WWE revealed today that the announcing team for the Mae Young Classic tournament (which begins recording today) will be Michael Cole, Renee Young and Beth Phoenix, replacing Jim Ross and Lita – the team that was used last year.
Mauro Ranallo will be hosting the “bracket” segments for the tournament with a special break down of the tournament competitors.
“A few years ago I was put in charge of all of the announcers in the company,” Cole told ESPN. “My goal when I took over was to have, for the first time, a full-time female commentator on one of our main shows. That is still my goal today and it led to, for the first time, having two women in the announcing booth for the Mae Young Classic. It blows me away that this is happening because as little as two years ago I would not have seen this happening.”
“Things that used to be a glass ceiling aren’t anymore.” Phoenix said, noting this was one of her most cherished opportunities to date. “Now not only is it a possibility that women are going to main event WrestleMania, I know that they are going to do it. I feel that it is going to be this year, but if not this year then it’s going to be the year after that.”
This will mark Renee’s return to the commentary for the first time in a while. “To have each of the milestones of the women’s revolution keep building and building and culminating in the first all-women’s pay per view, I think that’s just going to blow everybody away.”.
Botch Take: How cool is this? We’re getting as close as we’ve ever been to an all-female commentary team. Wonder if we’ll finally get it at “Evolution”?