When Candice Michelle broke into WWE in November 2004 under the character of a make-up artist, very few people anticipated her being anything more than eye candy. Listening to the whispers of doubt, she devoted herself to proving her critics wrong. Less than three years of stepping foot inside the squared circle for the first time, she reached the pinnacle of the professional wrestling industry by capturing the WWE Women’s Championship. Candice also kept her pretty face along the way as she appeared on the cover of Playboy and starred in multiple GoDaddy commercials that aired during the Super Bowl.
Candice‘s career in WWE nearly came to an end before it ever began. After failing to be chosen as one of the ten contestants for inaugural Diva Search in 2004, the beautiful brunette was at a crossroads in her career. Fortunately, WWE executives felt she had potential and offered her a contract. At first, Candice’s limited wrestling ability restricted her to non-competitive roles. While she enjoyed the attention she was getting, Candice realized she was beginning to be regarded simply as eye candy.
Behind countless hours of wrestling training from former Four Horsemen enforcer Arn Anderson, she became a legitimate threat in the Women’s Division by 2007. At Vengeance: Night of Champions on June 24, 2007, Candice validated her worth when she defeated Melina for the WWE Women’s Championship, becoming the first person from the Diva Search to win a title.
The victory capped off her incredible evolution into a dominant professional wrestler. All the while, she maintained an unmatched level of sensuality that eventually landed her on the cover of Playboy. On top of all this, Candice served as the popular girl in many controversial GoDaddy ads.
After losing the WWE Women’s Championship to “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix at No Mercy on October 7, 2007, Candice remained a top contender for the prestigious title, but injuries to her clavicle would prevent her from achieving the success she previously obtained. Candice was released from her contract on June 19, 2009, thus ending a near five-year run with WWE.