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Leah Van Dale (known as Carmella) is an American professional wrestler. She is also a model plus dancer.  This article will illustrate her start-offs, struggles, and achievements throughout her life.

How was Carmella’s early life?

Leah was born on October 23, 1987, in Massachusetts. Her father is Paul Van Dale, the former jobber of WWE. Moreover, he was a professional wrestler and a mixed martial artist. She became a star in WWE, thanks to her father.

The girl grew up in Spencer, Massachusetts. In 2006, she completed her graduation from David Prouty High School. She was a cheerleader for the team New England Patriots continuously for three years. She appeared as a laker girl during 2010-11.

What about her personal interests?

Van dale has certifications for being a fitness instructor and a personal trainer. Since her childhood, she has been a fan of Miss Elizabeth and wrestling.

On 3 February 2020, she launched Capo Cagna, her own wine label. She is also the host of a weekly podcast, Bare with Us, that discusses relationship issues.

What are the top 10 best matches of Carmella’s wrestling career?

Debuting in June 2013, Carmella had a fantastic career throughout her wrestling journey. She is recognized as one of the best talkers in WWE. But back then, in her ring, she was no less than the best.

Here is a list of 10 of the top-notch match you need to know. Though she couldn’t emerge as the winner most of the time, she has earned huge praise through these matches.

  • NXT 2016 match- Carmella vs. Bayley
  • Wrestle Mania 35-Women’s Battle Royal
  • NXT-2016: Carmella vs. Nia Jax vs. Alexa Bliss
  • Six-Pack Challenge Match- Backlash, 2016
  • Elimination Chamber, 2019-Women’s Tag Team Championship
  • Survivor Series match- 2019
  • Money in the Bank 2017
  • Fast Lane, 2018- Carmella & Natalya vs. Becky Lynch & Naomi
  • TLC 2019- Carmella vs. Nikki Bella
  • Summer Slam, 2018-Carmella vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair

What are some of the downsides she faced during her wrestling career?

She feared during her collaboration with Nia Jax on safety working.

Triple H removed her from Enzo and Cass to grow more as she had great potential. Though she struggled, she improved on her own.

She grew very close to Bayley. While leaving NXT, she felt low as she lost Bayley’s support.

Vince McMahon wanted her to participate in weaker matches.

She faced an awkward backstage moment with Big Cass after the breakup.

Lana replaced her on house shows, and she was upset over this.

There were rumors like John Cena broke up with Nikki Bella because of Carmella. She received lots of hatred for this till it was clarified.

Enzo Amare didn’t want to work with her and chose Liv Morgan.

What are Van Dale’s achievements in life?

Guinness World Records

She made the record for the longest time to hold the WWE Money in the Bank briefcase.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

1) In 2018, she ranked number 7 among the Top-100 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50.

2) She was number 24 among the Top-100 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Women’s 100 in 2019.

Sports Illustrated

In the Top-30 female wrestlers in 2018, she was number 23.


1) She was the champion of the WWE 24/7 Championship twice.

2) She became the champion of the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship once.

3) Van Dale was the champion of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship once.

Van Dale won her first Money in the Bank ladder match at Money in the Bank. However, she was stripped of the briefcase for a controversial issue later on. But destiny was still on her side. During the rematch on Smackdown on June 27, she again won the match. Carmella then officially became the inaugural winner of the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

Note: WWE still considers Carmella as the Money in the Bank winner twice.

Here is a list of Information you need to know about Van Dale.

Carmella Personal Information:

Full name Leah Van Dale
Nickname Carmella
Born October 23, 1987
Age 34 years
Birthplace  Spencer, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Height  1.65 m
Weight 110 lbs
Father’s name Paul Van Dale
Mother’s name N/A
Net worth $1 million.
Salary $300, 000
Twitter handle @CarmellaWWE
Instagram handle @carmellawwe


Her husband’s name is Corey Graves. They got married in 2022.


She has a reach of 5 feet 5 inches.


Carmella weighs 50 kg.


She is now 34 years old.

Carmella’s Net Worth and Salary:

Her net worth is 1 million USD in 2023. She earns approximately 3 million USD. Her other source of income is modeling.

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Abdullah Al Hasan writes about various players, especially about their Biography. He is a freelance content writer and a full-time blogger by profession. He also writes on Surprise Sports regularly.


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