Candice LeRae Hypes NXT TakeOver 31 Title Shot Against Io Shirai On 10/4/2020

Candice LeRae Talks Changing Her Character, Io Shirai/NXT TakeOver, WWE Main Roster Move

Candice LeRae wasn’t sure what to expect the first time, but this Sunday, she is more than prepared for “The Genius of the Sky.”

Ahead of her NXT Women’s Championship opportunity against reigning, defending title-holder Io Shirai at this Sunday’s WWE NXT special event on the WWE Network, Candice LeRae spoke with Daily DDT for an interview to promote the NXT TakeOver 31 live show.

Featured below are some of the highlights of the new Candice LeRae interview.

On having no idea what to expect the first time she faced Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: Toronto II, but being ready for her this Sunday: “I had no idea how it was going to go, so it was very scary for me going into that. I’m thinking of all the times for me to get my big TakeOver debut and I’m wrestling someone I’ve never wrestled before in my life, that is so scary. For it to turn out the way it did, it makes me really excited for Sunday because now I’m going into it with more confidence and I’m just ready. I’ve been waiting for this my whole career. I’m so ready.”

On changing up her character in WWE NXT: “Honestly, for the longest time, I didn’t know what I would be if I was not the bubbly, happy Candice LeRae. It all just kind of happened. I was like, ‘What do I do? This is foreign to me. I don’t know what to do.’ So, I sort of learned into what seemed to work, but I was literally like, ‘What would an evil Disney princess to me?’ And trying to embody that. It’s been really fun for me to get to do all these different things and find this new personality of mine. It’s like it’s been inside me all along, just waiting to come out.”

On a potential move from WWE NXT to the WWE main roster on either Raw or SmackDown: “I feel like there’s a lot of things that happen around me that I almost make myself ignorant to just because I never want to get my hopes up, I never want to assume something.”

On being happy in NXT because it feels like home: “I’m very biased, but I love NXT. I really love the environment, and for me, so much of it is feeling a certain way when you’re wrestling as a fan and there’s something about NXT for me that feels like home and I feel like I belong in NXT. It makes me so happy and I always feel like the talent there push me to be my best because no matter how long I’ve been doing this, I’m always trying to get better. I’m never going to be perfect, I always want to be better, and I feel like NXT forces me to do that. It forces me to be at my absolute best at all times, and I love that.”

Check out the complete Candice LeRae interview at, and make sure to join us here at this Sunday night, October 4, 2020, for LIVE NXT TakeOver 31 Results coverage!

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