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Welcome to Diva Dirt’s Five to Watch 2014! This annual list compiles five rising talents in the world of women’s wrestling that we think have what it takes to be the next big thing.
From their in-ring abilities to their unique personalities, we aim to spotlight some of the upcoming female talent that you may not yet know about. Over the next five days, we will unveil the names that the Diva Dirt staff have handpicked.
Who is she?: Her name says it all. Tessa Blanchard is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard and step daughter of another wrestling legend, Magnum T.A. Blanchard made her debut this past summer and has quickly made a name for herself all over America, setting the course for what could be a stellar year in 2015.
Her story so far: Tessa started her training with George South early this year and didn’t waste any time jumping straight to the top. She turned heads in May, appearing on Monday Night Raw as a Rosebud and receiving a WWE tryout match against Chasity Taylor. The two would develop their rivalry throughout the summer at indy events across America. Blanchard has been successful against men and women alike in her home promotion, Premiere Wrestling Xperience, quickly becoming one of the promotion’s top stars. She even managed to defeat her mentor George South for the EWA Heavyweight Championship in a nearly hour-long match. In October, Tessa would make history by winning the first ever Super 8 ChickFight Tournament, defeating Jenny Rose in the finals to become the ECWA Women’s Champion. Blanchard would face her biggest challenge to date in November as she faced Mickie James in Mickie’s first match since giving birth. Although Tessa wasn’t victorious in the bout, it raised her profile even more in her rookie year. As if all of that wasn’t enough, Blanchard would close out 2014 with yet another appearance as a Rosebud on the 2014 edition of the WWE Slammy Awards.
Why we chose her: When you see Tessa in action you instantly realize she has the “It Factor”. From her in-ring work to her promo ability and facial expressions, Tessa Blanchard is a superstar in the making. Blanchard lives up to and continues the legacy that her family has built in the professional wrestling business and modernizes it for the new generation. Tessa isn’t just riding off of the legacy of her family – she’s in the beginning stages of creating her own. The best part of it all? She’s been in the wrestling business for less than a year! With even more experience and training under her belt, 2015 could very well end up being the year that the entire world learns the name Tessa Blanchard. After all, diamonds are forever.
Follow Tessa on Twitter: @teamTblanchard.