When Candice Michelle arrived to WWE in 2004, very few insiders expected her to be anything more than just a pretty face. Hearing the whispers, the determined Diva dedicated herself to proving her detractors wrongs. Within three years of stepping foot in a ring for the first time, she reached the pinnacle of her profession, capturing the WWE Women’s Championship. She managed to keep the pretty face along the way, becoming a Playboy cover girl and star of multiple Super Bowl commercials.
Michelle’s WWE career nearly came to an end before it ever began. After failing to make the finals of the 2004 Diva Search, it appeared as though the beautiful brunette was at a career crossroads. Fortunately, WWE officials saw something they liked in her and offered her a contract. At first, Michelle’s limited wrestling ability restricted her to non-competitive roles. While she enjoyed the attention she was garnering, Michelle realized she was beginning to be regarded simply as eye candy.
Behind countless hours of wrestling training from former Four Horsemen enforcer Arn Anderson, Candice Michelle became a legitimate threat in the Women’s Division by 2007. On June 24, she proved her worth when she defeated Melina for the WWE Women’s Championship at Vengeance, becoming the first Diva Search contestant to win the belt. The win capped off Michelle’s amazing evolution into a dominant female force in the ring.
After dropping the strap four months later to Beth Phoenix, Michelle continued to compete in the women’s division, but injuries to her clavicle would prevent her from achieving the success she previously enjoyed. On June 19, 2009, WWE discarded Michelle as she was released from her contract.