Throughout her eight years in WWE, Renee Young worked closely with Michael Cole, who served as her boss and mentor on commentary.
Young and Cole worked side-by-side in the Raw commentary booth from September 2018 to October 2019, and while things may not have always seemed perfect on-screen, Renee could not be more thankful for Cole and everything he did for her.
"No matter where I go or what I do from here on out, I already know that Michael Cole is the best boss I’ll ever have. You really have to understand what I’ve been through with Michael. That first episode of Raw I called, it was just……. I mean, it’s hard to even describe. There’s so much going on. It’s three hours. You’ve got these stacks of notes. You want to be quippy but you also want to get out of your own way. And you also want to stay in your lane. For me, as a non-wrestler, that meant not focusing so much on analyzing moves. I was there to talk about the characters and the stories and whatnot. So you’re keeping track of all of those things. Plus all of these segments are flying by, every which way — promos, matches, promos into matches, matches into promos, who knows," Renee wrote on the Player's Tribune. "And I just need to say this: No matter how prepared you are…… no matter how good you are, no matter how knowledgeable or charismatic or quick witted or born-to-do-it you may be…… When you’re doing Raw — when you’re doing three hours of LIVE TELEVISED WWE — for the first time??? You really only have one chance of survival. And that’s to take your broadcast partner by the hand, hold on to it tight, and hope they won’t let go. With Michael Cole, I didn’t even have to hope. I knew."
Elsewhere in the article, Renee wrote that she wished she stood up for herself more in regards to doing commentary on WWE Raw. You can find her comments by clicking here.
Renee finished up with WWE this past Sunday at SummerSlam.