History will officially be made. IMPACT Wrestling has moved forward as the third addition of Tessa Blanchard vs Sami Callihan is coming, this time for the IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship at IMPACT’s “Hard To Kill” pay-per-view on January 12th, 2020. This will be the first time a major pro wrestling promotion allows a woman to compete for a companies world championship.
IMPACT Wrestling has done everything they can to turn the company around as they joined AXS TV just two weeks ago and now move forward with this huge historic match. On one hand is the world champion Sami Callihan, who is the complete opposite of what many see in a world champion but has become The Draw of IMPACT Wrestling and wrestling itself.
The woman that will make history and oppose him from across the ring is the “Undeniable” Tessa Blanchard. “Undeniable” is right, as she is set to make history and there truly is not a better woman for the job. Blanchard has quickly become one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling and the face of IMPACT. This is what the fans want and it is 100% the right move.
Here is the official press release:
IMPACT WRESTLING TO MAKE HISTORY AS TESSA BLANCHARD CHALLENGES SAMI CALLIHAN FOR THE IMPACT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT ‘HARD TO KILL’ ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
The Groundbreaking Event Marks the First Time in Professional Wrestling History that a Woman will Challenge for a Promotion’s Top Championship Live on Pay-Per-View
NEW YORK CITY – (November 8, 2019) IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of the leading independent multi-platform media company Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., announced today in New York City that third-generation superstar Tessa Blanchard will take on bitter rival Sami Callihan for the IMPACT World Championship in a historic main event matchup at the promotion’s upcoming Hard To Kill pay-per-view event on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX. The bout marks the first time in professional wrestling that a woman will challenge a man for the top title live on pay-per-view. Callihan and Blanchard were both in attendance today, joined by several IMPACT Wrestling officials.
Titanium tickets for Hard To Kill at The Bomb Factory officially go on sale on Nov. 15 and general admission tickets will be going on sale on Nov. 18.
The title fight will not be the first time that the foes have faced off in the ring. Their bitter rivalry extends back to Slammiversary XVII, where Callihan was able to overcome a tremendous effort from Blanchard and pin her after unleashing a vicious arsenal of DDTs and piledrivers. Since that unforgettable showdown, Callihan defeated Brian Cage to claim possession of the IMPACT World Championship on the debut of IMPACT! on AXS TV in November.
“IMPACT Wrestling has always been a trailblazer in the professional wrestling world, from our Knockouts division to never-before-seen matches like Ultimate X,” said Scott D’Amore, executive vice president of IMPACT Wrestling.
“In her short career, Tessa Blanchard has already demonstrated that she is not only one of the best female professional wrestlers in the world, but one of the very best, period. On January 12th, she will get the opportunity to make history when she challenges for the World Championship live on pay-per-view.”
“I intend to become the first female World Champion in IMPACT Wrestling history on January 12th at Hard To Kill,” Blanchard said. “This isn’t just about our rivalry, and this goes far beyond the IMPACT World Championship. This is about showing everyone that Tessa Blanchard is the real deal, and I’m here to stay. I can go toe-to-toe with any man or woman in the world, and in any type of match. I’ve earned this shot, and I won’t stop until I’m raising that belt up high for all of my doubters to see.”
“I’ll give Tessa credit for one thing: she’s not afraid to make herself look like a fool on national television,” Callihan said. “I’ve already proven that she is not on my level and I intend to do it again. No one will be making history at my expense, so I plan on destroying Tessa and establishing my legacy as the greatest World Champion in IMPACT Wrestling history.”
For more information about IMPACT Wrestling’s Hard To Kill, visit www.impactwrestling.com
History will be made on January 12th as Tessa Blanchard hopes to make even more by pinning Callihan and winning the IMPACT World Heavyweight Championship.