Candice Michelle

Candice Michelle Beckman[4] (born September 30, 1978) better known as Candice Michelle is an American model, actress, and retired professional wrestler, best known for her time with WWE.

After spending years modeling and acting, Candice Michelle was hired by WWE in 2004, after she participated in the WWE Diva Search.[8] Outside wrestling, she is considered to be a sex symbol and is known as the Go Daddy Girl,[9] performing in the company's annual Super Bowl commercials.[10][11] She also posed for a cover and nude pictorial in the April 2006 issue of Playboy.[12] At Vengeance in 2007, she defeated Melina to win her first WWE Women's Championship and became the first former Diva Search contestant to win a WWE title.[13] She was released from her WWE contract on June 19, 2009.[14] She made a return to WWE on the Raw Reunion episode on July 22, 2019 and became the second woman to win the WWE 24/7 Championship.

Candice Michelle
Candice Michelle WrestleMania 32 Axxess
Beckman in April 2016
Birth nameCandice Michelle Beckman
BornSeptember 30, 1978 (age 41)[1]
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.[1]
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.[2]
Spouse(s)
Ken Ehrlich (m. 2005)
Children3
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Candice Michelle
Candice
Billed height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[3]
Billed weight120 lb (54 kg)[4]
Billed fromMilwaukee, Wisconsin[3][5]
Trained byDave Finlay[4]
Arn Anderson[3]
Trish Stratus[1][6]
John Cena[7]
CM Punk[3]
DebutNovember 15, 2004[4]
RetiredDecember 2, 2017

Early life

Beckman and her older sister Dana were raised by their mother Kathleen Beckman (née Iwen) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[5] Her father died when she was very young. Beckman is of German and Costa Rican descent.[2] She played varsity and college basketball and has an avid interest in many sports.[15] Candice is a Green Bay Packers fan.[2]

At sixteen, Beckman won a modeling competition at her local skating rink.[16] Around 1999, she moved to Los Angeles, California to become a professional model and actress.[17][18] She studied Theater Arts at Santa Monica College and had on-camera acting and Meisner technique training at The Piero Dusa Acting Studio.[19] It was during this time that Beckman adopted her middle name Michelle as her working last name.[1][20] She appeared in numerous bodybuilding and car magazines such as FLEX and Lowrider Magazine, as well as being named Cyber Girl of the Week in the June 2002 issue of Playboy[1][21][22], and between 2002 and 2006, she worked as a fetish model under the name Mackenzie Montgomery.[23][24] Beckman also made appearances on television programs such as Party of Five, 7th Heaven and Hotel Erotica, as well as appearing in such films as Tomcats, Anger Management, DodgeBall and A Man Apart.[25]

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Vince's Devils (2004–2006)

In July 2004, Beckman auditioned to be a contestant for World Wrestling Entertainment's Raw Diva Search.[5][26] Despite not being chosen to be in the final ten,[5] she was hired by the company under the gimmick of a makeup artist.[4][8] She competed on Raw in several Diva contests, including lingerie fashion shows and limbo contests, until the end of the year.[27][28]

On June 30, 2005, Candice was moved to SmackDown! where she became involved in a storyline between Torrie Wilson and Melina.[4][29] On July 24, Candice made her pay-per-view debut at The Great American Bash where she served as the Special Guest Referee for the Bra and Panties match between Wilson and Melina.[30] She was then moved back to Raw in a trade along with Wilson.[31] In her next storyline, Candice and Torrie became villains by taunting 2005 Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro, and they joined forces with fellow Raw Diva Victoria to form an alliance known as Ladies in Pink (later Vince's Devils). On the September 5 episode of Raw, Wilson defeated Massaro after the interference from Victoria and Candice.[4] They continued feuding with Massaro until Trish Stratus returned from a legitimate injury to help Massaro "retaliate" against Vince's Devils.[32] On the October 17 episode of Raw, where she, Torrie and Victoria faced off against the team of Stratus, Massaro, and their new ally Mickie James in a winning effort after Wilson pinned James.[4] On November 28 episode of Raw, Candice teamed up with Victoria and Torrie Wilson in losing effort to Trish, Ashley and Mickie.[33] In November, Candice signed on to pose for the April 2006 issue of Playboy.[12] She had her first shot at the WWE Women's Championship in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday but was eliminated from the match by Massaro.[34] At the Tribute to The Troops on December 19, Michelle teamed up with Maria Kanellis in a winning effort defeating then Women's Champion Trish Stratus and Ashley Massaro in a divas-tag-team match after Candice pinned Ashley.[4]

In January, Candice appeared at New Year's Revolution in the first ever Bra and Panties Gauntlet match, where she was eliminated by Maria.[35] On the February 13 episode of Raw, Michelle accompanied Torrie in a losing effort to Ashley.[4] After winning a number one contender's Diva battle royal on Raw, Candice got her first singles WWE Women's Championship match, but lost to then-champion Trish Stratus on February 27.[36][37] After the match, Candice slapped Wilson, blaming her, in storyline, for the loss.[37] Vince's Devils later broke up when Torrie became a fan favorite after Candice and Victoria turned on her during Candice's Playboy cover unveiling.[38] This feud led to a match at WrestleMania 22 in which both Playboy cover girls competed in a Playboy Pillow Fight.[39] Torrie Wilson won the match. On the June 12 episode of Raw, Candice was defeated by Torrie in the first ever "Wet and Wild match", a wrestling match involving water balloons and squirt guns, in which the winner of the match would be on the cover of the WWE 2006 Summer Special magazine.[40] The feud continued sporadically in backstage segments where Candice was depicted as Vince McMahon's "sex slave".[41] On the July 11 episode of ECW, the villainous Candice appeared as Kelly Kelly's dance partner on that night's Kelly's Exposé segment, and attempted to seduce Kelly in a backstage segment before their performance.[4]

Singles competition and Women's Champion (2006–2007)

On the July 17 episode of Raw, Candice was the Special Guest Referee during a tag team match of Stratus and Wilson against Victoria and Mickie James. James entered the match without being tagged in, so Candice threw her out of the ring. Afterwards, Victoria tried to clothesline Candice, but she ducked out of the way, allowing Stratus to perform a Stratusfaction for the victory. As a result of her participation in the match, Candice became a fan favorite.[42] On the Raw following Unforgiven, Candice won a match against Lita.[43] The next week, in her second match against Lita, Candice was pinned after she was speared by guest referee Edge, in the first round of the WWE Women's Championship tournament.[44] On the November 27 episode of Raw, during the Diva battle royal, Candice suffered a legitimate broken nose when Victoria kicked her in the face.[45] She had surgery on November 30 to repair her deviated septum.[46]

Candice Michelle No Mercy 2007
Candice as the WWE Women's Champion in 2007

Candice returned at New Year's Revolution on January 7, when she went to the ring with Maria to fight off Melina as she tried to interfere in the Women's Championship match between then-champion Mickie James and Victoria.[47] Candice made her in-ring return on January 22 when she and Mickie James defeated Victoria and Melina in a tag team match with Candice scoring the pinfall.[48] Candice then resumed her feud with Melina, who claimed in her blogs that no Playboy cover model was capable of defeating her in the ring.[49] Candice took offense to this, which led to a Bra and Panties match between the two, which she lost.[50] During this time, Candice began training on her off-days to improve her in-ring abilities.[5] Weeks later, Candice was beginning to receive more air-time and higher profile matches, and she won tag matches that pitted her with Mickie James against Victoria and Melina. She also picked up several wins against the latter two in singles matches, which culminated at One Night Stand, where Candice defeated Melina in the first ever match held in a swimming pool full of pudding.[51][52][53] Candice defeated Melina to capture her first WWE Women's Championship at Vengeance, becoming the first ever WWE Diva Search contestant to win the Women's Title.[13] Candice retained her title against Melina in a rematch at The Great American Bash as well as debuting a new finisher called the Candywrapper.[54]

Beth Phoenix became the number one contender for the Women's Title after winning a Diva battle royal at SummerSlam.[55] At the Unforgiven pay-per-view, however, Candice successfully retained her title in their match by countering one of Phoenix's moves with a crucifix pin.[56] Their feud continued when Phoenix pinned Candice during a non-title mixed tag team match on Raw on September 24. At No Mercy on October 7, Candice dropped the title to Phoenix, ending her reign as Women's Champion.[57] On October 22, Candice legitimately cracked her clavicle during her rematch for the Women's Title against Phoenix in a two out of three falls match; Phoenix ran into the ropes, causing Candice to fall face-first off of the turnbuckle onto her face, neck, and shoulders necessitating a rushed finish and putting her out of action for 14 weeks.[58][59]

Injuries and release (2008–2009)

Candice made her on-screen return on the February 18, 2008 episode of Raw, distracting Beth Phoenix during a match with Maria. She returned to in-ring action on March 17, teaming up with Maria to defeat Jillian Hall and Victoria.[60] During the match, Candice injured her left shoulder by tearing the scar tissue over her previously broken left clavicle.[60] Unlike her previous injury, Candice broke her clavicle in four separate places, in essence, shattering it.[61] As a result, Candice was replaced by Ashley for her scheduled match at WrestleMania XXIV. On March 23, Candice underwent successful surgery on her re-broken clavicle.

On the September 1 episode of Raw, Candice made her in-ring return match teaming up with Kelly Kelly and Mickie James to defeat Jillian Hall, Katie Lea Burchill and Beth Phoenix, with Candice pinning Phoenix.[62] Candice received a push upon her return as she was named the number one contender for the Women's Championship, but lost to Beth Phoenix at No Mercy. On the February 2 episode of RAW, Candice was defeated by Beth Phoenix after an interference by Mendes and Marella.[4] On the February 16 episode of RAW, Candice, James and Kelly stopped Marella and Mendes from interfering in the Women's Championship match between Melina and Phoenix, which was won by Melina.[4]

On April 15, 2009, Candice was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft.[63] She, however, never reappeared on the brand and was released from her WWE contract on June 19, 2009.[14]

Independent circuit (2017)

In October 2017, it was announced that Candice Michelle's retirement match would take place on December 2, at the House of Hardcore 36 - Blizzard Brawl show,[64] where she defeated Lisa Marie Varon in singles action.[65]

Return to WWE (2019)

On July 22, 2019, Candice returned to WWE during the Raw Reunion episode in a backstage segment with Melina, Naomi, and 24/7 Champion Kelly Kelly, who Candice congratulated for winning the title. After Melina revealed herself as a referee, Candice turned heel and attacked Kelly, after which she pinned Kelly to become the new 24/7 Champion.[66] Shortly after, Candice lost the title via submission to Alundra Blayze.[67]

Other media

Music videos

In December 2011, Candice along with Torrie Wilson filmed Lilian Garcia's music video "U Drive Me Loca".[68]

Television and modeling

During the week of November 5, 2007, Candice appeared on five episodes of Family Feud with several other WWE superstars and Divas.[69] Also in 2007, Candice Michelle was No. 82 on AskMen.com's "100 Most Desirable Women" list.[9]

Beckman appeared on the February 6, 2008 episode of Project Runway, in an episode where the contestants were challenged to design wrestling attire for several of WWE's female wrestlers.[70] Beckman made a special appearance on the November 12, 2008 episode of Redemption Song, which is hosted by fellow WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, with several other Divas.[71] She also appeared in the February 2009 issue of FLEX magazine.[72]

Go Daddy

Beckman gained national attention in 2005 when she appeared in a commercial for internet domain provider Go Daddy, which aired during Super Bowl XXXIX.[5][10][15] She played a character named "Nikki Cappelli" who had trouble with a snapped spaghetti strap on her tank top as she testified before a panel holding broadcast censorship hearings.[2][73] The commercial was a parody of the 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" in which Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed.[10] She then became widely known as "Miss GoDaddy.com" and the "Go Daddy Girl".[5][9][74]

The following year, she was featured in several more Go Daddy commercials. During the 2006 NFC playoffs, she was featured cleaning windows.[11] She later appeared in a commercial during Super Bowl XL, where she seduced an ABC executive to acquire an advertising slot for Go Daddy.[9] She appeared in another commercial for Super Bowl XLI in 2007, where she danced in a room being doused with champagne.[75] Beckman appeared on American Chopper to promote the commercial as well as Go Daddy's custom made chopper.[76][77] In 2008, she was featured in her fourth consecutive Go Daddy commercial for Super Bowl XLII, entitled "White Light", but Fox refused to air it.[78]

Personal life

On May 7, 2005, she married Ken Gee Ehrlich, a Los Angeles chiropractor.[17] Together they have three daughters: AkiAnne Rose, born May 23, 2010,[79] Ryumi Grace, born October 20, 2012[80] and Aloha Von Ehrlich, born July 17, 2015.[81]

She has a tattoo of the word "faith" on her inner wrist, which she considers a "personal affirmation".[82] It is also a reminder, in her words, to "believe in myself and have 'faith'".[82] She got the tattoo, which was documented on the reality show LA Ink, after breaking her collarbone in 2007.[82] The tattoo is also related to her Christian beliefs.[82][83] When Candice made her return, she had new tattoos on her back, her new tattoos are of five stars, which starts at the lower part of her back then finished at the middle of her back.

Candice, along with Batista, Shelton Benjamin, and Josh Mathews, represented WWE at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in an effort to persuade fans to register to vote in the 2008 Presidential election.[84]

Championships and accomplishments

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2005 WWE draft lottery

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Ashley Massaro

Ashley Marie Massaro (May 26, 1979 – May 16, 2019) was an American professional wrestler, reality television contestant, television host, model, and radio personality. She was best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and for her appearance on Survivor: China.

Massaro made her debut in WWE after winning the WWE Diva Search in 2005. She was firstly incorporated into the Raw brand where she had her first wrestling feud against Vince's Devils (a villainous female stable) while she also aligned herself with Trish Stratus in the process to defeat the team. With Stratus, she was involved in another feud with the then debuting Mickie James who was obsessed with Stratus and was jealous of Ashley's friendship with her, attacking and causing her to lose matches. She was later drafted to SmackDown! and became the valet for the WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Her most high-profile matches were a WWE Women's Championship match against Melina at WrestleMania 23 and a Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjill match at WrestleMania XXIV. She left WWE in mid-2008. During her tenure in the company, she had appeared on the covers of several magazines, including the April 2007 issue of Playboy, and has also made an appearance on television and in music videos. In addition, Massaro spent the last two years of her life working as a radio DJ for 94.3 The Shark.

Beckman (surname)

Beckman is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Åsa Beckman (born 1961), Swedish literary critic

Arnold Orville Beckman (1900–2004) American chemist

Brad Beckman (1964–1989), American football tight end

Cameron Beckman (born 1970), American professional golfer

Candice Michelle, full name Candice Michelle Beckman-Ehrlich (born 1978), American model, actress, and professional wrestler

Charles Beckman, American tennis player

Charles Beckman (Wisconsin), American politician

David Beckman (born 1938), former Canadian Football League head coach

Brig. Gen. Diane Beckman, fictional character in the U.S. TV series Chuck

Ed Beckman (born 1955), former professional American football tight end

Erik Beckman (1935–1995), Swedish poet, novelist, and playwright

Francis Beckman (1875–1948), former Archbishop of Dubuque

Henry Beckman, Canadian stage, film and television actor

John Beckman (1895–1968), American basketball player

Joshua Beckman, American poet

Louis E. Beckman (1876-1946), American politician

Louis E. Beckman Jr. (1914-1992), American politician

Manoel Beckman, 17th century Brazilian rebel

Mary Beckman, professor of Linguistics at Ohio State University

Otto Ludvig Beckman (1856–1909), Swedish Coastal Artillery major general

Raymond Beckman, former American soccer player

Thea Beckman (1923–2004), Dutch author

Candice

Candice, a variant spelling of Candace

Candice Accola, an American actress (The Vampire Diaries)

Candice Catnipp, a character from Manga

Candice Bergen, an American actress (Murphy Brown)

Candice Falzon, a surf lifesaver

Candice Farmer, an underwater fashion photographer

Candice Glover, an American singer

Candice Hillebrand (also known as Candîce), a singer from South Africa

Candice Michelle, an American retired professional wrestler, model, actress with WWE

Candice Night, lead singer for Blackmore’s Night

Candice Swanepoel, a South African Victoria's Secret model

Candice Wilmer, a character in Heroes

Candice (MÄR), a recurring antagonist in the manga and anime series MÄR

Candice (Pokémon), a character of the Pokémon universe.

Candice White Ardlay, the main character of Candy Candy.

Hotel Erotica

Hotel Erotica is a softcore porn anthology television show that is broadcast on the Cinemax cable television channel during its Skinemax late-night block. It is also broadcast in the after hours timeslot on The Movie Network.The show format usually involved the hotel's proprietor reading a letter from a former guest talking about their adventure at the hotel. The episode would then be a flashback of the guest coming to the hotel and falling in love with someone. The hotel proprietor was initially Chloe Wilson (played by Lauren Hays) in the first season. In the second season it was Jenny (played by Tina Wiseman). Three years later, the show was relaunched as Hotel Erotica Cabo which followed a similar format.

Many notable softcore and hardcore porn stars appeared on the show, such as Beverly Lynne, Monique Parent, Angela Davies, Jenna Jameson, Ron Jeremy, and former WWE wrestler Candice Michelle. Hotel Erotica was created, produced, and directed by Gary Orona.

Jacki-O

Angela Kohn (born November 24, 1975), better known as Jacki-O, is an American rapper who is signed to her own label Jack Movement Entertainment. She got her first break in 2003 with the bawdy sex rap "Nookie" which garnered the MC comparisons to fellow Southern rapper Trina. Although it was the first time that many had heard of Jacki-O, she kept a high profile, prior to her radio and club successes, with several appearances on Miami-area mixtapes. The success of "Nookie" led Jacki-O to discuss a similar subject matter on her second single, "Sugar Walls," released in 2004 in anticipation of her debut album, Poe Little Rich Girl. Jackie-O has also worked with Jim Johnston in producing vocals for WWE entrance themes for Torrie Wilson, Candice Michelle and Stephanie McMahon. In 2014 Jacki-O reported her retirement in rap from her Facebook account. Saying "she was getting closer to God and changing her life around".

Martin Luther High School

Martin Luther High School is a private school affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and located in Greendale, Wisconsin, United States.

Melina Perez

Melina Nava Perez (born March 9, 1979) is an American model, professional wrestler and valet. She is best known for her time with WWE under the ring name Melina.

In 2000, Perez began training to be a professional wrestler at Jesse Hernandez's School of Hard Knocks, and made her debut in 2002. In late 2002, Perez auditioned for WWE's reality show Tough Enough III, but was eliminated in first round, and was inspired by Al Snow to continue pursuing her wrestling career. In March 2004, Perez signed a contract with WWE, and was assigned to OVW, WWE's developmental territory, where she began managing Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury, dubbed MNM, to three reigns as WWE Tag Team Champions, as well as Nitro to two reigns as WWE Intercontinental Champion. Perez is a three-time WWE Women's Champion, and a two-time WWE Divas Champion. After winning her second WWE Divas Championship, Perez became the first woman in WWE history to become a multiple-time champion with both the Women's and Divas titles. Famed for her flexibility, utilized during her entrance and in her in-ring maneuvers, Perez was called "one of the best wrestlers in the world" by Bret Hart, and cited by WWE as having "perhaps the most impressive arsenal of offensive maneuvers in WWE history."

New Year's Revolution (2006)

New Year's Revolution (2006) was the second annual New Year's Revolution pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on January 8, 2006, at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York and starred talent from the Raw brand.The main event was an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship involving champion John Cena, Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, Kane, Carlito, and Chris Masters. Cena won the match and retained the title after last eliminating Carlito. After the match, Edge cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated Cena to win the WWE Championship in the final match. One of the predominant matches on the card was Triple H versus The Big Show, which Triple H won by pinfall after executing a Pedigree. Another primary match on the undercard was Ric Flair versus Edge for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, which Flair won after Edge got himself intentionally disqualified.

No Mercy (2007)

No Mercy (2007) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which took place on October 7, 2007, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. It was the 10th annual No Mercy event and involved wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands.

Nine professional wrestling matches were scheduled on the event's supercard. The scheduled main event from the Raw brand was supposed to be WWE Champion John Cena defending his title against challenger Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing match; however, on the October 1 episode of Raw, Cena legitimately tore his right pectoral muscle, and the match and the title were canceled and vacated, respectively. As a result, Triple H competed in three matches that night for the WWE Championship, where he first defeated the newly-crowned champion Randy Orton, later defeated Umaga to retain the title, and then on the last match on the card he lost his title back to Orton in a Last Man Standing match. The predominant match from the SmackDown! brand was World Heavyweight Champion Batista defeated challenger The Great Khali in a Punjabi Prison match. The primary match from the ECW brand was ECW Champion CM Punk defeated challenger Big Daddy V by disqualification. Also on the undercard, Finlay and Rey Mysterio fought to a no contest.

The 2007 No Mercy event had an approximate attendance of 12,500 and received approximately 271,000 pay-per-view buys. This event helped WWE obtain a pay-per-view revenue of $19.9 million. When the event was released on DVD, it reached a peak position of nineteenth on Billboard's DVD Sales Chart.

Survivor Series (2008)

Survivor Series (2008) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on November 23, 2008, at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston. The event, the 22nd Survivor Series, involved wrestlers from WWE's all three brands, Raw, SmackDown, and ECW. The event's card consisted of six professional wrestling matches. The event received 319,000 pay-per-view buys, less than the previous year's event.The main event was for the World Heavyweight Championship between John Cena, returning after suffering a herniated disc at SummerSlam, and the champion, Chris Jericho, which Cena won by pinfall after executing a FU. Another match on the event was the SmackDown main event, which saw Edge return and defeat Vladimir Kozlov, and the champion Triple H, in a Triple Threat match to win the WWE Championship. The undercard matches included The Undertaker versus The Big Show in a Casket Match and three five-on-five elimination tag team matches.

The Great American Bash (2007)

The Great American Bash (2007) was the fourth annual Great American Bash professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on July 22, 2007 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and featured talent from the Raw, SmackDown!, and ECW brands.The main match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Bobby Lashley for the WWE Championship, which Cena won by pinfall after executing an FU on Lashley from the second rope. The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between The Great Khali, Batista and Kane. Khali won the match and retained the title after pinning Kane. The primary match on the ECW brand was John Morrison versus CM Punk for the ECW Championship, which Morrison won by pinfall after hitting Punk with both of his knees. The featured matches on the undercard included Montel Vontavious Porter versus Matt Hardy for the WWE United States Championship and Randy Orton versus Dusty Rhodes in a Texas Bullrope match. This was Dusty Rhodes' final match. The event had 229,000 buys, up slightly on the 2006 figure of 227,000 buys.

Unforgiven (2005)

Unforgiven (2005) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was the eighth annual Unforgiven event and took place on September 18, 2005, at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The event featured wrestlers and other talent that performed on the Raw program. To date, it is the only WWE pay-per-view event ever to be held in the state of Oklahoma.

The main event was a standard wrestling match, in which Kurt Angle defeated WWE Champion John Cena, after Cena used the Championship belt on Angle, leading to a disqualification, but since a championship cannot change hands via countout or disqualification, as a result, Cena retained the title. Two featured bouts on the undercard was another standard match, in which Shawn Michaels defeated Chris Masters. The other primary match was a steel cage match, where the ring is enclosed by a steel cage, in which Matt Hardy defeated Edge.

Unforgiven grossed over $485,000 in ticket sales from an attendance of approximately 8,000, and received about 243,000 pay-per-view buys. This amount was higher than the following year's event. When the event was released on DVD, it reached a peak position of third on Billboard's DVD Sales Chart.

Unforgiven (2007)

Unforgiven (2007) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on September 16, 2007, at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. It was the tenth annual Unforgiven event, featured wrestler talents from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands.

The main match on the SmackDown brand was The Undertaker versus Mark Henry, which Undertaker won by pinfall after executing a Last Ride. The predominant match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Randy Orton for the WWE Championship; Cena lost the match by disqualification but retained the title. The primary match on the ECW brand was CM Punk versus Elijah Burke for the ECW Championship, which Punk won after pinning Burke with a rolling cradle. The featured matches on the undercard included The Great Khali versus Batista versus Rey Mysterio in a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship and Triple H versus Carlito in a match where Carlito could not be disqualified.The event had 210,000 buys, down from the Unforgiven 2006 figure of 289,000 buys.

Vince's Devils

Vince's Devils (originally known as the Ladies in Pink) was a villainous alliance of female professional wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment on its Raw brand. It consisted of Divas Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson, and Victoria. The women formed their alliance in August 2005 after Wilson and Michelle were traded to Raw from SmackDown!. Vince's Devils, named after WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, helped each other in their matches and rivalries until tension began growing between Wilson and Candice Michelle over the latter's April 2006 Playboy pictorial. The group had officially split by March 2006.

WWE Diva Search

WWE Diva Search (formerly WWE Raw Diva Search) was a talent competition held by WWE. The first winner was Jaime Koeppe, but she did not receive a contract like subsequent winners of the contest. Other winners included Christy Hemme, Ashley Massaro, Layla El, and Eve Torres. In addition to the winners of the yearly contest, WWE has hired several contestants as Divas, the name that WWE gave at the time to the female performers. As of 2019, Maryse Ouellet and Maria Kanellis are the last remaining female talents to come from the contest, with the two acting largely as valets for their respective husbands. There were many failed attempts at bringing back the competition over the years following the cancellation of the 2008 season, and was at one point going to return in 2019 under the new name Superstar Search. But those plans were scrapped.

WrestleMania 22

WrestleMania 22 was the 22nd annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on April 2, 2006, at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois.

The event was a joint-promotion pay-per-view (PPV) featuring performers from the Raw and SmackDown! brands. There were two main events which were the main matches for each brand. The main match on the Raw brand was John Cena versus Triple H for the WWE Championship, which Cena won after forcing Triple H to submit to the STF. The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between champion Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, and Randy Orton. Mysterio won the match and the World Heavyweight Championship after pinning Orton following a 619 and a West Coast Pop. Featured matches on the undercard included a No Holds Barred match between Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon, a Casket match between The Undertaker and Mark Henry, a WWE Women's Championship match between Mickie James and Trish Stratus, and an interpromotional Money in the Bank ladder match featuring six participants.WrestleMania 22 was the third WrestleMania to take place in the Chicago metropolitan area (following WrestleMania 2, and WrestleMania 13). Tickets sold out in under two minutes, grossing US$2.5 million for the event, making it the highest grossing one-day event at the Allstate Arena. More than 17,155 people from 16 countries and 43 states attended, with millions more watching in more than 90 countries. WrestleMania 22 also marked the last WrestleMania to be held in a traditional arena, as every subsequent edition has been held in a stadium.

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