Vanessa Borne

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Vanessa Borne
Birth name Danielle Sierra Kamela[1]
Born (1988-03-18) March 18, 1988 (age 30)[1]
Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.[2]
Alma mater Arizona State University
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Danielle Kamela[3]
Vanessa Borne
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (163 cm)[4]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[4]
Billed from Scottsdale, Arizona
Trained by Rikishi
WWE Performance Center
Debut December 30, 2015

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.

Early life

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 career

Knokx Pro Entertainment (2016)

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]


NXT (2016–present)

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, 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] On the September 27, 2017 episode of NXT, Liv Morgan defeated Borne by pinfall.[11] On the February 21, 2018 episode of NXT, Borne was defeated by Nikki Cross.[12] On the April 4 episode of NXT, Borne was defeated by Kairi Sane.[13] On the May 2 episode of NXT, Borne established herself as a heel by confronting Dakota Kai.[14] On May 9, Borne was defeated by Dakota Kai and attacked by Shayna Baszler after the match.[15]

Other media

Kamela was a guest on the professional cheerleading web series Beyond The Pom Poms in 2014.[16]



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


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Foursome Waitress TV movie


  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". 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. ^ Jordan, Austin; Samano, Selina (14 June 2014). "Beyond The Pom Poms (1.9)". YouTube. Retrieved 24 August 2018.

External links

  • Danielle Kamela on IMDb
  • Vanessa Borne on
  • Vanessa Borne's profile at,, Internet Wrestling Database
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