During a chat with Richard Deitsch on his Sports Media podcast, current Raw commentator Renee Young was asked about how her real life might impact her ability to call the show, considering she is married to current Raw star Dean Ambrose. It’s a valid question, and one that many were especially curious about after she was there for his big return and she didn’t say a word during that segment.
Her answer, including why she didn’t speak during the aforementioned return:
”Well, to be honest, it has not come up yet. So, in the three times that I’ve called Monday Night Raw the first time just so happened to be the night that Dean Ambrose was making his triumphant return from a terrible triceps surgery. So he was coming back but luckily for me it was such a quick thing, very end of the show, big, big reaction, and it made more sense for me to not say anything during that moment because I don’t think anything I could have said during that would have added to the story we’re telling with him coming back. I didn’t want to be a distraction for that. And the last two times it’s been quick stuff with The Shield, or tag matches with Seth (Rollins). So there’s not really been a moment yet of him just doing a singles match or having like a full 20 minute tag match that I can kind of chime in on. So far it’s been stuff with The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre where we’re kind of looking at The Shield as a whole and this other new unit as a whole, so it’s not really come up like ‘hey, what’s Dean Ambrose’s problem?’
”I’m not sure how that’s going to go yet. I’ve definitely been thinking about it but I’m not... I just don’t know. I don’t want it to be a thing that gets in the way or becomes a little bit too like ‘oh my gosh, you’re his wife, let’s take her hostage’ and make me part of the storyline. I think I would prefer to stay away from stuff like that. But, of course, listen, we work for WWE and things happen. I’m game to roll with whatever comes down my way and, like you said, we’ve done that before. We’ve done it with Miz & Maryse where it’s come up, we’ve been on Total Divas together before, but at this point in where we both are in our careers, I’m not sure how that’s going to shake out.
”So, yeah, I guess stay tuned. Ha ha. I’m hoping to do it justice, I’m hoping to do him justice. Man, he is... he lives and breathes professional wrestling. He’s someone who has listened and watched it for as long as he can remember. So I’m hoping that with this new role and this spotlight that’s been shone on everything I’m like ‘alright, here we go, it’s time to do the family proud!’”
The interview was done before Hell in a Cell, where she did call a long tag team title match involving Ambrose, not to mention a run-in during the main event where he climbed the cage and brawled on top of it. All told, just from what we’ve heard so far, she’s been fair and simply pushed the storyline while reacting to the action.
Which is her job. She’s been doing it well, no matter her relationship status.
She’s a pro.
Of course, as she said, this is WWE, where announcers have long been asked to do angles up to and including wrestling in actual matches on major pay-per-view events. It’s entirely possible her relationship with Ambrose is exploited for an angle. For now, all is well and we don’t even really need to think about it.