WWE Superstar Carmella Describes Her Journey as a New England Patriots Cheerleader

Published 06/30/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


Carmella has had a fruitful WWE career so far. She was the first women’s Money in the Bank winner and a former SmackDown Women’s Champion. Before coming to the WWE, she was a cheerleader for the New England Patriots football team, a feat only a few people can brag about.

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Carmella details her journey as a cheerleader

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Carmella joined the WWE in 2013, bidding adieu to an incredible cheerleading career. Not only did she cheer for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, but became a Laker girl in 2011.

Appearing on the Out of Character podcast with Ryan Satin, Carmella described the process to becoming a cheerleader for the New England Patriots.

“So I danced my whole life. I started dancing when I was three, and then when I graduated high school, I was like what am I going to do. I really just wanted to move to LA and just get into the dance industry. And my mom was like no, you have to go to college. So I ended up going to school and while I was going to UMass, I was like, should I join the dance team or the cheer team?”

“I was like, I’m just going to try out for the New England Patriots and I just on the whim went and tried out, and I ended up making it.” She described it as a great part-time job while she studied at UMass. The former SmackDown Women’s Champion even claimed she used her part-time cheerleading career as an excuse to get out of class.

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What was the process like?

Ryan Satin asked her about the process to become a cheerleader, given his limited knowledge. Carmella then explained the rigorous process she went through to get to that stage.

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“I honestly had no idea what to expect; I just showed up, and it was a whole day’s worth. There were- I don’t know- five, six hundred people that showed up, and then you kind of just keep trying. Like, there’s cuts throughout the day and then at the end of the day there’s like a two-week camp and you have to go do interviews show if you can speak well and there’s a bikini thing.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 24: Smackdown women’s champion Carmella and WWE’S world champion AJ Styles arrive ahead of a media opportunity at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 24, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

She confessed that when she moved from the Patriots to the Los Angeles Lakers; the process was far more rigorous. However, it was nothing like trying out for WWE.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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