Renee Young is set to replace Jonathan Coachman at the WWE Monday Night Raw announce table, becoming the first woman to land that gig on a full-time basis. Coachman will now host WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows.
The company announced Young will be the third person at the table alongside Michael Cole and Corey Graves. In August, Young made history as the first woman to call an entire episode of Raw and received positive reviews. She has previous commentary experience from her time in NXT and is currently calling the Mae Young Classic women’s tournament on the WWE Network.
I am so so so insanely excited about this! To be the first woman to take over that chair that so many amazingly talented voices and personalities have sat in before me! Thank you to @VinceMcMahon @StephMcMahon @TripleH @MichaelCole and @WWEGraves (and MANY others) ❤️⚡️⚡️ https://t.co/fOKRKlheHE
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) September 10, 2018
Lately, Young had been filling in week-to-week for the man affectionately called “Coach” on sort of a trial basis. She had previously served primarily as a backstage interviewer, host of pre- and post-shows, and commentator on various WWE programs, including “SmackDown Live” and “NXT.”
The WWE seems to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the women’s movement. Young’s move to the broadcast team also comes before WWE holds its first all-women pay-per-view, Evolution, on October 28th.