Former Knockouts Champion Chelsea Green has claimed that Tessa Blanchard tried to influence the result of the women’s match at the much-heralded All In event.
In 2018, Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks famously put their money where their mouth is and attempted to put on the biggest independent wrestling show on American soil for decades. The Sears Center on the outskirts of Chicago sold out in minutes as they packed the arena with fans desperate to see the one-off show.
The Young Bucks headlined the night alongside New Japan star Kota Ibushi as they faced a Lucha All-Star team of Rey Mysterio, Bandido, and Rey Fenix. Cody Rhodes received the ovation of the night when he followed in his late father’s footsteps and captured the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship from Nick Aldis.
There was only one women’s match on the show and the Four Corner Survival match pitted Green, Britt Baker, Madison Rayne, and then-IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion Tessa Blanchard against one another.
Speaking on her Green With Envy podcast, Chelsea Green says Tessa Blanchard used her status as the only champion in the match to try and sway the outcome:
“We all went up the night before to talk about the matches, or the girls did, to talk about our match. I’m not going to get into the specifics, I’m not going to pull the curtain back all the way, but I will say I will never forget.”
“So we didn’t know who was winning the match until the day of All In, till the afternoon actually of All In. We didn’t even know when we were heading to All In, who was going to win. And Tessa, who was in our match, brought her f*cking Impact Title to the show and tried to come out with it.”
“Now in my mind, it was a way to look better than all of us. Bringing out a title, being the only person to come to a ring with a title, the fans are obviously going to immediately put you above the rest. But also, I feel like she did that because she knew if she came out with the title, she couldn’t lose that title on the show.”
“She couldn’t lose that title on a show that wasn’t Impact Wrestling. At that time, there was no way that that could happen. Nowadays the door is open. Anyone can wrestle anywhere and anyone can lose or win in any company at any given time. It’s wild. But way back when, like a couple of years ago, that wouldn’t happen.”
“And that basically would’ve been a way of strong-arming the higher ups into letting her win. Funny enough, she did still win the match, but we all collectively made sure she didn’t come out with the title. We all kind of came out as equals, thank god.”
Tessa Blanchard has been announced as part of the rebooted WOW promotion which will have former WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee serving as an Executive Producer.