Impact Wrestling has announced that they have terminated their relationship with Tessa Blanchard and she will be stripped of the Impact World Championship.
The company issued the following statement on Blanchard:
“Impact Wrestling confirmed that it has terminated its relationship with Tessa Blanchard and stripped her of the Impact Wrestling World Championship.”
Blanchard has not appeared at an Impact Wrestling taping since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and was scheduled to return at the Slammiversary pay-per-view where she would have put the Impact World Championship on the line against Trey Miguel, Eddie Edwards, Ace Austin and Michael Elgin. In the case of Elgin, he is currently suspended so it’s not a guarantee that he will be on the show.
PWInsider reports that relations between Impact and Blanchard have been icy in recent weeks after she didn’t send in a required promo from Mexico where she has been with boyfriend Daga.
The plan was to include the footage into one of the weekly episodes on AXS TV to be presented a “via satellite” interview with Josh Mathews asking questions. The episode had to be re-edited when Blanchard did not send in the video.
PWInsider also cited Impact sources saying that there were attempts made to get Blanchard to return so she could drop the title but both sides were not able to come to terms.
Presumably, this means that Blanchard is a free agent and able to sign with another company but she is not too far removed from allegations of racism towards another wrestler from a few years back. For that reason, there are questions on whether a national wrestling company would want to sign her right now and with the pandemic, there aren’t many options right now on the independent scene. However, there is no denying that she is one of the most talented wrestlers on today’s wrestling scene.
Blanchard is the daughter of Tully Blanchard, who currently works for All Elite Wrestling.