Candice Michelle had higher hopes for herself in WWE than the company did.
Speaking with Joey Karni of The Angle Podcast, Michelle discussed her time in WWE, specifically whether or not she knew she would eventually become Women's Champion. According to her, that was the goal, but they had something else in mind. She said the following:
"For me, when I signed on the dotted line on my contract, that was my goal the entire time. Now that wasn't their goal. Their goal, what they said to me was 'you're here to pretty up the business.' But when you go in and you fight for it and start training and do what you want to do and so many of us women kind of followed in that footstep."
Although they spent time together on-screen, Michelle says that what she learnt most from Vince McMahon is something he tells every single Superstar. Here is what she said:
"I think what I learned most is what he tells everybody, 'I give you a platform and it's up to you what you do with it.' It's true, and I remember being in a room when I just started, filled with all the Superstars, and him giving this speech about this like, 'hey guys, step it up. Step up your game.' He wasn't talking to me, you know. I was the little eye candy in the back corner but in my eyes, I was like 'got it! I know what I got to do now if I want to be the champion. I got to start putting in extra work and training harder."
Candice Michelle was signed after competition in the Divas Search. She won the Women's Championship in June 2007, holding the belt for over 100 days. Her time with WWE ended in the Summer of 2009. She recently returned at the Raw Reunion in July 2019, winning the 24/7 Championship.
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