Just a few days before Renee Young takes to being the first woman to ring announce the entirety of an episode of Raw, she got some interesting advice from an even more interesting former WWE Superstar.
On Monday, Young will join Michael Cole and Corey Graves at the broadcast position, filling in for Jonathan Coachman and announcing the three-hour broadcast of Raw. She'll be the first female to ever do so. After the news was announced, Young said she's excited and has been receiving advice from a number of her peers and coworkers. She specifically noted one piece from former ring announcer JBL.
During a WWE Exclusive interview, when asked how she felt about the announcement Young said, "I feel like my brain has received this information and my heart has received this information but they're like trying to meet in the middle to figure out exactly what to do." Cathy Kelley then pointed out that JBL was over-the-moon excited for Young and she asked Young what it felt like to see so many people excited for her?
Young replied, "JBL slid into my DM's, which was really nice, and he actually had some really great words of encouragement and some advice, mostly to not look on social media."
Part of the reason JBL might have provided such advice is that of how hard social media can be on someone trying to do something they've not done before or in a while. And, with such an opinionated WWE Universe, Young is likely going to see her share of support, but also a lot of criticism. Both Coach and JBL know what that's like and just recently, Graves left social media, calling it "toxic."
For Young, who in the past has said she's not particularly good at the commentating part of her role in WWE, it's good advice. The last thing she needs is to see something during the show that gets her off focus and ruins her confidence.
Young also said she's been looking for more opportunities in WWE to spread her wings and cash in on chances to be more herself.