Impact Wrestling has terminated its contract with world champion Tessa Blanchard, per a statement from the promotion to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.
Blanchard was the first woman to hold the Impact Wrestling World Championship. Her reign has now ended after 159 days.
Tessa was originally going to defend the Impact World title at Slammiversary on July 18 against Eddie Edwards, Ace Austin, and Trey. The match was going to be her first match since COVID-19. She has been stuck in Mexico due to the pandemic and missed several empty arena TV tapings
Impact Wrestling did not provide official reasoning for Blanchard’s release, but Johnson reported on why it may have been the case:
“Relations between Blanchard and Impact had become increasingly icy in recent weeks, especially after Blanchard did not send promos from Mexico (where she has been residing) for the 6/1 episode of Impact on AXS. That footage was slated to have been edited into a sit-down interview conducted by Josh Mathews ‘via satellite.’ When that material was not received, Impact had to re-edit the episode with other content and have host segments of the show changed and new voiceovers cut.
PWInsider has contacted Blanchard for comment and is awaiting a response as of Thursday evening.
The 24-year-old was set to face four competitors on the July 18 Slammiversary pay-per-view in Nashville, but that will no longer come to fruition as the promotion looks to move forward without its champion.
Blanchard also held Impact Wrestling’s Knockouts title and won the promotion’s Wrestler of the Year Award in 2019. She is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard.
“As we previously reported, ex-Impact star Sienna aka Allysin Kay went public that weekend about an incident that took place in Japan in 2017 involving Tessa and a wrestler named Black Rose. According to Sienna, Tessa called Black Rose the n-word in the locker room and spit in her face. The woman in question backed her claims and other women stepped forward with allegations of bullying.
“Tessa has denied the allegations, saying she’s never used a racial slur of any kind in her life.”Satin followed up with his own take on how the alleged incident could affect Blanchard’s future.