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Dana Brooke is working her way to the top of the roster one step at a time; sometimes she succeeds, other times she crumbles. This week, she attempts to overcome the power that is Nia Jax. If she succeeds, she’ll really put herself on the map. And if she fails, she’ll be just another statistic in Jax’s legacy.

The match starts off with Brooke attempting to hit Jax but only landing herself on the ground in return. She does manage to get some offense in though, and it gives her some momentum along the way.

At one point of the match, Dana impresses by getting Jax to hit into the corner, landing herself on the outside. Taking advantage of the situation, Brooke performs a cross-body, getting the crowd on her side a little.

Jax ends up taking control of the match as she gets in the ring however, and it remains like this for a while.

One of my favourite highlights includes Dana’s Back-hand Spring that gets put to an end with a simple push. Reminds me of when Jax first started out on the main roster and would always put an end to the local competitors.

The match comes to an end after Dana attempts to lift Jax and put her in a Samoan Driver. Unfortunately, Nia is too much for Brooke to handle, and she reverses it. We see the match close after Dana is put in a Samoan Drop and pinned.

Thoughts: Right now, Dana isn’t exactly the fan favourite. With her getting almost no reaction during her entrance whilst her heel opponent gets a pop, it’s pretty clear that she has some build to go. But she’s getting there, and this match proves that.

The story of this match is an underdog attempting to prove themselves to a crowd and company of disbelievers. Brooke pretty much knows that she won’t go away with the win, but she needs to prove that she’s better than she was before.

Throughout the match we see Brooke attempt new offense as a way to try to improve herself as a competitor. With the attempted Samoan Driver, the cross-body on the outside, on top of a few other manoeuvres, she definitely comes across as pretty fresh here.

What Dana has right now is really special; she’s got buckets of potential to be RAW’s underdog that truly is an underdog. We’re not talking about the Sami Zayn underdog that we all adore, are appreciative of their talent and know that they’ll have their crowning moment. Brooke is the type of underdog that wants to keep pushing herself despite having more disbelievers than believers. She perfectly embodies this willingness to overcome the odds and prove the masses wrong here, and I’m all for it.

Despite Nia Jax coming off with the win, this was Dana’s match. It may just be a throwaway show, but Brooke is showing signs of improvement, both as a character and a wrestler. Things are looking up for Dana, let’s just hope it doesn’t come to a halt.

What did you think of the match? Will Brooke find her shine? Let us know your views in the comments below!

  • Thank you for the redux! Dana impressed me so much here, you can tell she’s working hard to improve. She really gave Nia a fight, I hope will see her more on Raw.

    • trishlita721

      They must have heard u writing this redux

  • Camila #IconicDuo

    Dana’s best match! I’m so proud of her

  • Shane Murray

    Was not expecting that! Dana may not be up to the level of Sasha, Alexa Charlotte etc… but she’s not away down like Eva Marie either… this just proves that she is getting better, plus one thing I really adore about Dana she does new moves that I’ve never seen… like that no hand cartwheel splash I love that! Also what shocked me I didn’t expect a diva etc to the outside, very impressed with Dana and this is why I’m a fan of hers she shows improvement! She was the star of this match

    • Camila #IconicDuo

      “Dana may not be up to the level of Sasha, Alexa Charlotte…”

      I love Alexa, but you all hype her up like she’s on Sasha and Charlotte’s level, in terms of wrestling ability. It’s annoying hahaha

      • Shane Murray

        Wait hold up before you try come for me… Alexa is quite clearly the top heel of the women’s division at the moment by far.

        Sasha is an amazing wrestler but cringe on the mic

        Alexa is best character by a long shot, no she’s not got the best ring ability but she’s doing something right for sure

        It’s my opinion and it was an example if you don’t like it then suck on it I really don’t care for you hating ass fans?

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      If you’re talking about wrestling wise, she’ll certainly be passing Alexa sooner or later. Alexa isn’t that good in the ring as a heel.

  • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

    I will not watch this even if I get paid. These two are the worst wrestlers.

    • A?.

      That’s like judging a book by its cover, but go off. The match was cute.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Then why did you come to this thread knowing it was about “two of the worst wrestlers?” Seems to me you’re just looking for attention.

      • Summer_Slay #RespectTheDivas

        Seems like he has nothing better to do with his life OOPT. If they are 2 of the worst wrestlers why is he here then.

      • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

        I’m free to do what I want.

    • Jaded

      You misspelt Tamina .

    • Raekon

      your loss. The match was good for what it was.

    • howie_ruhl

      Don’t worry. I doubt that anyone will ever pay you to watch a wrestling match; given your analysis of past wrestlers and matches, you’d be a waste of money.

      And no; I don’t think that Nia and Dana are, by any stretch of the imagination, good wrestlers. Still, they deserve to be acknowledged for their attempts at improvement. You on the other hand, do not need to be. There are too many assholes in this world anyway. TL;DR: Blocking you.

    • Mark

      That would be Tamina, Nikki Cross and Naomi doe.

  • A?.

    The match was okay, Dana was the star of it. She keeps improving and her selling is really cute. On the other hand, Nia keeps boring me to death. I’m trying to root for her but her moveset is so basic and she takes like 10 seconds to hit a move.

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    This match was so good! I loved it. Dana definitely shows improvement each time she comes out and I’m here for it. She just needs that long feud with Emma until SummerSlam to give her that face character that she needs and she’s good to go. Like the author here said, she isn’t the Sami Zayn type underdog but she’s definitely improving every week and it’s only a matter of time until more people actually praise her for showing passion when it comes to working.

    • Jaded

      Is it true Sasha is salty about losing to Alicia? Going off on Lana for liking Melina’s comments about why it was a good storyline that Sasha lost?

      • Carolution

        lawls if this is true. alicia needed a win anyway.

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        No, Sasha and Alicia are good friends backstage. Maybe she’s the one who wanted to lose with Alicia and start a small program with her. She just have some beef with Lana that’s all. The beef went on wayyy before this Sasha loss to Alicia.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    The match and the wrestling in itself was okay at best and that she largely due to the dynamic created between the two which raised the match to make it decently entertaining.

    Dana wasn’t as bad as usual and will likely work better as a face where she won’t have to lead the match and where she’s will get to showcase her athleticism in order to hide her lack of technique and focus on her strengths. However, Nia has a lot to prove. She has shown to be capable of doing much more powerful moves on NXT and she needs to do some because her actual moveset hurt her overall presentation. She’s not convincing enough in the ring for people to be scared of her or to connect with her character.

  • Don ?

    Dana was very impressive in the match! She’s on the right track for me. I just need better ring gear from her to match her babyface personality. Loved Nia’s trashtalking during the match too. ?

  • trishlita721

    This is the first time I really enjoyed dana I thought she did great and I prefer this attire over the black top and black pants. I do think however dana needs to stop flexing and clicking because as a face it’s just unlikeable.

  • Ollie Roche

    I’m starting to love Dana!

  • conan_kun
    • Corby Hess

      Oh I like it. Kinda like a mini rko lol.

    • BitchFit

      that dumb nia botched the neckbrecker lol

      • Carolution

        it wasn’t meant to be a neckbreaker but an rko type move.

        • BitchFit

          then why did dana try to twist but nia is too much of a blob to twist around

          • Carolution

            she never tried to twist but just did a mini rko.

    • Jaded

      The first one wasn’t really a move, it was just a summersault with the aid of a rope.

  • Luiz Giem

    I’m gonna be honest and say that I didn’t expect anything of this match but Dana and Nia proved me wrong: It was a very entertaining match.

    Dana has been improving a lot and I wanna praise her for that. She was sent to the end of the line but she’s wasting no time. I truly liked her new moveset and this is probably the first time ever I truly felt her vibe as babyface. She could become a great underdog.

    Nia on the other hand was more confident than usual and the trash talking was on point. She still have miles to go but I enjoyed her in this match. The main problem with Nia is that she’s been booked so inconsistently but since this is Main Event I just won’t care.

    Dana showed potential and a heart of gold while Nia scored another win as it should.

  • LeBoss

    Very good match. I love seeing that Dana is taking her craft seriously and has been improving. Being a baby face will take some getting used to. I love how she sold the offense tho. She didn’t die like Bayley does. She kept getting back up n came across as a warrior

  • MK126

    YES at you guys making the handspring elbow a gif ?????

  • Wicked Bliss

    Best match of Dana so far. She’s improving!

    • Jaded

      On the main roster, she was much better on NXT .

  • BitchFit

    Go Total Diva Dana!!!! one of my fave lol this was a really good match for Dana too!

  • Tunasha

    Very entertaining match. I’d have loved if Dana could actually lift Nia, she’d get a big pop!

  • Raekon

    Great match! Kudos to both women! :)
    Hope they will get featured more on the main show!

  • Spiteful Dark Angel #ABliss

    Dana Queen. She never dissapoints me

  • Carolution

    i’ve always liked dana but she gets lost but she brought it here and it showed. i thought this match was going to be terrible but it was far from it. dana brings alot of personality/charisma and shes getting better each time we see her which is nice to see. nia needs to bring out some power moves since she looked alot better in nxt than on tv.

  • Summer_Slay #RespectTheDivas

    Whoever says that Dana Brooke cant wrestle needs to see this match. Dana was not only impressive on the offence but also quite a good seller.

    …But can we talk about Nia at 1:14 she got tired from walking down the ramp SCREAMING

  • Dana was impressive here and it was her best match to date

  • Lushluke

    Urgh can’t stand Dana. Was her best match tho

  • K. W. M.

    Was not as bad as the other ones, but the day Dana has a good match the universe will explode. Still sloppy as hell.

  • Wow! Dana finally showing improvement in the ring, screaming! Nia Jax still needs to add more powerful moves to her repertoire.

  • GEO

    Dana is improving and we’re really seeing the potential being brought out of her. This face turn is going well. Hopefully within time and a lot of hard work she can really pull off an awesome match.

  • howie_ruhl

    I still think that Dana and Nia still belong in NXT. They still have too many weaknesses compared to the other girls. But, I will say this: at least they’re improving and this match is proof of that.

    PS: Dana’s selling of that push was kind of funny though. She technically hit the mat face first but she covered the back of her head? I mean…

    • Raekon

      She touched her neck because due to the Impact her head went back and forth which wenn happens in a very fast Motion it hurts your neck in real life aswell. ^_^

  • Omg bby Dana is growing yass, I can see she’s been watching the girls like K2 and Torrie in their matches with her new underdog move set, I love it. Good luck to the girl this year!

  • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

    “GOODNIGHT!” Loved that xD Nia has a hilarious comedic side.

    I really liked the match. Dana showed us some new stuff and the match was a little more intense than any other RAW women’s match in the last few weeks.

    I definitely agree that this was Dana’s best showing so far.

  • Haraya

    I never like Dana’s works (except with Asuka) but this match show me that she can improve in character & ring work. Unluckily, even she improve herself but her place is impossible to higher than middle card.

    Nia improve her character work so much, I always seen her as ‘Little Girl’ stuck in ‘Big Body’ but now she play powerhouse charater well, still need to improve her ring work.

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    You see, Dana has it, but if they want to make her successful she needs some repackaging. She needs to go back to before she debuted in NXT. Really push the bodybuilder thing. Change her attire to bright neon pinks, blues, greens bikini like gears and let her be total baby face. That’s her biggest problem is they haven’t let fans know who she is. I’m rooting for her.

    Great REFRESHING match.

  • @ZAYNSection on Twitter.

    LegenDana really just gave Nia her best main roster singles match.

    Basically, she did THAT. Ugh, she makes me so proud. Go Dana!

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      I would honestly say either Sasha or Charlotte did. But this was very good as well.

  • Mark

    This was a fun little match. More entertaining then SD’s boring ass matches.

  • Larissa

    I enjoyed it

  • Mike

    Dana just gave Nia her best match since Alicia fox lol

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Surprisingly a very good match. Both looked great and did their thing. Disappointed there was no Main Event match this week.. Dana as a face is still a little goofy for me and I think she’s a much better heel. I only think she’s face to even out the odds.