Renee Young replaces Jonathan Coachman as announcer on Monday Night Raw.
After two recent guest spots as an announcer on Monday Night Raw, the WWE has officially announced that Renee Young will be replacing Jonathan Coachman full-time. In doing so, Young will become the first full-time female announcer to join the Monday Night Raw broadcast crew.
Shortly after the news broke, Coachman took to social media to offer his congratulations, as did Raw announcer Michael Cole and several WWE stars.
"A sincere congratulations to @ReneeYoungWWE for a much deserved move to the table on Raw. To be part of a team means understanding your strengths and using them to help the team grow. I have always embraced with positivity any role asked of me. That will not change," Coachman wrote.
Cole tweeted, "Work hard and you will be rewarded. Simple but true. Tonight will be a top 5 highlight in my 22 year career. Congrats @ReneeYoungWWE."
According to WWE, Young joined the company in 2012 and has served as a backstage interviewer and commentator on Raw, SmackDown LIVE and NXT. She is currently part of the Mae Young Classic commentary team on WWE Network.
As a result of Young's move to full-time announcer, Coachman will take over as the new host of WWE’s pay-per-view kickoff shows. According to WWE's press release, The Coach will begin his new role this Sunday, September 16 alongside WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, David Otunga, Sam Roberts and Peter Rosenberg prior to WWE’s "Hell in a Cell" pay-per-view event at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Check out some of the responses to WWE's ground-breaking announcement below.