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Candice LeRae, born Candice Dawson on September 29, 1985, is an American professional wrestler known for her time in various wrestling promotions. She began her wrestling career on the independent circuit in the early 2000s and gained recognition for her performances in promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), and Shimmer Women Athletes.

Name Candice LeRae Dawson
D.O.B September 29, 1985
Ring Name Candice LeRae
Height 5 ft 2 in
Weight 50 kg
Occupation Professional Wrestler
Professional Debut 2002

Early Life

Candice Gargano was born on September 29, 1985, in Riverside, California, United States. From a young age, she developed a passion for professional wrestling and idolized wrestlers like Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, and Lita. Candice began training to become a wrestler while still in high school.

She attended Rubidoux High School in Riverside, where she participated in various sports, including cross country, track and field, and soccer. She was the captain of her high school’s soccer team and also competed in regional championships for track and field.

Independent Circuit

LeRae is widely regarded for her tough and fearless wrestling style, often participating in hardcore and intergender matches. She has competed against both male and female opponents and earned a reputation for her resilience and high-risk maneuvers.

LeRae’s time on the independent scene saw her compete for promotions such as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Shimmer Women Athletes, Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), and many others. She became known for her tenacity, fearlessness, and ability to adapt to different wrestling styles. LeRae’s high-energy matches and willingness to take risks quickly endeared her to fans and fellow wrestlers alike.


In 2017, Candice LeRae signed with WWE and joined their developmental brand, NXT. During her time in NXT, she competed in both singles and tag team matches, forming notable partnerships with Johnny Gargano (whom she would later marry) and Tegan Nox. LeRae participated in several high-profile matches and storylines, showcasing her skills and versatility in the ring.

LeRae’s performances in NXT garnered her a dedicated fan base and critical acclaim. She showcased her abilities in various match types, including traditional wrestling matches, ladder matches, and stipulation-based contests. Her charisma, technical skills, and crowd-pleasing style helped her stand out among her peers.

Personal Life

Candice LeRae married fellow professional wrestler Johnny Gargano in 2016. Their relationship has been a prominent part of their respective careers. They often team up together in mixed tag team matches.


Championships and accomplishments

  • Alternative Wrestling Show
    • AWS Women’s World Championship (2 times)
    • AWS Women’s Title Tournament
    • 2nd Annual Women’s Tournament (2013)
    • 3rd Annual Women’s Tournament (2013)
  • DDT Pro-Wrestling
    • Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship (1 time)
  • Dreamwave Wrestling
    • Dreamwave Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Family Wrestling Entertainment
    • FWE Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • Fighting Spirit Pro Wrestling
    • FSP Tag Team Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Guerrilla
    • PWG World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Joey Ryan
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked No. 18 of the top 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2016
  • Smash Wrestling
  • WWE
    • NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Indi Hartwell

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