Candice Michelle’s career in WWE nearly ended before it ever began. After failing to win the inaugural Diva Search in 2004, it appeared as though the beautiful brunette was at a career crossroads. Fortunately, WWE officials saw something they liked and offered her a contract. While she enjoyed the attention she was garnering in non-competitive roles, Candice didn’t want to only be seen as eye candy.
With many hours of training from former Four Horsemen enforcer Arn Anderson, Candice became a legitimate threat in the Women’s Division. On June 24, 2007, she proved her worth when she defeated Melina for the coveted WWE Women’s Championship at Vengeance.
The win capped off Candice’s amazing evolution into a dominant female force in the ring. All the while, she maintained the sensuality that landed her in controversial GoDaddy ads and even on the cover of Playboy. She remained a top contender for the prestigious WWE Women’s Championship until a string of injuries derailed her career. On June 19, 2009, WWE released Candice from her contract.
Candice retired from wrestling following her departure from WWE and transitioned into motherhood. The former wrestling star and her husband – KenGee Ehrlich, a chiropractor – are the parents of three daughters: AkiAnne Rose, born May 23, 2010, Ryumi Grace, born October 20, 2012, and Aloha Von Ehrlich, born July 17, 2015.
“For me, it’s been an awesome transition,” Candice said about being a mom. “I think it’s because I loved my time at the WWE. I loved the people I worked with, and I felt blessed there. And then when my release happened, I think it came at a perfect time in my life. I don’t think I was quite ready to say, ‘I’m done,’ but when they released me, I realized that my life had a new venture. And then when motherhood came along, it was the best thing in the world.”
So how does Candice look like now?