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Candice LeRae comments on feeling pressure in WWE NXT prior to being in title picture

Candice LeRae is set to take part in one of her biggest matches to date while under contract with WWE NXT.

She’ll challenge Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Title this Sunday at the NXT TakeOver 31 event on the WWE Network. Up until the last few months where she turned heel and received more television time alongside her husband, Johnny Gargano, some felt that LeRae was lost in the mix.

This is something that she talked about and feeling the pressure up until being in title contention while speaking with Denise Salcedo of Instinct Culture.

“My age plays a factor a lot of the time, it’s no secret, I am not the youngest girl on the roster. {laughs} Today I just turned 35. All these girls are coming in, they are so much younger than me and I am like, at what point am I not going to be able to keep up with all these girls? As other girls are earning their opportunities and are having their opportunities, I am so happy for all of them. All the girls that are working on NXT are such amazing people, and they all work so hard.

So I’ve never had a moment where somebody else was given an opportunity and I am like, them really, over me? It’s always been, man that girl, she deserves it. But they are all younger than me, so I am going, as happy as I am for you and as much as you deserve this I am not getting younger. {laughs} Let’s be honest, I am not getting younger. Johnny {Gargano} and I want kids, so I think I put this pressure on myself and it’s not anybody else doing it, it’s this weird pressure I put on myself.”

Here are some other highlights from the interview:

LeRae Says She’s More Confident Going Into Her NXT Takeover 31 Match w/ Io Shirai Than She Was At NXT Takeover: Toronto Last Year 

“Last time I felt like I wasn’t so confident. I was still trying to find myself in WWE and figure out how do I give this older indie version of Candice but also give them something new? This new WWE version of me. I felt there was so much pressure going into that Takeover because that was actually my first Takeover and it was just butterflies, crazy. I was not super confident, but now this time around I feel a lot more confident. I feel like I kinda found myself and Io {Shirai} just brings out the absolute best in me, whether she’s trying to or not. She makes me push myself and anytime I am in the ring with Io there’s stuff that happens that I didn’t even know I could do or I didn’t even know was possible and I am excited because there’s so much more at stake and I am more confident in me and this new me.”

LeRae On How Disney Has Inspired Her New Character on NXT: 

“I’ve been watching online, a lot of YouTube videos, giving my brain a refresher of Disney parades, Disney shows and how the princesses act in the park. And I am like, Oh, I kinda like some of these things! Because they are so ridiculous and over the top for a wrestling persona {laughs} for me just to be sitting here acting and believing that I am this evil Disney princess fairy is absurd. It’s ridiculous {laughs} But I love it and it’s such a fun thing to get to play with, I try different/weird mannerisms every time I go out to the ring or win a match. It gives me this new sense of my character, it’s like you’re tapping into these things that you didn’t even know existed in your brain. It’s so fun. {laughs}.”

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/01hgbLA2VmkXUlT7AMYBK3

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/instinct-culture-by-denise-salcedo/id1524662392

Anchor FM: https://anchor.fm/denise-salcedo






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