Tessa Blanchard has made her Impact debut.
Blanchard appeared at tonight’s Impact Redemption event during a match between Taya Valkyrie and Kiera Hogan, joining the commentary team. She said that she had beaten everyone in the independent scene and now has come to Impact to face their talent, and argued with Don Callis and Josh Matthews during the second half of the bout. After Valkyrie beat Hogan, Blanchard said on commentary that Valkyrie can bring it, indicating a future feud between the two.
She has been wrestling on the independent scene since 2014, regularly wrestling for the Shine and Stardom promotions. She also competed in last year’s Mae Young Classic under the WWE banner, where she was eliminated in the first round by eventual winner Kairi Sane. She has also appeared in a few matches for NXT as an enhancement talent.
Blanchard is the daughter of Tully Blanchard, granddaughter of Joe Blanchard and the stepdaughter of Magnum TA. Both her father and stepfather trained her before entering professional wrestling.