Cora Jade
Birth nameBrianna Coda[1]
Born (2001-01-14) January 14, 2001 (age 23)[2]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Cora Jade[3]
Elayna Black[4]
Billed height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)[3]
Billed fromChicago, Illinois
Trained byFreelance Wrestling Academy
WWE Performance Center[4]
DebutDecember 9, 2018[4]

Brianna Coda (born January 14, 2001) is an American professional wrestler. She is currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the NXT brand under the ring name Cora Jade, but is currently inactive due to a torn ACL. She is a former NXT Women's Tag Team Champion (with Roxanne Perez).

Before signing to WWE, she previously wrestled on the independent circuit under the ring name Elayna Black and made appearances in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and Impact Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career

Early career (2018–2021)

Brianna Coda was trained at the Freelance Wrestling Academy.[5][6] Coda made her professional wrestling debut on December 9, 2018, under the ring name Elayna Black.[7] On July 11, 2019, Black won the Zen Of Womens Athletics Tournament, marking the first tournament accomplishment in her career.[8] On September 1, Black competed in Rise Wrestling's Regional Rising Stars Tournament, where she was eliminated in the quarter final by Sophie King.[9] She also appeared in Shimmer Women Athletes, debuting in Volume 118, competing in a scramble match.[10]

On October 18, 2019, Black made her pay-per-view debut while in Impact Wrestling at Prelude to Glory, where she lost to Havok.[11] Black made her first appearance for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on the October 13, 2020, episode of Dark, losing to Red Velvet.[12] She also appeared on the November 3 episode of Dark, teaming with Leyla Hirsch against Brandi Rhodes and Red Velvet in a losing effort.[13]

WWE (2021–present)

On January 20, 2021, it was announced that Coda signed a contract with WWE.[14] She debuted on the January 22 episode of 205 Live under the ring name Cora Jade, where she was paired with Gigi Dolin in the opening round of the 2021 Women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, but they were eliminated by The Way (Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell).[15] On the November 16 episode of NXT, Jade joined Raquel González's team for NXT WarGames.[16] At that event, Jade gave her team the victory in the women's WarGames match.[17] Jade got an opportunity at the NXT Women's Championship in a triple threat match against González and champion Mandy Rose at New Year's Evil on January 4, 2022, but failed to win the title.[18][19] At The Great American Bash, Jade and Roxanne Perez defeated Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne) to become the NXT Women's Tag Team Champions.[20]

On the July 12 episode of NXT, Jade turned heel when she attacked Perez, costing her the NXT Women's Championship match against Mandy Rose.[21] The following week, Jade declared her intentions for solo success and then dropped her title belt in the trash can, leaving Perez as the sole tag champion. Later that night, she competed in a 20-woman battle royal to determine the number one contender to the NXT Women's Championship, but was eliminated by eventual winner Zoey Stark.[22] At Heatwave, Jade defeated Perez.[23] On the October 4 episode of NXT, a Weapons Wild match was set between Jade and Perez on Halloween Havoc.[24] The two also agreed on pick your poison matches, where both could choose any opponent in WWE for each other.[25] Jade made her first main roster appearance on the October 17 episode of Raw, where she picked Rhea Ripley as Perez's opponent.[26] The following night, Jade defeated Raquel Rodriguez (Perez's handpicked opponent) by disqualification.[27] Four days later, at Halloween Havoc, Jade lost to Perez in a Weapons Wild match.[28] In May 2023, Jade defeated Fallon Henley in the first round of the tournament for the vacant NXT Women's Championship, but she lost to Lyra Valkyria in the semifinals.[29][30] Following the August 2 episode of NXT, Jade took a hiatus from WWE television.[31]

After a four-month hiatus, Jade returned at NXT Deadline on December 9, attacking NXT Women's Champion Lyra Valkyria and posed with the title.[32] On January 12, 2024, during a match against Lyra Valkyria at a live event, Jade suffered a torn ACL, and will be sidelined for nine months approximately.[33]

Other media

Cora Jade made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K23[34] and has since appeared in WWE 2K24.[35]

Personal life

Coda is of Italian descent. She had cited AJ Lee as being a primary influence in pursuing her professional wrestling career.[36] She has also openly vocalized on being a devout fan of fellow Chicago professional wrestler CM Punk.[37] Coda also mentioned being inspired by Bayley and Sasha Banks after watching their match at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn.[38]

Coda is in a relationship with fellow NXT wrestler Bron Breakker.[39]

Championships and accomplishments

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