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Candice LeRae Talks About The Pressure She Felt Prior To Being In The NXT Title Picture

This Sunday at NXT TakeOver 31, Candice LeRae finally gets an opportunity at the NXT Women’s Championship when she faces Io Shirai for the gold.

Appearing on Instinct Culture with Denise Salcedo, Candice opened up about feeling pressure prior to being added to the championship picture in NXT and how Disney inspired her new character.

Thanks to Denise for sending along the following quotes.

Candice LeRae Talks About The Pressure She Felt Prior To Being In The NXT Title Picture

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…

Candice 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}

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