Raw Superstar Candice LeRae has given more insight as to when she knew she would be coming back to WWE.

“Johnny and I both knew for sure about a week before he debuted. I knew for a while,” LeRae said while speaking with MuscleManMalcolm. “Keeping it a secret was very difficult. We really, in this day in age with so much social media and so many things leaking and trying to keep that a secret was difficult. Him being a secret was a little harder. Me being a secret was easy but hard because I was going with him to train as his training buddy, but it was just, ‘I’m just training with him.’ Then people weren’t expecting me to be ready to come back so soon. Not even Triple H was. When we said, ‘Hey, what do you think?’ He was like, Oh, okay.’ Everyone was surprised. I’m glad that, in this day and age, we were able to be genuine surprises.” (h/t Fightful)

LeRae shocked the wrestling world when she made her WWE return as the mystery opponent of Nikki A.S.H. on the September 26 edition of Raw. Prior to that, she had left the company in May of this year after opting not to re-sign her contract with the company. LeRae has been with the company since 2017 after spending years on the independent circuit as a participant in the Mae Young Classic. She officially signed a contract the following year and competed on the NXT brand before forming The Way in 2020 with her husband, Johnny Gargano, Indi Hartwell and Austin Theory.

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