In an unexpected turn of events during this week’s WWE Raw, veteran wrestler Candice LeRae’s match was abruptly halted due to a severe head injury she sustained. The 38-year-old, a mother to a 19-month-old son, Quill, with her husband and fellow wrestler Johnny Gargano, faced off against Xia Li.
However, the competition was cut short mere minutes into the action. The distressing incident occurred as Li delivered a spinning kick to LeRae, sending her sprawling to the mat. Visibly disoriented and struggling to regain her footing, LeRae’s condition raised immediate concerns.
The referee, prioritizing her safety, made the swift decision to call off the match, subsequently declaring Li the winner by referee stoppage. Ringside, LeRae received prompt attention from Indi Hartwell and the medical team, further underscoring the gravity of the situation.
Post-advertisement break, audiences were given a glimpse of LeRae in the medical room, surrounded by a supportive Hartwell, Gargano, and his tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa, sparking an outpouring of concern and speculation from fans worldwide.
WWE's Official Silence
As of now, WWE has yet to issue a statement regarding the incident, leaving many to question the authenticity of LeRae’s injury, and whether it might be a strategic part of an ongoing storyline, given its alarming nature.
Social media buzzed with reactions, as fans expressed their worries and speculated about the reality of the situation. One viewer queried, "Wanna know if Candice is legit hurt because of the selling scared me,” while another voiced their concern, stating, "I’m really hoping Candice is okay after that match.
I don’t know if the injury was real or not, but it looked pretty rough”. Conversely, some fans speculated that the incident might be a scripted part of the show, commending LeRae for her convincing performance.
"Candice LeRae’s injury is most likely scripted, but she sold the hell out of it. #WWERaw," commented a fan. Reflecting on a similar incident from the previous year, when LeRae was sidelined due to a ‘freak accident,’ she shared in a February interview with The Sam Laprade Show, “It is very taxing on our bodies.
I’m a bit more… having a son now, it’s a bit scarier for me because when I do get hurt, it affects him now”.