In the high-stakes world of professional wrestling, athletes frequently push their bodies to the brink, often resulting in severe and career-threatening injuries. Candice Michelle, a former Women's Champion in WWE, is no stranger to this harsh reality, having sustained massive injuries during her tenure in the ring.
In February 2008, Michelle made a highly anticipated return to WWE television, eager to reclaim her spot at the top of the women’s division after a devastating clavicle injury just months before. Unfortunately, her comeback was short-lived as she aggravated her injury, shattering her clavicle in four places.
In a recent heart-to-heart conversation with "Busted Open Radio," Michelle laid bare the extent of her injuries and the physical and emotional toll it took on her. “It wasn’t until recently that I was able to fully grasp the magnitude of what had happened,” Michelle shared.
“I endured a massive trauma—I was knocked out cold on live TV, suffered a severe concussion, broke my collarbone, underwent major surgery, and tore two ligaments in my ankle. And as any wrestler will tell you, the last thing we want to do is stop”.
Addressing Mental Recovery
Michelle openly admitted that she continuously rushed her recovery, ignoring the significant mental strain her injuries were causing. “Back then, I didn’t even realize there was a way to cope with it.
Now, I’ve dedicated my life to helping others navigate through similar emotional traumas that can linger in our bodies,” she said, encouraging the younger generation of wrestlers to take full advantage of available resources and to pay close attention to mental health during the rehabilitation process.
In a fitting farewell to her wrestling career, Michelle laced up her boots one last time for a retirement match in 2017, facing off against WWE Hall of Famer Victoria at Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore 36 event. This marked the end of a chapter, but also the beginning of Michelle’s journey towards healing and helping others do the same.