Renee Young is officially no more.
Renee Paquette, who took on the stage name Renee Young upon joining WWE nearly eight years ago, made her final appearance for the wrestling giant Sunday night on the SummerSlam kickoff show. Reports first surfaced last week that Paquette, 34, was departing.
“I want to give a big thank you to the WWE and the WWE universe. You guys have all truly changed my life, so thank you very much,” Paquette said at the end of the kickoff show, signing off for the final time.
The popular Paquette was a host, interviewer and was part of the “Raw” commentary team during her WWE career as Renee Young, the first woman in WWE to do full-time commentary. The Toronto native previously worked for SportsNet 360 in Canada.
There’s naturally been speculation that Paquette could work for WWE rival AEW, where Paquette’s husband Jon Moxley, real name Jonathan Good, is the current AEW champion. Paquette has been sharing pictures with her 2.7 million Instagram followers of photoshoots she’s been doing for her upcoming cookbook. She was also the host of “WWE Backstage” on Fox Sports, where she says she’ll still be making appearances.
“I made friends, family- literally family- I met my husband here (what a f–king dreamboat) and people that will be a part of my life forever,” Paquette wrote Monday morning in an Instagram farewell. “I’ve been so lucky. But it’s also been a lot of my hard work, drive and passion that’s landed me in these amazing spots. I’ve had such an incredible run with WWE. It’s changed my life. But that all leads me to now. What’s next? Do I stay satisfied with what I’ve done? Or do I go in pursuit of new barriers and goals in mind? I always choose the latter.
“I have no idea what that means or looks like, but it’s time for me to go. Time to roll the dice again and shake things up. Time to light that fire again and forge on. Time to say bye to Renee Young and reconnect with Renee Paquette and remember why I started this journey to begin with. And as the ride slows down- as the world slows down, I see it as my opportunity to make a move. So I just wanted to say thanks to WWE and to the all the fans that have been so damn cool to me over the years. And send a crap ton of love to all of my people. I’m excited for the future! Thanks for everything ❤️.”
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