Carmella Biography

(Professional Wrestler)

Birthday: October 23, 1987 (Libra)

Born In: Spencer, Massachusetts, United States

Leah Van Dale, best known by her ring name Carmella, is an American wrestler, wrestling manager, model, trainer, cheerleader, and dancer. She is currently a part of SmackDown. Though her father was a professional wrestler, Leah’s first passion was dancing and she started dancing when she was as young as three. Her career began early while she was a performer for the New England Patriots Cheerleaders. During this stint, she was featured regularly in famous publications. Her dancing soon led her to bigger exposure in commercials and magazines. Her foray into wrestling began through a developmental deal with NXT, a branch of World Wrestling Entertainment that trains individuals for the WWE roster. She even managed the team of Enzo Amore and Big Cass during this period. Her impressive performance in the NXT territory eased her journey. Geared for stardom with her athletic abilities, she soon became a professional wrestler when she made her debut on SmackDown in 2016, where she continues to perform on various storylines. She has since achieved several milestones and awards. Apart from this, Leah is also known for her humanitarian side as she loves working with charities and constantly engages herself with various organizations.
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Boyfriend: William Morrissey (2014–201)

Also Known As: Leah Van Dale

Age: 35 Years, 35 Year Old Females


father: Paul Van Dale

siblings: Breanna Dale

American Women Women Sportspersons

Height: 5'5" (165 cm), 5'5" Females

Ancestry: Dutch American

Notable Alumni: University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth

U.S. State: Massachusetts

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education: University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Childhood & Early Life
Leah Van Dale was born on October 23, 1987 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Paul Van Dale, a professional wrestler who worked as a jobber. She has a younger sister, Breanna.
She decided to study at the University of Rhode Island and later opted to be transferred to the University of Massachusetts. She later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She began cheerleading immediately after graduation.
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A developmental deal was signed between Leah Van Dale and WWE in June 2013. She was consequently assigned to NXT— a professional wrestling television program that is produced by WWE—around September 2013. Her ring name Carmella was adopted in December.
Her debut storyline in an episode of NXT (September 2014) portrayed her as a hairdresser alongside Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady. A fortnight later, this segment continued as she appeared having lost her job and asking for a place at NXT.
Soon, she made her in-ring debut where she fought a local wrestler who was nicknamed Blue Pants. The rivalry between them continued for a while.
A feud between Amore and Cassady versus NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy also involved Carmella. She was defeated by Alexa Bliss after Blake and Murphy distracted her. Soon, in the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable episode, Bliss attacked Carmella in order to win the NXT Tag Team Championship.
Though she continued with Amore and Cassady, a new rivalry emerged with Eva Marie. In the two matches between them, Marie won both times.
It was in early 2016 that Carmella became the contender for Bayley’s NXT Women’s Championship. She couldn’t win the title. She made her first appearance on the main roster on March 12, 2016 when she accompanied Amore and Cassady for the match against The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship.
In the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: The End, Carmella participated in a triple match against Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. However, this was won by Jax.
Her final match in NXT was where she was challenged in a six-woman tag team match along with Liv Morgan and Nikki Glencross. They defeated Daria Berenato, Mandy Rose, and her constant rival Alexa Bliss.
As part of the 2016 WWE draft, Carmella was drafted to SmackDown. Her debut for the main roster took place on July 26, 2016. Her first victory was when she defeated Natalya on the August 9 episode of SmackDown Live.
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In the SummerSlam, she competed against Natalya, Bliss, and Nikki Bella alongside Becky Lynch and Naomi, in a six-woman tag team match. However, the team lost when Carmella was pinned down by Bella.
In a long-lasting rivalry with Bella, she first attacked her before their singles match. This turned her a villainess on the main roster. She competed against Bella at No Mercy where she was defeated. She exclaimed that Bella’s success mostly was a result of her boyfriend’s (Jon Cena) popularity.
On September 11,2016, in the six-pack elimination challenge to determine the inaugural WWE SmackDown Women's Champion, she was defeated by Lynch, who later ended winning the title. Later, her team was defeated at the Survivor Series pay-per-view series. The SmackDown women's team were put up against the Raw women's team in an elimination match.
In a no-disqualification match at the TLC pay-per-view event, she lost to Bella in December. Soon, in a new storyline around December 2016 with James Ellsworth, Carmella professed that she found him attractive. In January 2017, Ellsworth had started accompanying her to the ring during her matches.
In the May 16, 2017, episode of SmackDown, Carmella registered a victory against Naomi in a non-title match. At Backlash, her team comprised Natalya and Tamina and they competed against Flair, Lynch, and Naomi in a six-woman tag team match. Carmella’s team emerged victorious.
On June 18, 2017, a high moment in her career, Carmella was declared the winner of the inaugural women's Money in the Bank ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. The match, however, ended in a controversial manner. Daniel Bryan cleared Carmella of the Money in the Bank contract on SmackDown Live and issued a rematch.
Carmella reemerged victorious in June 27, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live after she retrieved the briefcase herself. She officially became the inaugural winner of the women's Money in the Bank ladder match.
She competed alongside Lynch, Naomi, Tamina and Natalya as part of Team SmackDown in the 5-on-5 elimination match against the opponents Team Raw at Survivor Series. Her team lost this match.
On January 28, 2018, she entered the women’s Royal Rumble in the inaugural match. However, she was defeated by Nikki Bella.

In March 2018, she defeated Naomi and soon after announced that she would participate in the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal.
She has also made her video game debut as a playable character in the professional wrestling video game WWE 2K17.
Awards & Achievements
Carmella was ranked at 38 among the top 50 female wrestlers in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Female 50 in 2017.
She has won the Money in the Bank titled and has broken the record for holding the briefcase (from June 27, 2017) for the longest time. The previous record was 280 days.
Personal Life & Legacy
Carmella dated William Morrissey, better known by his ring name Big Cass, from 2014 to 2017. They started dating when they worked together on NXT along with Enzo Amore.
She has dubbed herself as the Princess of Staten Island. Her other nickname is ‘Ms. Money in the Bank’ as she was the first woman to be crowned with the honor.
During her days as a dancer, she was a backup dancer for Rihanna for her World Tour.

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