Tessa Blanchard Captures Impact World Championship, Makes History at Hard to Kill
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, January 12, 2020
There is a new Impact Wrestling World Champion and for the first time ever, it is a woman.
Tessa Blanchard made history in the main event of Impact Wrestling: Hard to Kill by pinning Sami Callihan to become the new world champion. This is significant because she’s not only the first woman to become the Impact World Champion, but the first woman to capture the World Championship in a major promotion.
The main event was a great back-and-forth matchup that had many near falls and ended with Blanchard hitting a flurry of Canadian Destroyers on Callihan, before finishing him off with her finisher, The Devil Lock DDT.
For months, Impact had done an excellent job in building Blanchard up as a legitimate threat to the world champion; she competed in many intergender matchups and was successful.
In fact, Blanchard’s previous match with Callihan at Slammiversary XVII was regarded by many as one of the best matches of the year for Impact Wrestling and set the stage for what fans would be in store for in the months that followed.
Blanchard became the number one contender on an episode of Impact, after winning a gauntlet match that featured some of the company’s top stars including Michael Elgin, Rich Swann, Daga, Moose, and former Impact World Champion Brian Cage.
With the win, Blanchard joins the list of third-generation superstars to become world champion, which includes wrestlers like The Rock, Randy Orton, and Bray Wyatt.
Photo Credit: Impact Wrestling