Leah Van Damme, a former Los Angeles Lakers and New England Patriots cheerleader, currently appears for WWE's
developmental league, NXT, as Carmella. She reported to the sports-entertainment organization's facility
in September 2013.
Van Damme's real name is Leah Vandale.
The Princess of Staten Island
She calls herself the "Princess of Staten Island" and she made her WWE NXT debut at Thursday's tapings at Full Sail
University in Winter Park, Florida.
Known as Carmella, this Diva prospect lost to Natalya in an episode that will air next month on the WWE Network.
Carmella, a former Los Angeles Lakers and New England Patriots cheerleader, began training with WWE last September. She
was briefly paired up with Big Cass as his loud-mouthed valet in the spring before moving on to wrestling. She began wrestling
at non-televised events in June.
Carmella's real name is Leah Van Dale. She is the daughter of Paul Van Dale, an ex-wrestler who appeared as a jobber for
the World Wrestling Federation from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. In a trivia note he lost to Razor Ramon in the future
WWE Hall of Famer's television debut in 1992.
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