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WWE Diva Cameron starts right cause with ‘Wrong #’

WWE divas Cameron (left) and Naomi when they were the Funkadactyls.
WWE divas Cameron (left) and Naomi when they were the Funkadactyls. Photo By Jim Varsallone

Just because Ariane Andrew, better known as WWE Diva Cameron, is taking time off from the rigorous WWE travel schedule, that does not mean she is dormant.

Through her background, education and WWE star power, Cameron is starting an important campaign aptly titled “Wrong #” which is an anti-bullying social media effort.

She said: “I’m able to launch my own thing to bring awareness to this issue for people who have experienced bullying -- especially with social media being so huge as that’s where the biggest part of bullying is today, cyberbullying.”

A Jill of all trades, the current WWE diva utilizes music, singing to promote her message.

“I have a second single coming out, and it’s entitled ‘Wrong #,’” she revealed, and she hopes others will join the cause.

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Her synopsis of “Wrong #”

“For every hater, there is a believer. If you’re not about positivity, you have the wrong number.”

#wrongnumber

She explained: “It’s my own personal campaign, talking about anti-bullying through music. It’s my own sassy way of talking about it.”

Reaching the main roster with WWE gave Cameron more options to explore, like music and outreach.

“I know I’m not superwoman. I would love to be, but I can’t do everything,” she said.

With what she can do, Cameron is doing something positive.

“People get so caught up with seeing things on Instagram, on Twitter, on social media,” she said. “They think this is the way they’re supposed to look or dress, but I made it this far just by being Ariane Nicole Andrew. It’s just me strictly being me, and if this is as far as it gets -- with me just being me -- I’m OK with that.”

Cameron expands on her inspiring message to others.

“Don’t let anyone ever tell you you’re not pretty enough, smart enough or tough enough to accomplish any dream, because if you’re dedicated and you really want it, there’s no limit.”

The 27-year-old practices what she preaches, and being fit is a top priority for her.

“Being on the road 24-7 with WWE, the schedule is pretty grueling, but I’ve had a little time off, and I’ve had a chance to get back to where I wanted to be fitness wise,” she said. “It’s very important to stay healthy, be in the gym, because you live longer, when you work out. For me also, when I’m stressed out, it’s a great way to relieve that stress.”

Schedule permitting, Cameron works with an outstanding personal trainer, Alice Raibon.

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“My mom [Tammy] introduced me to her,” Cameron said, “and I remember [chuckle] the first time going to her. I was living in Tampa, and when I came here [Los Angeles] to visit, I tried her workout. I was having a hard time keeping up, but my mom was like going crazy with it. I was like, ‘OK, I need to keep up with my mom?’ That’s kind of embarrassing.”

Cameron hired Raibon.

“She’s a woman, and I feel like that’s nice,” Cameron said. “She’s able to relate. She knows what body parts to target because she is a woman. Not to say a man can’t do that, but she is a really sweet person. She pushes me to my limit, and I respect her for that. I’ve been seeing her now four years. I try to at least see her once a week. Of course, too, it gets pricey. If I could see her everyday, I would.”

Raibon emphasizes Circuit Training.

Circuit Training is a form of body conditioning or resistance training using high-intensity aerobics, moderate weights and frequent repetitions. It targets strength building and muscular endurance -- achieved by short bursts of resistance exercise, followed quickly by another burst of exercise targeting a different muscle group.

“It’s medium weights -- not too light, not too heavy -- and it’s consistent to whatever it is she is training me. If it’s chest and abs, it’s a whole hour, non-stop. When I’m on my own, because I don’t have a set day that I see her, let’s say Monday, I’ll do leg training at the gym; Tuesday, I have a body works and abs class with another trainer; Wednesday, I’ll do arms; and Thursday, I’ll go see her, but I don’t have any set order that I do this on this day and this on this day.”

Cameron is flexible within her weekly workout schedule, but the priority remains to work out.

“That’s just me, because what I did notice was when I was keeping a strict schedule, doing this on this day and sticking to it, I felt like my body was getting used to my workout. I try to do at least 45 minutes to an hour of cardio. That’s something I try to set in stone. Cardio keeps me slimmer. My stomach has always been the hardest area for me. To get that six-pack, I try to implement cardio, for sure, everyday. It’s just based on how my day is. I know I have to do it equal -- a few days of arms and a few days of legs. It just rotates between my own personal training, the trainer at the gym and my own personal trainer.”

On the road with WWE constitutes another change in her workout regimen.

“When I’m on the road 24-7, it would pretty much be like a lot of cardio, a little bit of weights, and then when I would get home, I would land on Wednesday and literally go straight to see my personal trainer, because I know with her she’s gonna kick my butt. I get off the plane on a Wednesday, when I’m dead beat tired after five days on the road, and if I go do my own workout, it’s not going to be as dedicated or hard or pushing me.”

Cameron grew up in California, in the Valley, the Granada Hills/Northridge area. She graduated from Granada Hills Charter High School, home of the Highlanders, near Los Angeles. Notable alum include Valerie Bertinelli, Ryan Braun, John Elway, Robert Englund, Gary Matthews Jr., Lisa Wilhoit, and of course Ariane Andrew.

“I’ve kind of always been into fitness,” she said. “I ran track and cross-country in high school, and that’s what made me decide to [later] give WWE a try.”

She longed to compete in athletics in high school.

“What can I do that is really going to push me and make me push my limits?” she said, “and for some reason I decided to do track. I was pretty fast. I did the 4x100, the 4x400, the 400 and the 200. When track season wasn’t around, I did cross-country to keep my endurance up. Sometimes in high school, we’d run 14 miles as our workout for the day. So I definitely was able to build up my endurance in cross-country, when we had our down time from track, and it’s something I fell in love with. Now I can get on a treadmill. I can go hiking. I can just go run. ”

Cameron also joined the drama club in high school.

“It was hard doing track and drama, because when the plays came around, I would only be able to get the tiny parts that wouldn’t require much rehearsal, because it conflicted with track season.”

Cameron recalls one of her performances.

“One of my close friends from high school who I still talk to today, Yazmin, we did ‘The Bad Seed’ together. It was the weirdest thing ever, because I’d never done something where you can not look at the person. You just had to talk to the audience as if the audience is the person you are talking to. It was a challenge for both of us. I played the mom; she played the daughter, and at the end [spoiler alert] the mom kills the daughter. So it was very intense, but I was actually really proud of us. It was a really big deal because all the final contestants had to go to the high school, and we got second place.”

Speaking to a crowd can be intimidating.

“I love to talk and be involved in stuff,” a confident Cameron said. “My mom would always tell me, ‘Oh my gosh. You have so much personality.’ I’ve been like that pretty much since I’ve been conceived.”

Cameron is not only outgoing, beautiful, talented and fit, but she is also educated. After graduating high school, Cameron enrolled at Cal State University-Northridge.

“I was the first person from my family to ever go to college, so that was a big accomplishment,” she proudly noted.

An even bigger accomplishment occurred when Cameron graduated college with two degrees.

“I always wanted to do the opposite of what I was around,” Cameron said. “Don’t get me wrong. I love my family, but growing up was a bit difficult. My family is a bit different. I will just use that word...”

Her outlets -- Education and Entertainment. Later through WWE and E!, she co-starred on an entertaining weekly reality type show.

“I loved entertainment, and I always wanted to be an entertainer,” said Cameron, who became an integral part of WWE “Total Divas” on E!. “If there was a book on how to do it, if you want to be an entertainer, I did it by the book.

“I went to school and got my education. I got two degrees -- one in psychology, one in business marketing -- and before entering WWE, I worked as a senior behavior therapist with autistic children. I was actually going to get my master’s degree, when I got this opportunity with WWE.”

In 2011, she competed in an non-televised WWE Diva Search in Santa Monica, Calif. at one of WWE’s offices.

While balancing school and her job, she pursued her entertainment dream.

“I had just left an agency, because they weren’t really doing much for me, but they still had me signed-up with L.A. Casting,” she said. “I remember going, ‘Wow, [WWE] this sounds amazing. It’s sports entertainment, and it’s everything I want to do.’”

Cameron auditioned for WWE.

“They wanted to see what I looked like, if I was in shape,” she recalled, “and got to know me on a 1-on-1 basis, talking about the product, WWE itself.

“I thought nothing about if afterward,” she said. “I did it. If I get called back, if I don’t, at least I can say I tried. I remember getting a phone call back, and they said, ‘We love you. We want you to come back for another one,’ and before you know it, it was like a four to five elimination type thing.”

Part of the process included a week at FCW, WWE’s then developmental group in Tampa to test her physicality.

She said: “It was definitely difficult, but only the strong survive.”

Cameron not only survived; she thrived.

“Then I got a phone call, and they said, ‘Hey, we want to give you a contract to developmental to go to FCW, and now it’s called NXT [in Orlando], our developmental territory.”

Plans can change in WWE.

“They [later] said, ‘We want you to actually do ‘Tough Enough,’’ and I was a little confused, because wasn’t the whole thing of ‘Tough Enough’ to receive a contract? But it was just something they wanted me to do.”

Cameron continued: “I had signed my original contract and then pretty much was like, ‘OK, they’re now throwing me into this situation where if I don’t win, there’s a possibility I won’t get a contract.’ It was such a weird situation, but I said, “If this is what they’re saying I have to do, I’m just going to do it.’

“I know I will end up becoming a WWE Diva.”

Cameron was the first person eliminated in the “Tough Enough” competition, but that didn’t stop her. She came full circle in a short period of time.

“They decided to re-sign me, and I got a contract to be in developmental,” she said. “I went to developmental for three months, and then got on the main roster.”

Cameron is the only one from that Diva Search to make it, and she is the only one from that “Tough Enough” competition to currently be employed by WWE.

“I was the first eliminated, but I’m the last one standing.”

And the 5-6, 120-pounder wants to continue standing, standing tall via this sports entertainment empire -- competing, entertaining and especially helping others.

“A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, being with WWE has been great,” she said. “We’re considered sports entertainers. I’ve always loved sports, and I’ve always loved to entertain. So I thought, ‘Wow, this is the best of both worlds,’ and then all that we do like being a part of Special Olympics, Susan G. Komen, Be a STAR, it’s great.”

She added: “We were just involved with Special Olympics, and when we have events like that, count me in. It’s like I’ve been able to live all the things I wanted do into one.”

Worthy to note, “Pro Wrestling Illustrated” magazine ranked Cameron No.17 of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the prestigious PWI Female 50 of 2014.

Cameron credits Norman Smiley and Sara Del Rey for training her. Both are currently working with developmental talent and new signees at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. They are also involved in producing NXT shows.

“I didn’t have much training when I was in developmental, because I got called up so early,” she said, “but Norman Smiley was such a great, patient coach. He was great when I was in FCW. As far as being on the road, Sara Del Rey was always very helpful.

‘The hard thing for me was I did it backward. Everyone usually comes up well trained and ready to go. For me, being called up so early, I was like, ‘Oh my God. How am I going to do this? I barely know what I’m doing.’ It’s sink or swim.”

Cameron got the call to the main roster, joining Naomi as the Funkadactyls -- the cute, high energy, dancing tandem for Mr. Brodus Clay. They debuted on Raw in January 2012.

“It’s been difficult, because I’m still learning to this day,” Cameron said, “but Sara Del Rey has definitely helped along the way, and my ex-tag team partner, Naomi, helped me so much, when we were partners together, when we were just valets.”

Naomi would arrive early at shows to help Cameron train.

Still very active with the company, Cameron wants to continue progressing as a WWE sports entertainer.

With time off from WWE, Cameron asked to train at NXT, where she can improve and perfect her in-ring skills. She is currently in a holding pattern, waiting for the official world from her employer on that next phase with WWE.

“I’m always working to get to the next step in my life,” she said. “You don’t just want to stay in one spot. You want to progress.”

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- Cameron is a playbale character in the “WWE 2K16” video game, available Oct. 27 domestically and Oct. 30 internationally.

Fitting Advice

Being a WWE Diva is about portraying the glitz and glam persona, but there has to be some mental, physical and emotional dedication, according to Ariane Andrew, better known as WWE Diva Cameron.

Just because summer is winding down, it doesn't mean it's time to let up.

A former co-star of the hit show “Total Divas” on E!, Cameron has tips and tricks for people to achieve the perfect body.

Ariane's insights to maintaining a divalicious body

· Being on the road almost all year round can become challenging, but if you’re dedicated, it’s a “piece of cake.”

· Everyone has a different body shape, metabolism and a way their body works. For me, I like to eat whatever I want, but I exercise at least 3-4 times a week.

· A mix of circuit training, weightlifting and cardio keeps the body is tip top shape.

· Best known secret: The stair master- do it, your booty and your boyfriend will thank you

· I encourage everyone to enjoy their lives and eat what they please, as long they exercise. My motto is: “Work hard to play hard.”

· Make sure to foam roll and stretch before and after a workout. This will make your body less sore and help avoid injuries.

· Make sure to fuel up on a great Protein smoothie. Use fresh and frozen berries, almond milk (for a lil extra protein) and some raw chocolate to spice things up! I like to make one after a hard work out or as a meal replacement to curb those late-night cravings.

· Just breathe. If you can find the space to meditate, try it, that mental muscle is just as important. Keep it calm, be receptive, and kick some a^% in the gym. Know that you are worth it.

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