Cherry Bomb (wrestler)

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Cherry Bomb
Cherry February 2012-1.jpg
Cherry Bomb in February 2012
Birth name Laura Dennis[1][2]
Born 3 September 1987 (age 27) London, Ontario, Canada[2]
Resides Toronto, Ontario, Canada[2]
Spouse(s) Jesse Guilmette (m. 2013)[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Cherry Bomb[1]
Laura[4]
Laura Dennis[5]
Billed height 5 ft 5 12 in (1.66 m)[6]
Billed weight 125 lb (57 kg)[7]
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada[7]
Debut May 2005[1][8]

Laura Dennis (born, 3 September 1987) is a Canadian professional wrestler who works under the ringname Cherry Bomb. She is well known for working for Great Canadian Wrestling, NCW Femmes Fatales, Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling, and Combat Zone Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Training[edit]

On her 18th birthday, Dennis signed up to begin training at the Squared Circle Training centre, with Rob Etcheverria.[1] Etchevaria named her "Cherry Bomb", and she began wrestling under the name.[1] She later trained with Derek Wylde.[9] She debuted in May 2005 in Oshawa.[1]

Canadian promotions[edit]

She debuted for the Pure Wrestling Association (PWA) in a match with 21st Century Fox on July 22, 2005.[9] She competed in the Elite 8 Tournament but was eliminated by Danyah Rivietz in the first round.[9] Later in the night she aligned with Kristal Banks only to lose to the tag team of Tiana Ringer and Luscious Lily.[9] She scored her very first victory against 21st Century Fox at a PWX event.[9] In January 2006, Cherry Bomb lost to 21st Century Fox in a match to determine the inaugural PWA Elite Women's Champion.[9]

She appeared for Ottawan promotion, Capital City Championship Combat, in 2008.[10] Cherry Bomb also wrestles for Classic Championship Wrestling (CCW), and won their Women's Championship, which she successfully defended against Evilyn, Alexxis, and Jaime D.[11]

Cherry Bomb was part of the debut show of NCW Femmes Fatales on September 5, 2009, where she lost to Sara Del Rey.[12][13] She gained her first victory in the promotion on February 6, 2010, when she defeated Mistress Belmont via pinfall.[14] She was scheduled to wrestle against Daffney at NCW Femmes Fatales' third show, but was unable to make the show.[15] At Femmes Fatales IX on July 7, 2012, Cherry Bomb and Sweet Cherrie unsuccessfully challenged The Canadian NINJAs (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship. After the match, Cherry Bomb attacked Sweet Cherrie, blaming her for the loss.[16]

Great Canadian Wrestling[edit]

On May 1, 2006, Cherry Bomb debuted in Great Canadian Wrestling (GCW), quickly associating herself with Jake O'Reilly, whom she began managing.[9] In 2006, Cherry Bomb wrestled at the Super Hardcore Anime Wrestling Expo show, a combination of the 10th Annual Anime North Convention and GCW's Great Canadian Wrestling Expo show. She teamed with LuFisto and Darkston as Team Sailor Moon to defeat Team Rocket (Timothy Dalton, Pandora and Steve Brown).[17] She competed in the tournament to determine the inaugural GCW W.I.L.D. Champion on November 18, 2006, and defeated Portia Perez in the first round before losing to Sirelda, the eventual winner of the tournament, in the semi-finals.[18] She continued competing in GCW throughout early 2007, teaming up with Hayden the Destroyer to defeat Cody Deaner and Portia Perez at New Year's Evil on January 12, and teaming with Sirelda to gain a victory over Deanna Conda and Aurora on April 13.[19][20] The following night, on April 14, she won the W.I.L.D. Championship by defeating the reigning champion, April Hunter, Hailey Rogers, and Miss Danyah in a fatal four-way match at the Anarchy in Angus show.[21][22] She successfully defended the championship by defeating the Southside Stranglerette by disqualification, and held the championship for just over two months, before she was defeated by Miss Danyah at Random Acts of Violence on June 22.[21][23] On September 7, 2007 she suffered a neck injury during a victory over Danyah, after being dropped wrong while taking the Burning Hammer.[1][24][25] The injury forced her to take a nine-month hiatus from wrestling.[1]

American promotions (2008–present)[edit]

The Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee, left, and Cherry Bomb in 2014

Cherry Bomb had her first match for Shimmer Women Athletes as part of the SPARKLE Division, losing a match against Melanie Cruise on October 19, 2008.[26] She later formed a regular tag team with Kimber Lee in Shimmer, briefly called Team Combat Zone before being renamed The Kimber Bombs.[27][28][29][30] In October 2013, they unsuccessfully challenged 3G (Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship.[31] Throughout 2014, the Kimber Bombs continued to compete in Shimmer's tag team division against teams including Leva Bates and Veda Scott, Ray and Leon, Bambi Hall, and KC Cassidy, and The Buddy System (Heidi Lovelace and Solo Darling).[32][33][34][35] On April 11, 2015, The Kimber Bombs defeated 3G to win the Shimmer Tag Team Championship.[36]

In June 2010, she debuted for Women Superstars Uncensored, where she lost to Daizee Haze.[9]

Dennis was invited for a tryout match at the May 17, 2010 episode of Raw.[1] She appeared in a segment with Goldust during the show.[37] In March 2011, Dennis attended a Florida Championship Wrestling try-out camp.[38]

In July 2012, Cherry Bomb debuted for Shine Wrestling at their inaugural show, where she lost to Christina Von Eerie.[39] She returned to the promotion in February 2014, where she and regular tag team partner Kimber Lee participated in the tournament to determine the inaugural Shine Tag Team Champions; they were eliminated in the first round by eventual winner The Lucha Sisters (Leva Bates and Mia Yim).[40] The Kimber Bombs continued to compete in tag team competition, defeating the S-N-S Express (Sassy Stephie and Jessie Belle Smothers) at Shine 21, and at Shine 23, they unsuccessfully challenged Legendary (Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine) for the Shine Tag Team Championship.[41][42] In a rematch at Shine 25, The Kimber Bombs won the championship.[43]

Cherry Bomb performing a Death Valley driver on MsChif during a Ring of Honor show in May 2013

She began appearing for the Combat Zone Wrestling promotion in late 2012, alongside her real-life boyfriend Pepper Parks.[44] She lost her debut match for the promotion, a singles match, to Nevaeh at Cerebral in October 2012.[45] Cherry Bomb and Parks quickly became heels (villainous characters) known as the "fitness power couple", doling out fitness and health advice to the audience.[46][47][48] They defeated Greg Excellent and Candice LeRae in a mixed tag team match at Down with the Sickness 2013, after Cherry Bomb attacked Excllent with a kettle bell.[49] Cherry Bomb and Parks continued to feud with Excellent in late 2013, which resulted in Cherry Bomb being forced to conform to Excellent's lifestyle, a distinct contrast to Cherry Bomb and Parks' fitness power couple gimmick.[50][51][52] On March 8, 2014, at CZW's High Stakes internet pay-per-view, Parks defeated Excellent to win back Cherry Bomb.[53]

In 2013, she began wrestling for Ring of Honor, appearing at the Ring of Honor Wrestling television tapings on March 3 and April 5. Her debut match for the promotion resulted in a loss in a four-way match against MsChif, Athena, and Scarlett Bordeaux. She won her second bout, a singles match against MsChif in May.[54][55]

Wrestling under her real name of Laura Dennis, she appeared on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact Wrestling on December 5, 2013, losing to Gail Kim.[5] She appeared Knockouts Knockdown 3 on February 14, 2015. Using her Cherry Bomb ring name, she lost to Gail Kim.[56] Dennis returned to TNA on the TKO: Night of Knockouts edition of Impact Wrestling on April 24, where she defeated Jade by disqualification.[57]

Japanese promotions[edit]

Cherry Bomb toured Japan in November 2010. She teamed with Sexy Star and Madison Eagles in a loss to Hailey Hatred, Yoshiko Tamura, and Makoto. She then appeared at a Super FMW show, teaming with Sexy Star again to defeat Senri Kuroki and Kaori Yoneyama.[58] Cherry Bomb returned to Japan in July 2012,[59] and on July 28 made her debut for the Ice Ribbon promotion with a win over Kurumi.[60] At the following day's Kaientai Dojo and Reina X World co-promoted event, Cherry Bomb teamed with Aki Kanbayashi to defeat Alex Lee and Bambi in a tag team match.[61]

Global Force Wrestling (2015–present)[edit]

On July 10, 2015, Cherry Bomb made her debut for Global Force Wrestling (GFW), defeating Taeler Hendrix.[62]

Other media[edit]

Dennis posed for the 2010 Nearly Naked Ladies of Wrestling Calendar, which was set up in aid of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.[63] She appears as herself in the independent movie Beat Down.[64]

Personal life[edit]

On September 21, 2013, Dennis married fellow professional wrestler Jesse Guilmette, better known as Pepper Parks.[2][3]

In wrestling[edit]

Cherry Bomb applying Anger as Beauty
Cherry Bomb performing the BSE – Best Superkick Ever on Danyah

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Cherry Bomb with the WSU Championship belt around her waist, the Shimmer Tag Team Championship belt on her left shoulder, and the Shine Tag Team Championship on her right shoulder.
A victorious Cherry Bomb kisses her CCW Women's Championship in celebration.
  • Classic Championship Wrestling
    • CCW Women's Championship (2 times)[1]
  • Ontario Indy Wrestling Awards
    • Female Wrestler of the Year (2009)[69]
  • Ontario Wrestling's Indy Elite
    • Ranked 1 in the 2009 OWIE Top 30[70]
  • Pro Wrestling Xtreme
    • PWX Women's Champion (1 time)[68]
  • Squared Circle Wrestling
    • Girls Grand Prix 2 (2013)[72]

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