Character work is one of the most vital components of professional wrestling. This isn’t to say that wrestling ability is unimportant, but what separates this sport from the rest is the emphasis on storytelling. Anyone that has watched Impact Wrestling over the few years can attest to this, especially when concerning its Knockouts Division. Up until this year, one of the most engaging performers within the said division was Allie. Now, she is #AllElite.
This week’s AEW talent preview will cover the Canadian talent that has become one of the most popular women’s wrestlers on the independent scene. From her days of training in Toronto to her current status as one of the most popular wrestlers in the AEW women’s division, let’s dive deep into the career of Allie.
Allie began her pro wrestling career at the age of 18 when she signed up at the Squared Circle Training Center in Toronto. Her trainer, former AWF Champion Rob Etcheverria, gave her the name “Cherry Bomb,” which she wrestled under early in her career. The first promotion where Cherry Bomb worked was Pure Wrestling Association, another Toronto-based organization, where she debuted in July of 2005. It was here that she worked with such talents as 21st Century Fox, Danyah, and Krystal Banks, building the foundation for her skill set in the process.
In January of 2006, Cherry Bomb challenged for the vacant PWA Elite Women’s Championship at Holiday Hangover but was defeated by 21st Century Fox. Cherry Bomb would challenge for the PWA Elite Women’s Championship again in August, this time against Aurora, but came up short. In addition to PWA, she worked with different independent promotions, including Great Canadian Wrestling. In November, Cherry Bomb competed in the GCW WILD Championship Tournament. She defeated Portia Perez in the first round but lost to Sirelda in the semifinals.
Cherry Bomb’s luck began to turn around in 2007. In April, at GCW Anarchy in Angus, she won the GCW WILD Championship in a four-way match. She would hold onto the championship until June. Cherry Bomb’s work in the independent scene continued in 2008, as she worked with other promotions, including Association de Lutte Feminine, based out of Quebec. In October, she worked a dark match for SHIMMER, wrestling Melanie Cruise in a losing effort. In late 2009, she began to work for the Ontario-based Classic Championship Wrestling. She also competed in the debut show of Quebec-based Northern Championship Wrestling, “Femme Fatales,” where she lost to Sara Del Rey.
As CCW Women’s Champion, Cherry Bomb would defend the title early into 2010. She remained in the title scene throughout the year, including regaining it in a cage match against Evilyn in August. During 2010, Cherry Bomb worked a few matches in Japan. In November, at the Joshi 4 Hope event in Tokyo, she teamed with Cherry and Tsubasa Kuragaki to defeat Misaki Ohata, Leon, and Basara in a six-woman tag team match. In April of 2011, Cherry Bomb debuted for Tri-City Wrestling, based out of Ontario, at its Nights of Champions event. Though she lost her debut match, she would go on to the Anthony Darko Show to win the vacant TCW Women’s Championship. Cherry Bomb wrestled another dark match for SHIMMER, in October, teaming with KC Spinelli to face Maja Svensson and Allysin Kay in a draw.
In July of 2012, Cherry Bomb participated in a tournament to determine the first-ever Independent Women’s Internet Wrestling Women’s Champion. She made it to the finals, where she ultimately defeated Jessicka Havok to win the title in question. That same month, she debuted in SHINE Wrestling, competing in their first-ever event from Ybor City, Florida. In this event, she lost to Christina Von Eerie. In October, she debuted for Combat Zone Wrestling, losing to Nevaeh at Cerebral. Alongside real-life boyfriend Pepper Parks, Cherry Bomb would turn heel in the promotion, adopting a fitness guru-like persona that belittled fans and fellow competitors alike.
In June of 2013, Cherry Bomb competed in the Girls Grand Prix 2, a tournament held by Squared Circle Wrestling. She defeated Courtney Rush in the first round, Nikki Roxx in the semifinals, and lastly Kay and Havok in the finals to win the tournament. The following September, at CZW Down with the Sickness, she teamed with Parks to defeat the team of Greg Excellent and Candice LeRae. Cherry Bomb, along with Kimber Lee, challenged for the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship in October but fell short. She made her TNA debut in November, losing to Gail Kim.
Cherry Bomb started off 2014 by competing in the SHINE Tag Team Championship Tournament, falling short alongside Lee in the first round to Leva Bates and Mia Yim. She worked numerous matches for SHIMMER as well, facing such opponents as Athena and Kana, both of whom would go on to work for WWE. At SHINE 24, in August, Cherry Bomb and Lee, known collectively as The Kimber Bombs, defeated The S-N-S Express, comprised of Jessie Belle Smothers and Sassy Stephanie. The Kimber Bombs would work further matches in October. At SHINE 24, in December, The Kimber Bombs unsuccessfully challenged Legendary, comprised of Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine, for the SHINE Tag Team Championship.
Following a victory at SHINE 24, in January of 2015, The Kimber Bombs would go on to SHINE 25, in March, to win the promotion’s Tag Team Championship. Their success would continue in April, as they competed for the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship at SHIMMER Volume 72. On this night, The Kimber Bombs defeated Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa, The Global Green Gangsters, to secure the championship. In terms of singles success, Cherry Bomb won the Women Superstars Uncensored Championship in May, defeating LuFisto in the main event of WSU Power.
Given that she competed in the TNA Knockouts Knockdown pay-per-view the year prior, Cherry Bomb signing a deal with the promotion in early 2016 came as little surprise. As a full-time member of TNA’s roster, she was given the name Allie, which she wrestles under to this day. She was established as a heel during the spring, teaming with the former Allysin Kay, known as Sienna in TNA, and Maria Kanellis. In August, Allie won a five-way match for the TNA Knockouts Championship. The following night, Allie was forced to lie down for Kanellis, losing the championship in question and furthering her face turn in the process. Allie worked with Laurel Van Ness numerous times in TNA, exchanging wins and losses.
In January of 2017, TNA held their Joker’s Wild tournament, which Allie entered alongside Van Hess in a losing effort against Jade and Sienna. The following month, Allie lost the WSU World Title to Mercedes Martinez. In TNA, she entered a storyline with Braxton Sutter, her real-life husband. Following a reunion of sorts with Sutter, who professed his love for her, as well as on-screen tension with Kanellis, Allie quit the company. Nonetheless, she would continue to appear for TNA. In May, she entered her next big storyline, this time with Rosemary, who saved her from an attack by Van Ness and Sienna. Together, Allie and Rosemary would become known as Demon Bunny, their personas clashing in an entertaining fashion.
Allie’s singles success picked up in early 2018, as she won the Knockouts Championship for the second time. In March, following a successful title defense, Allie was approached by Sutter, their relationship long since severed. Nonetheless, Sutter proposed to his former love, which allowed Su Yung to attack her from behind. At Redemption, in April, Allie successfully defended the Knockouts Championship against Yung. Allie’s partnership with Rosemary continued in May; Allie used dark magic to resurrect Rosemary, who was burned alive in a coffin by Yung. In August, in an attempt to rescue Kiera Hogan from Yung and her hoard of minions, Allie became possessed by Yung. This resulted in Allie turning heel once more.
Allie’s storyline as a dark heel in Impact Wrestling concluded in March of 2019. On an episode of Impact, Rosemary attempted to save Allie’s soul from The Undead Realm. However, this proved to be a failure, as Allie was killed by Yung, whose fatal attack was meant for Rosemary. Allie reverted to her human form before dying in Rosemary’s arms. This was done to write off Allie, who departed from the company that same month. Allie’s star would shine brighter that same month, though. On episode eight of “Road to Double or Nothing,” it was announced that she had signed with All Elite Wrestling. Not only will she be part of AEW’s weekly television programming, but Allie will make her pay-per-view debut with the company at Fight for the Fallen. On the July event in question, she will face AEW Chief Brand Officer Brandi Rhodes.
As Allie prepares for her AEW debut, she continues her pursuits on the independent scene as well. In 2019, Demon Bunny continues strong. This past April, at WrestleCon’s Joey Ryan’s Penis Party, a wrestling event held in New York City, Demon Bunny defeated Thunder Rosa and Holidead, collectively known as Twisted Sisters. In AEW, however, Allie will perform solo as she proves herself in the women’s division. She is driven to rise to the top, even if she has to channel her dark side along the way.
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