First-ever intergender world championship main event on pay-per-view
Impact Wrestling has announced at a press conference in New York City that Tessa Blanchard will challenge Sami Callihan for the Impact World Championship at ‘Hard To Kill’.
This historic main event matchup will take place on Sunday, January 12th 2020, at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas.
This marks the first time in professional wrestling that a woman will challenge a man for the top title live on pay-per-view. This will be the second time these two have faced up, with the first being the main event of last years Slammiversary XVII, where Callihan was able to overcome a tremendous effort from Tessa Blanchard.
Since that contest, Callihan defeated Brian Cage to win the IMPACT World Championship on the debut of IMPACT! on AXS TV.
Scott D’Amore, executive vice president of IMPACT Wrestling spoke about this marquee match-up saying;
“IMPACT Wrestling has always been a trailblazer in the professional wrestling world, from our Knockouts division to never-before-seen matches like Ultimate X. 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.”
Tessa Blanchard also spoke about her title opportunity, saying;
“I intend to become the first female World Champion in IMPACT Wrestling history on January 12th at Hard To Kill. 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.”
Sami Callihan gave his thoughts too;
“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.”