Tessa Blanchard (born July 26, 1995) is an American professional wrestler signed with IMPACT Wrestling and Women of Wrestling (WOW), performing under her real name. She is the current IMPACT Knockouts Champion in her first reign. Blanchard has also wrestled for various U.S. independent promotions, including SHIMMER Women Athletes and the Japanese joshi-promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom. A third generation professional wrestler, Blanchard is the daughter of Four Horsemen member Tully Blanchard.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Training and independent circuit (2014–present)Edit
After training with George South, Blanchard began her career on June 13, 2014 at Queens of Combat 2 where she interrupted a speech by Miss Rachel after her victory over Amanda Rodriguez; the result was a match that Miss Rachel won. On October 11, she participated in the Super 8 ChickFight Tournament organized by the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), a federation of Delaware. Blanchard won the tournament by eliminating successively Tina San Antonio Renee and Michelle and finally Jenny Rose. A week later, Blanchard successfully defended her title of women's champion of the ECWA against Amber O'Neal.
On November 8, 2014, Blanchard debuted for Women Superstars Uncensored and was defeated by Niya in a match for the WSU Spirit Championship at Breaking Barriers III. On February 21, 2015, Blanchard picked up her first victory in WSU when she defeated Sassy Stephie.
Blanchard debuted for SHINE Wrestling at the SHINE 26 event on April 3, 2015, and was defeated by Evie. Later in the evening, Blanchard attacked Leva Bates, causing her and Jessicka Havok to be defeated by Saraya Knight and Su Yung, and later became the newest member of Valkyrie. At SHINE 27, Blanchard was defeated by Bates. After the match, she and April Hunter both attacked Bates.
On January 9, 2016, Blanchard made her Lucha Underground debut losing to Ivelisse Velez in a dark match.
On June 16, 2018, Blanchard defeated Mercedes Martinez to win the WSU Championship.
On September 1, 2018, at All In, Blanchard defeated Britt Baker, Chelsea Green and Madison Rayne in a Four Corner Survival match.
WWE (2014, 2016, 2017)Edit
Blanchard appeared in WWE as a member of Adam Rose's partying entourage in May 2014. She had a tryout match against Chasity Taylor.
Two years later, Blanchard returned to WWE, making her in-ring debut on April 2, 2016 in NXT in a match won by Alexa Bliss. On April 28, Blanchard wrestled and lost to Nia Jax. On June 9, Blanchard wrestled her third match, losing to Carmella. Blanchard also appeared in an episode of Raw in a bar segment with Cesaro and Sheamus.
On July 13, 2017, Blanchard returned as part of the Mae Young Classic, being eliminated from the tournament in the first round by Kairi Sane. She then appeared in a dark match, on July 14, 2017 in a six-woman tag team match teaming with Jazzy Gabert & Kay Lee Ray versus Santana Garrett, Marti Belle, and Sarah Logan.
World Wonder Ring Stardom (2016−2017)Edit
In August 2016, Blanchard made her Japanese debut for the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion by entering the 2016 5★Star Grand Prix, where she made it to the finals, before losing to Yoko Bito on September 22. Blanchard returned to Stardom in April 2017. On April 30, she took part in the 2017 Cinderella Tournament, where she defeated High Speed Champion Kris Wolf in the first round, before being eliminated in the second round by eventual tournament winner Toni Storm. On May 14, Blanchard teamed with Jessicka Havok to unsuccessfully challenge Hiroyo Matsumoto and Jungle Kyona for the Goddess of Stardom Championship.
IMPACT Wrestling (2018−present)Edit
Blanchard made her IMPACT Wrestling debut at the April's Redemption pay-per-view, when she joined the commentary team during a match between Kiera Hogan and Taya Valkyrie. Blanchard appeared on the May 3, 2018 episode of IMPACT!, when she attacked Hogan during her rematch against Valkyrie. This led to Blanchard making her in-ring debut two weeks later, defeating Kiera Hogan. After the match, Tessa continued her assault on Hogan until Madison Rayne came in for the save. On May 24, Blanchard explained why she attacked Hogan, later that night, Blanchard interfered in Madison Rayne's match by attacking Madison Rayne from behind after the match was over. Blancharad would however suffer back-to-back losses from Rayne. At Slammiversary XVI, Blanchard scored her first pay-per-view win when she defeated Allie.
Knockouts Champion (2018−present)Edit
On the August 30 ReDefined special, Blanchard defeated Allie and Su Yung in a three-way match to win the IMPACT Knockouts Championship for the first time. At One Night Only: Bad Intentions which aired on August 31, 2018, Blanchard made her first successful title defense against Gisele Shaw. On September 6, Blanchard successfully defended her title against Yung in a rematch. After the match, Yung attacked Blanchard and tried to put her inside a coffin, until Allie and Hogan rescued Blanchard and attacked Yung. When Allie and Hogan tried to help Blanchard to get out of the coffin, Blanchard dismissed their help, claiming that she doesn't need friends.
The Crash (2018−present)Edit
On July 14, Blanchard defeated Lacey Lane and Santana Garrett to win The Crash Women's Championship.
She is the granddaughter of wrestler Joe Blanchard, daughter of Tully Blanchard and the stepdaughter of Magnum T.A.
- Finishing moves
- Buzzsaw (Hammerlock DDT)
- Magnum (Diving double knee facebreaker)
- Slingshot belly-to-back suplex
- Signature moves
- Double arm suplex
- Draping Flatliner (Reverse STO from the corner turnbuckle)
- Figure four headscissors
- Indian deathlock
- Running knee strike
- Short-arm clothesline
- Tequila Sunrise facebuster
- "The Buzzsaw"
- "The Diamond"
- "The Queen of the Carolinas"
- Entrance themes
- Independent circuit
- "Lo Horseman" (Instrumental) by Smoke DZA
- NXT / World Wrestling Entertainment
- "Nightmare" by CFO$
- "Nightmare" (Remix) by CFO$
- IMPACT Wrestling
- "This Time I Want It All" (w/ "Undeniable" Intro) by Pea McGee (APM Music)
- Independent circuit
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- American Pro Wrestling Alliance
- APWA World Ladies Championship (1 time)
- Canadian Wrestling Federation
- CWF Women's Championship (1 time)
- East Coast Wrestling Association
- ECWA Women's Championship (1 time)
- ECWA Super 8 ChickFight Tournament (2014)
- Exodus Wrestling Alliance
- EWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time, current)
- EWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- IMPACT Wrestling
- IMPACT Knockouts Championship (1 time, current)
- Lucky Pro Wrestling
- Kings and Queens Tournament (2015) – with Anthony Greene
- PCW Ultra
- PCW Ultra Women's Championship (1 time, current)
- Pro Wrestling eXpress
- PWX Women's Championship (1 time, current)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked her #38 of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2016
- Remix Pro Wrestling
- Remix Pro Fury Championship (1 time)
- RISE Wrestling
- Phoenix of RISE Championship (1 time, current)
- SHIMMER Women Athletes
- SHIMMER Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Vanessa Kraven
- The Crash
- The Crash Women's Championship (1 time, current)
- Women Superstars Uncensored
- WSU Championship (1 time, current)
- WC Lady of the Ring Championship (1 time, current)
- WC Sideshow Championship (1 time)
- Zelo Pro
- Zelo Pro Women's Championship (1 time, current)