Tessa Blanchard addresses racism claims and wrestling hiatus after IMPACT exit

Tessa Blanchard in IMPACT WrestlingTessa Blanchard has finally addressed her break from wrestling as she returned to social media with a defiant statement.

The former IMPACT Wrestling star – who made history as the first woman to hold the promotion’s world championship earlier this year – has had a rollercoaster of a year.

Her huge title win in January was overshadowed as she was forced to deny allegations of bullying and racism, and she left the company amid more controversy during the pandemic.

IMPACT Wrestling announced they were cutting ties with Tessa over the summer, with reports at the time suggesting a contract dispute.

Now, Blanchard – who has since married fellow wrestler Daga – has addressed her break, and once again denied the allegations made earlier this year.


She wrote on Instagram: ‘I’ve been away for a while, the main reason for that is to focus on my wedding & honeymoon. The past few months I’ve gotten back to the basics & been focusing on the relationships I have with family, friends & myself.

‘The point of this post is because I’m taking back the control of my narrative. I’ve had people weigh in on what I should do, what I should say, what interview to do, where to go…now, I want to listen to what I want and what’s in my heart.

‘I am so blessed in so many areas of my life & I am so grateful to have such strong people in my life. & I regained control of that mindset…that I know who I am.

‘At the end of every day I can look in the mirror and say “I know that woman, I like that woman, I love who that woman is becoming and what she’s capable of,” that’s all I need. (sic)’

Tessa’s social media statement directly responded to the racism claims and she insisted she doesn’t ‘have a history of being that way’.

She continued: ‘Racist? That’s not me, that’s never been me, I don’t have a history of being that way, I don’t have a history of using that language & that’s the end of it, it’s just not who I am & I’m tired of being called & my family seeing me be called something so hateful.

‘Who I am is a woman that cares deeply about my passion and putting in work. Who I am is a woman that gives 110% at whatever she does whether it was waiting tables, extra curricular school work, the next workout, or in the ring.

‘Who I am is a woman that prefers to be viewed as tough as nails instead of having any form of weakness. Who I am is a woman completely driven by my passion & what I believe God has for me in life.

‘Even with those little details about me, at the end of the day none of it matters…we are each responsible for taking control of our own lives. I’m taking back control of mine.’

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