Renee Young and Paige To Make Huge Return With WWE Backstage

Published 01/23/2021, 8:17 AM EST


Renee Young left WWE following an emotional farewell at SummerSlam 2020. Spending 8 years in the company, the peppy backstage interviewer decided to part ways after her show WWE Backstage was canceled. 

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However, it seems that she will be back after all. In a recent post on Twitter, WWE on FOX announced that WWE Backstage would be making a return and Renee Young delivered the news herself to fans. 

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Furthermore, FOX announced that former WWE Divas Champion Paige would also be making a huge return to WWE on the show. The co-host, Booker T, would also be returning to make things just the way they were. 

Backstage will return on January 30, 2021, a day before Royal Rumble, and is set to take fans through the curtains once more with interesting tales and moments never seen and heard before.

As of now, it is unknown if CM Punk will also be making a return to the show, but we can only be hopeful. The recent increase in SmackDown viewership even through tough times has probably prompted FOX to bring back the show. 

FOX canceled WWE Backstage over declining viewership

Earlier last year, FOX canceled WWE Backstage due to the steep drop in viewership for the blue brand. The company realized that there was no upside to the finances it was putting into Backstage, as reported by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

The show failed to keep viewership above 200,000 and even with CM Punk, just got over the 100,000 mark. The show was thus stopped, and Renee Young briefly returned to her role as a backstage interviewer.

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However, following some complications, she chose to leave WWE. She then began working on her exciting podcast ‘Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette‘. Fans will definitely be happy to see her again and maybe that Bayley dream match can take place in the future. 

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Paige, on the other hand, has had a different dispute with WWE. Being an active gamer, she was taken aback by Vince McMahon’s decision to ban WWE Superstars from using third-party platforms like Twitch. The company set up its own gaming streaming platform in the months that followed. 

She now returns in a different angle and will surely give some interesting perspective to WWE Backstage on its heroic return to the WWE Universe. 

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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