Bianca Belair vs Tessa Blanchard
The EST of the WWE, against arguably the best of the indies. Tessa’s Impact Wrestling theme song has further sparked the comparison with Bianca Belair. Tessa Blanchard was in NXT prior to leaving for the indies, and participated in WWE’s 2017 WWE Mae Young Classic which Bianca Belair competed in as well. Since then, Blanchard went on to obtain more indie gold while Bianca continues to grow in the WWE. With the trend of WWE’s all-women PPV coming up called Evolution, this is a women’s dream match that would be great to see. What would happen if they were to collide? In 2018 Bianca is only 29 years old, while Tessa is only 23 years of age. When will this match happen in their dominating careers? In what form?
2014 Tessa Blanchard started training with George South. She is the daughter of Four Horsemen legend Tully Blanchard, the granddaughter of the late Joe Blanchard, and the stepdaughter of wrestler Terry Allen (Magnum T.A.). She appeared in the WWE as a member of Adam Rose‘s partying entourage during May 2014, and made her debut on the indies in June of 2014. She had a WWE tryout match against Chasity Taylor. She wrestled for Women Superstars Uncensored and Queens of Combat.
2015 Tessa Blanchard made her debut for Shine Wrestling, while Bianca Belair‘s Crossfit career was coming to a stop. Bianca was a track and field athlete, who competed in the hurdles. She had a volatile six-year track career that saw her attend three universities. She was also a CrossFit competitor and powerlifter, having appeared in RX magazine, Femme Rouge magazine, and CrossFit.com. Bianca was forced to abandon her CrossFit career due to intercostal chondritis, also known as shifting rib syndrome.
2016 Bianca entered her information into the WWE prospects database shortly after the premature end of her CrossFit career “more on a whim than with an actual plan”. Less than two weeks later, she received a social media message from 20-year WWE veteran Mark Henry, who had come across her profile on the CrossFit circuit, saying he could get her a tryout, but emphasized that she had to do the work. After two official tryouts, Bianca signed a contract with WWE on April 12, 2016, and was assigned to the WWE Performance Center.
A week before Bianca signed with WWE, Tessa Blanchard made her WWE NXT in-ring debut on April 2, 2016 in a match won by Alexa Bliss. Blanchard then wrestled and lost to Nia Jax, and then Carmella. Blanchard also appeared in an episode of Raw in a bar segment with Sheamus & Cesaro. She went on to win the Phoenix Of RISE Championship, Shimmer Tag Team Championship with Vanessa Kraven, and had a dark match for Lucha Underground against Ivelisse Velez. Bianca Belair made her first NXT appearance during an in–ring segment at an NXT live event on June 25, and her in–ring debut in September, defeating Aliyah.
2017 On the May 3, 2017, episode of NXT, Blair made her television debut as part of a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship. In June, Belair defeated Aliyah to qualify for the 2017 Mae Young Classic. Tessa Blanchard returned to the WWE to take part in the same tournament, however did not get past the first round as she faced Kairi Sane. Bianca Belair defeated Sage Beckett in the first round, but was eliminated in the second round; after losing to the same winner of Tessa Blanchard and eventual tournament winner, Kairi Sane. Shortly after, Belair began an undefeated streak as “the EST”, defeating various competitors such as Lacey Evans, Candice LeRae, Aliyah, Dakota Kai and Deonna Purrazzo.
“At the end of the day it is a huge blessing,” Blanchard said. “I wasn’t upset with how things played out at the Classic. I was super proud and grateful to have been part of it. They only had so many women in the Classic and they picked some of the best women out there in the world. At the time that was insane to me.”
2018 Despite rumors of WWE interested in signing Tessa Blanchard, Tessa made her surprise debut on Impact Wrestling and soon after became the Impact Women’s champion.
“Honestly, I had spoken with [WWE],” Blanchard said. “I am still in touch with them. We are both on very good terms, contrary to what people think, we are on very good terms. I don’t get my hopes up or anything, I am really enjoying what I am doing right now by having the matches, the inter-gender matches that I am having. I am getting to travel all over the world doing what I love and making a living out of it. That is a huge blessing to me. I am not necessarily in a rush to go anywhere. Whatever happens, happens. Everything happens for the right reasons and the right time, and the fact that it didn’t happen to me at the Classic, God had a different plan for me.”
Tessa also won The Crash Women’s Championship, PCW Ultra Women’s Championship, Zelo Pro Women’s Championship, and faced Britt Baker, Chelsea Green and Madison Rayne in a Four Corner Survival match at ALL IN. Blanchard was then reported to have signed with Women of Wrestling.
Tale of the tape:
|NXT, WWE||Known In||Impact, Indies, NXT|
|WWE Performance Center||Trained by||George South, Tully Blanchard, Magnum TA|
|“The EST of the WWE” (NXT)||Known As||Forever, “The Queen of the Carolinas”|
Who would win this rivalry?
Can it happen?
It can! You never know when WWE scoops up more talent. That being said, Blanchard is signing with more indie promotions and keep picking up titles. It will be interesting to see how long it may take for this dream match to happen.