Dana Brooke

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Dana Brooke
Dana Brooke live event May 2017.jpg
Brooke in May 2017
Birth name Ashley Mae Sebera[1]
Born (1988-11-29) November 29, 1988 (age 29)[1]
Seven Hills, Ohio, United States[1]
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States
Alma mater Kent State University
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dana Brooke[2]
Billed height 5 ft 3 in (160 cm)[3][4]
Billed weight 125 lb (57 kg)[4]
Billed from Cleveland, Ohio[3]
Trained by Norman Smiley
WWE Performance Center
Debut September 18, 2014[1]
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Ashley Mae Sebera (born November 29, 1988)[1] is an American bodybuilder, fitness competitor,[5] model, and professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE under the ring name Dana Brooke and performs on the Raw brand.[3]

Early life

Sebera was born and raised in Seven Hills, Ohio and attended Kent State University, where she graduated in 2011 with a major in fashion, merchandising and design, and a minor in business administration.[6] As well as a short tenure as a diver, Sebera participated in gymnastics for eighteen years. After sustaining numerous injuries, including breaking both of her ankles, Sebera gave up gymnastics and instead took up fitness competition and bodybuilding.[6]

Body fitness career

Between 2011 and 2012, Sebera held several championships within the National Physique Committee (NPC), before earning an International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB) pro card in 2012. She placed twelfth at the 2013 European Arnold Classic, and thirteenth at the 2015 edition of the Arnold Sports Festival held in Columbus, Ohio.[7] On December 20, 2016, it was announced that Sebera would compete at the 2017 Arnold Classic event in the fitness international category.[8] She placed 14th.[9]

Professional wrestling career

NXT (2013–2015)

Brooke in December 2014

Sebera was signed by WWE in June 2013 and was assigned to their developmental territory NXT, where she was given the ring name Dana Brooke.[10] Brooke made her first television appearance at the NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way event on September 11, 2014, in a backstage segment with Tyler Breeze. A week later on September 18, she made her in-ring debut at an NXT live event, teaming with Bayley in a loss to Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks.[1] After a series of introductory vignettes, Brooke made her televised debut on the April 15, 2015, episode of NXT, defeating Blue Pants.[11]

On the April 29 episode of NXT, Brooke defeated Bayley after a distraction by Emma, forming an alliance between the two.[12] On the May 7 episode of NXT, Brooke accompanied Emma to her match against Bayley, which was followed by a post-match altercation also involving Charlotte.[13] This led to a tag team match at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, which Brooke and Emma lost.[14] In September, Brooke and Emma started a feud with the debuting Asuka.[15] At NXT TakeOver: Respect, Brooke lost to Asuka.[16][17] Despite the loss, Brooke and Emma continued to provoke Asuka,[18] which resulted in a match between Emma and Asuka at NXT TakeOver: London on December 16, which Emma lost, despite Brooke's interference.[19][20] On the March 23, 2016, episode of NXT, Brooke accompanied Emma during a match against Asuka, which was Brooke's last NXT appearance.[21]

Various storylines (2016–2017)

On the May 9, 2016, episode of Raw, Brooke made her debut on the main roster by assaulting Becky Lynch during a backstage segment, reuniting with Emma.[22] Three days later on the May 12 episode of SmackDown, Brooke made her in-ring debut and defeated Lynch with Emma's help.[23] Their association ended when Emma was legitimately injured during a house show on May 16.[24]

On May 22, Brooke appeared at Extreme Rules, dressed as Ric Flair to distract Natalya and help Charlotte retain her WWE Women's Championship.[25] The following night on Raw, Charlotte turned on her father and introduced Brooke as her protegé.[26] At Money in the Bank on June 19, Brooke and Charlotte defeated Natalya and Lynch.[27] After starting a feud with Sasha Banks, which included multiple matches between Brooke, Charlotte, and Banks,[28][29][30][31][32] Banks and her partner Bayley defeated Brooke and Charlotte at the Battleground pay-per-view.[33] On July 19, Brooke was drafted to Raw as part of the 2016 WWE draft.[34][35] On the September 12 episode of Raw, Brooke slapped Charlotte after being degraded by her on multiple occasions, resulting in Raw general manager Mick Foley placing Brooke in a triple threat match against Bayley and Sasha Banks to determine Charlotte's opponent at Clash of Champions, which she lost.[36] On the October 3 episode of Raw, Brooke got involved in a backstage altercation with Bayley right before Charlotte lost the title for the second time.[37] The following week on Raw, Brooke attacked Bayley after her match.[38] This led to a match between the two on the October 17 episode of Raw, which Brooke won.[39] Their feud culminated in a singles match on October 30 at Hell in a Cell, where Brooke lost.[40]

On the March 13, 2017, episode of Raw, Brooke attacked Flair for berating her after she lost to Banks.[41] On the April 3 episode of Raw, she teamed with Bayley and Banks against Flair, Nia Jax, and the returning Emma, with Brooke's team emerging victorious.[42] On the June 26 episode of Raw, Brooke competed in a number one contender's gauntlet match for Alexa Bliss's Raw Women's Championship, but was the third eliminated by Nia Jax.[43] On August 7, Brooke unsuccessfully competed on a triple threat match against Mickie James and Nia Jax to determine Alexa Bliss's opponent at SummerSlam.[44] On the October 9 episode of Raw, she competed in a five-way elimination match to determine an opponent for Asuka at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, and was the first eliminated by Bayley.[45] On the November 13 episode of Raw, Brooke competed in a triple threat match against Bayley and Mickie James to determine the final member of Raw's team at Survivor Series, which Bayley won. During the match, Brooke attacked Asuka,[46] which led to a match between the two on the November 20 episode of Raw, in which Brooke was defeated.[47] They faced off in a rematch the following week, where she lost in three seconds, setting a new record for the fastest submission win in a women's match in WWE.[48]

Titus Worldwide (2017–2018)

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

On November 27, 2017, Brooke joined Titus O'Neil's "Titus Worldwide" faction, alongside Apollo Crews and Akira Tozawa.[49] Throughout the remainder of 2017, she made appearances alongside the faction.[50] In January 2018, Tozawa left the group.[51] On January 28 at the Royal Rumble, Brooke entered at number 8 during the first women's Royal Rumble match. She eliminated Kairi Sane before being eliminated by Torrie Wilson.[52] During the next month, Brooke accompanied O'Neil and Crews as they failed to win the Raw Tag Team Championship from Cesaro and Sheamus.[53][54][55] On April 8, Brooke made her WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 34 competing in the inaugural WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, in which she was eliminated by Mandy Rose.[56]

On September 3, Brooke parted ways with Titus Worldwide after a mid-match coaching backfired, causing Brooke and Ember Moon to lose to Bayley and Sasha Banks.[57]

Other media

Brooke has appeared in three WWE video games. She made her in-game debut in WWE 2K17[58] and appears in WWE 2K18 and WWE 2K19.[59]

Personal life

Sebera was in a relationship with fellow bodybuilder Dallas McCarver until his death on August 22, 2017.[60]

Championships and accomplishments


Professional wrestling


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External links

  • Dana Brooke on WWE.com
  • Dana Brooke's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database
  • Ashley Mae Sebera on IMDb
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