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Danielle Sierra Kamela (born March 18, 1988) is an American professional wrestler and actress currently signed to WWE, where she works in their developmental territory NXT under the ring name Vanessa Borne.

Vanessa Borne
Birth nameDanielle Sierra Kamela[1]
Born (1988-03-18) March 18, 1988 (age 31)[1]
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.[2]
Alma materArizona State University
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Danielle Kamela[3]
Vanessa Borne
Billed height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)[4]
Billed weight120 lb (54 kg)[4]
Billed fromScottsdale, Arizona
Trained byRikishi[citation needed]
Gangrel[citation needed]
WWE Performance Center
DebutDecember 30, 2015

Early lifeEdit

Kamela was born to a Samoan mother and a European American father.[5] A graduate of Chaparral High School and Arizona State University, Kamela worked as a Fox Sports Arizona presenter, Phoenix Suns dancer, and Arizona Cardinals cheerleader prior to her wrestling career.[2]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Knokx Pro Entertainment (2016)Edit

Kamela trained with Rikishi and Gangrel at Knokx Pro Entertainment. She made her in-ring debut on March 26, 2016 using her real name Danielle. She was defeated by Pedro in the European Cruiserweight Championship Match.[1]

WWE (2016–present)Edit

On April 12, 2016 it was announced that Kamela had signed with WWE, where she was assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.[3] She made her WWE NXT debut shortly after at a live event, under her real name.[6] Her television debut took place on the October 5, 2016, episode of NXT, working as an enhancement talent, where she was defeated by Peyton Royce.[7] She made another appearance on the October 19 episode of NXT, where she was defeated by Nikki Cross, but the decision was later reversed because Cross continued to attack Kamela.[8] On June 28, 2017, Kamela returned to television under the new ring name Vanessa Borne, where she defeated Jayme Hachey in a Mae Young Classic qualifier match.[9] On July 13, she was eliminated from the tournament in the first round by Serena Deeb.[10] Towards the rest of the year and the beginning of 2018, Borne continued to compete against various competitors such as Liv Morgan,[11] Nikki Cross,[12] Kairi Sane,[13] and Dakota Kai, however, she ended up on the losing side against all of them.[14][15]

On February 13th 2019, Borne started an alliance with Aliyah, after she helped her defeat Taynara Conti.[16] In their first match together, Borne and Aliyah defeated Conti and Xia Li.[17]

Other mediaEdit

Kamela was a guest on the professional cheerleading web series Beyond The Pom Poms in 2014.[18]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Kingdom of Gladiators: The Tournament Kyla

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Foursome Waitress TV movie

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Vanessa Borne Facts You Need To Know". PWPIX. 25 Mar 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Walsh, Todd; Jackson, Jody (4 Nov 2013). "Danielle Kamela: Fox Sports Arizona Girl". Phoenix People. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "WWE Performance Center welcomes new class of recruits". WWE. April 12, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Cruickshank, Jamie (28 Sep 2017). "Vanessa Borne". gerweck.net. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  5. ^ Killam, Mike (28 August 2017). "Killam's Mae Young Classic Recap & Review – Episode #1". Mandatory. WrestleZone. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Danielle Kamela Makes Her NXT In-Ring Debut Against Bayley". PWPIX. 7 Aug 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  7. ^ Taylor, Scott. "Peyton Royce def. Danielle Kamela". WWE. Retrieved 5 Oct 2016.
  8. ^ Erik Beaston (2016-10-19). "WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights for October 19". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  9. ^ Middleton, Marc (23 June 2017). "Spoilers On New Superstars Qualified For The Mae Young Classic, New WWE NXT Ring Names Revealed". Wrestling Inc. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  10. ^ Williams, JJ (2017-07-13). "WWE Mae Young Classic taping spoilers: The tournament begins". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2017-07-14.
  11. ^ "WWE NXT Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 27". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  12. ^ Taylor, Scott. "Nikki Cross def. Vanessa Borne". WWE. Retrieved 21 Feb 2018.
  13. ^ Clapp, John. "Kairi Sane def. Vanessa Borne". WWE. Retrieved 4 Apr 2018.
  14. ^ "WWE NXT recap and reactions (May 2, 2018): Seeking Revenge". Cageside Seats. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  15. ^ Clapp, John. "Dakota Kai def. Vanessa Borne". WWE. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  16. ^ Trionfo, Richard (February 13, 2019). "WWE NXT REPORT: COLE VERSUS RICOCHET, WHO WANTS TO MESS WITH SHAYNA?, WHO WANTS TO CHALLENGE THE WAR RAIDERS, AND MORE". PWInsider.
  17. ^ Trionfo, Richard (February 27, 2019). "WWE NXT REPORT: YIM VERSUS BASZLER, WWE WOMEN'S TAG CHAMPS SHOW UP, A TEAM IS REBORN, AND MORE". PWInsider.
  18. ^ Jordan, Austin; Samano, Selina (14 June 2014). "Beyond The Pom Poms (1.9)". YouTube. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

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