IMPACT superstar Tessa Blanchard issued a statement on her Twitter earlier this evening denying the accusations that she used a racial slur a couple years back while working with La Rosa Negra, better known as Black Rose. The new world champion claims that she never used “that word,” and while understanding that many still deal with racism in current society, promises to use her platform to fight against it.
Over the last week I have been accused of calling a fellow wrestler a racial slur. To read this allegation has been personally upsetting. To be clear, I absolutely did not use that word. That word is not in my vocabulary. That word is not in my heart. Racism is not in my heart.
Yet I know many people have to deal with racism in a way I will never have to. Racism is an awful part of American history, and it is equally awful that its still part of our society today. While I did not do what was claimed, I stand ready to use my platform to support the fight against racism however I can.
While already being called out by a number of female talent, NWA women’s champion Allysin Kay was the one who revealed the incident with La Rosa Negra, with AEW’s Big Swole backing the story up. La Negra herself has since issued a video stating that she has chosen to forgive and forget whatever happened back in 2017.
I hope everyone will take a moment to read this. pic.twitter.com/gRPUlCYd6a
— Tessa Blanchard (@Tess_Blanchard) January 17, 2020