Former WWE Women’s Champion Candice Michelle has described wanting a shoot fight with fellow WWE alumnus Melina in a recent appearance on The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast.
Referencing the recent Twitter exchange between Lacey Evans and Cardi B, Michelle noted how Twitter beef had nearly brought herself and Melina to blows:
When things start firing off on Twitter, things can get bad. That’s actually how my match with Melina happened. Legit. We hated each other. We were legit gonna go into a real fight at a house show. Twitter had just started, we said something to each other and then we had a match. It makes for great TV. Any time there’s any heat or drama, Vince is incredible at taking that kind of stuff and running with it.
Michelle would win her only WWE Woman’s Championship at the expense of Melina, at the 2007 Vengeance: Night of Champions event in Houston, Texas.
Pressed on the source of their rivalry, Michelle felt the pair’s contrasting journeys to the WWE had been the root cause:
She just hated the fact that she came up with the indie scene and to wrestling school, she busted her butt that way. And to her, I was this pretty girl from Hollywood who just got lucky and got a deal. For her to wrestle against me was almost a disgrace for her. And she made that very clear.
However the two gradually gained respect for one another, with the pair working together at the 2019 RAW Reunion show, where Michelle briefly held the 24/7 Championship:
Most matches I had with her I actually learned a lot. We also did an indie show together and I gave this motivational speech and told Melina, ‘I respect you because you pushed me to be better.’ She taught me how to work the crowd. As a newbie not going to wrestling world, I want to perform for the crowd. I want to be great. When you can dance, its really frustrating.
In an interesting note, Michelle also detailed the differences in approach between Beth Phoenix and Victoria, both of whom she wrestled on multiple occasions over her WWE tenure:
I remember coming back from a broken nose and telling Lisa Marie Varon (Victoria) that she needed to stay away from my nose. Lisa told me if she needed to stay away from her nose than I’m not a wrestler. It was different working with Beth Phoenix because she would lay out all the spots and the flow was great.