Ariane Nicole Andrew (born November 3, 1987) is an American actress, singer, model, dancer and professional wrestler best known for her time in WWE under the ring name Cameron (shortened from Cameron Lynn).
Cameron in September 2014
|Birth name||Ariane Nicole Andrew|
|Born||November 3, 1987|
Northridge, Los Angeles, California, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Alma mater||California State University, Northridge|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Billed weight||120 lb (54 kg)|
|Billed from||Orlando, Florida|
|Trained by||Florida Championship Wrestling|
Sara Del Rey
|Debut||July 7, 2011|
Under her real name, Ariane joined the 2011 season of Tough Enough where she was the first competitor eliminated. She later signed with WWE and joined Naomi in forming The Funkadactyls. From July 2013 to March 2015, Andrew was featured as one of the main cast members of the reality television show Total Divas.
Andrew was born and raised in Northridge, Los Angeles, California. She graduated from Granada Hills Charter High School, where she was active in track and cross country, and was a member of the school's drama club. She later graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts in business marketing and a Bachelor of Science in psychology. After graduating, she moved to North Hollywood, where she worked as a behavior therapist for autistic children. She is of African American and Korean descent.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Tough Enough (2011)Edit
In 2011, Andrew competed in a non-televised Diva Search with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Later that year, Andrew was one of fourteen contestants on the revival of Tough Enough, where she was the first eliminated.
Florida Championship Wrestling (2011–2012)Edit
Immediately after being eliminated from Tough Enough, Andrew confirmed on her Twitter account that WWE had signed her to a contract. She was then assigned to WWE's then-developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), and made her debut on July 7, 2011, as a ring announcer at an FCW house show. On July 9, she made her in-ring debut, under the ring name Cameron Lynn, in a Divas battle royal, which consisted of Audrey Marie, Caylee Turner, Kaitlyn, Maxine, Raquel Diaz, Sonia, and Aksana, in which Lynn was eliminated first. On the October 9, 2011, episode of FCW TV, she made her televised debut with Byron Saxton, accompanying Naomi Knight to ringside during her match against Leah West, which Knight won. On the October 23 episode of FCW TV, Lynn teamed with Knight in a winning effort against Caylee Turner and Kaitlyn.
The Funkadactyls (2012–2014)Edit
On the January 9, 2012 episode of Raw, she (billed simply as Cameron) made her WWE main roster debut as one of the dancers and valets, along with Naomi, for the returning Brodus Clay. She made her WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania XXVIII alongside Naomi in a segment with Clay. On the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pre-show on December 16, 2012, Cameron participated in her first televised match on the main roster, which was a "Santa's Little Helpers" battle royal which was won by her fellow Funkadactyl Naomi, who would go on to face Eve Torres later that night for the Divas Championship.
On the February 6, 2013 episode of Main Event, The Funkadactyls got into a backstage altercation with Tamina Snuka and Aksana, after Snuka and Aksana began to persuade Brodus Clay to fire The Funkadactyls and hire them as his backup dancers instead. This led to Cameron and Naomi's first match as a team, in which they defeated Snuka and Aksana.
On the March 15 episode of SmackDown, The Funkadactyls were attacked by the returning Bella Twins in a backstage segment. On the March 22 episode of SmackDown and March 25 episode of Raw, The Funkadactyls attacked the twins after they interfered both times in Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai)'s match against Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow). The four women eventually faced off in a tag team match on the March 27 episode of Main Event, where the Bella Twins emerged victorious when Nikki Bella pinned Naomi after an interference by Rhodes. Cameron and Naomi were set to team up with Brodus Clay and Tensai against Team Rhodes Scholars and the Bella Twins at WrestleMania 29 in an eight-person mixed tag team match, however the match was cancelled due to time restraints. The match instead took place the following night on Raw, where Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls emerged victorious.
On the August 26 episode of Raw, Cameron and Naomi accompanied Natalya to an unsuccessful singles match against Brie Bella, until AJ Lee interrupted and ignited a feud on the cast of Total Divas, criticizing them as undeserving. On the September 27 episode of Smackdown!, Cameron was defeated by Lee in singles match. Cameron joined Team "Total Divas" in a 7-on-7 elimination tag-team match against Team "True Divas" (Alicia Fox, Aksana, AJ Lee, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Tamina Snuka, and Summer Rae) at the Survivor Series pay-per-view and the following night on Raw in a rematch; although Cameron was eliminated by Mendes in the former event and by Snuka in the latter, her team was ultimately victorious in both competitions. On December 15 at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, Cameron, along with fellow Funkadactyl Naomi and Tensai, abandoned Brodus Clay because of his attitude, effectively disbanding Tons of Funk. The following night on an episode of Raw, Cameron and Naomi aligned themselves with R-Truth and Xavier Woods, and began accompanying them to their matches.
In January 2014, The Funkadactyls began feuding with AJ Lee and her bodyguard Tamina Snuka, when Naomi received a push and defeated Lee in various tag team matches on both Raw and SmackDown. However, their rivalry was cut shortly after Naomi suffered a legitimate eye injury during her match with Aksana on the February 3 episode of Raw. On the February 10 episode of Raw, Cameron pinned Aksana during a six-Diva tag team match, and on the February 19 episode of Main Event, Cameron defeated her in a singles match. On February 23 at Elimination Chamber, Cameron received her first shot at the Divas Championship, a match which she won by disqualification after Tamina Snuka accidentally hit a superkick on AJ Lee. Cameron received a rematch on the February 28 episode of SmackDown, which she would lose. At WrestleMania XXX, Cameron failed to capture the title in the "Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational" match, which was ultimately won by Lee.
Singles competition (2014–2016)Edit
In June 2014, after the Payback pay-per-view, Cameron started a brief feud with new Divas Champion Paige, in which Cameron would begin displaying signs of a villainous persona and would unsuccessfully challenge Paige in three non-title matches on Superstars and Raw, all of which Paige would win. Paige then lost to a non-title match to Cameron's tag team partner Naomi, who would get a shot at the Divas Championship at Money in the Bank, after which The Funkadactyls began to fall out and had several disagreements during and after their matches.
On the July 7 episode of Raw, Cameron and Naomi were defeated by AJ Lee and Paige after Cameron tagged herself in and was pinned by Paige. After the match, Cameron and Naomi began brawling in and out of the ring, and as a result, Cameron cemented her villainous turn and the team was disbanded. The following night on an episode of Main Event, Cameron was scheduled to team with Naomi, Natalya, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes, and Summer Rae against Nikki Bella in a six-on-one handicap match, but only showed up to attack Naomi and Nikki. Cameron competed in her first match as a villain on the July 15 episode of Main Event losing to Emma and attacked her after the match, only to be scared off by Naomi. This led to a match between the two on the Battleground pre–show, where Cameron defeated Naomi after grabbing her tights. Throughout the summer, Cameron continued her rivalry with Naomi and competed in various handicap, singles and tag team matches. In November, at Survivor Series, Cameron participated in a four-on-four elimination tag team match, where she was eliminated by Naomi before her team ultimately lost the match. In early 2015, Cameron competed in various singles matches losing to the likes of Summer Rae, Naomi and Paige. On the April 13 episode of Raw, Cameron competed in a number one contender's battle royal for Nikki Bella's WWE Divas Championship, which would be won by Paige. After being the special guest referee for a match between Alicia Fox and Natalya, Cameron would attack both Divas on the April 9 episode of Smackdown, which would lead to a triple threat match the following week, with Cameron coming out victorious. A few weeks later, on the April 30 episode of SmackDown, Cameron confronted Nikki Bella during a backstage segment that led to a non–title match between the two, which Cameron lost.
After taking a hiatus from WWE television, Cameron was moved to WWE NXT and made her return on the November 4 episode of NXT, losing to Asuka. On the January 13, 2016, episode of NXT, Cameron competed in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for Bayley's NXT Women's Championship, which was won by Carmella. On the February 10 episode of NXT, Cameron faced Alexa Bliss in a losing effort. After two months of inactivity, WWE announced on May 6 that Andrew had been released from her contract.
Andrew played a main role for the reality television show Total Divas produced by WWE and E!, which began airing in July 2013. In May 2015, it was announced that Andrew would not be featured as a full-time cast member on the show for season 4, although she still appears as a guest star.
Cameron has appeared in four WWE video games. She made her in-game debut at WWE 13 as an NPC along her then-tag team partner Naomi as "The Funkadactyls" appearing during Brodus Clay's entrance and winning celebration as well as in WWE 2K14, she later made her playable character debut in WWE 2K15 and was playable once again in WWE 2K16.
|2011||WWE Tough Enough||Herself||Contestant; 14th place (season 5)|
|2013–2015||Total Divas||Main cast (season 1–3)|
Recurring (season 4): 30 episodes
|2017||The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars|
|Birth name||Ariane Andrew|
|Genres||Pop, dance, electropop, R&B|
|2014||"Bye Bye (feat. Ice)"||Non album single|
|2015||"Wrong Number (feat. Lovely)"|
Andrew has previously lived in Tampa, Florida. Andrew was in a relationship with Vincent Isayan, and their relationship was featured on Total Divas. On the May 24, 2016 episode of Stone Cold Steve Austin's podcast, Andrew revealed that she and Isayan had broken up. She has a younger brother, Quentinn, and a younger sister, Aniyah. She has two degrees. She cites Maryse, Melina, and Alicia Fox as her inspirations.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- California Birth Index
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