At the Hard To Kill PPV, Tessa Blanchard made history when she became the first woman to ever hold a companies World Title.
She did this by defeating Sami Callihan to claim Impact Wrestling’s Gold Belt but what should’ve been a monumental moment was marred in controversy.
Prior to the show, Twitter came alive after Blanchard was accused of racism and bullying from many different sources that mainly revolved around her time in Japan, where she is alleged to have used a racial slur and then spat in the face of wrestler La Rosa Negra.
Blanchard only took to Twitter to deny the bullying aspect of these allegations and kept quiet on the racism front but that silence was broken today when she released the following statement;
I hope everyone will take a moment to read this.
It seems as if by releasing this now that both Blanchard and Impact Wrestling is hoping to draw a line under this controversy but something like this doesn’t go away that easy.
Before today the wrestling community was split on whether or not to believe the stories that were now coming to light, with a vast majority of fans deciding that they would boycott Impact all together, while a certain section of supporters of the product was quite happy to stick their fingers in their ears and pretend this whole situation had never happened.
In fact, your friendly neighborhood wrestling writer was forced to bite his tongue after a prominent Twitch streamer, who shall remain nameless, claimed the only reason that Blanchard was receiving this level of attention is that she’s signed to Impact and that if she worked for anyone else that we wouldn’t care if she was racist at all.
Yeah, that was not the easiest fight I’ve ever walked away from.
Regardless, this whole situation isn’t going to just vanish into the ether, even though La Rosa Negra herself has said that she’s glad that the truth is out there but she wants to move on, and it remains to be seen what will unfold over the next few weeks.
My guess is that Impact is hoping that the whole thing will blow over and that the internet will find something else to get angry about, but with racism being such a hot topic at the moment, and rightly so, there’s a very good chance that they’ll soon find themselves having to make the decision on whether or not to keep the belt on Blanchard.
I doubt that they’d strip her of the title but I wouldn’t be surprised to see her drop it back to Sami Callihan at the first opportunity.