Dana Brooke Recalls Emotional Response To “You Can’t Wrestle” Comments

Dana Brooke

WWE Superstar Dana Brooke has recounted going to a family member in tears early in her wrestling career for some of the reactions she was getting from the crowd.

Dana Brooke made her televised WWE debut on NXT in the spring of 2015, having worked for what was then the black and gold brand in the year prior. She swiftly made a move to the main roster just one year later, attacking Becky Lynch along with tag partner Emma.

Over the last seven years, Brooke has been a mainstay on the roster including competing all the Women’s Royal Rumble matches as well as having contests at WrestleMania. In 2022, she’s also held the 24/7 Championship.

However, things haven’t always been plain sailing and speaking to Metro.co.uk Dana Brooke discussed not knowing how to react to certain chants from the fans early on in her career, and turning to her mother for advice.

I was a heel at first and I didn’t know how to take that initial reaction. It was hard! I went back and I remember – I’m super close to my family – and I call my mom. I’m like, ‘Mom they hate me!’ I’m crying, ‘I don’t know if I can do this!’ She’s like, ‘Dana, you can! You totally can! You’re doing it!’ So I started to embrace it and I loved it – after a while.

It’s definitely a transition because you get, ‘You can’t wrestle,’ or, ‘You suck!’ In gymnastics or bodybuilding, if you hear that you just wanna run away! I overcame it and I tried to embrace it, and I knew if I wasn’t getting that [reaction], I wasn’t doing my job properly. It was definitely a transition but I love performing.

Brooke went on to discuss how she realises that there is still plenty to learn, even though her time in the wrestling business has now reached a decade.

I love expanding my arsenal as far as move-sets and promo work, things of that nature – and being the best I can be. But it doesn’t happen overnight. It’s going on 10 years in my career that I still have much, much more to learn. Hopefully every single day, I’m moving in the right direction.