Candice LeRae Discusses Her Issues With Shayna Baszler 038 The Importance of Proving Herself

Candice LeRae recently spoke with WWE.com to discuss her beef with Shayna Baszler, her marriage to Johnny Gargano, and more

On Becoming a WWE Star: My childhood dream was to be a WWE Superstar. Now that I am living that dream, I am discovering there is a whole new world of opportunity here in NXT. I have pushed myself to do things in the ring and in the gym that I used to be afraid to do or was uncomfortable with. I want to seize every opportunity NXT has to offer me, and when I do, I want to be ready for them. Being here has sparked something special in me to push me to the next level.

On Her Issues With Shayna Baszler: I havent forgotten that match against Shayna in the Mae Young Classic. More importantly, I havent forgotten about how disrespectful Shayna was toward me and my husband after the match. Earning an NXT Womens Championship opportunity is a reward, but to face Shayna, knowing that I could potentially be the one to dethrone her? it would be the cherry and sprinkles on top!

On Her Marriage to Johnny Gargano: A massive positive is that we can travel together! There were times before I got here where I would be wrestling in Japan or the United Kingdom for weeks at a time. Trying to talk to each other when I was basically a day into the future was challenging. I half joke with him that my biggest challenge is trying to keep up with him. Hes just so talented. It puts this added pressure on me because I dont want to be an embarrassment to Johnny. Plus, my husband worked so hard for his name, and I absolutely refuse to ride his coattails. I know I have a challenge in proving to the fans and my peers that I belong here too. I want to make a name for myself here in NXT because of my own work and not because of who my husband is.

On The Importance of Proving Herself: Its become bigger than not disappointing the 6-year-old girl inside of me. I have four nieces, and it is extremely important to me to be a good example for them. That isnt limited to just making good life choices, but to also teaching them the importance of dreams. When I started to believe in myself and worked harder than ever before, I achieved my dream. I dont ever want my nieces to doubt themselves. I never want them to think they cant live their dreams. This quest for the NXT Womens Championship is an absolute fairytale for me, and I will stop at nothing until I have my happily ever after.


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