Renee Young Feels "Lack Of Communication" Hindered WWE Raw Commentary

Also cites issues with a three-person team...

From September 2018 to August 2019, Renee Young occupied a seat at the Monday Night Raw commentary desk. Although generally well regarded as an on-air personality, Young's tenure on Raw wasn't exactly the best representation of her skills.

Speaking on Sports Media with Richard Deitsch, Young discussed communication issues whilst part of the three-person booth, and taking direction from Vince McMahon.

"One of my biggest issues when Vince would feed me a line for something is I couldn't hear him or understand him. I was like, 'Wait, what?' and trying to get him to repeat on the little spy cam on the commentary desk," Young revealed. "It felt like a bit of a lack of communication. Even when I wanted more direction to be produced in different ways, I don't feel like I was really getting that. 

"Obviously, when you're out there, you're gonna get production notes and Vince is going to throw stuff your way, but there are also times where I felt like I was left out to dry and it was sink or swim, and I was floundering.

"Being the A person on a broadcast for the majority of my career to being the third voice at the commentary table, Michael Cole and Corey Graves don't need a third voice in there. Those two are covering everything wall-to-wall that by the time you get an opening, there's nothing to say anymore. I was so hard on myself, feeling like I didn't belong or people didn't want me in that spot."

(Credit to Fightful for transcription)

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