Dana Brooke
Brooke in May 2019
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

Ashley Mae Sebera (born November 29, 1988)[1] is an American professional wrestler, bodybuilder, gymnast, 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. After allying herself with Emma before being promoted on the WWE's main roster in 2016, where she began allying herself with Charlotte Flair and then with "Titus Worldwide" alongside Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil. Brooke began appearing more frequently following her move to SmackDown in 2019, and where she was placed in a program alongside Lacey Evans into this feud with Bayley and Sasha Banks; as well as Brooke also re-signed with the WWE for an additional five years. In 2020, Brooke returned to the Raw branded where she formed a tag-team with Mandy Rose.

Early life

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 working as an athlete for over 18 years, she quit doing gymnastics after severely injuring her ankles and started 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]

Sebera has held several championships in the National Physique Committee (NPC) in mid-2011, and she has earned a pro card at the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB) in 2012. Sebera has competed at the Arnold Classic 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

WWE

NXT (2013–2016)

Brooke in December 2014
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] At NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, Brooke made her first appearance for the brand in a backstage segment with Tyler Breeze. A week later, Brooke made her professional wrestling in–ring debut, where she was teaming with Sasha Banks in a losing effort against Alexa Bliss and Bayley in a tag-team match at an NXT 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 defeated 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, Brooke and Emma lost to Bayley and Charlotte after Charlotte pinned Emma.[14][15][16][17][18] Brooke competed in a fatal–four way match on the August 22 taping of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn (aired on the August 26 episode of NXT), where Brooke lost after Emma picked up the victory by pinning Becky Lynch.[19]

Since September 23 episode of NXT, Brooke alongside Emma had been feuding with Asuka[20] with Brooke losing to Asuka in Asuka's first singles match for the brand at NXT TakeOver: Respect,[21][22] and Emma losing to Asuka at NXT TakeOver: London.[23][24]

On the March 23, 2016 episode of NXT, Brooke was in the corner for Emma, while Emma faced Asuka in their NXT TakeOver: London rematch and lost, and this would be Brooke's final appearance for the brand.[25]

Raw (2016–2019)

Brooke made her main roster debut on the May 9, 2016 episode of Raw, where she assisted Emma to attack Lynch backstage[26] and then three days later, on SmackDown, Brooke defeated Lynch with a help from Emma in Brooke's first singles match on the main roster.[27] Just a few days later, Brooke's association with Emma ended abruptly after Emma suffered a legit back injury during at the WWE's live event.[28] At Extreme Rules on May 22, Brooke interfered in the Women's Championship match between Charlotte and Natalya, costing Natalya's chance to regain the title.[29] The next night on Raw, Brooke aligned herself with Charlotte, whom on this night has turned on her father Ric Flair.[30][31]

Brooke and Charlotte began feuding with Banks. As part of the WWE draft on July 19, 2016, Brooke was drafted to Raw[32][33][34] The next night on Raw after Summerslam, Brooke and Charlotte began feuding with Bayley, but continued feuding with Banks. In October 2016, Brooke started her own feud with Bayley after the two had a backstage confrontation,[35][36] whom she defeated by using the ropes for leverage on the October 17 episode of Raw,[37] until the rematch between the two features Brooke losing to Bayley at Hell in a Cell on October 30.[38]

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

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

Towards the end of 2017, Brooke aligned herself with the faction, called "Titus Worldwide" alongside Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil.[47][48] At 2018's Royal Rumble pay-per view, Brooke competed in the first ever 30–women Royal Rumble match, entering at number 8 and eliminating NXT's Kairi Sane, only to be eliminated by Torrie Wilson, lasting over 2:59.[49] At WrestleMania 34's kickoff show, Brooke made her WrestleMania debut, where she competed in the inaugural WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal and 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, and she and her partner lost when a distraction from Crews and O'Neil causes Brooke to get pinned by Banks, in which led to Brooke ending her association with Crews and O'Neil.[51]

After disbanding with the faction in the early September,[51] Brooke has been a bit of a losing streak before taking part at the first-ever all women's pay–per–view, called Evolution, where she competed in the battle royal for a future women's championship match, where she lost after being eliminated by Moon.[52] At 2019's Royal Rumble pay-per view, Brooke competed in the second women's Royal Rumble match, where she entered at number 22 and lasted 7:17, but was eliminated by NXT UK's Rhea Ripley.[53] On the March 11 episode of Raw, Brooke confronted the Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey for disrespecting wrestling and challenging her to a title match until Rousey accepts by attacking Brooke.[54] The following week on Raw, Brooke lost to Rousey in over a few seconds, who the latter successfully retained her Raw Women's title.[55] Brooke talked about that the promo with Rousey was a Paul Heyman-inspired shoot promo that enabled her to express her actual frustrations and her true feelings.[56]

At WrestleMania 35's kickoff show, Brooke competed the second WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, where despite scoring two eliminations, Brooke was being eliminated by Sonya Deville.[57][58] After defeating Tamina[59] and Ruby Riott on Main Event in mid-April,[60] during "A Moment of Bliss" on the April 29 episode of Raw, Bliss announced Brooke as one of the participants for the women's Money in the Bank ladder match[61][62][63] but at 2019's Money in the Bank pay-per view, she was unsuccessful at winning the women's MITB ladder match.[64]

Brooke began feuding with Sarah Logan on Main Event, where the two would be trading wins with 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)

On October 16, Brooke was drafted to SmackDown 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 as part of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series.[68] At 2019's Survivor Series pay-per view, Team SmackDown lost to Team NXT.[69]

In December 2019, Brooke revealed that she had signed a five-year multi-deal to remain with WWE.[8] On the December 20 episode of SmackDown, Brooke had a match against Bayley and was defeated again via pin-fall.[70] After 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 up against Bayley and Banks in a tag-team match. 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 against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, with Brooke won via a pin-fall on Banks.[72] Brooke was an entrant in the third women's Royal Rumble match at the 2020 pay-per-view.[73]

On the March 6, 2020 episode of SmackDown, Brooke teamed up with Carmella in another tag-team match, where the two lost to Sonya Deville and Mandy 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 women's Money in the Bank ladder match at the 2020 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 lost to the defenders Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross.[78]

Brooke took part in the women's Money in the Bank ladder match. Brooke did not win but took part in several comedic segments. In the match she retrieved a briefcase leading her to believe she won.[79] In another she slipped on a wet floor and hit her head.[80] On May 15, Naomi challenged Brooke for a rematch and Brooke won by pin-fall.[81]

Return to Raw (2020–present)

Brooke was traded back to Raw on September 28, 2020, where she formed a tag-team with Mandy Rose. Together they defeated 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 Brooke and Rose partnered with Asuka once again, defeating the team of Jax, Baszler and Lana.[84] However, Rose received a legitimate injury which resulted in Brooke and Rose being pulled from their upcoming involvement during the 2020 Survivor Series pay-per-view event.[85] To remove Brooke from the event, writers worked an angle in which Brooke was attacked by Reckoning, leaving her unable to compete.[85] On November 30, Brooke defeated Reckoning in singles competition.[86] On December 7, Brooke partnered with Ricochet and defeated 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 Brooke and Rose lost a tag-team match to Jax and Baszler.[89] On December 28, Brooke was again defeated by Baszler.[90] On January 4 2021, Brooke challenged Baszler to a rematch after the latter attacked Rose. Brooke won the match-up via pin fall.[91]

Brooke and Rose participated in the "Tag Team Turmoil" event at WrestleMania 37.[92] On May 3, Charlotte defeated Brooke via submission.[93] On May 10, Brooke, Rose and Asuka defeated Baszler, Jax and Charlotte in a tag team match.[94] On May 31, Brooke and Rose defeated Naomi and Lana in a tag-team match.[95] A feud with Tamina and Natalya resulted in Rose being defeated by the latter at Hell in a Cell.[96] On the June 28 edition of Raw, Brooke and Rose teamed with Rhea Ripley but were defeated by Charlotte, Tamina and Natalya.[97]

Other media

Brooke appeared in four WWE video games, starting with WWE 2K17[98] and subsequently in WWE 2K18,[99] WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20.[100]

Personal life

Sebera was in a relationship with fellow American bodybuilder Dallas McCarver until his death on August 22, 2017.[101] She is now in a relationship with boxer Ulysses Diaz.[102] In July 2021, Sebera and Diaz got engaged.[103]

Championships and accomplishments

Bodybuilding

Professional wrestling

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