Back in June of this year, one of IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest star Tessa Blanchard was released by the company and has remained one of the biggest free agents in all of pro wrestling since.
According to a number of rumors and speculations, there were interests in both AEW and WWE in signing Tessa to a contract. However, Dave Meltzer said on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that it seems like AEW has decided “to not pursue” Blanchard.
According to Meltzer, when AEW officials were discussing Tessa Blanchard’s name as one of the talents to bring in to All Elite Wrestling and sign, despite the value she could bring and the star power she could add in the women’s division, the decision was made to not try and pursue her.
Although a specific reason was not provided as to why All Elite Wrestling won’t be pursuing Blanchard for their company, she was called out and taken shots at by several women’s wrestlers back in January due to her “attitude issues” and allegations of bullying and racism, most especially in 2017 when she was referring to La Rosa Negra during a tour in Japan.
This could also be a reason why the WWE hasn’t signed her as of yet, but there were reportedly in talks back in June since her release from IMPACT.
Meltzer reported in the past that Tessa Blanchard decided not to re-sign with IMPACT Wrestling as she believed she could make more money elsewhere. With AEW off the table, though, the former IMPACT World Champion is left with fewer options. Tessa Blanchard’s one and only match since the COVID-19 pandemic started was when she lost to Kylie Rae at Warrior Wrestling.