In an interview published on WWE.com earlier this week, backstage announcer Renee Young expressed her wish to be the first female to do colour commentary for WWE.
Young previously contributed colour to the Oct. 30 edition of NXT last year, and whilst it was clear that she lacked experience in the role, there were a lot of positives to take from the appearance—not least the fact that she quickly and effectively distinguished a unique voice that could freshen up commentary on one of the flagship shows.
The announce team on Raw gets its fair share of criticism, mostly in relation to the presence of the once-great Jerry Lawler. Lawler's pairing with Jim Ross was an enduring and iconic part of the Attitude Era, but in his current role alongside Michael Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield, he comes off as something of a spare part.
On the other hand, the pairing of Cole and JBL is really beginning to blossom.
Their WWE.com Internet show is consistently entertaining, and when the two were put on commentary without Lawler on the Slammy Awards edition of Raw in December, the commentary had a focus that it lacked under a three-man booth, perhaps suggesting that the two would be better off without Lawler.
If Raw does shift to a two-man booth of JBL and Cole, SmackDown would no doubt be in line for a shake-up to differentiate it from the Monday night broadcast, and Young would seem like a prime candidate for this role.
The likelihood would be that Young would be paired with Cole, but it's not entirely unlikely that WWE would seek to completely refresh its SmackDown booth with commentators from NXT.
The commentary team on NXT changes from week to week, which has proved to be an excellent system for establishing which talent has good chemistry with one another—exceptions like the frequent, unmerited presence of Alex Riley on commentary notwithstanding.
Young has quickly established herself as a strong on-air presence in her backstage interview segments and has already worked her way up from NXT to the flagship Raw. Based on her work thus far, if a colour commentary position is what Young is working toward, it seems unlikely that she would be anything other than very successful in that role.
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