In a major decision taken by Impact Wrestling, the company announced that Impact World champion Tessa Blanchard has been fired and stripped from her title.
The short announcement read, “IMPACT Wrestling has confirmed that it has terminated its relationship with Tessa Blanchard and stripped her of the IMPACT Wrestling World Championship.”
PWInsider.com had the details about the relationship between the two parties that got broken along the way. The website reports that Tessa was supposed to send in taped promos for the June 1 episode of Impact but did not even bother to do it, leaving many fuming as they had to fill in that space with other content that had to be shot.
PWInsider also adds that Impact tried to get Blanchard to drop the title but could not agree on terms and with her contract coming up, they decided instead to fire her.
Blanchard, who won the title in January, was set to take on Eddie Edwards, Trey Miguel, Ace Austin, and Michael Elgin in a five-way match for the Impact World title at Slammiversary.
She won the title in January at the Hard To Kill pay-per-view but then pretty much vanished in March after the coronavirus pandemic hit, refusing to attend any television tapings.
Tessa, the daughter of AEW’s Tully Blanchard, signed with Impact Wrestling in 2018 and became the first female to win the world title of a major wrestling promotion.