It was announced today by Dana Brooke herself that she has signed a new 5-year contract extension with World Wrestling Entertainment. Brooke is 31 years old, started with WWE in 2013, then joined the Raw roster in May 2016 and these days she is on Smackdown.
Brooke revealed the new contract in an interview with Sports Illustrated today. Here are some excerpts from that conversation.
Brooke talked about how important it is to try to make a name for yourself in WWE:
“You have to make the most of any time you are given, and any opportunity I’m given, whether it was as Charlotte Flair’s protégé, standing up against Ronda Rousey, being the statistician of Titus Worldwide, I want to show my range. I’m willing to embrace anything that is thrown my way. Coming into 2020 and transitioning onto SmackDown, it’s a fresh start for me.”
“I just signed a new five-year deal in WWE, and part of my goal is to build my own personal brand. And women empowerment is a key in the success of my career and a key for WWE. We can do what the male wrestlers have done over the years, and now women are finally being given that chance. That also means that I get the chance to show what I can do, and I really believe that 2020 is going to be the year that people see a different side of me.”
Brooke also talked about her boyfriend Dallas McCarver passing away two years ago and the impact that has had on her life:
“Two years ago, I couldn’t even talk about losing Dallas. He was the love of my life. I was in a dark place, I couldn’t move forward. My career in WWE saved my life, and losing him reminded me that tomorrow is never promised. It is not promised to anybody. We have a start date and an end date, and we have to give forth the best energy we can when we’re here.”
“I have that platform in WWE to inspire, encouraging people to live life to the fullest. We all have bad days, I get that. But what can we do to fix those bad days? How do we make a change? So that’s why I remain so positive and keep pushing forward. You never know when you’re going to lose someone you love, so make the most of every moment. I wish I had one more minute with Dallas.”
Finally, Brooke spoke about her goals in 2020:
“I have so many goals in WWE, but I want people to know that I am always going to stand by my fans. I am always going to relate to each and every person, and I am going to remain so grateful for my fans. That’s what keeps me motivated. They make me want to spread my message. And for those who don’t believe in me, I hope I can find a way to relate to them, too. In 2020, people will see me keep working. I’m going to keep trying, keep training, and I’ll keep fighting and spreading my message.”
Brooke also talked about dating 2020 WWE Hall of Famer Batista, a makeup line and some other subjects. Check it out at Sports Illustrated here.
TJR Thoughts: Congrats to Dana on the new contract. She’s a hard worker, but she has had trouble standing out in WWE’s women’s division. Brooke has not held a women’s title during her WWE career so far, Now that she has a new contract, perhaps the company will be more interested in using her more often.
As for the relationship with Batista that she is going for, he is 19 years older than her and he even has a daughter older than her. It’s pretty awkward, but good luck to them in their dating endeavors.
Also, she has over 1 million followers on Instagram. The way she looks in a bathing suit could be a big reason. Yes, I said big.