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Candice Gargano née Dawson (born September 29, 1985) is a Canadian professional wrestler who debuted in 2002 as Sweet Candy, before becoming better known by the ring name Candice LeRae. She is best known for her work on the American independent circuit, for initially for the Empire Wrestling Federation before breaking out into promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerilla and CZW. She is a former PWG World Tag Team Champion, Fighting Spirit Pro Tag Team Champion and Dreamwave Tag Team Champion with Joey Ryan as The World's Cutest Tag Team.

In 2017, Candice first appeared on NXT, participating in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship, held then by Asuka. She has made sporadic appearances in NXT since then. She also wrestled in the WWE Mae Young Classic, defeating Renee Michelle in the first round and Nicole Savoy in the second before losing to Shayna Baszler in the quarter finals. She was officially signed by WWE in January of 2018, and made her debut at Takeover: Philadelphia alongside real-life husband Johnny Gargano.

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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. In real life, turned Up to Eleven when she's drunk.
  • Arch-Enemy
    • An abusive pimp she used to work for known as The Human Tornado. LeRae, being LeRae, didn't just take it and went so far as to fight him on more than one occasion, but she usually has a male proxy face him instead when they feud.
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    • A one sided example in Cherry Bomb, who hates LeRae for breaking her collar bone. It becomes a hate triangle with Courtney Rush, who hates Cherry Bomb the way Cherry Bomb hates LeRae. LeRae used to hate Rush in that manner, for reasons, but let go of her grudge much more quickly than the other two.
  • Bare Your Midriff: As is typical.
  • Bash Brothers: With Joey Ryan, obviously. Hurt Ryan and LeRae will react more like a Violently Protective Girl Friend than Ryan's actual girlfriend.
  • Big Bad Wanna Be: In All Pro Wrestling and their spinoff, ChickFight. LeRae certainly proved to be a formidable wrestler over the years, but whenever she got to cocky there was always someone, be it Princesa Sugehit, MsChif or ODB, there to remind her where she stood in the grand scheme of things.
  • 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.
  • David vs. Goliath: Usually happens whenever she faces somebody who is visibly bigger in size that she is.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: With Joey Ryan. The first time they teamed up was a good deed on his part, as even Mr. Sleaze apparently didn't appreciate violent pimps tormenting their former employees. But after that she had to beat him before they became regular partners, and it took her two tries.
  • Finishing Move: A Gori Neckbreaker or a top rope swinging neck breaker.
  • Flipping the Bird: Does this occasionally to particularly heelish opponents. She did this to Johnny Gargano a whole lot even though he more often than not was uncharacteristically nice to her. Usually beating her intergender matches may have had something to do with that...
  • Groin Attack: One of her signature maneuvers, the Balls-Plex. A German suplex, only instead of grabbing the waist...
  • Happily Married: to Johnny Gargano.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Candice LeRae joined Christina Von Eerie's Team USA against LuFisto's Team Canada, in the Canadian version of SMASH, simply because Courtney Rush was on said team. But when Courtney Rush broke her collar bone and couldn't make it to the show, LeRae tried to back out of her match too only to be forced to continue representing the foreigners against country woman She Nay Nay. Subverted in the end when Von Eerie, and by extension all of Team USA, did a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Humiliating Wager: The penultimate match of EWF/NWA Pro Damage Control 3, was hair vs hair and she defeated Kitana Vera.
  • Jobber: This was her initial role in Ring of Honor, being one of the many women brought in to get pummeled by Sara Del Rey and Daizee Haze when they demanded more competition. Nine years later, when ROH rebranded Women Of Honor as a competitive division, LeRae returned to show how much better she had gotten, only to lose to comparative rookie Deonna Purazzo. After another loss to Kelly Klein, Veda Scott called LeRae overrated and boasted about having the second best WOH record after Klein. LeRae finally got on the winning track by defeating Scott. Early than that if consider the 2014 Wrestlecon ROH was apart of, but starting with Scott was clearly the angle ROH was going for.
    • Lost her only TNA match to Gail Kim.
    • LeRae's SHIMMER career looked to be going the same way as her ROH one. She lost her first three singles matches to Athena (NXT's Ember Moon), Nikki Storm (NXT's Nikki Cross) and Kay Lee Ray, while also competing in a four way dance won by Jenny Rose(who rarely has a good win/loss record). However, just like she eventually started winning in ROH, she started winning in SHIMMER, going so far as to become one of the top three contenders for the then new Heart Of SHIMMER Championship belt before being knocked off by Nicole Savoy. Even that was after LeRae defeated both Cherry Bomb and Cheerleader Melissa on the the same night.
    • She's been one in both her NXT appearances, both of which were battle royales to determine a number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship. She didn't even get a titantron. Subverted in the Mae Young Classic, where she got to the quarter finals before giving the rub to Shayna Baszler.
  • Make Way for the New Villains: Mainly because Ivelisse Vélez failed to get over as a villain in Family Wrestling Entertainment. So instead Velez became a face by default that Joey Ryan and Candice LeRae got heat by screwing over twice in a row, with LaRae taking the women's title and the two being chased by Veda Scott and Paul London.
  • 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 shared 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 Johnny Gargano, and Joey Ryan is married to female wrestler Laura James.
    • Bar Wrestling attempted to put this to rest on their third show by booking The World's Cutest Tag Team against The Killer Baes
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: She quickly became one of the Empire Wrestling Federation's premier women wrestlers, but was just unlucky enough to debut at the same time as Vixen, otherwise known as Amazing Kong. Luckily for little Candy, Kong's high demand elsewhere and EWF's not having it's own women's belt meant EWF only booked them a couple times, but after coming up short Candy took it upon herself to pursue Kong and her NWA World Women's Championship belt to other promotions. To give you an idea of how that story went, Kong's reign was ended by MsChif.
  • Parts Unknown: Often billed as being from "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride".
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's 5'2" and 110 lbs, yet is able to throw around wrestlers who are more than double her size with ease.
    • Has regularly wrestled Awesome Kong, who is much bigger than she is.
    • She once gave a successful balls-plex to Abyss.
    • Her husband Johnny Gargano also counts as one, as does her more regular tag partner Joey Ryan, making for pint sized double teams.
  • Power Trio: In Chikara, She, Solo Darling and Crazy Mary Dobson competed as the second incarnation of Team SHIMMER
  • Real Song Theme Tune:
    • "I Believe in A Thing Called Love" by The Darkness.
    • "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes
  • Red Baron: Since debuting in NXT, fans have nicknamed her "Candice Wrestling."
  • Rescue Romance: In Pro Wrestling Guerrilla she stood up to her pimp, The Human Tornado, and started dating Chris Hero when he prevented The Human Tornado from smacking her up(as much as Tornado wanted to anyway).
  • Shout-Out
    • She loves all things Disney, to the point that she bills herself from Mr Toad's Wild Ride.
    • Her and Joey once wore matching ring gear inspired by Disney's Magic Kingdom.
  • Squash Match: Her debut for All Pro Wrestling, during the first ChickFight Tournament, was best described as an extended squash deal to LeRae by La CazaCanadienses Princess Sugey.
  • Tag Team
    • The World's Cutest with Joey Ryan, after defeating him during one of his inter gender invitationals. She also teams with Johnny Gargano quite a bit, but this took awhile longer, as LeRae was initially insanely hostile towards Gargano. Gargano's manners, which he rarely showed to the degree he did for LeRae, eventually won her over.
    • While she never won the CZW Tag title belts, she substituted for Bill Carr while he and Dan Barry held them so the champions would not have to vacate them. She and Joey Ryan went on to defeat Barry and Carr at a WSU show, but still were not awarded the belts.
  • The Rival
    • As a manager and valet, Jade Chung. LeRae is also one of the few rivals Chung wrestled on a semi regular basis, during 2007, winning most of their matches! By the next year LeRae had left Chung behind as a wrestler, if not necessarily as a manager.
    • Her most frequent ring rival is Carla Jade, who at one point went so far as to form an alliance with The Human Tornado against LeRae in EFW, which in turn lead to LeRae's first time teaming with Joey Ryan. The rivalry cooled down to more healthy levels after that, they even teamed up on a few NWA Pro shows, but it never really went away. Part of what fuels its is that even though Jade has defeated LeRae many times, she's never been able to do so in a tournament or with a title belt on the line, and LeRae is a lot more famous and widely booked than her.
    • Her most frequent male ring rival is Peter Avalon, who at one point went so far as to face her in Joey Ryan's place during Ryan's inter gender invitational.
    • Christina Von Eerie, particularly on the Alternative Wrestling Show, where LeRae was the first women's champion of the promotion and fiercely fought second champion Von Eerie for the belt. They also faced one another several times in NWA Pro and PWG, but unexpectedly tagged together in QPro before going back at it in Beyond, Family Wrestling Entertainment, and of course AWS. This also lead to quite a few matches with Von Eerie's tag team partners MsChif and Buggy Nova, but not too many tag team matches since LeRae's main partners are men.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Initially averted, as valets were a noticeable part of early Pro Wrestling Guerilla, LeRae even made her debut not as a valet but a managerial rival to Jade Chung and then was forced into a wrestling role that eventually saw her defeat LuFisto, engage in a long running feud with Christina Von Eerie and even score a win over Daffney Unger. LeRae was the only one who stuck around after PWG's ownership changed, however.
  • Tournament Arc
    • In 2009 she won the tournament to become the Alternative Wrestling Show's first women's champion, the final round being a three way dance with Morgan and Erica D'Erico.
    • She'd win two more tournaments held by AWS, defeating Aiden Riley in the final round of 2010's and Mariah Moreno in the final round of 2013's. No title belts award those times, though.
    • The final round of SMASH's 2015 Gold Tournament was a five way dance featuring Matt Cross, Trevor Lee, Tyson Dux and Biff Busick. Candice LeRae won.
  • Yoko Oh No: In Universe, Chris Hero saving Candice LeRae from The Human Tornado was all well and good, but when they started dating that caused problems, as Claudio Castagnoli didn't like her and went so far as to join BLKOut, a multi promotional Power Stable The Human Tornado was a member of, just to get rid of her. And when LeRae was gone, Hero and Castagnoli were back on good terms.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has had platinum-blonde/silver hair as well as a green ombre style.
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