Tessa Blanchard is an old soul. Though she’s only been wrestling for a little more than a year, she’s been around it her whole life. Consider her pedigree — her grandfather was wrestler and promoter Joe Blanchard, her father is WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard, and her stepfather is Magnum T.A.
As she finds herself about to embark on her first extended wrestling tour — anywhere — her mind drifts back to the past, to the days of territorial wrestling.
For the next two weeks, she’ll be in a dozen small arenas around the Canadian Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, as part of the Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling tour.
“I’m super excited. I haven’t done anything like this before,” Blanchard told SLAM! Wrestling from the home of promoter Emile Dupre out in Shediac, NB. “My dad was telling me it is structured like the territories. That’s how you learn, just working night after night after night after night after night.”