It’s been a tough week for Dana Brooke. After the passing of her partner took place on the 26th of August, she’s been getting through it like a trooper. And with this being her first televised match since the tragedy, it’s a pretty important one to watch. Let’s check out what happened!

Alicia Fox makes her way to the ring and readies herself for her opponent. Brooke soon follows and we see her pointing at the ceiling during her entrance, indicating that this match is for her boyfriend Dallas McCarver.

The match begins with an aggressive lock-up and Foxy ends up taking the lead for a little while. We see a few pin attempts from Brooke, but to her dismay they prove to be unsuccessful.

At one point the Fox is in the corner and Brooke attempts to spear her in the mid-section. But unfortunately for Dana the veteran jumps to the top rope, leading to Alicia punching Brooke in the head. Foxy then takes control and inserts a wonderful axe kick to her opponent’s back.

With Dana’s back now hurt, the veteran decides to take advantage by inserting her knee to it and applying a few stretch-holds. A Bridging Northern Lights Suplex is also inserted but to the disappointment of the former Divas champion, Dana kicks out. So, back to the stretch holds!

As the crowd is beginning to notice the brutal attack on Dana, they begin to cheer her on. A few claps became louder and louder and then with that momentum she tosses Foxy to the other side of the ring. And with a few punches, a clothesline, Handspring back elbow smash in the corner, and a Rounding Splash, Dana takes home the pinfall victory!

Brooke, looking ecstatic from her win, looks up to the sky at her boyfriend. This one’s for you, Dallas!

Thoughts: Dana and Alicia typically have great chemistry. And although this may not be their best match, it wasn’t a terrible performance.

The story being told here is that of redemption. Brooke is constantly being overlooked, and with the recent passing of McCarver, she needed to score a victory to feel that smile shining down from him. And despite Foxy’s best efforts to stop this, Brooke stood tall and made her boyfriend proud.

Watching this gave me a different perspective of Dana. After having just recently gone through such a traumatic experience, she still walked out to the ring with a smile and delivered a good performance. Nobody expected her to serve us a Match of the Year candidate, in fact I didn’t expect her to even show up for a good while. Yet, she came into the ring and delivered a decent match.

There were a few awkward moments that were pretty noticeable, but as a whole, the match did its job. It allowed Dana to prove that she was a fighter, and through her best efforts, she held her own.

Fox also deserves her credit here as she gave a good performance alongside her opponent. She gave us some comedic relief with her one-liners, and delivered some aggression that allowed Brooke to work off of. We needed to see Brooke attempt to gain this through a hard-fought battle. So with Alicia offering consistent hurdle after hurdle – with her signature belligerence showcased throughout – Dana was able to achieve that goal.

It’s also pretty interesting that Dana constantly goes for pin after pin, almost as if this win was something she needed. Going back to the recent events in her life, it all makes sense. Dana so badly wanted to make her boyfriend proud that she aimed to put an end to the match as quickly as possible. And although her quick attempts prove unsuccessful, the harder fought journey of taking Alicia Fox down ends up being a sweeter prize. Dana fought for this win. She fought to make McCarver proud. And she did it.

I hope that Brooke is given a longer programme in the near future as she definitely deserves it. She has star potential and although this match isn’t her best, it is an example of what she’s capable of!

On a somewhat related note, Dana recently launched the ‘Dallas McCarver Foundation’, a charity formed to help underprivileged children (something Dallas is extremely passionate about). All donations would be more than appreciated by Brooke and McCarver’s family.

What did you think of the match? Do you see a bright future for either woman? Let us know your views in the comments below!

  • #TearTheWeavesDownFromTheSky

    I can’t believe she’s back so soon. Some people need months before going back to work

    • Nathan

      Everyone is different. Some people like to keep busy and be around a lot of people. Others like to spend time with loved ones.

    • A?.

      Well, not everyone takes it the same way…

  • Kvngbalor

    I hope she finds her footing WWE had such big hopes for her as the next big thing and she just couldn’t live up to their expectations but you can tell she’s trying

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Dana Brooke definitely is a strong woman. I never had an issue wit her as a performer. I just feel WWE never gives her anything to really help people get in to her. But now as a face she can easily be built as the underdog which is something she can excel as. Give her that Kelly Kelly treatment when Kelly first got drafted to Raw and was the face who was underestimated by all the women in the division and even some men superstars who might take advantage of her being so naïve. But if they don’t go that route wit her definitely give it to Summer Rae when she returns. I feel that would be next go her as she returns.

    • I don’t buy Dana has an underdog because she is freakin ripped! Probably the second strongest woman on Raw (though I wouldn’t be surprised if she was “technically” stronger than Nia.)

      I think the best thing for her is a pairing with Emma, where she isn’t Emma’s lackey, but her partner.

      • The Earl of Lemongrab

        What happened to that? I thought they’re back together?

        • I mean it seems like that is where they will be booked that way eventually. Creative have kind of haphazardly strung along a story where Emma is trying to regain Dana’s attention and support, but it has been very inconsistent.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        I really do want EnD back together. Both girls would truly benefit from it in the long run. I thought that’s what we was going for with that tease months ago but sadly WWE disappoints us again!

    • George

      Summer is better with the mean manipulative bitch gimmick llol

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        She plays that well but she’d excel as a the bombshell underdog baby face. Plus she is solid in the ring so she wouldn’t even get flack for having that diva type of character.

  • Basic match and the crowd not being into it ruined the overall feel even more. I’m proud of Dana for returning this soon! I hope both girls get some storylines in the future.

  • NoWayHoeSay

    Dana only got a sympathy win

  • NoWayHoeSay

    And in real life anyone in work only gets one week of grievance anyway so literally everyone has to go back to work, my managers mum died of cancer and she had to go back so I see no big deal in her returning “so soon”

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Same, when my pap died I only got like a few days off.

    • Joseph

      Charlotte had two weeks off they probably gave Dana two or three weeks but she decide to come back early.

    • brimode

      You’re entitled to only a certain amount of time off but most companies – especially ones like WWE – will allow you to have more off, but usually unpaid or for less pay.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    It looked like Dana debuted a new finisher as well. I don’t remember when she ever finished someone off using that move. Yeah the match wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t terrible. What’s most important is that Dana still, despite losing a loved one in such a short time, gave us a match. It was cute for what it was. Those slaps Alicia gave to Dana were kind of funny.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      “wasn’t horrible but it wasn’t terrible.” sis what?

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        Lmao oops I think I was like talking to someone as I wrote this

  • DayOneISH!

    Dana Brooke is much better off as a heel to be honest.All she has to do is find a gimmick that works for her.Shes a very strong girl she is a bodybuilder who could probably slam Nia jax.

    I would give Dana the Chris master gimmick show off how strong she is by having random aerobics challenge against “Out of shape” fans.I’ll even go even further and also give her the Simon dean gimmick as well and have her pass out merchandise like water bottles some sorta workout DVD maybe.Idk maybe even give her a male wrestler(maybe tony nese)who shows off how to do the Dana Brooke workouts in the ring.

    • Stratusfaction

      I think you might have something there. Dana is definitely more suited to be a heel and she could come out every week with some kind of challenge, maybe blowing through some local talents for a few weeks before defeating some of her fellow WWE stars in said challenge.

    • Nathan

      That sounds pretty good. Although I prefer her as a face.

    • Guilherme Soares

      i would pair her with Emma and give some sort of motogirl gimmick… badass jackets and stuff like that…

    • ssilva872

      She could easily be paired with Tony Nese who constantly brings up how good he looks especially compared to fans.

  • ???

    I didn’t like the match , there was nothing impressive , boring match , Zero chemistry .. nothing let you want to watch the match again .

    Dana has been improved, especially since her triple threat match with Nia Jax and Mickie James .

    Alicia became VERY sloppy , I don’t understand why people want her to get a push .. she’s just damn boring , she doesn’t have any mic skills, she talks like a child .. EVERY match she does the same moves , no new moves .. even she botches her own finisher like GIRL ?? I don’t understand why she doesn’t use her foxy buster finisher she does it way better and looks more impactful .

    These two women have no future in the WWE , who really should be gaven the chances are Emma and Summer Rae ! Two complete packages who have bad luck .

    Note : No hate to Alicia or Dana , just saying MY OPINION!

    • BLKLTR05

      “Here read all this hateful commentary but remember, it’s NOT hate! Just my OPINION!”

      • ???

        Girl BYE !! do I really have to praise everyone I like and say “OH SHE’S PERFECT” ? If I see something I’ll state my opinion no matter if I love that woman or not , I like both Alicia and Dana . Alicia is cute in person, but seriously she became boring .. she was better in 2014 .

        Dana was interesting when she was with Emma in NXT , she had good charisma with her but her current gimmick now is just boring .

        As long as WWE using them that way , they’ll have no future .. but it’s not all of WWE’s fault , they didn’t even try to prove themselves .. great wrestlers prove themselves in wherever chances they get .

        Look at AJ Lee , she had small chances in her early career but she proved herself.

        OMG it’s annoying when people like you understand in the way they want , ugh .

        • BLKLTR05

          I’m not understanding it in the way I want to, I’m understanding it in the way you wrote it. What you wrote is hateful. Not one bit constructive. It doesn’t have to be but fuck, own it when all you’re doing is hating on someone!

          • ???

            HATEFUL ? are you a troll ? What did they do to me so I can hate them ?

            You talk like I said that they are bitches or that I wished them to die . I didn’t write something hateful either.. GET IT ALREADY .

          • BLKLTR05

            Not a troll, just telling you how I see it. If you don’t like it then modify the way you communicate. You are stating things about Alicia as if they offend you. You could have just left it at not understanding why people want a push for her but no, you had to drag her through the mud to get your point across and then you have the audacity to put a disclaimer at the end saying it’s not hate. Girl, please.

          • ???

            Also , one more point. I have no problem if WWE pushed her alongside other females I’ll not complain BUT I’m just saying that her current work now is boring .. she doesn’t try to prove herself in any way , there is nothing interesting in her right now .. she was entertaining when she was in 2014 but now it’s like she lost her interest.

            How is that supposed to be a hate when I told you she was entertaining in 2014 and cute ?

          • BLKLTR05

            Also, your comment was hateful as per the definition of the word “hateful.”


          • ???

            And you still can’t understand my point , it’s not my problem if you see things the way you wish .. maybe the most harsh thing I said was “She talks like a child ” but I clearly meant her character, “inside the ring ”

            Maybe you think that I offend her personally, NO I’m just stating my opinion in her character!!




            GET IT CHILD !!

            I didn’t offend her , and didn’t offend me and you come out of nowhere and say that my comment is “hateful” ?

          • BLKLTR05

            It’s in the definition. I’m done with this conversation. Obviously you don’t know shit so why bother. Have some sort of day, good, bad I don’t really give a damn.

          • ???

            And I hope you have a bad day , I don’t give a damn .. and FUCK OFF

          • BLKLTR05

            Thank you! I shall try my best to fulfill that for you but since I’m not a hateful peraon, I probably won’t be able to. Sorry bout it

          • ???

            Yeah .. I’m a hateful person towards the assholes like you !!
            Do a favour to the world and go kill yourself because you’re such a cancer .

          • BLKLTR05

            You literally just told me to go kill myself over being called out for hateful comments? Really? Way to prove you aren’t hateful. Whatever though, I am sound of mind so your truly hateful commentary doesn’t affect me in the least. Keep in mind, not once did I belittle you or call you names or anything. I said your comment was hateful, not you and even now I won’t stoop to your level.

          • ???

            Okay .. GO KILL YOUR SELF !

            I’m a hateful person? Yes I’m hateful towards people like you ! Since you desperately want me to be “Hateful ” by force .

            I’m not afraid from anyone calling me hateful I don’t give a damn , it’s just I felt it was a little over . But since you’re a cancer you deserved it

          • BLKLTR05

            I didn’t force you to be hateful, you did that all on your own. And I’m not a cancer, I’m an Aries thank you very much.

          • BLKLTR05

            Why’d you edit your comment? Stand by your words! You told me to kill myself, so you should keep it that way so others can see what a hateful person you really are.

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        It was an opinion not saying I agree but I don’t see any hate.

        • ???

          OMG finally someone who is understandable and not an asshole.

          Seriously what the problem if I said certain someone isn’t good at something? Maybe the most harsh thing I said that Alicia talks like a child , I like the girl but damn IT’S THE TRUTH !

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            I can agree with the Alicia part. Girl has never been relevant or had an amazing match yet people are ranting and raving that she gets a push.

          • BLKLTR05

            So you don’t agree with the comment or you do? Which is it?

          • Rosanna
          • ???

            I know right ? She was impressive in 2014 when she challenged Paige .. she’s flexible in the ring, but she had chances before and didn’t snatch them !

            She was Divas Champion in 2010 , and she was part of the divas revolution but she didn’t show anything impressive her mic skills are below average and can’t connect well with crowd .. her moves are very limited!

            the only two good things about her wrestling skills is her athletic and aggressive, But she doesn’t have these two things anymore it like she lost her interest in wrestling !

          • Gavin

            She didn’t snatch them? These women aren’t having street fights. It’s not whoever knocks out their opponent gets handed the title. She does whatever she is told to do, and she does it well. That’s why she has been in the company for 11 years. She hasn’t lost interest in wrestling, but a match on Main Event against Dana Brooke isn’t exactly the ideal place to exert all of your energy.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Maybe if she was given a chance to have an amazing match like Natalya, Paige, the horses and Nikki then she’d have an amazing match. The “amazing” matches are usually given LOTS of time and I’m pretty sure Alicia doesn’t get that much time.

        • BLKLTR05

          That whole second paragraph doesn’t sound like hate to you? I’m curious as to what does sound like hate to you then…

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            It’s their opinion about Alicia? What about it makes it hate? Like you sound dumb.

          • BLKLTR05

            Thanks for the insult. Now I’ll be able to truly have a bag day like OP wished upon me.

      • Wicked Emma

        Calm down

    • George

      Not her fault she is booked like this, she’s on raw that says it all for the booking, we all know the girl is championship material regardless of raw’s shit bookin…

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Not you coming for Dana and Alicia only to mention someone like boring Emma… Emma is talented but she’s so boring and awkward. And Summer Rae is no better than Alicia and Dana, lol. I do want to see her back though.

      • BLKLTR05

        IMO, the thing with Emma is that they don’t have something for her to do and she really hasn’t defined her character. I would hope that when they do decide to push her, they iron out the details.Summer Rae and Alicia are better than Dana though.

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          They obviously are but let’s not act like Summer is miles ahead of Dana. Dana is improving match after match and it wouldn’t shock me if she passed Summer in terms of ring skills.

          • BLKLTR05

            Not what I said but I see what you’re saying. We haven’t seen Summer Rae in ring in a while either and she hasn’t wrestled at the level she wrestled at in NXT.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            I know that’s not what you said but people are making it seem like Summer is miles ahead of Dana when she’s really not. And we haven’t but at this rate, she’ll probably be rusty as hell and will continue to wrestle like she used to. We haven’t seen her in action in like a year.

          • BLKLTR05

            At one point I would have been one of those people but at this rate, with her being gone for so long, that’s questionable. It’s a shame because WWE had gold with her but they fucking ruined her when they paired her with Fandango.

    • Gavin

      What are you even talking about? Alicia’s matches are usually a thing of beauty. She had to keep it slow and simple for Dana here. She talks like a child on the mic because that is part of her character. You don’t get to see all of her moves because she isn’t booked that often. She doesn’t botch her finisher, either. Emma is boring as fuck. Her character is the most generic heel to ever exist, and she comes out thinking she is bad just because she has some ugly sunglasses and shoulder pads. Summer is charismatic, but she isn’t a ring goddess. Her ring work is sloppy, and she’s too scared to take bumps properly sometimes.

      • ???

        Well, that’s your opinion I can’t change it nor you can change mine!

  • Aye Mate

    Lowkey love Dana. She comes across like a really hardworking, down to earth girl. I hope WWE find a niche for her.

    • George

      Yees! She’s a really sweet girl in real life that’s why i’m rooting for her ?

  • #BrieForPeace ?

    I actually liked Dana’s comeback even though it wasn’t executed as well as it could. But the idea behind it is good. It’s bad that these women even on C shows get 5 minutes, I would like to see them work a 10 min scripted match that would hype their strengths and hide their flaws just to see how both would fair. It’s just a shame how there’s talent really wanting to work but there’s absolutely no plans on the horizon for any of them. RAW needs to get it together.

    • BLKLTR05

      I agree about the time constraints but I feel like Dana really can’t be in a match that long without using rest holds. Alicia probably could with someone else more experienced but not with Dana.

      • #BrieForPeace ?

        But I feel as though Dana won’t thoroughly develop like this, I think it’s time to give her more in ring time so we get to know her and see why she was called up so soon on the first place. That or send her back to NXT where she definitely will develop much better.

        • BLKLTR05

          She was brought up because Vince and Triple H were high on her. There’s no way with the way she has performed that they thought she was better than some of the girls down in NXT. She has potential sure, but she hasn’t really grown since being called up. And no she won’t develop like this. She needs to find herself first because as a character, there’s nothing.

  • SaltyMcSalt

    Decent match. Wish they both were involved in main storylines more.

  • BLKLTR05

    I wish Alicia was used more often and with other women who can actually wrestle. Her triple threat with Emma and Sasha was really good, exceptional even compared to this.

    • George

      Dana is not do bad honestly she’s athletic for a powerhouse and she knows some good looking moves.

      • BLKLTR05

        But you can’t deny that Dana is at a lower level than Alicia and that Alicia can put on better matches with other women at her level or beyond her level.

        • George

          Yes i don’t deny that, just i think Alicia is a good opponent for Dana to get better

          • BLKLTR05

            Alicia is the best possible opponent for all of the up and comers. She’s like the new Victoria.

      • BLKLTR05

        That she is. I still feel like she can do better though. The talent is there she’s just not connecting the dots is all.

  • George

    Fun match, i want this queens to have random matches in raw at least…

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    This was actually a good match. Dana didn’t show the fire she usually has but that’s understandable because her boyfriend passed literally days before her match. She still did well here though which is good! She improves literally every time she gets into the ring. And Alicia in the ring is so fun to watch! I want to see her in action more often.

  • Miguel

    People keep mentioning how fast she’s back as if this is something way too impressive or as is something wrong.

    Dana is a strong individual and what she’s doing is the right thing, she lost her lover but her life keeps moving, she needs to have her mind going into something because if not depression can take her and instead giving up to that she came back and worked her ass. Some people “need” more time to come back, the fact that she’s back and working doesn’t mean she healed. It means she’s healing, she’s remembers him and loves him but is aware that life keeps moving. I’m sure she is still crying and missing him but she’s not stopping. I’m proud of her.

    BTW she’s improving and I’m glad of it, hopefully WWE uses her on RAW for something, the same goes to Foxy. Is not like they deserve championships but some storyline and tv time don’t hurt viewers at all.

  • GlowTime

    Too many rest holds for me. Slow match.

  • saul de la efe

    slow match, and it was nothing special
    dana is so brave for coming back so fast… i wonder if she is bulking or having a diet brake… she looks .. not fatter, but like bigger, idk how to express it
    oh and alicia is such a talent, but i can´t buy her anymore :( she has come to the point she only jobs and you know she ain´t winning nor going anywhere while she is in raw

  • StraightUpBitch

    The writer made me see this match in a different light. At first I saw it as Dana getting a win over Alicia so people knew she was still there but now, I see it as something kinda weirdly beautiful and poetic. I’ve given shit to the writers on this site before, but if y’all continue articles like this, I’m sticking as a fan. Also, love to my girls Alicia and Dana. Alicia you deserve better but you still working it. And Dana, I love you and I’m proud of you

  • Stef’

    I watched this match thinking “her man died one week ago.” and it made it feel heroic.

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    You gotta give it to Dana for not only going out there so soon after her mates passing, but for how consistent she is getting in the ring. She’s improving every showing.

    And Alicia Fox is seriously STUNNING. She’s such a work of art!

  • Gavin

    Dana is very brave to return so quickly, but maybe she should have taken some time off. This match didn’t feel fluid like Foxy’s matches usually do. I don’t think Dana was all there, and Alicia was trying to keep it simple for her, but it was just slow and boring. The best part was Fox’s entrance :P

  • Danny?

    Love Foxy so much she is such a QUEEN!! Really liking Dana as of late as well. I think should Nia win the championship then Dana should be her first challenger. While Dana isn’t ready for the title it would be great to see her against Nia Jax. I genuinely think Dana could lift Nia Jax up to slam her so that would be a fantastic spot that would get the crowd behind Dana as she would be the first person to lift her. A great Andre/Hulk like spot for the women’s division that could definitely help get Dana over.

    • Gavin

      Dana vs Nia was really basic last time it happened. Neither of them are good in the ring tbh. Yes, Dana has muscles, but I don’t see her lifting up Nia. She botched her Samoan driver on Foxy multiple times, and she’s one of the slimmest girls on the roster.

      • Danny?

        She almost lifted her in their last match so with a lot of training Dana could I think. Also of course it was basic it was on Main Event and didn’t last very long. I say give them a chance if it’s terrible then it’s terrible but what is on RAW right now is terrible anyway. She couldn’t give Nia the Samoan Driver but a Scoop Slam I would say she could.

  • Randall

    Honestly this is probably Dana’s best match since coming to the main Roster.

  • conan_kun

    Off topic, how about posting Sasha Banks’ recent interview on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast.

  • Haraya

    Kudo for her, it’s very hard time but she done her job well. Even the match is just okay, but I see ‘some’ improvement, more fluid in her ringwork. She just need more fluid, more moveset, and need to find how to portray her character more than show her bicep.

  • “Of all the things Alicia Fox has lost, she misses her mind the most.”

    God damn, I love Corey Graves on commentary. ?

  • Also, for those talking about how soon she’s back, some people actually prefer to go back to work when things like that happen because it helps them get their mind off things. Maybe she just thought going back to work and performing would even make her feel better. Everybody copes differently.

  • Gail-Rollins Fan

    Dana has so much fucking potential. She improves with every outing. I can only imagine where she’d be in her progression right now had she been given even half of the opportunities that Alexa and Carmella have had..

    • KatyaMenelli

      Probably better than them tbh…

  • Marlon Eric

    “Dana and Alicia typically have great chemistry.”

    Bih, what matches you been watching?

  • GEO

    I give props to Dana for coming back so fast, especially with what she’s been through. I still feel that Dana got called up to the MR from NXT way too early. She is improving, but she hasn’t really peaked yet and only time will tell. As for Foxy, I feel like she’s just there to be there. Somehow, I hope she can pull a Nattie and be in the title picture.

  • Womensor

    Dana isn’t Charlotte. She has to go to work soon. I hope Dana and Alicia enter in the Emma/Mickie feud.

  • Nathan

    I like Dana as a face. I feel in the minority but I think if she was booked properly she’d be such a loveable underdog.

  • Dreignz

    I prefer Dana as a heel, I liked her character on NXT but I don’t mind her as a face. She’s a inspiration she’s such a strong and humble woman in real life. I love her.

  • Radic

    Off topic I know, but considering Women of Honor is featured on their Youtube channel every Wednesday, wouldn’t you expect there to be a write-up of their matches at this point for doing it for over 1 year consistantly now?

  • A?.

    The match wasn’t that good compared to their previous ones, but I can’t really blame them. Dana seems like such a nice girl and she keeps improving, she seriously needs a push.

  • Not the best from this two, anyway, I feel so proud of Dana Booke going againstnall odds and get over her boyfriend’s death.

  • Glitter Bliss Banks

    I always thought the “Barbie killer” gimmick she had going on when she come up on NXT was gold, they built her up with packages and all sorts! but I feel like a heel Jillian Micheals/ Biggest loser coach gimmick would be so good for her!! rub in everyone’s faces howin shape she is and chastise everyone on their lifestyle habits? WWE could sell workout DVD’s, Dana Flex shirts and apparel aha would be so good for her. Well Done for the showing Dana, Dallas would be proud <3