Make a list of the 10 best female wrestlers on the planet. Take your time, don't rush it. If your list doesn't include Tessa Blanchard, then your list is ill-informed, preoccupied with internet controversies and politics. If it does include Tessa Blanchard, you've got her name in the upper echelons.
Such a blase approach to the controversy that surrounds Tessa Blanchard is to be taken with a pinch of salt, but it is undeniable that the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Tully is one of the most important pro wrestlers of the modern era. She defeated Sami Callihan to become Impact World Champion in 2019, putting her name in the history books in the process, a championship win that was tainted by allegations of racism and bullying in the build-up.
Her reign was cursed from the get-go, and the global pandemic that shut down the world only made matters worse. Tessa was stuck with the title in Mexico, unable to get back to the US to drop it and seemingly unwilling to send in the promos that were asked of her. She was eventually released, being stripped of the title in the process.
All this is fairly common knowledge at this point, but what about her early years? What about her influences? What about the sage advice of Carlito Caribbean Cool? It is time to get to know Tessa Blanchard.