Leah Van Dale is an American cheerleader, dancer, fitness trainer, model, professional wrestler and professional wrestling manager currently signed to WWE under the ring name Carmella, performing on the SmackDown brand.
On December 20, Carmella started a storyline with James Ellsworth, professing that she found him "uniquely attractive." On January 3, 2017, Ellsworth started accompanying Carmella to the ring during her matches. On the May 16 episode of SmackDown, Carmella scored a victory over Naomi in a non-title match. At Backlash, Carmella teamed up with Natalya and Tamina to compete against Flair, Lynch, and Naomi in a six-woman tag team match, where Carmella's team was victorious. On June 18, Carmella was declared the winner of the inaugural women's Money in the Bank ladder match at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view after Ellsworth obtained the briefcase and dropped it to her, ending the match in controversial fashion. The following Tuesday, General Manager Daniel Bryan stripped Carmella of the Money in the Bank contract on SmackDown Live, issuing a rematch between all five women for the following week. In the main event of the June 27 episode of SmackDown Live, Carmella was victorious after she retrieved the briefcase herself, officially becoming the inaugural winner of the women's Money in the Bank ladder match. On August 8, Carmella defeated Naomi in a non-title match after an interference by the returning Ellsworth following his suspension on July 4. On the November 7 episode of Smackdown Live, Carmella attacked Ellsworth with a Superkick after he lost an intergender match against Becky Lynch, thus ending the association between them as well as marking Ellsworth's last appearance in WWE. In November, Carmella competed as part of Team SmackDown along with Lynch, Naomi, Tamina, and Natalya in the 5-on-5 elimination match against Team Raw at Survivor Series in a losing effort.
Lists Featuring Carmella
Top Ten Current WWE Champions as of May 13th 2018 Top Ten Hottest WWE Divas
WWE Divas Who Should Win a Championship Top Ten WWE Divas Who Should Win a WWE Women's Championship in 2018
The Best Women Of WWE Smackdown 2018 Best WWE Divas Who are Better as a Face
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