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Candice Michelle reveals a little more
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun



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Candice Michelle Playboy Magazine


If Candice Michelle could pose alongside another wrestling beauty on a future issue of Playboy magazine, who would it be?

"Ooh, that's a really good question," the sultry WWE diva told the Calgary Sun last week, fully aware that by even considering the possibilities, she would be setting a million male fantasies in motion.

"I think it would be a toss up between Torrie Wilson and Victoria," Michelle declared, after a pause so long it would normally be reserved for questions about world peace or the political climate in the Middle East.

"I think Torrie would be great because blonde vs. brunette would make a really great pictorial. But at the same time, me and Victoria are a heel tag team, which would also make a great layout."

Playboy is serious business for Michelle, who graces the cover (and many inside pages) of this month's issue.

She has the media Q&A down to an art form -- undoubtedly the result of spending the entire day talking to sports writers who are used to interviewing sweaty, toothless hockey stars with playoff beards.

When the assignment to chat with a red-hot Playboy model pops up, well, we tend to go a little bit gaga.

Michelle knows the drill, with rapid fire answers lined up for the questions she's no doubt already heard a million times before.

"It's always been a dream for me to be on the cover of Playboy," she said. "I think I was more excited than nervous, they make you feel like a star," she said of the photo shoot itself.

And her family's reaction to a nude spread in a men's magazine?

"They were all excited and proud of me," she said.

Pretty standard fare but behind the cutesy answers lies a sharp business mind.

The 27-year old diva is the spokesmodel for GoDaddy.com and the star of the Internet company's controversial Super Bowl commercials.

But she is most famous as a wrestling vixen, cast as a somewhat edgier version of herself on Raw each Monday.

Michelle arrived in WWE in 2004, a participant in the inaugural Diva Search.

Although she was employed primarily as Monday-night eye candy, she, soon, decided it was time to get physical.

"I've been very athletic my whole life," she said. "I played varsity and college basketball. So when I got involved with WWE and saw how competitive it was, I wanted to get in the ring."

Which led to a new appreciation of the 'no pain, no gain' theory for Michelle.

"For all those people who say it's fake, there's nothing fake about falling on your back," she said. "For the first four months, I couldn't land flat. You forget to tuck your neck and get really bad whiplash.

Michelle's Playboy debut is on newsstands now. She fights Torrie Wilson in a lingerie pillow fight at Wrestlemania 22 on pay-per-view next weekend.

RELATED LINKS

  • March 12, 2006: Sweet as Candice
  • More on WrestleMania 22


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  • Candice Michelle Playboy Magazine
  • WWE Divas Do New York - The Lingerie Edition DVD