Earlier this year, Renee Young left WWE after 8 years with the company; their final event was to be part of the pre-show for this year’s SummerSlam. But why did you decide to leave the company?
Young answered this question and more when he recently sat down with Jason Agnew and Mark Andrada from the Sunday Night Main Event podcast. Here are some highlights from the interview:
His departure from WWE:
“I have been there for eight years and did everything I could. I felt like I was bouncing around and continually trying to carve this path for me and I feel like I hit the ceiling, ”Renee admitted. “My strength is being a TV presenter and I have realized more and more that after making comments for over a year, that was really difficult for me. I didn’t enjoy doing it and then I didn’t have a solid role on SmackDown when I was on the Special Contributor list, whatever that is supposed to mean. So that never came to mean anything.
“I felt like they didn’t know what to do with me either. Having me on TV and doing backstage interviews again felt like a step back and there was nowhere to go. I no longer had anything to do, especially when Backstage with FS1 was canceled. I really enjoyed doing that and will continue to do things with FOX in the future, so that’s really cool. I feel like I’ve checked all the boxes and turned in all the cards I could there. I didn’t want to waste any more time. I’m about to turn 35 and I’ve done a lot of things there, so it’s time to move on. If I want to keep growing and improving and find a bigger platform to be on, I felt like that was no longer the place to do it.
“Not being a talent in wrestling, I always felt underutilized because of it. I was never meant to be the ‘talent talent’ and it’s always a bit hard to swallow when you take pride in your work and you know you’re good at what you do, but I don’t get those opportunities because I don’t ‘fight’.
On your COVID-19 diagnosis:
“Those things happened the same day. I tweeted it, ‘My show was canceled and I got COVID,’ so it all happened at once. But COVID definitely didn’t push me out the door. Many people contracted COVID around the world. Does it suck to get it? Sure, but that’s not what made me sick, so I’m going to quit. It wasn’t that at all, ”Renee said. “It was, ‘I’m sick and at home, but on the show [Backstage] which was supposed to be my big show on FOX, they put a lot of pressure on me to go out and be a part of that show. For that to be canceled, that’s when he went, ‘Well, fuck, now what am I supposed to do?’
She also talked about working in WWE while her husband was in AEW, difficulties during his role as a commentator in RAW color, meeting Vince McMahon for the first time, slapping The Miz, and more.
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