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Wrestling is a business with its own inherent dangers, but the recent cavalcade of injuries has hung a shadow over the industry, and now another name has been added to the growing scroll of injured wrestlers.

The Bunny took to social media on Wednesday to address a fan’s question about when she will be back “in action on TV again?”

“I’m injured right now,” The Bunny wrote, “but I’ll be back in the ring once I’m all healed up.”

The Bunny has not wrestled since April 20th, when she teamed with Nyla Rose & Emi Sakura in a losing effort against Anna Jay, Ruby Soho & Skye Blue on “AEW Dark.” While the nature of the injury has not been disclosed she did appear alongside The Butcher & The Blade at a May 27th taping of “Dark,” which is an optimistic sign. There is no current timetable for The Bunny’s recovery.

The Bunny joins a lengthy list of injured wrestlers. AEW has already lost Matt Hardy, Lee Johnson, Dante Martin, Adam Cole, Buddy Murphy and AEW Champion CM Punk to injury, and now Bryan Danielson is set to address his health on tonight’s “AEW Dynamite.”

Danielson missed a meet & greet, as well as a flight, due to a still undisclosed injury that could possibly leave him out of AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door and the scheduled Blood & Guts match on the following Wednesday. AEW has had to call numerous audibles in the wake of these injuries, including the creation of an Interim AEW World Championship.

Toni Storm debuted in All Elite Wrestling on the 30th Match edition of Dynamite.

The former WWE NXT UK Women’s Champion answered an open challenge against The Bunny in a qualifier for the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Speculation had mounted about exactly who might fill the role, with the Australian star pitched as as the heavy favourite.

Storm was victorious over The Butcher & The Blade’s aide after nailing her with a vicious pulling piledriver. Storm is the first person to qualify for the tournament, though the full brackets have yet to be confirmed. Tony Khan excitedly tweeted “It’s TONI STORM!” as she made her way to the ring, with the typical All Elite graphic surely soon to follow.

Storm requested her release from WWE in January 2022 having been unhappy with her creative during a SmackDown Women’s Championship feud with Charlotte Flair. She’s been in the WWE system five years, having worked the Mae Young Classic in 2017 before moving to NXT UK followed by the US black and gold brand and eventually SmackDown.

More on the full details her status with AEW as and when we learn them.

The first qualifier for The Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament has been announced for Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite on TBS.

It was announced on tonight’s Rampage that AEW President Tony Khan will be signing a new wrestler, and that new talent will make their debut against The Bunny in the first qualifying match for The Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament.

The Owen Hart Foundation Men’s & Women’s Tournaments qualifiers will likely run over the next several weeks as AEW previously announced that the first round matches will begin during the May 11 edition of AEW Dynamite from the UBS Arena in Long Island, NY. The tournament finals will take place at the 2022 AEW Double Or Nothing pay-per-view, which is scheduled for Sunday May 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Dr. Martha Hart will be live at Double Or Nothing to present the winners with their trophy, which is being called “The Owen” Cup.

AEW and The Owen Hart Foundation announced a new working relationship back in September, to honor the legacy of the late wrestler. You can read the original announcement at this link. A part of the deal includes the annual tournaments in AEW, in addition to various merchandise and other projects.

There’s no word on when the first male qualifier will take place, but we will keep you updated.

Thunder Rosa doesn’t feel that AEW’s women’s division gets the respect that it deserves but she also says there’s more work that needs to be done to win over other fans.

“A lot of the women now have been really trying to establish themselves as competitors, as someone who can go with anybody,” Rosa told Throwing Down w/ Renee & Miesha. “Even then I feel like there is still a lot of criticism towards it. Everybody is working really hard to make the division better and we’re definitely getting a lot more veterans into our division. It’s making things a lot easier for a lot of the younger talent to learn from them.

“That’s the most important part about the talent, is that they’re willing and want to learn from veterans,” Rosa continued. “Because we can say, ‘Yeah we’re good, etc., etc., etc.’ But when it comes to throwing the punches and performing, we underperform too. So we have to be mindful and open with that.”

Thunder Rosa says the women’s locker room in AEW is growing stronger, specifically mentioning some veterans who have recently wrestled in some big matches.

“I think a lot of people don’t give a lot of respect or credit to Allie, ‘The Bunny’,” Rosa said. “She’s been in the business for a long, long time and I’ve seen her progression in the last three years. Like this year, or 2021, I could see her, that she was more confident, that she’s one of the ones that has a lot more experience on TV and I think again, after that street fight, she gained more respect in the business.

“But she’s one of them, she’s always very positive in the back and she’s always willing to work. Serena [Deeb] is another one. If you have any questions, like, she’s more than welcome to help you with transitions or ideas of that sort.”

The Bunny recently tagged with Penelope Ford in a bloody street fight on a recent episode of AEW Rampage. Serena Deeb has recently been in a high-profile rivalry with Hikaru Shida. Thunder Rosa also mentioned Vickie Guerrero and Mercedes Martinez, who recently joined AEW, as positive influences in AEW’s women’s locker room.

“[Vickie Guerrero] knows a lot about the business,” Rosa explained. “I like sitting with her and talking to her. So that’s a lot of fun. Now we have Mercedes Martinez, who now feuding for a while, so this is going to be very interesting. Every time I’m in the ring with her I learn so much. I love it, she’s really good. And I’m like, I consider myself one of the vets too since I’ve been working for TV for like six years now. So every time I’m there if I can offer something in the ring, I’m always willing to do that.”

On this past weeks AEW Rampage, the TBS Women’s Championship Tournament concluded its opening-round matches with Red Velvet defeating The Bunny with the Final Slice.

She will go on to face Jade Cargill in the quarterfinals later on. The finals of this event will take place on Wednesday, January 5, when Dynamite moves to TBS.

Below are the updated brackets for the quarterfinal matches:

*Jamie Hayter vs. Thunder Rosa

* Red Velvet vs. Jade Cargill

* Hikaru Shida vs. Nyla Rose

* Kris Statlander vs. Ruby Soho

Mickie James announced that the winner of this Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite: Homecoming match between The Bunny and “Legit” Leyla Hirsch will get an NWA Women’s title shot at the NWA Empowerrr pay-per-view.

James tweeted, “Well well well… Back to business folks! 2 incredible competitors. 1 Championship Opportunity of a lifetime. Who wants a shot at “The Burke” Who really wants to face Kamille? Who wants to make #HERstory at #EMPowerrr I can’t wait! vs #NWAWomensChampion @AEW @nwa

Kamille became the NWA Women’s Champion after she defeated Serena Deeb at NWA’s June pay-per-view When Our Shadows Fall.

Impact Knockouts Champion Deonna Purrazzo will also be defending her title at NWA Empowerrr. 

NWA Empowerrr is Saturday, August 28, and will be available to stream on FITE TV.

Allie, a.k.a. The Bunny, was on a recent episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast with Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone. Allie revealed which Impact Wrestling star she would want to team up or feud with.

“It would be a dream come true to work alongside Rosemary again, as a partner. It would also be a dream come true to feud with her again because my all time favorite matches, my all time favorite feud in my entire career has been Rosemary,” Allie expressed. “She’s amazing, and she’s one of the best friends. Selfishly, if I could drag her here, I would and put her right next to me, and then maybe we’d also fight.

Allie’s final run in Impact Wrestling was with Rosemary as the two were feuding against Su Yung. While taking fan questions, Allie was asked who her dream opponent is.

“Trish Stratus, 100%,” Allie stated. “She was the inspiration for me to start wrestling, seeing her, and she’s a Toronto gal just like me. I would love it.”

Allie was also asked what her favorite moment in Impact Wrestling was.

“Hands down, the wedding. That was one of the coolest experiences in my entire life,” Allie said. “Not only being able to stand with Jesse, with The Blade and watch him kick ass but every single person in that segment knocked it out of the park, and I don’t think that TV can really translate how loud the Impact Zone was.

“That’s the loudest I had ever heard. People were losing their shit. It was so cool, and I feel like it’s so important for me to say this because I don’t feel like she gets the credit she deserves, but Madison Rayne wrote that segment. She wrote and produced that segment. She trusted all of us to bring her story to life, and honestly, that was one of the coolest, most awesome moments of my entire career.”

On a recent episode of AEW Unrestricted, Allie, a.k.a. The Bunny, sat down with Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone to talk about her AEW journey so far. She discussed when she found out she would have her AEW debut match.

“That was unexpected. I was actually in line at Target buying Oreos, shocking, I know, and I got the call,” Allie recalled. “And it was like, ‘Can you be available to wrestle on Fyter Fest? And I think it was a couple of days, maybe two days, and I remember I was holding the Oreos in my hands and I was like, yeah, okay, I think I’ll just put these down.

“I was given the opportunity, and I remember just feeling so happy and excited to walk out during my entrance and seeing the fans. It was one of the coolest experiences ever, and I really felt, at that moment, I was now officially part of AEW because leading up to that, it’s like that thing where you know that you work there but you haven’t really had a full taste of it yet. And then once I actually walked out and I felt the crowd, what a high. I rode a wave. I was so happy.”

The Bunny character coincided with the debut of The Butcher and The Blade. Allie described what it meant to her to not only debut her new character but also be there for her husband’s, The Blade’s, AEW debut.

“Well, I guess first and foremost, working with my husband and not only working with him but being in the moment where he got to debut at AEW was probably one of the highlights of my entire career,” Allie admitted. “It was very emotional for myself for Andy, Butch, and for Jesse, obviously, The Blade. I felt very, very lucky because I know how hard he’s worked to get to this point. I mean, he’s been in the business for 20 years, just to be able to crawl out of a ring and stand side by side with him was, man, that was so cool. I’m getting emotional just talking about it because I was so proud. I was so proud of him.

“I was like, yes, you deserve this. I was happy for me, obviously, but it was more like, nah, this is your moment, and I just want you to soak it up, so that was really cool. And I love working with him, and I love working with Andy and I feel very lucky because I’ve got my husband and one of my best friends with me, so it’s pretty cool. But in terms of reinventing my character, I felt like having my hair cut off was a bit of a breaking point for the character Allie and also for myself. Coming into AEW, I was going through a really hard time, and I felt really directionless in my life in general.

“When I was able to reinvent myself as The Bunny, I got to take all that energy and all of those things that I was going through and inject them into the character, which I think helps make her more authentic because it was coming from a real place. I needed change I desperately needed change, and I feel like The Bunny, I guess she’s a little crazy sometimes, but she’s crazy for a reason. She’s crazy for a reason, and I felt like creatively, it helped me express some of those feelings I had. And I felt like it was time. I had been this super bubbly, happy persona, and it was time to switch it over. It was time to show a different side of myself as a Bunny.”

The Butcher and The Blade have spoken in detail about the inspirations behind their characters. Allie discussed the influences behind The Bunny.

“The Bunny is kind of a combination of a lot of different things,” Allie stated. “I love horror movies. It’s my favorite genre, and I like to draw things out of characters that I’ve seen and kind of take little pieces of that. One of my inspirations for The Bunny is a character from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. There’s a character called Baby, so I drew a little inspiration from her. I drew some inspiration from another TV show that I love called The Vampire Diaries. There’s a character named Katherine. She’s a very interesting character.

“I took some from. The movie The Strangers, I took some from that, but then also, I took a lot, believe it or not, from my own experience in my own life. I kind of took all of that and threw it into into The Bunny because when you’re a character, there has to be some authenticity there. There has to be some real life there or it’s going to come across as completely fake. So I feel you have to draw from your own experiences a little bit, even if those are amplified, even if those are over the top, to make your character work, and so I draw a lot from real life into The Bunny.”

Before AEW, Allie was in Impact Wrestling where she is a former two-time Knockouts Champion. She revealed which WWE veteran and current ROH star helped her out the most during her time in Impact.

“When I first came into Impact, actually, Jesse and I signed our contracts on the same day. It was really cool for me, obviously, because it was my first television contract, but I was so happy for him,” Allie said. “At that point, he’d been working for 10 years. I cried for myself, but I cried for him. I was just like, yes, yes, show them, show everybody how good you are, so it was really cool, and then when I went and I got to work alongside Maria Kanellis, as her assistant, I learned so so much from her.

“She was so giving, and so helpful and gave me a lot of encouragement when it came to talking because up to that point, I hadn’t really talked a lot. I hadn’t had a lot of promos. I hadn’t done anything like pre-tapes, no acting, none of that stuff. So I was just kind of thrust in this position where I got to learn alongside her, and then I started talking a lot more. My time in Impact taught me how to build a character and how to embody a character.

“I learned a lot while I was there, and to be honest with you, working on television is very different than working on the indies. It’s just a different dynamic. It’s learning how to work the cameras. That’s a big thing that you don’t really learn on the indies very much, even if you’re doing iPPVs, it’s just a whole other ballgame. Keeping to your times, understanding your entrance, when to take a beat, all of those things that you don’t think about when you work the indies, I learned while I was in Impact.”

On this week’s edition of AEW Dark, Eddie Kingston announced that Allie aka The Bunny was now a member of his stable, which also consists of The Lucha Brothers [Penta El Zero M and Rey Fenix] and the team of The Butcher and The Blade.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the family is back together,” said Kingston. “Look whose back? It’s The Bunny. Now that we’re all together, everyone’s going to pay.”

The Bunny was originally introduced to AEW programming as a valet of The Butcher and The Blade, her husband in real life, before she aligned herself with The Nightmare Family. Soon enough, she started accompanying QT Marshall during his matches and also formed a tag team with Brandi Rhodes called “The Nightmare Sisters.”

By joining Kingston’s faction, it appears as if Allie will no longer team up with Brandi. The Nightmare Sisters lost to the team of Diamante & Ivelisse in the finals of the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament back in August.

Meanwhile, Kingston is rumored to challenge Jon Moxley for the AEW World Championship at the AEW Full Gear pay-per-view on November 7.

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AEW Dynamite has been on national television for less than a year and the new wrestling promotion has taken giant strides already. Brandi Rhodes, the company’s Chief Brand Officer, never expected TNT to grant AEW another hour of weekly content, let alone extend Dynamite on the air until 2023.

“When you have a great team and the right mix of folk working together, you kind of expect things to go well. However, I will admit that things have gone better and faster than I expected. I did not expect that within the first year, TNT would grant us another hour of content and re-up our deal for Dynamite so quickly,” Brandi told SportsKeeda in an interview.

Although Brandi is a realist who prefers “setting goals that are attainable,” the success of AEW has forced her to re-evaluate her expectations going forward.

“Every time I hear the weekly numbers of merchandise sales, I am absolutely blown away and floored. I didn’t set low expectations but reasonable expectations, and we have surpassed them all. Maybe it is time [for me] to up those expectations,” added Brandi.

Besides serving as a top ranking AEW executive, Brandi also wrestles as one half of the Nightmare Sisters alongside Allie. Brandi revealed that she has set aside some goals as an on-air performer.

“I am goal-oriented with all aspects of in-ring performance. Physique is a huge part of what I present when I enter the ring. I turned 37 last month, and I’m still one of the most in-shape people on the roster,” said Brandi, who started wrestling a few years ago after serving as an announcer in WWE.

When asked to touch upon her various responsibilities as AEW’s Chief Brand Officer, Brandi said a lot of people “had no clue” as to what the role entails.

“It involves working with PR guys, helping write press releases, copy for websites, and really working on everything in that realm. From media tours, to post shows, to media scrums – all that is part of my crew. On the flip side, I also have a hand in marketing,” revealed Brandi.

Brandi, the significant other of AEW EVP Cody Rhodes, also hosts a cooking channel titled, “A Taste of Brandi” on YouTube.