Renee Young is the guest this week on “After The Bell” with Corey Graves. The interview was conducted before the news broke about her COVID-19 positive test.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
Renee Young talked about removing herself from Twitter: “I just took Twitter off my phone. I kept Instagram because looking at pictures is fine and cool. But, looking at stuff on Twitter was literally making my brain melt, so I’ve taken it off my phone for the time being. I don’t need it. I felt like I was sitting on my couch, refreshing, refreshing, refreshing. What am I doing? I took it off my phone and thought, here is an idea. Why don’t you go read a book outside, loser? I went and did that and it was lovely. I truly felt better for having done it.”
On having more free time since COVID-19 started: “It’s like getting off that WWE ride every week, where do we have to go. What plane do we have to catch? What am I doing on TV? Flying home, getting whatever you need done really quickly to go back and do it again. To be able to stop and get off that ride for a second and be like, oh, what do I do now? It almost messes with your identity for a second. When your identity is your work for so long and then you are not doing that, you wonder, what do I like and what do I do now? It kicked up anxiety for me. What a rotten, terrible feeling. I need to do something with myself, but I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what I can do. My hands felt tied. Thank God, at least during all the craziness, I was at least doing Backstage from home so I had that outlet one day a week.”
Renee explained her job before coming to WWE: “The job that I did before I came to WWE was kind of doing a show like Backstage in Canada for less money and less people involved. I worked for the Score. It was a cool time. TSN was like ESPN. At one point, I did host a pond hockey tournament for ESPN in freezing tundra at 19. It was cool working for the Score because it had an independent feel. They let us be personalities. No offense to TSN, but they were more a broadcast behind a desk doing a SportsCenter. We didn’t do that. I never wanted to be a broadcaster so I didn’t want to work for TSN or Sportsnet. The Score, I went to work there because they had comedians that worked for them. They all had colorful personalities that could have fun interviews with people. That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be Chelsea Handler. I can do that, but for sports. There is an insane talent pool that came out of there that works in the U.S. now. The day of working with the Score was fun and I learned so much. I got to figure myself out, rather than, this is how you have to be. This is how you have to talk. I was doing my wrestling shows there, which was called Right After Wrestling which then turned into After Mat, which I did for 2 or 3 years before I came to WWE.”