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Holly Letkeman (born November 29, 1983) is a Canadian professional wrestler and occasional actress currently signed to TNA under the ring name Rosemary. She formerly was known as Casey Maguire and PJ Tyler in the independent scene, but is better known by the ring name of Courtney Rush in SHIMMER where she is a one-time Tag Team Champion with Sara Del Rey.

Starting out as an adorkable, goofy character as Courtney Rush in SHIMMER, she would have decent success in her tag title reign with Sara Del Rey until a fateful event at SMASH Wrestling's CANUSA Classic in 2015 with fellow Canadian wrestler Cherry Bomb led to her being humiliated, being beaten down and having her hair cut off while unconscious in front of the audience. Tormented by the experience, she has since implied that she now shares her soul with a demon, speaking about herself in plurals and taking to wearing demonic facepaint.

In early 2016, she arrived in TNA as the manager for Crazzy Steve and Abyss as part of a new stable known as Decay. Serving only as Decay's manager for most of 2016, she helped the team to attain the tag titles, which they held for several months. She began actively competing near the end of 2016, becoming the Knockouts Champion and having several hard-fought matches to retain the title.

More on Rosemary can be found at The Other Wiki.

"These tropes will decay... Decay... DECAY!":

  • Aborted Arc: Seemed to have a history with Jimmy Havoc in TNA but this was dropped, as he was only part of the company for a short time.
  • Adorkable: In her pre-Demon gimmick, particularly in her interactions with Sara Del Rey. Even since then, it occasionally comes into play on the indies, such as in the tag team Danger Zone, in which she and KC Spinelli reference their both being Archer fangirls.
  • Animal Eyes: At times her eyes have looked similar to a reptile's slit-like pupils.
  • Arch-Enemy: Cherry Bomb (and Kimber Lee to an extent) in SMASH Wrestling. Jade, Taya Valkyrie, and Su Yung in TNA.
  • Ax-Crazy: Has had her fair shares of hardcore moments including thumbtacks, tables, barbed wire boards and even attempted murder in the ring.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: In her early TNA career, her eyes were pure black, making her somewhat like an undead creature.
  • Body Paint: Ever since she became a "demon", Courtney Rush began applying some face paint. As Rosemary fully took over, the face paint began resembling a zombie.
  • Butt-Monkey: In Decay's feud with the Broken Hardys, she would often be outsmarted and humiliated — having her own poison mist absorbed by Matt and spat back in her own face at Delete or Decay; often on the receiving end of a beatdown against Reby Hardy over several weeks; and finally during the Great War, having a pumpkin placed on her head by Jeff, and even having the drone Vanguard 1 spraying its own version of poison mist in her face (in revenge for her having damaged it similarly in an encounter during Delete or Decay) referring to her misting as a 'Money Shot' and leaving her with her face coloured a deep shade of pink for the rest of the match.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: Has served as this as part of Decay. Even after their face turn, she still shows herself to be truly villainous, such as spitefully attacking Gail Kim after winning a Monster's Ball match.
  • Catch-Phrase: She will often end her promos by repeating "Decay" three times, often growling out the final word.
  • Continuity Nod: Because of her attempt at kidnapping King Maxel Hardy, she was uninvited to the Hardy themed Impact dubbed Apocalypto.
  • Cool Mask: Taken to wearing a lower face mask in civilian attire.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Made her debut in TNA by quoting Alice in Wonderland, while often speaking in strange riddles with an odd tone of voice.
  • Cute and Psycho: Particularly in her early manager period in Decay, in which she often would wear dresses, style her hair in pigtails and giggle her way to the ring, while also using her mist to distract opponents and even bring out weapons for the team to use.
  • Dark Action Girl: Her being a wrestler and the "Demon Assassin" gimmick make those go without saying, but it becomes more noticeable in TNA, where she started out with a valet role but actively fought alongside her teammates as opposed to just accompanying them. Eventually she began fighting on her own as well, becoming TNA Knockouts Champion in late 2016 and taking part in many extreme match types, including a Monster's Ball match.
  • Dark Is Evil: Always wears black with various accompanying shades of red, orange, blue or yellow, and is very evil, a fact she is proud of.
  • Demonic Possession: After Cherry Bomb cut her hair, she started calling herself "the Demon Assassin" and referring to herself as 'us' and 'we'. At SHIMMER 81, Madison Eagles took advantage of this by pouring a line of salt on the ring apron, thus blocking her from entering, and unsuccessfully tried to exorcise her. Cherry Bomb has also repeatedly tried to stake her with a stake made from a cross. In TNA, Rosemary is the same tormented character with a stable and a different name yet has an alternate origin story which would've left her mentally scarred long before the CANUSA incident — thus it can be implied that Rosemary is Rush's demon given a name. By 2017, Rosemary has outright replaced Courtney Rush as her ring name everywhere she works except in Canada's Acclaim Pro Wrestling, where she teams with KC Spinelli as Danger Zone, and she's stated that "Courtney Rush is dead" in at least one other promotion, so it's less "implied" and more "heavily suggested" at this point.
  • Determinator: Has been put through thumbtacks, tables, and even been tangled in a barbed wire board, yet has come out the victor often in these matches.
  • Dimensional Traveler: Rosemary has claimed to be this as a way to explain the various incarnations of of her character which includes the Smashverse incarnation that was formerly Courtney Rush who feuded with Alpha Bitch Cherry Bomb/Allie, the Impactverse Rosemary who debuted as part of Decay and befrie-aligned a Plucky Girl Allie, and the Masters of the Multiverse webseries where Rosemary's more homicidal traits are Played for Laughs. Also a way to explain how Rosemary appears in the webseries with a knee brace soon after her Impact version's presumed demise.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Debuting to Marilyn Manson in TNA while walking like and physically resembling a zombie, quoting Alice in Wonderland before giving a Death Glare to the debuting Decay's opponents — with no explanation given whatsoever.
  • Evil Redhead: Has recently had red streaks in her hair and red is one of the primary colors in her ring attires, hence why her recent war with Jade is themed as Red vs. Blue.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • During her CANUSA Classic 2015 main event match against Jessicka Havok with all the ladies of SHINE at ringside, rather than diving after her opponent she turned away from Havok and did a flying cross body toward the heel women on the outside. When Havok tried to upstage her by taking her out along with them via twisting suicide dive, she got out of the way with a maniacal look on her face and then attacked Havok on the outside, showing that she planned that sequence out all along.
    • The Wolves once tried to attack Decay with chairs, but Rosemary successfully exploited the fact that the Wolves Wouldn't Hit a Girl by placing herself as a human shield in front of her teammates.
  • Giggling Villain: Tends to do this quite often.
  • Guttural Growler: Not always, but whenever she utters the final "DECAY" in her catchphrase, she does so in a loud raspy growl.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Was basically working as a face by default against Sienna at Slammiversary, but after the Sexy Star incident gave her real life sympathy, she turned for real.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Has recently taken to wearing primarily leather attires.
  • Morality Chain: On the indies, KC Spinelli is seemingly the only person who can drag Courtney Rush back out and reel Rosemary back in — and even then, the moment Cherry Bomb shows up, that's over. It's to the point where teaming with Spinelli at APW is the only time she's still even called Courtney anymore.
  • Odd Friendship: With Allie named Demon x Bunny. Adding their SMASH feud under their Courtney Rush and Cherry Bomb incarnations turns this into Defeat Means Friendship on Allie's end.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: In her first few weeks in TNA, her facepaint resembled that of a corpse, and since adopting the 'Demon Assassin' moniker, she often walks to the ring with a zombie-like gait. Despite this, she can still speak intelligently and can be very fast and dangerous in the ring. In her matches, if she has been knocked onto her back, she also has a tendency to rise into a kneeling position like a corpse returning to life.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Let out a Flat "What." upon witnessing Broken Matt Hardy absorbing her poison mist after she spat it at him.
  • Pronoun Trouble: Refers to herself as "us" and "we". She also refers to her fanbase to "the Hive" and "Hivelings", indicating that she seems to think of herself as a Mind Hive.
  • Red Baron: The Demon Assassin. As part of Decay, the group is sometimes referred to as the Death-Dealers or the Suicide Squad.
  • Ship Tease: She and Crazzy Steve were all over each other before and after matches and in photos. Abyss was often included, but not quite to the same extent. If you asked her and Steve, they were not into being labeled either way.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stalker with a Crush: She briefly had one in Jimmy Havoc, her ex-boyfriend, who wanted her back despite Rosemary clearly not reciprocating his advances. It didn't end well for him. She also had an unusual relationship with Bram for sometime that involved her demanding Decay attack him for denying her affections, and eventually resulting in them seemingly murdering him, though he got better.
  • Super Spit: Her Signature Move is to spit various colors of poison mist in the faces of her opponents. Has sometimes came back to bite her in unusual ways such as in an unusual encounter against Broken Matt Hardy.
  • That Man Is Dead: Told fans at the RISE 2 tapings that Courtney Rush is dead.
  • True Companions:
    • Crazzy Steve and Abyss for Rosemary, and KC Spinelli for Rush, seem to be her only friends since she became a Mind Hive. Steve in particular has been a close friend of hers for about a decade, and contrary to the "Rosemary is a manipulative witch" angle TNA commentators run with, the Decay gimmick is a lot closer to Steve's usual work on the indies than the Menagerie clown mime gig was.
    • In an odd twist of fate, with the end of Decay she started protecting Allie because "the shadow told her to", and the two slowly bonded, even making amends in SMASH Wrestling before becoming best friends in Impact.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Crazzy Steve and Abyss as Decay.