The Blade
The Blade May 2019 (cropped).jpg
Blade in 2019
Birth nameJesse Guilmette[1]
Born (1980-06-03) June 3, 1980 (age 42)
Buffalo, New York,
United States
Spouse(s)
(m. 2013)
[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)The Blade
Braxton Sutter[2]
Pepper Parks
Billed height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)[3]
Billed weight220 lb (100 kg)[3]
Billed fromBuffalo, New York
Erie, Pennsylvania
Trained byLes Thatcher
Debut2000

Jesse Guilmette (born June 3, 1980) is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) under the ring name The Blade. He is best known for his tag team work with The Butcher under the name The Butcher and the Blade. Outside of that, he is known for his work in Impact Wrestling under the ring name Braxton Sutter and on the independent promotions such as Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) - where he was a one-time CZW World Tag Team Champion - under the ring name Pepper Parks.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

Guilmette was trained by Les Thatcher.[4] He has worked a number of matches under his legal name with the WWE, facing wrestlers such as The Boogeyman, Vladimir Kozlov and Shad Gaspard in squash matches.[4]

Independent circuit (2000–2019)

In 2000, Guilmette began appearing for the Midwestern independent promotion Heartland Wrestling Association under the ring name Pepper Parks where he would be paired up with Chet Jablonski as the tag team, The A Squad. Debuting on July 27, 2000, the team faced Astin Ambrose and JJ Duquesne in a losing effort.[5] Parks would wrestle for HWA for six years. During this time, he won the HWA Cruiserweight Championship on June 26, 2001, defeating Matt Stryker. On January 1, 2006, Parks gained his first heavyweight championship, defeating Jon Moxley in the tournament finals for the vacant HWA Heavyweight Championship.[6] Parks would lose the title to Moxley on May 9, 2006[7] and regain it once again on November 11, 2006 defeating Chad Collyer in title vs. career match.[8] His second reign lasted 28 days before vacating the title on December 5, 2006[9] and leaving HWA.

Throughout 2007, Parks would primarily wrestle for the NWA New York based promotions – NWA Empire, NWA Upstate and NWA New York. On May 19, 2007, at the NWA Empire First Anniversary Show, he defeated Brodie Lee to become the NWA Empire Heavyweight Champion.[10] On October 20, 2007 Parks would also win the vacated NWA National Heavyweight Championship.

On January 16, 2010, Parks began appearing for Empire State Wrestling, losing to Freddie Midnight in his first match.[11] On September 11, 2010, he would go on to win the ESW Tag Team Championship with Kevin Grace.[12] Parks and Grace would drop the titles on June 4, 2011 to The Rochester Wrecking Crew.[13] On October 11, 2014, he unsuccessfully challenged John McChesney for the PWR Heavyweight Championship in a casket match at PWR Halloween Mayhem.[14]

On July 18, 2015, Parks and Cherry Bomb made their debut for Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore at the ninth HOH event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[15] They would appear at the next four HOH events, starting a feud with Dreamer and Mickie James in the process.

Ring of Honor (2007, 2012–2015)

Guilmette first wrestled for Ring of Honor on April 13, 2007, defeating Mitch Franklin in a dark match.[16] Years later, he would make his official debut for ROH on June 30, 2012, losing to Adam Cole.[17] On February 16, 2013, Parks made his return, losing to former ROH World Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas.[18] On the April 6, 2013, episode of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Parks was defeated by Roderick Strong.[19] He continued to wrestle matches for Ring of Honor throughout 2014 and 2015. Parks made his final appearance for Ring of Honor on September 26, 2015 losing to Caprice Coleman on the ROH Reloaded Tour.

Combat Zone Wrestling (2012–2016)

Guilmette would make his first appearance for Combat Zone Wrestling on September 8, 2012 at the promotions annual Down with the Sickness event, defeating Kekoa.[20] He would go on to make regular appearances for the promotion over the next four years. In 2015, Parks and his wife Cherry Bomb would align themselves with BLK Jeez, and form the villainous stable known as TV Ready. On December 12, 2015 at CZW's seventeenth annual Cage of Death event, TV Ready would go on to win the CZW World Tag Team Championship, defeating Dan Barry and Sozio.[21] On May 14, 2016 TV Ready lost the CZW World Tag Team Championship to Da Hit Squad at Prelude to Violence 2016,[22] the match was also Parks' final appearance for CZW after signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

On September 10, 2016, Guilmette returned to CZW using his Braxton Sutter ring name for their annual Down with the Sickness event, teaming with BLK Jeez as TV Ready to challenge for the CZW World Tag Team Championship against Da Hit Squad, in a losing effort.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / Impact Wrestling (2015–2018)

Guilmette initially appeared in Impact Wrestling through the company's One Night Only PPV's under his Pepper Parks ring name. First appearing at the 2015 One Night Only event X-Travaganza 2015, losing against Kenny King and Jay Rios, he would next appear on 2015's Gut Check PPV, losing to Drew Galloway.

The following year on January 8, 2016; Parks appeared for the company again in the first One Night Only PPV of the year losing to Trevor Lee. He appeared for the company again for the January 19 edition of Impact Wrestling, where he suffered a loss against Mike Bennett. On March 23, Impact Wrestling announced that Guilmette had signed a contract.[23][24]

On the June 7 edition of Impact Wrestling, he made his Impact debut under the name Braxton Sutter,[2] defeating local independent wrestler Bill Callous in a singles match.[25] On June 12, 2016, at Slammiversary, Sutter wrestled James Storm in a losing effort.[26] On the June 21, episode of Impact Wrestling, Sutter was challenged by Rockstar Spud who had interrupted Sutter's scheduled match against indy wrestler Balam, Sutter went on to defeat Spud and following his victory, was viciously attacked by Spud. On the June 28 episode of Impact Wrestling, he won a battle-royal to become the number one contender for the Impact Wrestling X Division Championship, but was defeated by then champion Mike Bennett who invoked his match against Sutter immediately following the battle-royal. On the July 5 episode of Impact Wrestling, he participated in an Ultimate X match for the X Division Championship, in a losing effort. During the match, he broke a tooth of Rockstar Spud's, intensifying their current feud over several months. At 2016's Destination X, he competed in a six-man ladder match to be number one contender to the X Division Championship, losing to DJZ. On the September 1 edition of Impact Wrestling, Rockstar Spud viciously attacked Sutter with a chair during an Ultimate X match, and attacked him once again on the September 8 edition of Impact Wrestling after his match against Drew Galloway, breaking one of his teeth. On the September 15, Sutter defeated Rockstar Spud in an "Empty Arena, No Turnbuckles" match, ending their feud. At Bound for Glory he participated in the Bound for Gold but was eliminated first by the eventual winner Eli Drake.

On the October 6 episode of Impact Wrestling, Braxton Sutter took part in the first Team X Gold match, teaming with DJZ and Mandrews, and defeated The Helms Dynasty and Marshe Rockett. On the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, the team, now dubbed "Go for Broke" defeated once again The Helms Dynasty and Marshe Rockett as well as Rockstar Spud and Decay in a three-way tag team match. On the December 1 episode of Impact Wrestling, Sutter faced Mandrews and DJZ for his Impact Wrestling X Division Championship, but lost the match.

On the January 12, 2017 episode of Impact Wrestling, Sutter inserted himself into the feud between Maria Kanellis-Bennett and Allie, losing to Maria's husband Mike Bennett. The following week, Maria would blackmail him into breaking it off with Allie, after he said that she couldn't control him like everyone else. He was then forced to drive Laurel Van Ness home and later propose to her, or else Allie would be fired. On the February 23 episode of Impact Wrestling, Sutter rejected Van Ness' marriage during the ceremony when he announced that he's in love with Allie. On the March 9 episode of Impact Wrestling, Sutter defeated DJZ, Marshe Rockett and Caleb Konley in a four-way match with the help of Allie. After the match, they were confronted by an angry Laurel Van Ness who observed them from the ramp. The following week, Sutter failed to win the X Division Championship in a four-way match against Trevor Lee, DJZ and Suicide after a distraction of Laurel Van Ness. On the March 30 episode of Impact Wrestling, Sutter was defeated by Sienna's cousin, KM. On the April 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, Sutter and Allie defeated Sienna and KM. After the match, they were attacked by Sienna's surprise Kongo Kong and Laurel Van Ness. He continued feuding with Kongo Kong, Sienna, and KM. The feud culminated at the Slammiversary pre-show, where Sutter, Mahabali Shera, and Allie defeated Kongo Kong, KM, and Laurel Van Ness in a six-person tag-team match. While being off television for several months, he and Allie quietly ended their on camera relationship without any explanation.

Braxton Sutter returned on March 1, 2018 episode of Impact and turned heel, after losing his match, where he revealed that he dropped Allie like a bad habit, because she's no good and was holding his career back. He then went on to say that nobody is better than him, before being attacked by Brian Cage, to cheers from the crowd. Later that night Sutter came back out during Laurel Van Ness's segment, saying that he wanted back in, with her, but she refused. Then throughout the month of March, Braxton would come out after Allie's matches, offering to take her back, while Allie kept ignoring him, until the March 22 episode of Impact, where it was revealed to be a setup, when Allie was attacked from behind by Su Yung. At Redemption, Sutter accompanied Yung in her match against Allie, but she was defeated.

On April 26, 2018, he announced that he had departed Impact Wrestling.

All Elite Wrestling (2019-present)

Guillmette made his All Elite Wrestling (AEW) debut as The Blade on the November 27 episode of AEW Dynamite attacking Cody Rhodes, along with The Butcher, and his real-life wife, Allie (The Bunny) establishing themselves as heels. On the December 11, 2019 episode of AEW Dynamite, The Butcher and The Blade defeated Q. T. Marshall and Cody Rhodes. It was later revealed that The Butcher and The Blade had been hired by MJF, furthering his ongoing feud with Cody.[27] On the December 11 episode of Dynamite, The Butcher won his first tag match in AEW when he and The Blade defeated Cody and Q. T. Marshall, who was handpicked by MJF.[28]

In March 2020, The Butcher and The Blade had a brief feud with the Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus and Marko Stunt), which would lead to The Butcher and The Blade ending their alliance with MJF.

During the summer, The Butcher and The Blade began working with Lucha Brothers (Rey Fenix and Penta El Zero Miedo) and later, formed a group, led by Eddie Kingston.[29] However, the group disbanded on the November 18 episode of Dynamite, after The Butcher and The Blade sided with Kingston, while the Lucha Brothers reunited their Death Triangle group with Pac, who had returned the previous week.[30] They feuded with Pac, Penta, and Fenix for the next couple of weeks.[31][32][33]Following AEW Revolution, The Butcher and The Blade ended their alliance with Kingston after he turned face and began teaming with Jon Moxley as they allied themselves with Matt Hardy who along with Private Party created a faction known as the Hardy Family Office.[34][35]

Hardy Family Office (2021–present)

On March 17, 2021, on a special edition of Dynamite called St. Patrick’s Day Slam, in their debut match with the HFO, The Butcher and The Blade teamed with Matt Hardy and Private Party in a victory over Bear Country and Jungle Express.[36]On the September 15 episode of Dynamite, The Butcher and The Blade, now ranked No. 1, unsuccessfully challenged the Lucha Bros. for the AEW World Tag Team Championship. After the match, the entirety of the HFO beat down the Lucha Bros before being stopped by Santana and Ortiz. The Blade did not appear on television again until the November 10 edition of Dynamite, assisting Matt Hardy and Isiah Kassidy in assaulting Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor, and Wheeler Yuta after Yuta was squashed by Wardlow.

Personal life

Sutter posing with his wife Allie in 2016
Sutter posing with his wife Allie in 2016

On September 21, 2013, Guilmette married fellow professional wrestler Laura Dennis, better known as Cherry Bomb on the independent circuit, Allie in Impact Wrestling and The Bunny in AEW.[1][37]

Guilmette is an advocate for Mental Health awareness, as he has been open about his struggles with mental health and anxiety.[38]

Championships and accomplishments

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