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Tessa Blanchard
Tessa Blanchard
Tessa Blanchard post match.jpg
Blanchard in April 2018
Born (1995-07-26) July 26, 1995 (age 23)
Charlotte, North Carolina
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York, United States[1]
Parent(s)Tully Blanchard (father)
Magnum T.A. (step-father)
FamilyJoe Blanchard (grandfather)
Professional wrestling career
Tessa Blanchard
Billed height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Billed weight126 lb (57 kg)
Billed fromCharlotte, North Carolina
Trained byGeorge South
Tully Blanchard
Magnum T.A.
DebutJune 13, 2014

Tessa Blanchard (born July 26, 1995) is an American professional wrestler signed with Women of Wrestling, Impact Wrestling, The Crash Lucha Libre in Mexico, and appears in numerous independent promotions across the U.S. performing under her real name.

She is the current Women of Wrestling champion, one time Impact Knockouts Champion, one-time Crash Women's Champion, and also holds several championships on the independent circuit as well.[2]

A third-generation professional wrestler, Blanchard is the daughter of Four Horsemen member Tully Blanchard.

Early years

Blanchard decided to start wrestling around late 2012 to early 2013.[3]

Professional wrestling career

Training and independent circuit (2014-present)

Blanchard post-match in 2013

Blanchard trained with George South. She began her career at Queens of Combat 2 on June 13, 2014, where she interrupted a speech by Miss Rachel after her victory over Amanda Rodriguez; the result was a match that Miss Rachel won. On 11 October, she participated in the Super 8 ChickFight tournament organized by the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), a federation of Delaware, where women under ECWA compete. Blanchard won the tournament by eliminating successively Tina San Antonio, Renee 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 as a villain 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.[4][5]

On June 16, 2018, Blanchard defeated Mercedes Martinez to win the WSU Championship.

On September 1, 2018, at the event All In, Blanchard defeated Britt Baker, Chelsea Green and Madison Rayne in a Four Corner Survival match.[6]

On July 7, Rise Wrestling had their Rise of the Knockouts cross-promotional event with Impact Wrestling. Blanchard won the Phoenix of Rise Championship, in a 30 minute Iron Woman match against Mercedes Martinez to win the previously vacated title. [7] Blanchard lost the championship to Martinez on October 19, in a 75-minute iron woman match, in the longest women's wrestling match in history.[8] On July 14, Blanchard defeated Lacey Lane and Santana Garrett to win The Crash Women's Championship.

WWE developmental appearances (2016, 2017)

In 2016 Blanchard appeared in WWE, making her in-ring debut for NXT on April 2, 2016, 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. 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.

World Wonder Ring Stardom (2016-2017)

In August 2016, Blanchard made her Japanese debut for the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion by entering the 2016 5?Star Grand Prix[9], where she made it to the finals, before losing to Yoko Bito on September 22.[10] 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.[11] On May 14, Blanchard teamed with Jessicka Havok to unsuccessfully challenge Hiroyo Matsumoto and Jungle Kyona for the Goddess of Stardom Championship.[12]

Impact Wrestling (2018-present)

Blanchard made her debut for Impact Wrestling on Redemption, when she joined the commentary team during a match between Kiera Hogan and Taya Valkyrie.[13] Few weeks later, after attacking her during her match, Blanchard defeated Hogan in her first match on Impact!. On Slammiversary XVI, Blanchard scored her first pay-per-view win, when she defeated Allie.[14]

On August 12 (which aired on tape delay on August 30) at Impact! ReDefined special, Blanchard defeated Allie and Su Yung in a three-way match to win the Impact Knockouts Championship for the first time in her career.[15] At One Night Only: Bad Intentions, which aired the following night, Blanchard made her first successful title defense, defeating Gisele Shaw.[16] During her reign, Blanchard was able to retain her title against various competitors such as Su Yung,[17] and Faby Apache.[18] In October, Blanchard started a feud with Taya Valkyrie, whom she defeated on two different occasions -- at Bound for Glory[19] and three weeks later in a rematch at Impact.[20] Valkyrie was then able to submit Blanchard in a mixed tag team match[21][22] that earned her another title opportunity.[23][24] On January 6, 2019, at Impact Wrestling Homecoming, Blanchard lost the championship to Valkyrie, after the special guest referee Gail Kim (whom Blanchard attacked during the match) performed her finishing move that allowed Valkyrie to pin her, ending her reign at 147 days.[25] A few weeks later on Impact Wrestling, she was suspended for 30 days by attacking Gail Kim. On the February 15 episode of Impact Wrestling Blanchard returned from her suspension where she failed to regain the title against Valkyrie.

Women of Wrestling (2018-present)

On September 5, 2018, it was announced that Blanchard have signed with Women of Wrestling (WOW), and would made her debut through the tapings from October 2018.[26] On January 18, 2019, where WOW premiered on AXS TV, Blanchard made her televised debut, where she confronted the WOW World Champion Santana Garrett, establishing herself as the villain, as the two would feud over the championship.[27][28] Blanchard won the championship for the first time on the February 15 episode of WOW by defeating previously undefeated Jungle GRRRL.[29]

Personal life

Blanchard with her father Tully in 2014

She is the granddaughter of wrestler Joe Blanchard, daughter of Tully Blanchard and the stepdaughter of Magnum T.A.. She was the stunt double for actress Florence Pugh in the upcoming movie Fighting with My Family, a Dwayne Johnson produced film about former WWE wrestler Paige.[]

Championships and accomplishments

Blanchard as CWF Women's Champion

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