Renee Paquette Compares Herself To Kelly Ripa, Wants To Prove She Can Be Versatile On A Big Show

Renee Paquette is proud of her time in WWE but is looking forward to making a splash outside of it and proving that she can be a huge benefit to any program.

For many years, Renee Paquette was the female voice of WWE. She even became the first full-time commentator on Monday Night Raw and why women like Mickie James, Mike McGuirk, and even Stephanie McMahon have tried their hand at commentary, Renee Paquette was the first woman to become a full-time commentator.

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Renee Paquette left WWE shortly after SummerSlam 2020 and while she has nothing but fond memories of her time and experiences in WWE, she tells Sports Illustrated that she is looking to show her versatility and being able to branch out in the vein of a Kelly Ripa.

“I’m ready to step into a new role, I know what I can offer and I’m really excited to see this next step,” Paquette says. “WWE was great to me. I got to do a ton of amazing things. I was afforded so many opportunities to be successful and forge my own path, but I felt I’d reached a point where I did all I could do. This is the time to explore some new options.”

She added, “I can be a versatile player on a big show. That’s something I want, and I’m trying to break that barrier. I come with years of TV experience and equity and a fan base. If I get put in a position to do so, I’m going to knock it out of the park.

“I feel like there are people who sometimes shoehorn you or typecast you as only one thing, but coming from the world of wrestling, it’s sports and entertainment all in one. The world outside sports is one I feel I can really flourish in, interviewing actors and performers, similar to what Kelly Ripa does. When I think about how I would like my career to look, that is the end goal for me, ending up on a show in that capacity.”

Recently, Renee Paquette opened up about her own experience being sent a trash bag by WWE but it had someone else's belongings. Learn more here.

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