Candice Gargano née Dawson (born September 29, 1985) is a Canadian professional wrestler better known by her ring name Candice LeRae. She is best known for her work on the American independent circuit, for promotions including Pro Wrestling Guerilla and CZW. She is a former one-time PWG World Tag Team Champion with Joey Ryan as The World's Cutest Tag Team.In 2017, Candice appeared on NXT, participating in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship, currently held by Asuka. She is also wrestling in the Mae Young Classic.
Candice LeRae Tropes!!:
- Action Girl: Having clawed her way up to stardom in wrestling despite a shitload of sexism, having established herself as the female wrestler in PWG (see previous comment re: sexism- Super Dragon won't employ other women) despite fierce opposition, and having taken a kick to the face where the foot in question was wearing a tennis shoe with thumbtacks glued to the sole- yeah, it's safe to say that she qualifies. And that's just the start of it.
- Adorkable: Combining her love of Disney with her general badassery gives her this look.
- Bare Your Midriff: As is typical.
- Blood Is the New Black: During a tag match pitting herself and Joey Ryan against the The Young Bucks for the PWG Tag Team Championship she got superkicked with a shoe that had thumbtacks glued to the bottom of it. It was not a pretty sight.◊
- Flipping the Bird: Does this occasionally to particularly heelish opponents.
- Groin Attack: One of her signature maneuvers, the Balls-Plex.
- Mistaken for Romance: She and Joey Ryan are intergender tag team partners and traveling buddies, Candice has taken a page from at least one of Joey's moves in the ring and they even share a vlog of their travels with other wrestlers. Because of this, it's easy for people to think they're a couple. Except…they've never even kissed, Candice is married to NXT star Johnny Gargano, and Joey Ryan is married to female wrestler Laura James. Here's a tweet from Candice.
- Romance on the Set: Married Johnny Gargano in September 2016.
- Shout-Out: She loves all things Disney, to the point that she bills herself from Mr Toad's Wild Ride.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has had platinum-blonde/silver hair as well as a green ombre style.