AEW’s women’s division just got darker or bunnier, depending on how you want to look at it, as IMPACT Wrestling star Allie, was announced as the latest signing to the company on the most recent episode of The Road to Double or Nothing (TRDN).
Without weekly TV, All Elite Wrestling has relied on their two Youtube series, The Road to Double or Nothing as well as Being the Elite, to help advance the promotion’s storylines in advance of Double or Nothing as well as provide updates on talent signings and more. This week was no different as the show opened recapping the events from this past weekend in AAA Lucha Libre, where Cody was attacked by Konnan and his team and the Young Bucks defeated the Lucha Brothers to become new AAA tag team champions.
As the AAA/AEW angle advances, TRDN provided an update on the kayfabe injury Cody sustained at the event, noting his match at Double or Nothing was in jeopardy. From there, the show went right to its main focus, the talent announcement. But before that, Sandra Gray was introduced as a wrestling master seamstress. Gray was with WWE since 1994 and left the company in 2015, after having sewn thousands of costumes over the years, including ones for both Cody (Stardust) and his brother Goldust.
The announcement came shortly after that Allie was the new talent signing and for the first time, TRDN took us behind the scenes of a costume fitting/design meeting between Gray and the woman she’d be working on her newest costume for. The next three or so minutes of the episode featured Allie telling in her own words, her wrestling story.
Noting that her wrestling exposure began at a very young age as her father sat her in front of the TV to watch with him, Allie noted that it wasn’t really until her late teenage years, when she began to see Lita, Trish, Victoria, etc perform, that she knew this was the career she wanted to pursue. The 31-year-old former punk rocker and guitarist with no athletic background began training at a wrestling school in Toronto (Squared Circle Training) with Rob Etcheverria and later Ashley Sixx and Derek Wylde, and while she admitted to being really bad at first, she continued training for the experience and has since “never looked back.”
In 2005, Allie, under the ring name Cherry Bomb, made her pro wrestling debut with Pure Wrestling Association, where she competed for three years, notably in a feud with 21st Century Fox. The two wrestled in the title match to determine the inaugural PWA women’s champion, which was won by 21st Century Fox. Allie wasn’t quite able to capture the title, though she did win her first championship in Classic Championship Wrestling, where she is former two-time women’s champion. In addition to PWA and CCW, Allie wrestled for Canada’s Great Canadian Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Xtreme, Capital City Championship Combat and Canadian Wrestling Revolution. In 2007, several months after winning the GCW W.I.L.D. championship, Allie suffered a neck injury that put her out of action for several months.
Returning to the scene, Allie continued to wrestle in her native Canada, and made her SHIMMER debut in 2008. Two years later, she debuted for Women Superstars Uncensored, where she is a former women’s champion, Absolute Intense Wrestling in the U.S., and made her debut in Japan with Japanese Women Pro-wrestling Project.
By 2012, Allie had become a known name not just in Canada, but in the United States as well given she was breaking into the scene more and more. She began to wrestle for Combat Zone Wrestling, SHINE and Squared Circle Wrestling primarily. The following year, after being used just sporadically by SHIMMER, Allie became a regular there, forming a tag team with Kimber Lee known as the Kimber Bombs. The two won tag gold in both SHIMMER and SHINE. Perhaps most notably, however, they engaged in a feud with Ontario’s Top Team (Courtney Rush and Xandra Bale), that has implications still to this day. Allie debuted in SMASH shortly after, tormenting Rush, who eventually snapped and became the demon Rosemary, who she is known as today. The two feuded for a year and eventually, both found themselves in IMPACT Wrestling where the saga, or rather the Dark War, is ongoing.
A regular with IMPACT, where she is a former two-time Knockouts Champion, since 2016, Allie’s main role upon joining the promotion was as Maria‘s assistant and punching bag to the newly formed Lady Squad (Maria, Laurel Van Ness and Sienna). When Sienna and Van Ness turned on Allie, she found an unlikely ally in Rosemary, where together the two teamed to wrestle in IMPACT and Global Force Wrestling. Allie and Rosemary were inseparable until Su Yung put Rosemary in a coffin and set it on fire. This angle led to Allie showing a darker side and eventually, sacrificing her own soul to go into the dark realm in search of her friend. She emerged a different person, Dark Allie, and it became Rosemary’s task to save her once again.
In 2018, Allie’s contract with IMPACT expired according to PWInsider and she did not resign, allowing her to sign with AEW today. In AEW, Allie is joining a women’s division that is the most unique and diverse in all of wrestling and one that has immense talent as well.