Tessa is Out and Gold is Free
Recently some shocking news came down as Tessa Blanchard's contract was terminated by Impact Wrestling even though she was the current World Champion. According to research, Tessa and Impact were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract and it was the reason for the termination. It shocking for the reason alone that she is the current World Champion of the promotion. I feel like this is similar to the Drew Gulak situation and could be worked out in the near future.
I think that Impact should be working hard to prove that they want to be taken seriously and after spending all this time building Tessa up to the point of her being a credible challenger and champion this seems like a bit of a wash. However, now if you factor in the current situation going on and how the wrestling business has been effected the question remains what is next for Tessa Blanchard. Honestly Tessa is one of the top free agents now, but it is uncertain how quick AEW or WWE will jump to sign her due to the current circumstances.
During her stay in Impact she definitely showed quite a lot of potential and at 24 years old she has plenty of time to figure it out for herself. I would be curious as to why the contract talks didn't work out with her and Impact as she likely could've been thinking about circumstances to give her even some security on a short term deal. I guess this might be something we will find out in the future!
Even in times of crisis we still need a chance to celebrate the past and remember where we once called home even if it was during dark times. Impact started Slammiversary as an annual event back in June 2005 to celebrate the anniversary of the company becoming another year older. Since then we've seen a number of memorable matches, and moments at the anniversary event and now with this years installment coming up we need to take a second and look back.
The main reason I selected this video as the starting point is, because normally this type of video is found on wrestling youtube's and not shown on major promotion's channels. Reality is that Impact has never really hid from their history even if it would be easier to try and cover up parts of the past especially when things were really really bad within the promotion. Overall this year will be more of a step forward for the promotion still struggling with consistency and finding that building block instead of having to rely on spare parts from WWE like they use to rely on. I'm not alone in saying that I'm looking forward to see what Impact can come up with on July 18.
Impact's Step Forward
It seems to me that at this point Impact might have more of a cohesive Women's division then the WWE does at this point. Impact has taken the opportunity to slowly build up Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steeles as a tandem and they have more momentum then teams in WWE's Women's tag team division. As for Deonna Purazzo someone who has spent time with WWE as well made more of an impact (no pun intended) in her debut then she did while under contract with WWE. Even though not everyone will find their potential in Connecticut they always catch on somewhere else.
Last time we spoke about Impact's commitment to building up Ace Austin as a future star, but it seems to me that Trey Miguel could be on the same level as Ace with high potential and a bright future. Even though the advent might be a tad questionable it does seem possible that the King of the Mountain could be returning this year with a five man match now advertised for Slammiversary on July 18. This could be the match that allow Austin or Miguel to really cash in on the potential the promotion sees for them at this point.
The ground is still shaking and the dust is still settling from the earth shattering releases the WWE decided to bring down about a month or so ago. Now with names slowly becoming free from their former employers contracts more names will begin to pop up elsewhere. It seems like Impact has bet on another underrated name that being Deonna Purazzo who will be making her official debut this Tuesday on Impact. It also seems to me that some matches are slowly coming together for the upcoming Slammiversary event set for July 18.
The last time I wrote about Impact we saw OVE begin to fall a part and the new Joseph Ryan made his presence known and now we know why he did. The only question is did Jake Crist make the right decision to or not and why did he make the decision. As far as the Ace Austin stuff it seems to me that Impact has found someone they want to keep investing in and thus far Ace has shown he is a worthwhile investment for a company still trying to right the ship completely and stay on stable ground.
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