Following Tessa Blanchard beating Sami Callihan to become IMPACT
World Champion at this past Sunday’s Hard to Kill PPV, Booker T has lashed out and
labelled Tessa’s win as “the worst idea in the history of wrestling”.
Speaking on his The Hall of Fame podcast, the WWE Hall of
Famer lambasted Blanchard’s win and pondered whether the move was made
purposely to sabotage IMPACT Wrestling. As Booker put it, “It makes me question
and wonder if somebody is trying to blow this thing up on purpose? It’s like somebody
saying, ‘Man, let’s see how bad we can mess this up.’”
Elaborating, the multiple-time World Champion suggested
problems with how IMPACT handles the rest of its female talent moving forward. “If
Tessa Blanchard goes back and wrestles the women, she'll be able to beat all of
them,” said Booker T, before adding, “Now the woman that beats her, she’d be
able to go out and beat the men too. The crossover of intergender wrestling is
something that’s for independent companies, okay? If they want to be looked at
as an indy group, keep doing stuff like this.”
While Booker T is synonymous with WCW and WWE, he himself
has history with IMPACT Wrestling, of course. Between 2007 and 2010, Booker
competed for IMPACT when the company was going by the TNA name, with Book
winning the TNA Legends Championship and the TNA World Tag Team Championships.
How Tessa Blanchard’s IMPACT World Championship win plays
out for the company remains to be seen, but Booker T has certainly made his
thoughts on the matter perfectly clear – and this being the same Booker T who
has long been a fan of Tessa’s.