A tweet by Impact star Tessa Blanchard opened the floodgates, and not in the good way, after Blanchard wrote, “Hey women, try supporting one another. Cool things happen.”
A bunch of former co-workers hit back at Blanchard, who apparently wasn’t the model citizen on her rise to the top. Today, she headlines the Hard to Kill pay-per-view with Sami Callihan for the Impact World title in an inter gender match.
NXT star Chelsea Green was the first to call her out on the tweet. “You’ve consistently put down, bullied, and belittled countless female coworkers, including me. Is that support?” Blanchard, to her credit, replied, saying that she’s never been anything but kind to Green during her time working together. She told Green that she has zero merit in her comments and she’s not saying that she’s been a saint either and made silly decisions as well. “Instead putting me down here for a little clout…you’ve got my #,” Blanchard added.
Former Impact wrestler Allysin Kay, who wrestled under the name of Sienna, also accused Blanchard of doing nasty things. “Remember when you spat in a black woman’s face and called her the N-word in Japan? Was that you ‘supporting women’? The AUDACITY of this tweet.” Blanchard once again replied to the tweet, flatly denying Kay’s statement. “That’s my statement and the most attention I’ll give it because of how actually ridiculous it is,” she answered. Kay wasn’t done yet though, explaining that different people tried to deal with Blanchard behind the scenes for years and she never changed. “Denying things even happened shows you haven’t grown. So it was time for that ass to get exposed. I guarantee you she will treat everyone w/ respect now, bc people are watching that much closer.”
But the individual who was on the receiving end of that spit, La Rosa Negra, jumped in to thank both Kay and Green for calling out Blanchard. She said that it happened in Japan in 2017 and if Tessa doesn’t remember it happening, she certainly does. “I am not a mean girl with any coworkers around the world,” La Rosa Negra wrote.
Fellow wrestler Shanna jumped in La Rosa Negra’s defense as well, saying that Blanchard did more nasty stuff in Japan. “Never forget. Practice what you preach sweetheart. I standby @LaAbusadoradePR, she’s a fun loving person who would never disrespect anyone,” she wrote. Blanchard did not address these tweets.
NXT UK’s Isla Dawn also called out Blanchard’s bluff. “As someone who experienced your bullying firsthand, received regular verbal abuse, was spat on, had rumours spread about me, dealt with multiple attempts by you to blacklist me from other companies, (plus more), I just pray you now follow your own advice,” she wrote.
And indie star Priscilla Kelly advised Blanchard to delete the tweet because what she said and what she is are completely different. “Remember publicly putting me down on Twitter last year for something that didn’t involve you whatsoever, then continuing to drag my name to other people for it?” Kelly was a bit controversial last year when she put a “bloody tampon” from her…well, you know…and then shoved it in her opponent’s mouth.