With a “Rebel” Yell, Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Returns Home | To Make Wrestling Pay-Per-View Debut at TNA Slammiversary
Although she’s originally an Oklahoma girl, Tanea Brooks will always hold a special place in her heart for Texas. Brooks took Dallas by storm when she became the youngest female selected for the famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader squad and went on to become the cover girl for the team’s 2001 calendar. On Sunday night, June 15, she returns to her home away from home as part of TNA Wrestling’s globally televised Pay-Per-View event, Slammiversary, taking place in the College Park Center at the University of Texas at Arlington.
For Brooks, professional wrestling has always been a distant dream; yet entertaining was her lifelong calling from an early age.
“I knew early on in life I wanted to be an entertainer,” says Brooks. “I remember making up new dance routines and making my mom watch them as I performed in the middle of the living room.”
She started dancing at the age of 3, transitioned to cheerleading throughout her teens and eventually moved on to the University of Tulsa, where she joined the dance team and studied acting. Before long, the Cowboys came calling, and Brooks began her love affair with Dallas, Cowboys football and the rabid fans who quickly adopted her as one of their own.
After three seasons with “America’s Team”, Brooks moved to Los Angeles, where she pursued a wider variety of entertainment opportunities. She’s appeared on “America’s Got Talent”, MTV’s “Disaster Date”, VH1’s “Tool Academy” and music videos with the likes of Brooks & Dunn and Trace Adkins, where she was the lead dancer for the memorable “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” video.
A former two-time “Miss Sturgis”, she’s even called upon her experience alongside the Cowboys to play full-contact tackle football in the “Lingerie Bowl” – an opportunity that landed her a feature spread in Stuff Magazine.
Despite her newfound opportunities, Brooks’ love for dancing remained strong, leading her to eventually join the “Purrfect Angelz”, a stable of gorgeous & highly skilled dancers. One member of the “Angelz”, a fiery redhead named Christy Hemme, went on to become one of TNA Wrestling’s most popular “Knockouts” and a current ring announcer of TNA’s flagship show IMPACT WRESTLING airing Thursday nights at 9/8c on Spike TV. The connection with Hemme would spark the events that would eventually lead Brooks to her biggest opportunity to date: becoming a star in the world of professional wrestling.
“Many of my family members are athletes and competed in amateur wrestling, so I’ve always been connected to the sport,” said Brooks. “In high school I cheered for the wrestling team, and it was then I became more exposed to the world of professional wrestling. Ever since, I’ve had a dream of becoming a professional wrestler, and now thanks to TNA, this dream has become reality.”
Earlier this year Brooks made her television debut on “IMPACT” as part of the The Menagerie, a foursome of unseemly misfits who use their experience as carnival performers to create a visual and physical circus in the middle of the squared circle. Known as Rebel to wrestling fans, Brooks is surrounded by brutes like Knux, Crazzy Steve and The Freak.. Providing beauty alongside the beasts and freaks, Brooks’ on-screen identity seems to be a natural fit, and TNA fans have readily embraced her as one of the company’s bright new stars.
On June 15 at Slammiversary, TNA will celebrate 12 years of entertaining fans around the globe. For Tanea Brooks and her loyal fans in Dallas, that night may be even more important, as she not only gets to revisit her “Cowboy” past… she gets to make her Pay-Per-View debut, a milestone marking what is certain to be a bright future in professional wrestling.
TNA also recently announced that the third generation of the Von Erich family, brothers Marshall and Ross, will make their global television debut at Slammiversary, accompanied to the ring by their father, the legendary Kevin Von Erich.
Tickets to Slammiversary, which start at $12 in honor of TNA’s twelfth anniversary, are available now at www.utatickets.com or at the University of Texas at Arlington box office.