Formerly a NXT Superstar Vanessa Borne have opened up recently in terms of her WWE release. Borne, whose real name is Danielle Kamela, had not been on WWE TV since January 2020. After more than 15 months of inactivity, Borne was released from his contract.
One of the biggest speculated rumors about Borne was that she along with Chelsea Green and Santana Garrett, was to debut on the main chart as a trio. Recently, both Green and Garrett have also both been released from their WWE contracts. Green was part of the original cuts after WrestleMania in April, while Garrett was part of the last releases less than two weeks ago.
While talking to PWInsider, Borne had the following to say about the most important news about roster calls.
“When I was told [I was being called up], I did not believe it. I was like, ‘Are you sure?’ I had not done much in NXT but got the news after working so hard in the Performance Center, everyone at the Performance Center is working their ass out so when you get to know this information you are like, ‘All my hard work has paid off. ‘I was thrilled, especially because Paul Heyman had brought me up and I look up to him when it comes to storytelling, his microphone work and he is one I want to be. It was encouraging. ”
She continued, “I had been in and out with Raw and SmackDown, and it was around March when my visa was up in Orlando, so I moved back to Arizona, and that was when COVID hit. They stopped bringing me to TV and they changed everything. Everyone had to navigate through it. I sat at home for six months and it was hard. When COVID calmed down, they brought me back with Chelsea and Santana and told us we were going to be in a trio that I was super excited about. Every time you work so closely with others, it’s fun. To be able to jump ideas apart and everyone thinks differently. We were excited and we got all the main list contracts, which was exciting. Things just never worked out and the idea was scratched. I feel like it’s happening a lot. ”
After the plans to be with Garrett and Green fell through, Borne was actually set up to be part of the now defunct RETRIBUTION barn. The barn that had Mia Yim as Reckoning and Mercedes Martinez who dropped out and returned to NXT before revealing her new name to the audience.
“Then I was called in and they had a pitch where I was part of RETRIBUTION,” she remembered. “I was excited to be on TV for something, but I had a lot of questions. I wanted to know what the group was about and how I fit in. I had some concerns because during this time there were things around the country with violence and we are seeing this unfold and it is not beautiful. I wanted to know if the group imitated it. I expressed these concerns, but in the end I wanted to do what I was told and try to figure out how I could help. Within a week, I got a call from Mark Carano saying, ‘We do not want you as part of RETRIBUTION and we are withdrawing your contract. You will be sent back to NXT. ‘”
After being told she was going back to NXT, Borne opened up about how it made her feel and how her reunion never pushed forward. Before Borne was out of TV, and before she was told she was moved to the main list, Borne was in a tag team with Aliyah.
She further commented that she wanted to make sure those in charge knew she would be a team player and would not have anyone to believe she would not participate. Borne wanted to make sure she did not give a wrong impression.
“It felt like I was kicked in the gut. I never wanted them to think that I did not think an idea was not good or that I did not want to participate. I would do anything and had done everything to that point. After we talked, I sent him a text that said, ‘I’m so sorry if I came across that I did not want to be a part of anything. I’m here to work. I am willing to do anything. ‘He just said,’ This is where we are at. ‘ I still think back and kick myself and think I should have sat there, nodded and been happy. I was glad I might have just given the wrong impression. Experience. Sometimes I tend to be blunt and I don’t know if that was what came across when it came to asking questions or having concerns. Maybe that’s not the reason, and it’s something completely different, it happened to fall in line with how everything went down. I put these two things together. ”
She continued, “After I was back in NXT and had time to digest it, I was still happy to have a job. I spoke to Canyon and said, ‘I’m still in the game and willing to move back to Florida.’ We chatted and wanted to get me back in the Performance Center because I had not been in the ring for nine or ten months. Eventually I went to the Performance Center for two weeks to train, which was great. I was in the gym constantly and was in great shape. I felt like I was flying in the ring and not missing a beat. During my second week when I was back in the ring, I became COVID. That was the last time I was on the PC because it rolled right into the holidays. This year was rolling around and I hadn’t heard anything so I needed to figure things out. I texted Triple H because I had not spoken to anyone and no one had spoken to me. He connected me with a writer on NXT and we went back and forth with ideas to get me involved. We had ideas that would work, but when you have other characters and stories, it’s a huge puzzle. We never came to a final plan or anything. The last message I had sent was not answered and a week later I was released. ”
Hopefully fans will see Borne show up in yet another campaign and get back in a wrestling ring as soon as possible.
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