Impact Wrestling have terminated the contract of their world champion, Tessa Blanchard with immediate effect.
The news was first reported by PWInsider and confirmed to them by a short statement from Impact reading:
“Impact Wrestling confirmed that it has terminated its relationship with Tessa Blanchard and stripped her of the Impact Wrestling World Championship.”
Blanchard became the first woman to hold a ‘men’s’ world title in a major US promotion when she defeated Sami Calihan in January.
She has been off television since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, electing instead to stay at home in Mexico.
Multiple reports suggested the relationship between Blanchard and Impact soured over the last few months as the 24 year-old had failed to send in promo videos during her absence, despite requests for her to do so.
PWInsider also reports that Blanchard’s contract was due to expire in the next few weeks and they had been unable to come to terms on an extension.
She was slated to return and defend her championship at Slammiversary in Saturday July 18th in a five way title match against Ace Austin, Eddie Edwards, Trey & Michael Elgin.
With Blanchard’s firing and Elgin’s status up in the air due to his recent suspension, it remains to be seen how Impact will elect to crown their new champion, presumably at the Pay Per View.
Rumours have already begun to surface of Blanchard moving to AEW. With her father, the legendary Tully Blanchard, working with the promotion and their women’s division widely thought to need an extra dimension, this is a move that would seem to make sense.