Could a change be coming to IMPACT United We Stand?
On Feb. 22, IMPACT announced Eli Drake would face Tessa Blanchard in an intergender match at their United We Stand event on Apr. 4. Shortly after the match was announced, Drake took to social media and said he would not be participating in the bout.
You couldn’t have hit the nail more directly on the head.— Eli Drake (@TheEliDrake) February 22, 2019
I have amazing respect for @IMPACTWRESTLING and @Tess_Blanchard and can see that she is likely the greatest female talent in wrestling today.
Although that said, I will not participate in a one on one intergender match. https://t.co/Hv5MydU8P6
Curiously, IMPACT pulled the match from their official announcement they put out on Feb. 22 but have made no announcement that the bout is off. If IMPACT is still looking for an opponent for Tessa, Joey Ryan has offered his services.
Ryan is no stranger to intergender wrestling, having teamed with Candice LeRae to form The World's Cutest Tag Team and having wrestled many one-on-one intergender matches in his career.
IMPACT United We Stand is set for Apr. 4 in Rahway, NJ and will air on Fite.TV.