"The Queen Of The Carolinas" Tessa Blanchard was one of the first female competitors announced to be a part of The Young Bucks and Cody's self-financed 'All In' show on September 1st at the 'Sears Centre' in Chicago, IL. At the 'All In' press conference that took place on May 13th, Fightful's corespondent Steven Muehlhausen was on site and he had the opportunity to speak with the current 'WrestleCircus Lady Of The Ring' Champion about everything involving 'All In'.
Many were doubtful about The Young Bucks & Cody attempting to sell out a 10,000 seat arena when the announcement of their plans first emerged but the trio along with the stacked talent roster that they have assembled, sold out the arena in under thirty minutes. Tessa Blanchard's initial reaction to 'All In' was pure excitement even before she was announced as one of the competitors on the show.
“I was pumped. I knew I wanted to be a part of it before I even knew I was going to be a part of it." She expressed. "I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be special, I wanna be a part of it’, and then when I talked to Cody and the Bucks and I found out I was gonna be ‘All In’ I was like, ‘Hell yeah, this is gonna be sick.’ This is… not only history for women’s wrestling but just history for an independent promotion in general. Like, this is going to be so special. I don’t think some people can really fathom it. This is going to be crazy.”
With four months until the show the expectations of can the event sell out have already been put to rest and is now just a matter of shaping up the rest of the talent roster and match card. Tessa Blanchard shared that she does not feel as if she has expectations for the show because she feels that it will be successful regardless.
"Honestly I think… I don’t know if I really have expectations." She uttered. "I feel like its gonna be so successful and everything is gonna happen naturally and nothing feels forced. We’ve got a really good team here; Cody, Nick, Matt, who are so hands on. Everything feels like its just flowing naturally and this is what’s supposed to happen. I think everything happens for the right reasons at the right time and I think this is the time for this. They’re breaking down walls in not only indie wrestling, but wrestling in general. What’s going on here is unheard of. This is special, this is groundbreaking, this is gonna be insane, and, I think we have a really, really good team here."
Towards the later end of the interview Steven Muehlhausen asked Tessa who she would like to face on the show and she named-dropped a woman who she has competed against on a number of different occasions; former 'WrestleCircus Big Top' Tag Team Champion, a recent graduate of dental school and the girlfriend of Adam Cole, Britt Baker.
"If I’m choosing out of the people that are [already] booked thus far, my favorite opponent I think is Britt Baker. She’s my favorite opponent. Like hard-hitting, her and I, we just vibe, I don’t get it. Like subconsciously we don’t even think, it just happens. She’s my favorite opponent." Blanchard said.
To catch up on the news and notes from the 'All In' press conference, click here. Fightful also had the opportunity to speak with Adam "Hangman" Page at the presser and to view that interview head over to Fightful's YouTube channel.