Candice Michelle

Candice Michelle

Infobox Wrestler
name=Candice Michelle

img_capt=Candice Michelle on the ring apron during an episode of "Raw".
names=Candice Michelle
weight=convert|120|lb|kg st|abbr=on
birth_date=birth date and age|mf=yes|1978|9|30
birth_place=Milwaukee, Wisconsin
resides=Los Angeles, California
billed=Milwaukee, Wisconsincite web|url=|title=Home > Superstars > Raw > Candice > Bio|accessdate=2007-07-01|]
trainer=Dave Finlay
Arn Anderson
Trish Stratus [cite web|url=|title=Candice reflects on sweet Unforgiven victory|author=Greg Adkins||accessdate=2007-09-23|date=2007-09-18]
John Cena [WWE Magazine, December 2007, page 98, 2007]
debut=November 15, 2004
website= [ Candice] |

Candice Michelle Beckman-Ehrlichcite web|url=|title=OWoW Profile|accessdate=2007-07-01|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] (born September 30, 1978) better known as Candice Michelle or just Candice, is an American model, actress, and professional wrestler currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment performing on its Raw brand. After spending years modeling and acting, Candice Michelle was hired by WWE in 2004, after she participated in the WWE Diva Search. Outside of wrestling, she is known as the Go Daddy Girl, performing in the company's annual Super Bowl commercials. She also posed for a cover and nude pictorial in the April 2006 issue of "Playboy". At in 2007, she defeated Melina to win her first WWE Women's Championship and became the first former Diva Search contestant to win a WWE title.

Early career

At sixteen, Candice Beckman, as she was then known, won a modeling competition at her local skating rink. [cite web|url=|title=Candice Michelle Profiled in Pennsylvania Newspaper|accessdate=2007-07-01|publisher=The Times Leader|date= 2007-06-05] Around 1999, she moved to ".

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment


In July 2004, Candice auditioned to be a contestant for World Wrestling Entertainment's "Raw" Diva Search. [cite web|url=|title=The Next WWE Diva Ultimately to be Chosen by the Millions of WWE fans Worldwide On September 13|accessdate=2007-07-01|publisher=WWE Corporate|date=2004-07-12|quote=The following the 28 finalists where chosen from each of the locations: [...] Candice Michelle Beckman] Despite not being chosen to be in the final ten, she was hired by the company under the gimmick of a makeup artist.cite web|url=|title=Sweet as Candice|accessdate=2007-07-01|publisher=Ottawa Sun|author=Tim Baines|date= 2006-03-12|quote=When I got eliminated, I was hurt, [...] So when they called me later, I was surprised and excited.] She competed on "Raw" in several Diva contests, including lingerie fashion shows and limbo contests, until the end of the year. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - November 29, 2004|accessdate=2007-07-01|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - December 6, 2004|accessdate=2007-07-01| publisher=Online World of Wrestling]

On June 30, 2005, Candice was moved to "SmackDown!" where she became involved in a storyline between Torrie Wilson and Melina. [cite web|url=|title=SmackDown! results - July 21, 2005|accessdate=2007-07-01|] On July 24, Candice made her pay-per-view debut at The Great American Bash where she served as the Special Guest Referee for the Bra and Panties match between Wilson and Melina. [cite web|url=|title=Great American Bash 2005 - July 24, 2005|accessdate=2007-07-01|] She was then moved back to "Raw" in a trade along with Wilson. [cite web|url=|title=Candice & Torrie traded to RAW|accessdate=2007-07-01||date= 2005-08-21] In her next storyline, Candice and Torrie became villains by taunting 2005 Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro, and they joined forces with fellow "Raw" Diva Victoria to form an alliance known as Ladies in Pink (later Vince's Devils, a play on the "Charlie's Angels" television series and films). [cite web|url=|title=01/10/2006 Entry: "Vince's Devils"|accessdate=2007-07-01|] They continued feuding with Massaro until Trish Stratus returned from a legitimate injury to help Massaro "retaliate" against Vince's Devils. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - September 12, 2005|accessdate=2007-07-01|] In November, Candice signed on to pose for the April 2006 issue of "Playboy".cite web|url=|title=Heating up the Playboy Mansion|accessdate=2007-07-01||date= 2005-11-11|author=Louie Dee] She had her first shot at the WWE Women's Championship in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday but was eliminated from the match by Massaro. [cite news|author=PWI Staff|title=Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts|work="Wrestling’s historical cards"|publisher=Kappa Publishing|date=2007|pages=119]


In January, Candice appeared at New Year's Revolution in the first ever Bra and Panties Gauntlet match, where she was eliminated by Maria. [cite web|url=|title=New Year's Revolution 2006 - January 8, 2006|accessdate=2007-07-02|] After winning a number one contender's Diva battle royal on "Raw", Candice got her first singles WWE Women's Championship match, but lost to then-champion Trish Stratus on February 27. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - February 20, 2006|accessdate=2007-07-02|] cite web|url=|title=RAW results - February 27, 2006|accessdate=2007-07-02|] After the match, Candice slapped Wilson, blaming her, in storyline, for the loss. Vince's Devils later broke up when Wilson became a fan favorite after Candice and Victoria turned on her during Candice's "Playboy" cover unveiling.cite web|url=|title=RAW results - March 6, 2006|accessdate=2007-07-02|] This feud led to a match at WrestleMania 22 in which both "Playboy" cover girls competed in a "Playboy" Pillow Fight. [cite web|url=|title=WrestleMania 22 - April 2, 2006|accessdate=2007-07-02|] Wilson won the match, but the feud continued sporadically in backstage segments where Candice was depicted as Vince McMahon's "sex slave". [cite web|url=|title=13 Questions With Candice Michelle |accessdate=2007-07-02||quote=Well, when you’re the boss I guess you can make some people your sex slave.]

On the July 17 edition of "Raw", Candice was the Special Guest Referee during a tag team match of Stratus and Wilson against Victoria and Mickie James. James entered the match without being tagged in, so Candice threw her out of the ring. Afterwards, Victoria tried to clothesline Candice, but she ducked out of the way, allowing Stratus to perform a Stratusfaction for the victory. As a result of her participation in the match, Candice became a fan favorite. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - July 17, 2006|accessdate=2007-07-02| publisher=Online World of Wrestling] On the "Raw" following Unforgiven, Candice won a match against Lita. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - September 18, 2006|accessdate=2007-07-02|] The next week, in her second match against Lita, Candice was pinned after she was speared by guest referee Edge, in the first round of the WWE Women's Championship tournament. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - September 25, 2006|accessdate=2007-07-02|] On the November 27 edition of "Raw", during the Diva battle royal, Candice suffered a legitimate broken nose when Victoria kicked her in the face. [cite web|url=|title=Candy-Coated, No. 1|accessdate=2007-05-14|publisher=|date= 2007-02-02|author=Candice Michelle] She had surgery on November 30 to repair her deviated septum. [cite web|url=|title=Candice to have surgery|accessdate=2007-07-02||date= 2006-11-28]

Candice returned at New Year's Revolution on January 7, when she went to the ring with Maria to fight off Melina as she tried to interfere in the Women's Championship match between then-champion Mickie James and Victoria. [cite web|url= |title=New Year's Revolution 2007 results - January 7, 2007|accessdate=2007-07-02|publisher=Online World of Wrestling] Candice made her in-ring return on January 22 when she and Mickie James defeated Victoria and Melina in a tag team match with Candice scoring the pinfall. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - January 22, 2007|accessdate=2007-07-02|] Candice then resumed her feud with Melina, who claimed in her blogs that no "Playboy" cover model was capable of defeating her in the ring. [cite web|url= |title=Internet Confessions of a True Diva, No. 3|accessdate=2007-07-02||date= 2007-03-13|author=Melina Perez] Candice took offense to this, which led to a Bra and Panties match between the two, which she lost. [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - March 19, 2007|accessdate=2007-07-02|] During this time, Candice began training on her off-days to improve her in-ring abilities. Weeks later, Candice was beginning to receive more air-time and higher profile matches, and she won tag matches that pitted her with Mickie James against Victoria and Melina. She also picked up several wins against the latter two in singles matches, which culminated at One Night Stand, where Candice defeated Melina in the first ever match held in a swimming pool full of pudding. [cite web|url=|title=RAW Results - April 30, 2007|accessdate=2007-07-02|] [cite web|url=|title= RAW Results - May 7, 2007|accessdate=2007-07-02|] [cite web|url=|title=Results: Puddin' coated victory|accessdate=2008-01-15||last=Fuhrman|first=Alissa] Candice defeated Melina to capture her first WWE Women's Championship at , becoming the first ever WWE Diva Search contestant to win the Women's Title.cite web|url=|title=Vengeance 2007 Results: Dream come true|accessdate=2007-06-24||date= 2007-06-24|author=Lennie DiFino] Candice retained her title against Melina in a rematch at The Great American Bash as well as debuting a new finisher called the Candywrapper.cite web|url=|title=Results: Not just another pretty fluke|author=Bryan Robinson||accessdate=2007-07-22|date= 2007-07-22]

Beth Phoenix became the number one contender for the Women's Title after winning a Diva battle royal at SummerSlam. [cite web|url=|title=Returns highlight SummerSlam|accessdate=2008-01-15|publisher=SLAM! Wrestling|date= 2007-08-27|last=Plummer|first=Dale|coauthors=Nick Tylwalk] At the Unforgiven pay-per-view, however, Candice successfully retained her title in their match by countering one of Phoenix's moves with a crucifix pin. [cite web|url=|title=Results: No glory for the Glamazon|author=Greg Adkins||accessdate=2007-09-16|date= 2007-09-16] Their feud continued when Phoenix pinned Candice during a non-title mixed tag team match on "Raw" on September 24. At No Mercy on October 7, Candice dropped the title to Phoenix, ending her reign as Women's Champion. [cite web|url=|title=No Mercy 2007 Results: Phoenix rises|accessdate=2007-10-10||date= 2007-10-07|author=Greg Adkins] On October 22, Candice legitimately cracked her clavicle during her rematch for the Women's Title against Phoenix in a two out of three falls match; Phoenix pushed herself into the ropes, causing Candice to fall off of the turnbuckle onto her head, neck and shoulders and putting out of action for 14 weeks. [cite web|url=|title=Candice injured|accessdate=2007-10-22||date= 2007-10-23] [cite web|url=|title=RAW results - October 22, 2007|accessdate=2007-11-13|]


Candice made her on-screen return on the February 18 edition of "Raw", distracting Beth Phoenix during a match with Maria. She returned to in-ring action on March 17, teaming up with Maria to defeat Jillian Hall and Victoria.cite web|url=|title=Candice injures shoulder, vows to be an 'Mania||accessdate=2008-03-18|date=2008-03-18] During the match, Candice injured her left shoulder by tearing the scar tissue over her previously broken left clavicle. Unlike her previous injury, Candice broke her clavicle in four separate places, in essence, shattering it. [cite web|url=|title=WWE's Candice and Maria Get RAW|author=Matt Fowler||accessdate=2008-04-16|date=2008-04-11] As a result, Candice was replaced by Ashley for her scheduled match at WrestleMania XXIV. On March 23, Candice underwent successful surgery on her re-broken clavicle.cite web|url=|title=Candice Re-Injured, comments|accessdate=2008-03-21|publisher=WWE] On the September 1 edition of "Raw" Candice made her in-ring return match teaming up with Kelly Kelly and Mickie James to defeat Jillian Hall, Katie Lea Burchill and Beth Phoenix, with Candice pinning Phoenix. Candice received a push upon her return as she was named the #1 Contender for the WWE Women's Championship, but lost to Beth Phoenix at No Mercy. [citeweb|url=|acccessdate=2008-08-01|date=2008-08-01|last=Sitterson|first=Aubrey|title=Forgive, don't forget|publisher=World Wrestling Entertainment]

Other media

Television and modeling

During the week of November 5, 2007, Candice appeared on an episode of "Family Feud" with several other WWE superstars and Divas. [cite web|url=|first=Kara A.|last=Medalis|publisher=WWE|title=Tune in to WWE week on 'Family Feud'|accessdate=2007-11-04|date=October 30, 2007] Also in 2007, Candice Michelle was #82 on's "100 Most Desirable Women" list. She has also appeared on the Playboy TV show "Totally Busted", a hidden camera show which puts unsuspecting people in awkward situations. Candice is a member of the group of regulars on the show and even features in the opening credits. [cite web|url=|title=Playboy's Totally Busted 2 (2005)] Candice appeared on the February 6, 2008 episode of "Project Runway", in an episode where the contestants were challenged to design wrestling attire for several of WWE's female wrestlers. [cite web|url=|title=Diva Dish: 'Runway' Divas|author=Kara A. Medalis with Zack Zeigler|date=2008-01-25||accessdate=2008-03-19]

Go Daddy

Candice gained national attention in 2005 when she appeared in a commercial for internet domain provider Go Daddy, which aired during Super Bowl XXXIX.cite web|url=|title=GoDaddy Girls - Candice Michelle|accessdate=2007-07-02|] cite web|url=|title=Candice Michelle reveals a little more|accessdate=2007-08-16|publisher=Calgary Sun|date= 2006-03-25|author=TJ Madigan] She played a character named "Nikki Cappelli" who had trouble with her blouse as she testified before a panel holding broadcast censorship hearings.cite web|url=|title=The Official Website of Candice Michelle - Biography (text version)|accessdate=2007-07-01|] [cite web|url=|title=Ad for GoDaddy too hot to handle|accessdate=2007-07-02|publisher=MSNBC|date= 2005-02-07|author=Martin Wolk] The commercial was a parody of the 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" in which Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed. She then became widely known as "Miss" and the "Go Daddy Girl".cite web|url=| - Candice Michelle Photo 1 - Top 99 Women of 2007|accessdate=2007-07-02|] cite web|url=|title=Candice reprises Go Daddy role|accessdate=2007-07-02||date= 2007-02-01|author=Kara A. Medalis]

The following year, she was featured in several more Go Daddy commercials. During the 2006 NFC playoffs, she was featured cleaning windows.cite web|url=|title=Commercials|accessdate=2007-07-02|] She later appeared in a commercial during Super Bowl XL, where she seduced an ABC executive to acquire an advertising slot for Go Daddy. She appeared in another commercial for Super Bowl XLI in 2007, where she danced in a room being doused with champagne. [cite web|url=|title=Candice gets wet at Super Bowl XLI|accessdate=2007-07-02|publisher=|date= 2007-02-05|author=Kara A. Medalis] Candice appeared on "American Chopper" to promote the commercial as well as Go Daddy's custom made chopper. [cite web|url=|title=Various News: Piper/MTV, WSX Replay Rating, Storm/TNA, More|accessdate=2007-07-02|] [cite web|url=|title=The Registerfly scandal. Missing funds, escort services, liposuction and a Miami penthouse. - The Go Daddy Chopper|accessdate=2007-07-02||date= 2007-02-25|author=Bob Parsons] In 2008, she was featured in her fourth consecutive Go Daddy commercial for Super Bowl XLII, entitled "White Light", but was axed by Fox the day of the game.fact|date=September 2008

Personal life

Candice Michelle grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,cite web|url=|title=Podcast: Interview with Candice Michelle|author=Tim Cuprisin|publisher=Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|accessdate=2007-09-25|date=2007-09-21] and she is of German and Costa Rican descent. She played varsity and college basketball and has an avid interest in many sports. Because she is from the state of Wisconsin, Candice is a Green Bay Packers fan.

On May 7, 2005, she married Dr. Ken Gee Ehrlich, a West Los Angeles chiropractor.cite web|url=|title=April Playboy GoDaddy Girl Candice Michelle and Chiropractic Husband|accessdate=2007-05-14||date=2006-03-28|author=Michael Dorausch, D.C.] They met at the Key Club on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood on the same week she initially moved to Los Angeles to pursue and acting and modeling career. Candice is home with her husband only one-to-four days a week due to her touring schedule with WWE.

In early and mid-2007, Candice Michelle had a real-life feud with fellow Diva Melina Perez in the blogs.cite web|url=|title=Candy Coated, No. 5|accessdate=2008-07-21||date=2007-05-29|author=Candice Michelle] The feud began when Candice accused Perez of stealing one of her signature moves in the ring. [cite web|url=|title=Candy Coated, No. 3|accessdate=2008-07-21||date=2007-02-15|author=Candice Michelle] Perez responded to Candice's accusation in her blog by posting a picture of herself performing that move during an independent wrestling show in 2003, proving that she has been using the same move long before she joined the WWE and before Candice began her professional wrestling career. [cite web|url=|title=Internet Confessions of a True Diva, No. 2|accessdate=2008-07-25||date=2007-02-23|author=Melina] She then wrote a blog in April of that year that would not publish due to the feelings she expressed towards Perez. Candice took exception to Perez claiming that she had a "spare tire" during an episode of "Raw", and in retaliation, Candice claimed Perez was just jealous. The off-screen fighting between the duo was eventually turned into an on-screen storyline.

She has a tattoo of the word "faith" on her inner wrist, which she considers a "personal affirmation". It is also a reminder, in her words, to "believe in myself and have 'faith'". She got the tattoo, which was documented on the reality show "LA Ink", after breaking her collarbone in 2007.cite web|url=|title=Candy Coated, No. 10|accessdate=2007-12-07||date=2007-12-27|author=Candice Michelle] The tattoo is also related to her Christian beliefs. [cite web|url=|title=Candy Coated, No. 9|accessdate=2008-07-21||date=2007-10-07|author=Candice Michelle] When Candice made her return, she had new tattoos on her back, her new tattoos are of five stars, which starts at the lower part of her back then finished at the middle of her back.

Candice Michelle, along with Batista, Shelton Benjamin, and Josh Matthews, represented WWE at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in an effort to persuade fans to register to vote in the 2008 Presidential election. [cite web|url=|title=WWE at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions|date=2008-08-22|accessdate=2008-09-13|]

In wrestling

*Finishing moves
**"Candywrapper" (Inverted double underhook jumping facebuster)
**Spinning heel kick
*Signature moves
**Bridging Northern Lights suplex
**"Candylicious" (Hanging figure four necklock)
**Diving crossbody into a pin
**"Go Daddy" dance followed by an elbow drop
**Forward Russian legsweep [cite web|url=|title=Chiropractic Wife Candice Michelle in April Playboy|publisher=Planet Chiropractic|author=Michael Dorausch|accessdate=2008-07-21|date=2006-03-14]
**Running flying clothesline
**Sitout rear mat slam
**Springboard arm drag
**Springboard roundhouse kick
**Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown

*Entrance themes
**Her theme music was initially promoted as being "Holla", performed by Desiree Jackson on the track listing of "WWE Wreckless Intent", but the track was allocated to Kelly Kelly instead. [cite web|url=|title=Wreckless Intent Tracks|accessdate=2007-07-02||quote=Desiree Jackson - "Holla" - Candice]
**Candice used a track entitled "What Love is", produced by Jim Johnston.
**Candice currently uses a house version of "What Love is", a remix by Scooter and Lavelle. [cite web|url=|title=Candy-Coated, No. 8|author=Candice Michelle||accessdate=2007-09-13|date=2007-09-13]

Championships and accomplishments

**Cover girl (April 2006)

*Pro Wrestling Illustrated
**PWI Most Improved Wrestler of the Year (2007)cite web|url=|title=Candy-Coated, No. 13|accessdate=2008-03-07||date=2008-07-21|author=Candice Michelle]
**PWI Woman of the Year (2007)
**PWI ranked her # 10 of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2008. [cite web|url=|accessdate=2008-09-19|date=2008-09-18||title=The PWI Female 50 Rankings: Who Is The Top Women's Wrestler In The World?]

*World Wrestling Entertainment
**WWE Women's Championship (1 time) [citeweb|url=|accessdate=2008-07-05|title=Candice Michelle's first Women's Championship reign|publisher=WWE]



*cite web|url=|title=13 Questions With Candice Michelle|accessdate=2007-07-01|
*cite web|url=|title=Ad for GoDaddy too hot to handle|accessdate=2007-07-02|publisher=MSNBC|date= 2005-02-07|author=Martin Wolk
*cite web|url=|title=April Playboy GoDaddy Girl Candice Michelle and Chiropractic Husband|accessdate=2007-05-14||date= 2006-03-28|author=Michael Dorausch, D.C.
*cite web|url=|title=Candice Be Our Girl - Up Close and Personal: Candice Michelle|accessdate=2007-07-01|publisher=Import Tuner
*cite web|url=|title=Candice Michelle Profiled in Pennsylvania Newspaper|accessdate=2007-07-01|publisher=The Times Leader|date= 2007-06-05
*cite web|url=|title=Candice Michelle reveals a little more|accessdate=2007-08-16|publisher=Calgary Sun|date= 2006-03-25|author=TJ Madigan
*cite news|title=Inside TV & RadioTV spot starring Milwaukee native was too hot|accessdate=2007-08-16|publisher=The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|date= 2005-02-09|author=Tim Cuprisin
*cite web|url=|title=Podcast: Interview with Candice Michelle|author=Tim Cuprisin|publisher=Milwaukee Journal Sentinel|accessdate=2007-09-25|date=2007-09-21
*cite web|url=|title=Sweet as Candice|accessdate=2007-07-01|publisher=Ottawa Sun|author=Tim Baines|date= 2006-03-12

External links

* [ Official site]
* [ WWE profile]
* [ Candice] at Online World of Wrestling

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