Here at Sports Obsessive, we’ve always got an eye out for new stories developing and the reasons behind them. Tessa Blanchard. Tessa Blanchard. Tessa Blanchard. You better get used to hearing her name again – because she’s back!
If you missed part one of our look at Tessa, you can catch up here. Up to date? Excellent! Because we have a lot more for you.
Tessa is the most talented female wrestler in the world right now (if you want to argue, that’s another article). It definitely doesn’t hurt that she is one of the youngest at a recently-turned 25 years old. The only other wrestler this young and who could eventually be this talented is Rhea Ripley. There is a lot of speculation out there. After this article, there is going to be a lot more about Tessa Blanchard. Now a free agent, where does she go from here? Well, for one, she will go to the Warrior Wrestling Stadium Series, starting this Saturday night, September 12th, as she defends her Warrior Wrestling Women’s Championship in the main event against Kylie Rae.
Three Choices For Tessa Blanchard
Personally, I think there can only be three choices: going to WWE, going to AEW or staying on the indies to try to build herself up. Yes, I know many of you out there are wanting to see her in MLW, New Japan or the NWA, but not yet…probably not ever.
Of course, each one of these choices has positives and negatives. However, I think to figure out where Tessa goes in the future then you have to look at her past. Then we can determine what’s important to Tessa in the present.
Tessa Blanchard Going To The Indies?
I think we definitely have to start where Tessa Blanchard is now. Nowhere. She is a free agent after being terminated on June 25th by Impact! Wrestling. Part one of my articles tells the timeline of her downfall with them. Tessa lost her focus on wrestling. She allowed herself to be caught up in the idea of a new contract, her wedding and her worry about Covid-19.
Tessa has always liked wrestling in many different promotions and within several different storylines. When she signed with Impact Wrestling in 2018, they allowed her to work with WOW. She also signed with Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide on March 18, 2019. Impact Wrestling didn’t mind working around her schedule. They even used her now husband, Miguel Olivo (Dago) in some matches.
Pros and Cons
I think the thought of being on the indies right now has to be playing on Tessa’s mind. Making her own schedule, one that allows her to travel where she wants to, seems to fit Tessa Blanchard. It seems like she also likes having Daga on the same card as her. They can travel together and she isn’t guaranteed that if she signs with a big promotion. Tessa is still a big enough name and attraction to make it worth an indie promotion bringing her in. Could she take Cody and the Young Bucks’ road on the indies? Sure. But does she really want to hustle that hard?
I’m not sure the indies have made a true comeback yet in the United States post-Lockdown. Plus, if we have a second wave of Covid-19, will the indies shut back down? She really needs to take that under consideration. Not to mention that many indie promotions aren’t back yet and may not come back. The ones that are back can’t necessarily afford to guarantee big payouts which means Tessa will need to hustle working 5-6 nights a week. The wear and tear on your body can shorten your career. Tessa doesn’t want that happening.
However, has Tessa outgrown indie wrestling? YES! YES! YES! Oh, I forgot, she’s not Daniel Bryan. There’s just not enough big time superstars out there on the indies, men or women, to create the excitement she needs to recover her reputation.
Will Tessa’s Problems Cost Her?
Tessa Blanchard has had numerous hits to her reputation throughout the years. Of course, we have all heard the rumors of the 20 year old Tessa’s bad attitude while trying to make it in NXT. In April 2016, Tessa appeared and lost in NXT to Alexis Bliss, then the following month she lost to Nia Jax, then in June 2016 lost AGAIN to Carmella. Wow! She is way better than all three of them and I can’t imagine that she wasn’t then also.
However, there have been numerous rumors that Tessa acted like a spoiled brat. Plus she didn’t show proper respect according to the unwritten wrestling code a lot of the time. Then, in July of 2017, she was in the Mae Young Classic and lost in the first round to Kairi Sane. Are you telling me Tessa Blanchard wasn’t better than someone who wore a title around her neck…yes, her neck…and played the jobber of her tag team with Asuka?
It seems that after leaving WWE that Tessa was on the right track. She appeared in the indies, Japan, Mexico and even Women of Wrestling. To the wrestling fans, it looked like a brand new Tessa had arrived in Impact! Wrestling. That was until the days before her Impact! World Championship match in January 2020. Allegations of her bullying numerous wrestlers in Japan and WOW came out. She was accused of spitting and hurling racial slurs at La Rosa Negra. It is something none of us could think that promotions will forget when it comes to offering a contract.
Will Tessa Blanchard Go To WWE?
Will Tessa Blanchard’s pride allow her to go back and try again at WWE? Rumors are that Vince McMahon would like to sign her. Is it because of her being a complete package at such as young age? Or because of her last name?
Chelsea Green, who is in NXT, was one of Tessa’s accusers back in January and many WWE female wrestlers were around when she was there the first time. Can they write it off as immaturity and forgive her enough to work well with her?
We all know WWE isn’t about to allow Tessa to wrestle anywhere else like WOW or Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide. She will have to give up the idea of traveling all over to collect different titles or work different styles. WWE is also very strict with new talent staying on script. Not many wrestlers, especially in the women’s division, are allowed to handle their own promos. That’s not something Tessa is used to.
Tessa started back in 2016 in Lucha Underground by wrestling future NXT signee, Dominik Dijakovic. She became interested in challenging herself with intergender wrestling. She felt she could tell different kinds of stories by wrestling men. From hearing her talk on different podcasts, I think this is something she wants to continue to do. Does anyone out there think any guy from WWE is getting in the ring with her? Can you see Randy Orton taking her finisher seriously?
What about NXT again? Every superstar in recent years except for A.J. Styles and Ronda Rousey has had to go through NXT. Is this where the top free agent women’s talent should go? Is this where she wants to go? We would get Tessa Blanchard vs. Rhea Ripley and Tessa vs. Io Shirai early, though. Great for the fans. But I do see Tessa feeling that NXT would be a step down, but would HAVE to do it if WWE insisted, what with her issues.
WWE BIG Pros
Without a doubt, WWE has the best women’s division of anyone right now. The same names always come up when Tessa is asked who she wants to compete against: Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch always come up. If you add Natalya, Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler, Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, Raquel Gonzalez, Naomi, Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai to that list then no other women’s division can compete in depth and talent right now.
Plus, the women’s star of the pandemic has to be Bayley. Can you imagine Bayley, in obnoxious heel mode, vs. cocky babyface Tessa? The story of Bayley “breaking her into” the WWE? While Tessa tells the story of taking her indie knowledge and the losses to Bayley to learn the WWE way and eventually take Bayley’s title? They could take it all the way to WrestleMania 37 after Tessa got some warmup matches under the belt.
Tessa Blanchard Going to AEW?
Is the new upstart on the block ready for Tessa Blanchard? Does Tessa want to build her career and her star here? When I say build, I truly mean build. She would need to commit to them and sign a long term contract. Not to mention she would have some convincing to do with Tony Khan, who has banned Hulk and Linda Hogan from AEW shows due to racist comments. Big Swole and Darby Allin’s wife, Priscilla Kelly, have had problems with Tessa in the past.
AEW women’s division is lacking. Fans have complained about it since they started on TV in October. Tessa could definitely help. In the last couple of years, Tessa did some training and coaching in WOW for Jeannie Buss. Would she be willing to take on that role and help Kenny Omega? Dr. Britt Baker, Shida, Anna Jay, Tay Conti, Penelope Ford, and Nyla Rose can give her some good matches, but they definitely need work. Also, they need someone to choreograph and lead the matches. She also could bring Kris Statlander along as her injuries heal.
AEW is a place where Tessa could actually build their title to prestige with her talent and experience. She fits in with the other young superstars they have on the men’s side like MJF, Sammy Guevara, Jungle Boy, Ricky Starks and Darby Allin. Plus, with Kenny Omega presiding over the women’s division, he can help Tessa learn to build her brand and stretch herself with different stories. AEW would allow her to learn as fast as she wanted by wrestling different kinds of wrestlers of all ages.
AEW Intergender Matches and Connections
Speaking of Kenny Omega, he has stated that he wants intergender tag matches and intergender matches to be features of AEW’s product. He and Riho have wrestled as partners against others in Japan. I can definitely see most of the guys in AEW being accepting of wrestling with Tessa or against her one on one. AEW loves to showcase different styles. Many wrestlers totally buy into this idea.
Tessa Blanchard has mentioned that she sees Cody as a brother and, of course, a big pull for Tessa could be that her biological father, Tully Blanchard, is also there. A big plus for Tessa is the AEW schedule and the fact that they will allow their stars to wrestle in other companies like Lucha Libre AAA, where Kenny Omega has a title, and New Japan, where both Chris Jericho and Jon Moxley work. They aren’t afraid to bring in or to work with other promotions. Plus, with AEW Dark, Dago can get an opportunity to make it in their company.
Where Do I Want Her To Sign?
Well right now, I’m a big AEW mark. So, I have to say them. I think AEW has the money, the kind of schedule Tessa wants, the relationships with other companies and the kind of brand building that she needs to learn and ultimately wants. She is a big fish in a small pond in the indies, so if she chooses the indies then she cannot stay there long. She can’t have people forget about her or figure she will never take a chance again. Kinda like Will Osprey. WWE, right now in my opinion, doesn’t know who they are or who they want to be. Who wants to go into that mess? I don’t see it getting cleaned it up anytime soon, especially in the women’s division.
I can see Tessa growing as an AEW star as the promotion does. They will teach her the tricks of getting over through social media and making real connections with the fans. I can imagine what creativity they can spark in her. Plus, she would have the opportunity to show the fans what a bad girl with a good heart gimmick truly looks like.
Where Do I Think She Signs Though?
I look for Tessa to sign with WWE. I think if WWE and Tessa are even a little bit close on money, and if they agree to give Daga a chance in NXT, she will sign with them. I think she has always thought as WWE as THE location and as the top of the mountain. Tessa believes the top women’s athletes are there to challenge. She thinks she can make her name there quickly. I believe Tessa has a vision of changing the game, but doesn’t necessarily understand that if Vince doesn’t want her vision then it will never be green lighted. She is liable to be stuck and frustrated like so many other WWE Superstars wanting out. I just hope she doesn’t sign a long contract if she chooses them. Just three years, hopefully.
The Start of The Decision
Tessa’s comeback starts this Saturday on September 12th at the Warrior Wrestling Stadium Series against Kylie Rae. If she’s in great shape and hitting her moves crisply, then I think WWE and AEW will start upping the ante and contacting her more. If it becomes a botchfest and she can’t work a fast match with a good storyline as the heel in the match, then look for her to continue taking indie matches. It starts in about 24-28 hours for her. I can’t wait to watch to see what happens on Saturday and in the near-future We’ll need to revisit this topic in about a year to see what she chose and if it was right for her. And even us…the fans. Did it work out for everyone?
Where does Tessa Blanchard go and why? Where should she go and why? What are your thoughts on this and will you be following it? Let us know in the comments below on Sports Obsessive!