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.
Kamela was born to a Samoan mother and a European American father. 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.
Professional wrestling career
Knokx Pro Entertainment
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.
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. She made her WWE NXT debut shortly after at a live event, under her real name.
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. 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.
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. On July 13, she was eliminated from the tournament in the first round by Serena Deeb. On the September 27, 2017 episode of NXT, Liv Morgan defeated Borne by pinfall. On the February 21, 2018 episode of NXT, Borne was defeated by Nikki Cross. On the April 4 episode of NXT, Borne was defeated by Kairi Sane. On the May 2 episode of NXT, Borne established herself as a heel by confronting Dakota Kai. On May 9, Borne was defeated by Dakota Kai and attacked by Shayna Baszler after the match