WWE went ahead and made official today what it should have made official weeks ago — Renee Young will replace Jonathan Coachman as a commentator alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves on Monday Night Raw each week, starting this evening. She is, predictably enough, really jazzed about it (as is everyone else):
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Where to even start. To even think about this time about 6 years when I was flown down to Stamford, CT from Toronto to audition for WWE- I had no idea what my role was going to be in this juggernaut entertainment company (or if I would even be hired lol I had a very underwhelming audition ) I had no idea just how important this huge life and career decision would be for my personal life, and now to make this giant career milestone. I am just so excited and honored to have earned a spot at the table. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. So much love!! See ya tonight ⚡️❤️ @wwe
WWE absolutely deserves credit for making this move.
There are also legitimate questions to be asked about just what took so long for them to make it.
Coachman spent far too long fumbling his way through entire broadcasts while WWE had better options on the sidelines, and that was before we knew how good Renee would be in this role. After she filled in a month ago, there was no longer any denying it. Why did it take that extra month? Coachman was actively bad at the job and Renee is actively good at it. This was a move that should have been made weeks ago.
So, yes, a tip of the cap to WWE, but a side eye to go with it.