Renee Young departed from WWE in August, though she was still under contract with Fox Sports. Fast forward to October, and a return for Young was advertised as part of Fox’s kickoff show for the season premiere of SmackDown. Young ended up joining that show remotely rather than hosting on location at the WWE ThunderDome.
In a recent interview on The Bellas Podcast, Renee explained that she was originally supposed to travel to Florida for the SmackDown season premiere, but that idea was nixed when she discovered that she was pregnant. Here is the transcript of her story, courtesy of Post Wrestling:
“That was sort of the thing for me was finding out that I was pregnant and then I was supposed to do the kickoff show for the season premiere of SmackDown on FOX. I was supposed to fly to Orlando and that’s when I asked Brie [Bella] because I just didn’t know what to do about it. I was like, ‘Am I allowed to travel?’ Or what does that look like? How careful do I have to be with everything? I mean granted, I’ve already had COVID so I’ve not tested my antibodies in a while. I’m assuming I maybe still have them but I don’t really know, but then I reached out to my doctor too who I was seeing at the time and she was like, ‘You have to be so careful with everything and it’s just not worth it’ and Brie basically reiterated the same thing of just like how careful you have to be and how much more susceptible you can be during pregnancy to really any kind of an illness and it just obviously wasn’t worth it to roll the dice on that, and luckily everybody that I spoke to at FOX and whatnot, they were all so great and so receptive. They understood where I was coming from and they helped me out big time with that but yeah, I had to pull out of doing that show right away just because.”
Yeah, I’d say it’s for the best that she did not get on that airplane. And it’s a reminder that the commonplace phrase of “plans changed” in pro wrestling isn’t always about the random whims of the booker.