Renee Young and Paul Heyman on life in the WWE. Plus, John Ourand on sports media
Episode 47 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features Renee Young and Paul Heyman of the WWE. Young is a commentator on Monday Night Raw, the WWE’s flagship show, and the first woman to hold that position. Heyman is a longtime WWE performer — he currently is the advocate for Brock Lesnar —and sports entertainment impresario. Both Heyman and Young will perform at WrestleMania 35 in East Rutherford, N.J. The last segment features Sports Business Daily media writer John Ourand. In this podcast, Heyman and Young discuss what they see as effective public speaking and performing on television; what a work week is like for each prior to performing on Raw; Young’s learning curve as a commentator for RAW; the freedom both get from management regarding WWE storylines; how to sell a message most effectively in the fewest words possible; the adjustments Young has had to make calling matches of her real-life spouse, Dean Ambrose; how Heyman worked with Ronda Rousey on her promos and why he has enjoyed the process of working Rousey so much; how Becky Lynch has developed into one of the biggest stars in the WWE Universe; why Heyman and Young enjoy working with each other on-camera, especially the one-on-one interview they did last year; whether they have had trouble navigating their real lives versus their WWE lives; why Heyman approaches each show as if it will be his last; and much more. Ourand discusses the contract chatter surrounding CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo; ESPN’s Get Up! celebrating its one-year anniversary; the latest on the RSN (Regional Sports Network) sale; the Pac 12’s gamble regarding media rights; and more. You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Radio.com and more.
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The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.