We are now on the fifth week of the second edition of the all-women tournament, the Mae Young Classic. The finals of the all-women event will occur during the first all-women pay-per-view WWE Evolution.
The women participating at the Mae Young Classic have been raising the bar for women wrestlers everywhere. But it’s not just in the ring where women have been shining but outside of the ring at the broadcast booth as well.
The current announce team at the Mae Young Classic consists of male broadcast stalwart Michael Cole, and the newer faces and female voices of Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix and RAW’s newest commentator Renee Young.
This is a bit of a pivot from last year, when the broadcast booth featured Cole and Jim Ross joined by only one female voice, Hall of Famer Lita.
In a new interview with Michael Cole, he revels that having more females in the broadcast booth for the Mae Young Classic this year was something he really wanted to see.
After having worked with both Phoenix and Young in the summer leading up to the second Mae Young Classic, Cole was convinced that his two colleagues could really lend something towards the tournament.
“I went to Hunter and said “hey can we have two women in the booth for the first time, for this tournament? It seems like the right moment for it,” said Cole.
Triple H agreed, and Phoenix and Young joined Cole in the announce booth, making almost as much history as the women battling in the ring.
Currently, Young is occupying another historical role as the first female commentator on Raw. Phoenix, on the other hand, is the commentator at the WWE Mixed Match Challenge.
Check out Michael Cole’s interview in the video below: