Renee Paquette Recalls Being Chastised By Vince McMahon

Renee Paquette

Former WWE announcer Renee Paquette has recalled being chastised by Vince McMahon who screamed at her that she’s “f**king ruined it!”

Fans have grown accustomed to hearing stories of Michael Cole and, formerly, Jim Ross being scolded by Vince McMahon while commentating. However, it appears that anyone who thought McMahon had cooled down in recent years was greatly mistaken.

Renee Paquette worked for WWE from 2012 to the summer of 2020 under the moniker Renee Young. She worked as a backstage interviewer, a panel show host, and the first female to have a permanent commentary role on Monday Night Raw at that time.

Speaking in a new interview with Ariel Helwani, Renee Paquette reflected on her time with WWE.

Paquette remembered an incident in which Vince McMahon screamed at her through her earpiece during a panel show. McMahon was dissatisfied with Paquette’s introduction of a video package starring heavyweight boxing star Tyson Fury, who was affiliated with WWE at the time.

“So I wasn’t on commentary for this moment. But it was after I had done commentary, and I was doing a panel. I want to say it was either the premiere of SmackDown on FOX, no that was in LA, we were in Las Vegas. Anyway, we were doing a panel show where they cut to us in between the show. It was some kind of special. Anyway, Tyson Fury was on the show when he was doing a stint in WWE, and it was me, Samoa Joe, Booker T and Beth Phoenix, I think that’s what the cast was.

I was was throwing to a package, blah blah blah, something something The Gypsy King Tyson Fury, throw to the package. And he [Vince] is in my ear and he goes ‘You f**king ruined it!’ Screaming at me, telling me that I have ruined this segment, because I did not refer to Tyson Fury as the Lineal Champion. I referred to him as The Gypsy King. He’s screaming at me, and at this point I am over it. I did the commentary thing, I’m just a little bit hardened to the circumstances.”

Paquette went on to add that the experience prompted her to remove her headphones and drive home.

“So he is yelling to me about this and I’m looking down at my notes, maybe looking at Samoa Joe and taking in this information in my ear, but he thinks I am ignoring him. So he yells at me again. ‘Do you hear me! Acknowledge that you hear me!’ He wanted me to look into the camera and be like yes sir I hear you, I understand you and I apologise. But yeah, just to be yelled at for a small, I don’t want to say mistake, I just didn’t call him the Lineal Champion.

I didn’t know it was that necessary that I ruined the run of Tyson Fury in WWE by not calling him that. But to be yelled like that in front of your peers was pretty demoralising. We had to do an on-camera after that, and I just wanted to pull off my headset, get in my car and drive home.”

Tyson Fury became involved with WWE in October 2019, staring down Braun Strowman on an episode of SmackDown while watching at ringside. This led to a match at Crown Jewel that Fury won.