Candice Laree, born Candice Dawson on September 29, 1985, is an American professional wrestler who is best known for her time on various wrestling promotions. She began her professional wrestling career on the independent circuit in the early 2000s and has gained recognition for her performances in promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), and Shimmer Women Athletes.
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Candice Gargano was born on the 29th of September 1985 in Riverside, California, United States. From a young age, she developed a passion for professional wrestling and idolized wrestlers like Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, and Lita. Candice started training to become a wrestler while she was still in high school.
She attended Rubidoux High School in Riverside, where she participated in several sports, including cross country, track and field, and soccer. She was captain of her high school’s soccer team and also competed in the regional athletics championships.
LeRae is widely regarded for her gritty and gritty wrestling style, and is often involved in hardcore, cross-gender matches. She has competed against both male and female opponents and has earned a reputation for her flexibility and high-stakes maneuvers.
LeRae’s time on the independent scene has seen her compete for promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Shimmer Women Athletes, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and many more. She was known for her tenacity, fearlessness, and ability to adapt to different wrestling styles. LeRae’s high-energy matches and willingness to take risks quickly ended it for fans and fellow wrestlers alike.
In 2017, Candice LeRae signed with WWE and joined their developmental brand, NXT. During her time in NXT, she competed in singles matches and tag team matches, forming notable partnerships with Johnny Gargano (whom she later married) and Tegan Knox. LeRae has been involved in many high-profile matches and storylines, showcasing her skills and versatility in the ring.
LeRae’s performance in NXT earned her a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim. She displayed her abilities in various types of matches, including traditional wrestling matches, ladder matches, and stipulation-based competitions. Her charisma, technical skills, and crowd-pleasing style helped her stand out among her peers.
Candice LeRae married fellow professional wrestler Johnny Gargano in 2016. Their relationship has been a prominent part of their careers. They often team together in mixed tag team matches.
Tournaments and achievements
- Alternative wrestling show
- AWS Women’s World Championship (2 times)
- AWS Women’s Title tournament
- Second Women’s Championship (2013)
- Third Annual Women’s Championship (2013)
- DDT Pro Wrestling
- Iron Man Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Dreamwave Wrestling
- Dreamwave Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Family wrestling entertainment
- FWE Women’s Championship (1 time)
- Pro wrestling fighting spirit wrestling
- FSP Tag Team Championship (1 time)
- Professional wrestling
- PWG World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Joey Ryan
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ranked #18 of the PWI Female 50 in 2016
- Smash Wrestling
- NXT Women’s Championship (1 time) – with Indy Hartwell
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