Tessa Blanchard has told everyone that she wants to make her own history at “Hard to Kill”.
And on January 12, Blanchard will make history as the first woman to challenge for the world championship of a major promotion when she faces Sami Callihan for the IMPACT World Championship.
IMPACT Wrestling made history by announcing that all titles are open to all people of all genders. January 2019, saw Tessa drop the Knockouts Championship to current and longest reigning champion Taya Valkyrie. Tessa did defend the belt against the likes of Faby Apache and Giselle Shaw.
Blanchard had bigger fish to fry when Gail Kim popped up on her radar. Tessa and Gail spearheaded a great feud and ended it with an even greater match at the “Rebellion” PPV. The shocker was at the end of that match, Tessa turned face and embraced Gail.
She is the total package when it comes to professional wrestling: great on the mic, in-ring skills second to none, conducts herself like a champion inside and outside of the ring, and more importantly has the look of a star. The third generation star has displayed it all from the minute she stepped foot inside the halls of Impact Wrestling.
Tessa was born into wrestling and was trained by three legends (George South, Tully Blanchard, and her step-father Magnum TA). Intergender matches normally don’t go over well with the audience because women are perceived to be less athletic and not as strong as the men. The woman must be athletic and someone the fans believe can win.
This brings us to Slammiversary 2019 where Tessa faced off against Sami Callihan in the first Intergender main event of a PPV.
Although Tessa would go on to lose the match, IMPACT Wrestling management continued to showcase her against Callihan. She would lose the number one contenders match against him due to outside interference from Jake Crist. Tessa’s quest for championship gold would continue when she won her opportunity to be part of the X-Division Championship ladder match at “Bound for Glory” in October, which was eventually won by Ace Austin.
She was later entered into the 6-person elimination challenge on IMPACT to decide the next number one contender to the new World Champion, Sami Callihan. Tessa would pick up the win over former champ Brian Cage and become number 1 Contender.
Tessa Blanchard has already been making history with IMPACT Wrestling and the end of her story has not been written as of yet. Tessa and Sami are two of the best wrestlers currently in IMPACT today and at “Hard To Kill”, history is going to be made one way or another.
For this reason, and many others, we are honored to announce Tessa Blanchard is our first-ever Female Wrestler of the Year!