Dana Brooke

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Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke live event May 2017.jpg
Brooke in May 2017
Birth nameAshley Mae Sebera[1]
Born (1988-11-29) November 29, 1988 (age 32)[1]
Seven Hills, Ohio, U.S.[1]
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Alma materKent State University
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Dana Brooke[2]
Billed height5 ft 3 in (160 cm)[3][4]
Billed weight125 lb (57 kg)[4]
Billed fromCleveland, Ohio[3]
Trained byNorman Smiley
WWE Performance Center
DebutSeptember 18, 2014[1]
Signature
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Ashley Mae Sebera (born November 29, 1988)[1] is an American professional wrestler, gymnast, bodybuilder, fitness competitor,[5] and model. She is signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Dana Brooke.[3]

In July 2013, Sebera signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to WWE Performance Center and developmental brand NXT in Orlando, Florida. In April 2015, Brooke aligned herself with Emma. After being promoted to the WWE's main roster in May 2016, she aligned herself with Charlotte Flair, but ended her association in March 2017. However, towards the end of 2017, she aligned herself Titus Worldwide (alongside Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil), but ended her association in September 2018. Brooke began appearing more frequently following her move to SmackDown brand as she re-signed with the WWE for an additional five years by the end of 2019. In 2020, Brooke returned to the Raw brand, where she formed a tag-team with Mandy Rose.

Early life[edit]

Ashley Mae Sebera was born on November 29, 1988,[6] in the Cleveland suburb of Seven Hills, Ohio. Sebera started working as a diver and started gymnastics.

After over 18 years, and after severely injuring her ankles, Sebera started getting into bodybuilding and fitness competition.[7] In early 2011, Sebera graduated from Kent State University (KSU), earning a major degree of fashion, merchandising and design, and a minor degree of business administration.[7] She used her fashion qualification to open her own boutique.[8]

In 2011, Sebera had started holding several championships in the National Physique Committee (NPC). In 2012, she has earned a pro card at the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB). Sebera began competing at the Arnold Classic, and has competed on multiple occasions, including her finishing on the twelfth in 2013, finishing on the thirteenth in 2015,[9] and finishing on the fourteenth in 2016.[10]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT and partnership with Emma (2013–2016)[edit]

Brooke in December 2014

Sebera signed a contract with WWE in July 2013, and was assigned to WWE Performance Center and developmental brand NXT in Orlando, Florida, where she adopted her ring name Dana Brooke.[11] Brooke's first appearance took place at the NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way on September 11, 2014, where she was in a backstage segment with Tyler Breeze. Within a week later, in September of that year, Brooke made her professional wrestling in–ring debut, teaming with Sasha Banks in a losing effort against Alexa Bliss and Bayley in a tag-team match at the NXT's live event.[1]

Brooke made her first televised in-ring debut on the April 15, 2015 episode of NXT, defeating Blue Pants.[12] In the mist of this ongoing feud between Bayley and Emma, Brooke would defeat Bayley with a help from Emma on the April 29 episode of NXT, prompting Brooke to formed this alliance with Emma.[13]

At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Brooke and Emma lost to Bayley and Charlotte in a tag-team match, after Charlotte pinned Emma.[14][15][16][17][18]

Brooke was on the August 22 taping for NXT's TakeOver: Brooklyn, of which aired on the August 26 episode of NXT, competing in a fatal–four-way match, where Brooke lost after her partner Emma picked up the victory by pinning Becky Lynch.[19]

On the September 23 episode of NXT, Brooke and Emma started their feud with a debuting female wrestler Asuka,[20] of which involves Brooke losing to Asuka in Asuka's first singles match at NXT TakeOver: Respect on October, 7, 2015,[21][22] and Emma losing to Asuka at NXT TakeOver: London on December 16, 2015.[23][24]

On the March 23, 2016 episode of NXT, Brooke was accompanying alongside Emma, who was facing Asuka in their NXT TakeOver: London rematch and lost, marking it as Brooke's final appearance for the brand.[25]

Main roster beginnings (2016–2017)[edit]

Brooke made her main roster debut on the May 9, 2016 episode of Raw, assisting Emma to attack Lynch in a backstage segment,[26] and three days later on SmackDown, Brooke defeated Lynch with a help from Emma in her first singles match on the main roster.[27] Just a few days later, Brooke's association with Emma ended abruptly after reports stated that Emma had suffered a legit back injury during at the WWE's live event.[28]

At Extreme Rules on May 22, during the Women's Championship match between Charlotte and Natalya, Brooke interfered on Charlotte's behalf and costing Natalya's chance to win the title.[29] The following night on Raw, Brooke aligned herself with Charlotte, whom on this night has turned on her father Ric Flair.[30] [31]

Brooke was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2016's WWE draft on July 19.[32] [33] [34] On the October 3 episode of Raw, Brooke started her first solo feud with Bayley, after the two had a backstage confrontation that turned into a brawl[35], [36] whom she defeated by using the ropes for leverage on the October 17 episode of Raw,[37] culminating into Brooke losing to Bayley in their singles rematch at Hell in a Cell on October 30, 2016.[38]

Immediately after losing to Banks on the March 13, 2017 episode of Raw, Brooke was being berated by multiple insults by Charlotte, in which turned Brooke a face for the first time in her career when she attacked Charlotte and ending her association with Charlotte.[39] However, within a week later, Brooke lost to Flair.[40] Brooke's feud with Charlotte abruptly ended after Charlotte was drafted to SmackDown brand during the 2017's Superstar Shake-up week in April of that same year.[41] [42] [43] [44] [45][46]

Titus Worldwide and in-ring competition (2017–2018)[edit]

Brooke along with her fellow Titus Worldwide partners Apollo Crews (left) and Titus O'Neil in April 2018

Towards the end of 2017, Brooke started aligned herself with the faction, called "Titus Worldwide" alongside Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil.[47][48] After accompanied in their matches for over weeks and weeks, she declared herself as a participant to the first-ever 30–women Royal Rumble match at the 2018's Royal Rumble pay-per view, At the event on January 28, Brooke entered at number 8, eliminating NXT's Kairi Sane, but was eliminated by Torrie Wilson, lasting over 2 minutes and 59 seconds.[49] Brooke made her WrestleMania debut at the WrestleMania 34 during the event's kickoff show on April 8, 2018, competing in the inaugural WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, where she was eliminated by Mandy Rose.[50] On the September 3 episode of Raw, Brooke was teaming with Ember Moon to take on against Banks and Bayley in a tag-team match, however, Brooke was distracted from Crews and O'Neil causes her to get pinned by Banks, in which led to Brooke ending her association with Crews and O'Neil.[51]

Solo work and in-ring competition (2018–2019)[edit]

Brooke took part at the first-ever all women's pay–per–view, called Evolution, competing in the Battle Royal, where a winner will get a future women's championship match. However, at the event on October 28, 2018, she lost after being eliminated by Moon.[52] At Royal Rumble on January 27, 2019, Brooke became one of the participants to compete in the second women's Royal Rumble match. During the match itself, she entered at number 22, but was eliminated by NXT UK's Rhea Ripley, lasting over 7 minutes and 17 seconds.[53] On the March 11 episode of Raw, Brooke confronted the Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey about her disrespecting wrestling and challenging her to a title match, whom attacked Brooke[54] The following week after that, Rousey defeated Brooke to successfully retained her Raw Women's title within a few seconds.[55] In March 2019, Brooke talked about that the promo with Rousey was a Paul Heyman-inspired shoot promo that enables her to express her actual frustrations and her true feelings.[56]

At WrestleMania 35's kickoff show on April 7, Brooke competed the second WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, who scored two eliminations, but was being eliminated by Sonya Deville.[57][58] After defeating Tamina on April 19 episode[59] and Ruby Riott on April 27 episode of Main Event,[60] during "A Moment of Bliss" segment on the April 29 episode of Raw, Bliss announced Brooke as one of the participants for the 2019's women's Money in the Bank ladder match[61][62] [63] At the Money in the Bank event on May 19, competing in the namesake ladder match, she was unsuccessful into capture the briefcase.[64]

Brooke began feuding with Sarah Logan on Main Event, where the two just trading wins from one another, and it involves one incident where Brooke was injured via cut on her head being open during her one on one match against Logan on June 18.[65]

SmackDown (2019–2020)[edit]

On October 16, Brooke was drafted to SmackDown brand as part of the 2019's WWE draft.[66] In line with Brooke's move to the brand, she began receiving more television time and showcased her improved skill and move-sets.[67]

On the November 8 episode of SmackDown, Brooke and Carmella defeated Rose and Deville to qualify to take part into joining Team SmackDown for Survivor Series.[68] At the Survivor Series event on November 24, Team SmackDown lost to Team NXT, after Banks was pinned by NXT's Rhea Ripley.[69]

Brooke revealed that she has signed a five-year multi-deal to remain with WWE in December 2019.[8] On the December 20 episode of SmackDown, Brooke was defeated by Bayley again via pin-fall.[70] Following the match, Banks joined Bayley in the ring to intimidate Brooke, but Lacey Evans soon rushed to her assistance.[70] On the December 27 episode of SmackDown, Brooke and Evans teamed together to take on against Bayley and Banks in a tag-team match, where Banks won via submission, using her "Bank Statement" finisher on Brooke.[71] On the January 3, 2020 episode of SmackDown, Brooke and Evans faced Banks and Bayley again, participating in a triple threat tag-team match alongside Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, with Brooke won via a pin-fall on Banks.[72] Brooke came in as the number thirteenth entrant to compete in the third women's Royal Rumble match, but was eliminated by NXT's Bianca Belair, lasting over 5 minutes and 26 seconds at the 2020's namesake pay-per-view on January 26.[73]

On the March 6 episode of SmackDown, Brooke teamed up with Carmella in another tag-team match, losing to Deville and Rose.[74] Brooke was scheduled to take part in the SmackDown Women's Championship match at WrestleMania 36, however, the match had to be changed with her being taken out of that match due to Brooke being quarantining as a precautionary measures during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[75]

On the April 17 episode of SmackDown, Brooke defeated Naomi to qualify for the 2020's women's Money in the Bank ladder match at the namesake pay-per-view.[76][77] On the April 24 episode of SmackDown, Brooke teamed up with Carmella in a tag-team match for the Women's Tag Team Championship, but failed to capture the championships, after the two were defeated by the defenders of Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross.[78]

At the 2020's Money in the Bank event on May 10, Brooke took part on the women's side of the Money in the Bank ladder match, where Brooke did not win, but did took part into several comedic segments. During the match, she retrieved a briefcase, leading her into believing that she won.[79] In the other segment, she slipped on a wet floor and hit her head.[80] On the May 15 episode of SmackDown, Naomi challenged Brooke for a rematch and Brooke won by pin-fall.[81]

Return to Raw and partnership with Mandy Rose (2020–present)[edit]

On the September 28, 2020 episode of Raw, Adam Pearce announced that Brooke has been traded from SmackDown to Raw and also would be teaming with her new tag-team partner Mandy Rose, with the two defeating Natalya and Lana in their first tag-team match.[82]

On the November 2 episode of Raw, Brooke and Rose challenged Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler for the Women's Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful.[83]

The following week of Raw, Brooke and Rose partnered with Asuka once again to defeat the team of Jax, Baszler and Lana.[84] However, Rose suffered a legitimate injury during the match itself, of which resulted into Brooke's partner Rose being pulled out from the 2020's Survivor Series pay-per-view event.[85] However, to remove Brooke from the event, writers worked an angle, in which Brooke was attacked by Reckoning, leaving her unable to compete.[85] On the November 30 episode of Raw, Brooke defeated Reckoning in a singles competition.[86] On the December 7 episode of Raw, Brooke partnered with Ricochet to defeat Slapjack and Reckoning.[87] Brooke defeated Baszler via disqualification after Jax interfered in the match. Rose made her return from injury, saving Brooke and reuniting their alliance.[88] The following week of Raw, Brooke and Rose lost a tag-team match to Jax and Baszler.[89] On December 28, Brooke was again defeated by Baszler.[90] On the January 4, 2021 episode of Raw, Brooke challenged Baszler to a rematch after the latter attacked Rose. Brooke won the match-up via pin fall.[91]

Other media[edit]

Brooke appeared in five WWE video games, starting with WWE 2K17[92] and subsequently in WWE 2K18,[93] WWE 2K19, WWE 2K20 and WWE 2K Battlegrounds .[94]

Personal life[edit]

Sebera was in a relationship with fellow American bodybuilder Dallas McCarver until his death on August 22, 2017.[95] She is now in a relationship with boxer Ulysses Diaz.[96] She also briefly dated basketball player Enes Kanter in 2019.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Bodybuilding[edit]

Professional wrestling[edit]

References[edit]

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