Here at Border Fuel, we’ve always got an eye out for new stories developing and the reasons behind them. Tessa Blanchard. Tessa Blanchard. You better get used to hearing her name again – because she’s coming 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 one of the most talented female wrestlers 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 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. Now a free agent, where does she go from here?
Tessa for the last year has discovered full-body training. Now, what I mean is she has been doing CrossFit, but she has been reading different books to expand her thinking. She has talked about how much she matured. She believes she needed this time with her new husband and to grow. A couple of months ago, she started posting her workouts in the ring, her training place posted her training with Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Kalisto and she also started to do autograph signings along with meet and greets.
Three Choices For Tessa Blanchard
Let’s get something straight, Tessa is more than likely will be in the next Women of Wrestling (WOW). She probably has already started negotiating with them. Personally, I think there can only be three choices: going to WWE, going to AEW or staying on the indies, or even NWA to try to build herself up. Yes, I know many of you out there are wanting to see her in MLW, SHIMMER, or ROH 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 NWA or the Indies?
I think we definitely have to start where Tessa Blanchard is now. Nowhere. Tessa isn’t signed with any promotion. She is a free agent after being terminated on June 25th by Impact Wrestling. Part one about Tessa 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 and/or NWA 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. 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?
Would the NWA fit Tessa well right now? Probably since most wrestlers appear to like Billy Corgan. They say he is willing to work with other promotions. The tape shows in blocks and has certain special shows like NWA 73. Also, the biggest plus is they hired Mickie James and have already handed her an all-women’s PPV, EmPowerrr. I can’t imagine Tessa Blanchard NOT being there on August 28th.
Will the Indies Truly Come Back?
I’m not sure the indies have made a true comeback yet in the United States post-Lockdown, but they are definitely trying. GCW and Warrior Wrestling had good crowds on the first week of June. 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 five to six 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! Oh, I forgot, she’s not Daniel Bryan. There are just not enough big-time superstars out there in the indies, men or women, to create the excitement she needs to recover her reputation. However, NWA is and can help her.
Will Tessa’s Previous 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. What was WWE NXT thinking?
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 she is a complete package at such as young age? Or because of her last name? Or just to torture her because she left? Like he did to Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley at first.
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, T-Bar. 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. Raquel Gonzalez and Tessa vs. Io Shirai early, though. Great for the fans. But I do see Tessa feeling that NXT would be a step-down. She would HAVE to do it if WWE insisted because of 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 Bayley, Carmella, Asuka, 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? WWE Creative could tell the story they should have told with “rookie” Bianca Belair and Bayley.
Is 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 has 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 2019. Tessa could definitely help there. 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 Dustin Rhodes and Serena Deeb? Dr. Britt Baker, Shida, Anna Jay, Thunder Rosa, Tay Conti, Penelope Ford, Red Velvet, Jade Cargill, Serena Deeb, Kris Statlander, and Nyla Rose can give her some good matches, but they definitely need work. Also, they need someone to choreograph and lead the matches.
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 Dustin Rhodes 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 Partnerships
Kenny Omega 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. Tessa has already done a program with Brian Cage. 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 Go?
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.
WWE, right now, in my opinion, doesn’t know who they are or who they want to be. They are letting a lot of wrestlers go. Some they probably shouldn’t have hired. Plus I’m pretty sure some of the women’s contracts are getting ready to run out. Who wants to go into that mess? I don’t see it getting cleaned up anytime soon, especially in the women’s division. I really don’t think they care anymore. Fifteen minutes in three hours is ridiculous.
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 Does Tessa Go?
I look for Tessa to sign with WWE. If WWE and Tessa are even a little bit close on money (which they aren’t) and if they agree to give Daga a chance in NXT then she will sign with them. I think she has always thought of WWE as THE location and as the top of the mountain. Tessa believes the top women’s athletes are there to challenge.
A lot of the BIG KNOWN stars like Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch just signed again. I’m fairly sure Bayley is in the middle of hers. 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.
We’ll need to revisit this topic in about a year to see what she chose and if it was right for her. And right for 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 Border Fuel.