Candice LeRae Makes WWE RAW Debut, Johnny Gargano Comments

Candice LeRae Makes WWE RAW Debut, Johnny Gargano Comments


Candice LeRae has returned to WWE.

In tonight’s RAW, LeRae defeated Nikki ASH in singles. The match would be Nikki vs. Doudrop, but LeRae’s music hit instead and she came to surprise the audience. Nikki controlled part of the short game, but LeRae got the pin after a swinging neckbreaker from the second rope.

It’s worth noting that the runsheet issued to WWE producers before RAW also included Nikki vs. Doudrop, without mentioning LeRae.


LeRae first debuted for WWE in May 2017 and continued with the Mae Young Classic. She signed a WWE NXT contract in January 2018 and worked with the brand until she announced her pregnancy and took time off in September 2021. LeRae remained under contract with WWE during her maternity leave, but her contract expired on May 6 of this year after the not renewed. LeRae and husband Johnny Gargano welcomed their first child, a son, on February 17 of this year. Gargano left NXT in December when his contract expired, but he returned in August this year after taking some time off to be with his family.

It was acknowledged on comments that LeRae and Gargano are married.

Gargano commented on his wife’s return tonight, posting a family photo, tweeting, “Okay…maybe Quill hasn’t been my only training partner for the past month. [winking emoji] [heart emoji] Welcome back, @CandiceLeRae! #WWEraw”

Tonight’s win was LeRae’s first match since she and Indi Hartwell dropped the NXT Women’s Tag Team titles to Zoey Stark and current WWE Women’s Tag Team champion IYO SKY at NXT Great American Bash on July 6, 2021.

Below are several shots from tonight’s big RAW debut from Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, along with Gargano’s tweet and a WWE backstage video:

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