Former WWE Women's Champion Candice Michelle will be returning to the ring for the first time in eight years this December.
Despite only being released from WWE in 2009, Candice Michelle wrestled for the company during what was a truly different time in women's wrestling. Michelle was hired after being a part of WWE's Diva Search, a competition they would run each year in order to find attractive women to fill their roster with. Unlike now, the females of WWE merely had to look good and their wrestling ability rarely factored into the decision to hire someone.
The 2004 Diva Search was the one that equaled success for Michelle, as shortly after she landed herself a contract with WWE. The former model was actually quite well known prior to that, playing the Go Daddy Girl in a famous Super Bowl commercial. Despite being hired for her looks, Michelle not only managed to stick around on the roster for five years, but she also became the first woman found via a Diva Search to ever win a title, becoming Women's Champion in 2007.
After being released by WWE in June of 2009, Michelle never followed up with her professional wrestling career, but also never officially retired from the business either. After well over eight years away from the ring, the former Women's Champion announced last week that she will be returning for one more match. Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore is heading to her hometown in December and on that show she will be wrestling another former WWE Superstar, Victoria.
The continuation of the current Women's Revolution going on throughout the entire business of pro wrestling has seen an influx of former Superstars return to the ring, whether it be for a one-off or on a more permanent basis. Mickie James is once again plying her trade on Raw each week and has a Women's Championship match coming up, and now it would seem that Michelle feels like she has something to prove also. Today's female wrestlers are being touted as the best the business has ever seen, and seemingly a few ladies from the previous generation are set on proving that they could hold their own if they were still around today.
Mickie James may be the only one in front of the cameras, but WWE is currently in the business of bringing back a lot of its former females. Lita regularly appears on kick off shows and was color commentator for the Mae Young Classic. Plus, the likes of Beth Phoenix, Alundra Blayze, and Kelly Kelly have been making appearances backstage to help with the up and coming female performers.