Renee Young Named Full-Time Raw Commentator

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WWE has named Renee Young a full-time member of the Raw announce team — making her the first woman to take on a permanent role in the WWE broadcast booth.

Young has been with WWE since 2012 — largely serving as a backstage interviewer and occasional host. She’s currently part of theMae Young Classic commentary team on WWE Network.

Earlier this summer, Young filled in on the Raw commentating team while Jonathan Coachman was away on other duties. Her performance was met with rave reviews.

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Starting tonight, Renee Young will be the first woman to join the Raw broadcast booth full-time.

She will now bring her unique voice and perspective to the longest-running weekly episodic program in the U.S. as she joins Michael Cole and Corey Graves at the commentary desk. Renee joined 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.

In turn, Jonathan Coachman will take over as the new host of WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows. 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, as the host of WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows. Coachman will begin his new role this Sunday, Sept. 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-viewevent.