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Tessa Blanchard explains the meaning behind her ring gear

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Tessa Blanchard explains the meaning behind her ring gear



Every pro wrestler has a story behind their ring gear. Whether it was a design given to them a long time ago or something that came to them in a dream there’s always a reason behind what they wear.

Tessa Blanchard turned plenty of heads during her performance in the Mae Young Classic. Although she lost her first match against Kairi Sane, there’s no shame in losing to the person who goes on to win the whole thing.

Blanchard recently took to social media in order to explain the meaning behind the three starts on her boots as she wrote:

“For a while now people have asked about the three stars on my wrestling boots. I remember growing up, my grandpa would share stories of back in the day. He’d tell me how much I was loved & that God had such an undeniable plan for my life. He was the epitome of a good man, any negativity in this world he had a way of changing into an aura of positivity. My father grew up selling popcorn at my grandpa’s wrestling shows, refereeing matches & fast forward..all bias aside..through hard work, he is now a legend in our business. He shares a lot of the same qualities that my grandfather had. Both, WORKED & made their names…I aspire to be like them in many ways. I always heard, a legacy is not leaving something FOR people, it’s leaving something IN people. My grandfather, my father, my stepfather..they’ve certainly done just that. 4 years ago I decided I wanted to wrestle, that I wanted to be the third generation to continue my family’s legacy..and I was certain I didn’t want the “easy way.” As cliché as it sounds, the hard work attracted me. Natalya once told me, there’s never an exception for hard work. That’s stuck with me every day of my life. There’s not a day that goes by I don’t wish my grandpa could have seen me out there; seen me do what I have fallen in love with. Once you know what you want your legacy to be, you can start building it. You can start living in the way you want to be remembered. It’ll allow you to start doing what matters, now. What’s important to you? What are your values? How do you want your life to touch others? What would make you proud? How can you leave your mark on whatever you do? These are questions I ask myself regularly, it allows my creative mind to run wild. As wrestlers, we wrestle with more than just our opponent. We wrestle with the demons of doubt, with past failures, with injuries and exhaustion, with that unrelenting voice telling you to stop…this all brings me back to my boots…my dad had two, I have three. Three generations; three stars. Every time I lace up my boots, I remember why I started. Every time I make my way to the ring, I get to look forward to the future. Everything we do now is building for tomorrow.”

For a while now people have asked about the three stars on my wrestling boots. I remember growing up, my grandpa would share stories of back in the day. He’d tell me how much I was loved & that God had such an undeniable plan for my life. He was the epitome of a good man, any negativity in this world he had a way of changing into an aura of positivity. My father grew up selling popcorn at my grandpas wrestling shows, refereeing matches & fast forward..all bias aside..through hard work, he is now a legend in our business. He shares a lot of the same qualities that my grandfather had. Both, WORKED & made their names..I aspire to be like them in many ways. I always heard, a legacy is not leaving something FOR people, it’s leaving something IN people. My grandfather, my father, my stepfather..they’ve certainly done just that. 4 years ago I decided I wanted to wrestle, that I wanted to be the third generation to continue my family’s legacy..and I was certain I didn’t want the “easy way.” As cliché as it sounds, the hard work attracted me. Natalya once told me, there’s never an exception for hard work. That’s stuck with me every day of my life. There’s not a day that goes by I don’t wish my grandpa could have seen me out there; seen me do what I have fallen in love with. Once you know what you want your legacy to be, you can start building it. You can start living in the way you want to be remembered. It’ll allow you to start doing what matters, now. What's important to you? What are your values? How do you want your life to touch others? What would make you proud? How can you leave your mark on whatever you do? These are questions I ask myself regularly, it allows my creative mind to run wild. As wrestlers we wrestle with more than just our opponent. We wrestle with the demons of doubt, with past failures, with injuries and exhaustion, with that unrelenting voice telling you to stop…this all brings me back to my boots…my dad had two, I have three. Three generations; three stars. Every time I lace up my boots, I remember why I started. Every time I make my way to the ring, I get to look forward to the future. Everything we do now is building for tomorrow. 💎

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The 22-year-old Blanchard has a long way to go in her career which will certainly turn into big things if she keeps it up. She has time to accomplish everything she wants to in the pro wrestling business and she’s off to the right start.

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With a constant remembrance of where she came from always on her like this, it’s no wonder how she’s able to stay so focused and continue on her road to greatness.

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