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Tessa Blanchard Addresses Allegations Of Racism Following Social Media Hiatus

Tess Blanchard standing in an IMPACT ring

Former IMPACT World Champion Tessa Blanchard returned to social media last night to discuss her recent hiatus, the racism claims made against her and her future in wrestling.

In a lengthy post to Instagram accompanied by a photo of herself with her now-husband Daga, Blanchard discussed the reason behind her hiatus:

I’ve been away for a while, the main reason for that is to focus on my wedding & honeymoon. The past few months I’ve gotten back to the basics & been focusing on the relationships I have with family, friends & myself. The point of this post is because I’m taking back the control of my narrative.”

She also brought up the allegations of racism levied against her and once again denied them, reiterating her previous stance from when the claims first surfaced in January:

“At the end of every day I can look in the mirror and say ‘I know that woman, I like that woman, I love who that woman is becoming and what she’s capable of’, that’s all I need. racist? That’s not me, that’s never been me, I don’t have a history of being that way, I don’t have a history of using that language & that’s the end of it, it’s just not who I am. & I’m tired of being called & my family seeing me be called something so hateful.”

Blanchard ended the post with a brief look to the future and hinted at a potential return to a major promotion soon:

“Even with those little details about me, at the end of the day none of it matters.. we are each responsible for taking control of our own lives. I’m taking back control of mine.. 💎 #novemospronto”

(#novemospronto translates to #seeyousoon)

2020 has been a roller-coaster year for Blanchard: In January she became the first woman in history to become IMPACT World Champion, though this was somewhat neutered by accusations of bullying and racism directed towards her the day before.

Most recently, she was released from IMPACT Wrestling after reportedly missing TV tapings when contract negotiations with the company fell through. Subsequently, IMPACT terminated her contract and stripped her of the World Championship – with Blanchard going on hiatus since.

Tessa Blanchard returned to the ring for the first time since March earlier this month, losing the Warrior Wrestling Women’s Championship to Kylie Rae.

You can see the post in full below.