Tessa Blanchard feels she is one of the best in the world and has unfinished business in wrestling.
Blanchard appeared on the McGuire on Wrestling podcast while on tour recently with Canadian Wrestling's Elite (CWE). During the discussion, Blanchard spoke about the fan response she has received of late when she wrestles.
First of all, I can't even express how thankful I am. The fans have been so accepting here. Even today, it was just unprecedented. They are just chanting, "Tessa, Tessa, let's go Tessa!" That always feels great, especially [after] being away for so long.
But yeah, I'm always going to want more. I feel like I've got some unfinished business in wrestling. I'm 27 years old and I do feel confidently like I'm one of the best there is and I can go with the best, so I won't stop pushing for that. But I've got other things going on too. I think it's important to have that balance of knowing who you are outside of the business because the business isn't always going to be there for you.
Blanchard has also signed with XPW recently. She'll make her debut for the promotion on May 27 at XPW Broken, Beat, and Scared.
In January 2020, multiple wrestlers made public statements regarding Blanchard's backstage behavior. In particular, Blanchard was criticized for allegedly using a racial slur during an argument with La Rosa Negra. Last month, Blanchard and Rosa appeared in a social media post together, seemingly having buried the hatchet.
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Blanchard says she has grown a lot, and grows more every day.
I'm not who I was a year ago, ten years ago, a month ago, shoot, I'm growing since yesterday even. It's a constant process but we have to be aware of it or otherwise we get caught up in the business and the comments and all that BS.
We're in this constant phase of growth. I'm proud of myself, I'm proud of a lot of my friends. I'm glad for where I am, I'm glad to be on this tour and just have fun in wrestling again.
Blanchard won the Impact World Championship at Hard to Kill on January 12, 2020. Her match against Sami Callihan that night was rated four stars by our own Dave Meltzer. Callihan and Blanchard's match from July 2019 at Slammiversary received 4 and 1/4 stars, the highest rating a match of Blanchard's has received.
Blanchard also mentioned she is finishing a college degree in International Affairs at the moment and has grown from that experience as well.
"I feel I have learned so much, going back to school, about myself," she continued.