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Who Is Leah Van Dale, Carmella ? Read More About Her


Who Is Leah Van Dale, Carmella ? Read More About Her

Leah Van Dale was born in October 23, 1987, is an American professional wrestler, dancer and model. She is currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Carmella.

In June 2013, Van Dale signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental brand NXT in Orlando, Florida. In October 2014, she aligned herself with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, becoming their manager. In July 2016, she made her main roster debut on SmackDown. In June 2017, Carmella became the winner of the inaugural women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. In April 2018, she became the first woman in WWE history to successfully cash-in her Money in the Bank opportunity, when she defeated Charlotte Flair to win the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship. In 2019, Carmella won both the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal and the WWE 24/7 Championship.

Leah Van Dale was born on October 23, 1987 in Spencer, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Paul Van Dale, a former mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, who worked as a jobber for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as WWE) in the 1980s and 1990s, making the younger Van Dale a second generation WWE Superstar. Van Dale is of Italian and Dutch descent. She grew up in Spencer, Massachusetts, where she graduated from David Prouty High School in 2006. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2010. Van Dale was a cheerleader for the New England Patriots for three seasons, ending in 2010. She successfully auditioned for the Los Angeles Lakers dance team, appearing as a Laker Girl during the 2010–2011 season.

Carmella made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K17 and has since appeared in WWE 2K18, WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20. Carmella joined Total Divas as a main cast member for the show’s seventh season in June 2017. Despite being a guest in the eighth season, Carmella returned to the show as a series regular in the ninth season, which premiered in October 2019. The season featured Carmella’s real-life relationship with Corey Graves.

On February 3, 2020, Van Dale launched her own wine label called Capo Cagna. On June 11, 2020 Van Dale and Matthew Polinsky (better known as WWE commentator Corey Graves) also launched a weekly podcast, Bare With Us, where the two discuss different issues regarding relationships including issues within their own. It is Van Dale’s first podcast as a host and Polinsky’s second (along with WWE After the Bell, which he hosts as Corey Graves).

Van Dale is a certified fitness instructor and a personal trainer. Van Dale is a lifelong fan of professional wrestling, and idolized Miss Elizabeth as a child. Van Dale was in a relationship with fellow wrestler William Morrissey, better known as Big Cass. In 2019, she began a relationship with fellow WWE employee Matthew Polinsky, better known as Corey Graves.