Candice LeRae Discusses WWE Using Wrestlers As Fans At TV Tapings, NXT TakeOver: In Your House

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Candice LeRae recently did an interview with PWinsider.com to promote her match against Mia Yim on Wednesday’s episode of WWE NXT on the USA Network. 

In this interview, she spoke about a wide range of topics. Here are the highlights:

WWE airing Gargano family dinner segments: 

“I love doing them. I love doing anything that’s just kind of out of the box and a little different and so does Johnny, and the fact that we get to do these kinds of things together is even a million times better. I think we just kind of wanted to give people something that, if you were watching, but you’re on your phone, let’s say, there’s that moment where there’s a change and there’s a shift in our personality and there’s a shift in… Like, you’re almost kind of uncomfortable watching it. Even if you’re on your phone and you’re not paying attention, when that shift happens, you’re going to pay attention. And we wanted people to pay attention and hear our message. So those moments were like the important moments for us, like get off your phone, look at what’s happening, and then go about your day. And it’s been great to do that kind of stuff with my husband.”

WWE using wrestlers as fans for TV tapings: 

“I am always trying to be aware of the fact that there are people watching at home. So once I’m in a match and I’m physically in that moment, they don’t have to physically be there for me personally. I thought it was going to be really, really difficult. I mean, especially since we had a ladder match and there was nobody in the crowd, but I still felt like I was fighting for something. And because I felt like I was fighting for something, it made the actual physicality of the match still, as though there were tons of people there. It didn’t change that for me.  For me personally, and I can only speak on behalf of myself, for me, having the fans there makes my entrance less awkward. That’s the most uncomfortable thing for me. I’m a little bit of a socially awkward person, so having to do an entrance and nobody’s there is very uncomfortable for me. It’s uncomfortable for me a little bit, I’ll admit, when there are fans there. So having the NXT talent all be there and being rowdy or responding how they respond, is just, it helps my entrance. Nothing else. I appreciate that. I feel less awkward.”

NXT TakeOver: In Your House special: 

“I’m really excited for this TakeOver. I don’t know about anybody else, but I have so many memories of watching In Your House when I was little with my brothers. And so when they announced that this was going to be In Your House, it was really exciting for me. I was like a giddy little girl. And then to see the In Your House TakeOver logo at the venue was even better. We just have one more thing that if we get that one more thing, one or two more things, and In Your House is like, I guess if they don’t build a house that I’m going to bring a little house, and then I’ll just have my own. That’s all we need at this point.”