Tessa Blanchard (born July 26, 1995) is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to Impact Wrestling. Blanchard has wrestled for WWE, Global Force Wrestling, and Lucha Underground.
Blanchard decided to start wrestling around late 2012 to early 2013.
Professional wrestling career
Training and independent circuit (2014–2017)
Blanchard trained with George South. She 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 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 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 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 Vélez in a dark match. On April 24, 2016, Blanchard wrestled in a tag team dark match alongside Prince Puma at a Lucha Underground taping defeating Marty Martinez and Mariposa.
WWE (2014, 2016, 2017)
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 the 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 Sheamus & Cesaro.
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 & Sarah Logan.
World Wonder Ring Stardom (2016−present)
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)
Blanchard made her Impact Wrestling debut on Redemption, when she joined the commentary during a match between Kiera Hogan and Taya Valkyrie. On the May 17 episode of Impact, Blanchard made her in-ring debut picking up a victory over Kiera Hogan. After the match, Tessa continues her assault on Hogan until Madison Rayne comes in for the save.