myself so might as well drop it and move on.”

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I got so much greatness out of my time in WWE, from the opportunities I was afforded, the platform I was afforded, the success I was able to have there, that’s something I would never be able to turn my nose up at. I still had a great run there, and I kind of hit that ceiling which ultimately led to me wanting to leave.” (h/t Inside the Ropes)

After her departure, she has been doing her own podcast and writing cookbooks. Paquette is also expecting her first child with former WWE and AEW World Champion Jon Moxley.

Let us know your thoughts on Renee’s perception of WWE in the comments below.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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