It’s a move many of us were hoping would come after her recent guest stints on commentary for WWE’s flagship show, and this morning (Sept. 10) the company made it official. Renee Young will join Michael Cole and Corey Graves every Monday night as a member of the Raw announce team.
The announcement on WWE.com is short on details, but there’s no mention of Jonathan Coachman. An official press release clears up any confusion, as Coach is being replaced less than a year after rejoining the team. He’ll take over Young’s role as the host of event Kickoff panels starting this Sunday (Sept. 16) for Hell in a Cell.
“WWE today announced two changes to its broadcasting team, naming Renee Young as the first woman to join the Monday Night Raw broadcast booth full time and Jonathan Coachman as the new host of WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows.
Starting tonight, Renee Young will join Michael Cole and Corey Graves each week on Raw. Young started with WWE in 2012 and has served as a backstage interviewer and commentator on Raw, SmackDown Live and NXT. She is currently part of the Mae Young Classic commentary team on WWE Network. Prior to WWE, Young worked at The Score Television Network in Canada, building her reputation by co-hosting WWE Aftermath and interviewing high-caliber talent such as The Rolling Stones on other programming.
A veteran broadcaster with more than 20 years of experience hosting shows for WWE, ESPN, MSG Network and the Golf Channel, Coachman will bring his unique style to millions of viewers around the world on WWE Network, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and WWE.com, as the host of WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows. Coachman will begin his new role this Sunday, September 16 alongside WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, David Otunga, Sam Roberts and Peter Rosenberg prior to WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event.”
Young’s roles as a commentator for the Mae Young Classic and as a backstage interviewer for all of WWE’s brands are also touted in the announcement. While the MYC is pre-taped and she’ll surely continue in that role alongside Michael Cole and Beth Phoenix, it’s not confirmed she’ll remain on SmackDown as a correspondent. Presumably she will continue to pull double-duty on the main brands like Graves does, as this move seems as much about cementing Renee as a face and voice of WWE as it is about “demoting” Coachman.