Renee Young

 

Renee Young

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Renee Young
Renee Young at WM31 Axxess.jpg

Young in March 2015.
Birth name Renee Jane Paquette[1]
Born (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, United States[2]
Spouse(s) Dean Ambrose (m. 2016)
Website www.prettyfunnyblonde.com
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Renee Young
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Debut March 29, 2013

Renee Jane Paquette[1] (born September 19, 1985) is a Canadian sports broadcaster and actress. She is currently an on-air personality with WWE under the ring name Renee Young, where she performs interviewing and commentating duties. She is a former sportscaster for The Score.[3]

Early life[edit]

Paquette was born in Toronto, Ontario.[4] She was a child model. After high school, she applied to several colleges and began training in improvisational comedy.[5] At the age of 19, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a comedic actress, but later moved back to Toronto and auditioned for films, music videos, and commercials.[5]

Professional career[edit]

The Score Television Network (2009–2012)[edit]

Paquette began working for The Score Television Network in the later months of 2009 on the program called Right After Wrestling, later to be renamed Aftermath,[6] where she presented alongside Arda Ocal, Mauro Ranallo and former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas.

WWE (2012–present)[edit]

“I always wanted to be an actor. Acting is really where everything started for me. As soon as I got out of high school, I went to The Second City and trained in improv comedy. I always wanted to be more of a comedic actress. That was the path I wanted to take. I fled to Los Angeles at 19 without having worked a day of my life as a performer. I came back to Toronto and auditioned for different films, music videos, and commercials… being in Canada, I got stuck not getting lead role auditions, so I switched gears and got into hosting. I just needed a camera and myself to do that.”
— Young in January 2014.[5]

Paquette signed with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE in October 2012,[7] where she was given the ring name Renee Young, and made her on-screen debut on the 29 March 2013 episode of SmackDown, interviewing Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus.[8] Young had previously performed interviews exclusively for WWE Active since February 2013,[9] and had also presented the 2012 Survivor Series pre-show alongside Scott Stanford.[10] Young debuted on the January 23 episode of NXT as a backstage interviewer.[11]

Young began co-hosting the World Tour segments, which was a segment detailing the city they were filming in, showcasing various tourist attractions, before later being promoted as a third main presenter on the The JBL and Cole Show, which was shown on YouTube and WWE.com, until its cancellation in June 2015.[12] It received a Slammy Award for Favorite Web Show of the Year.[13] She also presents WWE Vintage Collection alongside Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund.

In September 2013, Young made her commentary debut on NXT.[14] She began performing color commentary during NXT Divas‘ matches, before later becoming a full-time color commentator on NXT for several months.[5] From July 3, 2014 to January 9, 2015, Young served as a color commentator on WWE Superstars, alongside Tom Phillips, which made her WWE’s first full-time female announcer in more than a decade.[15][16] In April 2015, Young began hosting her own show titled Unfiltered with Renee Young, in which she interviews fellow WWE employees, which airs on the WWE Network.[17] In June, Young served as the co-host of the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Chris Jericho.[18]

Young confronting the WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz in December 2016.

On the December 20, 2016 episode of SmackDown, Young interviewed Intercontinental Champion The Miz following his successful title defense against Apollo Crews. After Young asked Miz about his “obsession” with Dean Ambrose, Miz sarcastically responded by revealing Young and Ambrose’s real-life relationship, prompting her to slap Miz.[19] On December 27, Young was confronted by Maryse backstage on SmackDown.[20] Maryse slapped Young the following week in retaliation.[21]

Other media[edit]

Before joining The Score, Paquette worked for BiteTV, where she presented a show about extreme sports and music called Rippin’ It-N-Lippin’ It during 2008 and 2009.[5] She appeared in a commercial for Oxy, and had a part in a Tom Green music video.[5] Prior to this, she had a cameo in the music video for Kelly Clarkson‘s 2005 song “Behind These Hazel Eyes“.[5] She also appeared in a national Noxzema commercial, and did a photoshoot for Toro Magazine.[22] In 2016, it was announced that Paquette would be appearing as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas.[23] She had previously appeared in several episodes on a recurring basis.

Personal life[edit]

On being a wrestling fan, Paquette said: “I attended a few events and WrestleMania VI. My dad is a concert promoter, and he’d get me into the events. I remember being backstage and meeting Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Chyna, and Trish Stratus as a kid, so it’s really funny to me that I ended up here. I went on a different path than wanting to become a WWE Superstar.”[5]

Since 2013, Paquette has been in a relationship with wrestler Jonathan Good, better known by his ring name Dean Ambrose.[24][25] On April 12, 2017, it was announced that the couple had gotten married on Sunday, April 9.[26][27]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Smart Woman Survival Guide Cute Intern Episode: “Go Big or Go Home”
2010 Gotta Grudge? Herself 8 episodes
2011–2012 Gillette Drafted Judge, mentor
2013,
2015–present
Total Divas Guest (season 1)
Recurring (season 4–5)
Main cast (season 6)
2013 WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History Host
2014 WWE Countdown Episode: “Coolest Catchphrases”
2014–present WWE Music Power 10 Voice-over host
2014–present WWE Quick Hits Host
2015–present Unfiltered with Renee Young Host
2015 WWE Tough Enough Co-host
2016–present WWE Talking Smack Host
2016–present WWE Raw Talk Host

Web[edit]

Year Title Role
2013–2015 The JBL and Renee Show Herself
2013–2015 After Total Divas Herself

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

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