IMPACT Wrestling issued the following press release announcing that former Knockouts champion and current number one contender for the world title Tessa Blanchard has been named wrestler of the year for the company's year-end awards. This prestigious accolade will only further set the stage for Blanchard's championship showdown with Sami Callihan at the upcoming Hard To Kill pay per view. Check out the details, including who won tag team of the year and match of the year, below.
TESSA BLANCHARD NAMED IMPACT! WRESTLER OF THE YEAR, SETTING THE STAGE FOR HISTORIC CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH AGAINST WORLD CHAMPION SAMI CALLIHAN AT ‘IMPACT: HARD TO KILL’ JAN. 12
Plus, Blanchard vs. Callihan Wins Match of the Year and The North, Ethan Page & Josh Alexander, are Named Tag Team of the Year on Tonight’s Special Edition of IMPACT! on AXS TV
LOS ANGELES – Jan. 4, 2020 – In a year highlighted by many great achievements in IMPACT Wrestling, groundbreaking superstar Tessa Blanchard took home the 2019 IMPACT! Year End Awards’ top honor tonight, becoming the first woman ever to win IMPACT! Wrestler of the Year, as announced on a special edition of IMPACT! on AXS TV.
Blanchard and 2018 Wrestler of the Year Sami Callihan were also awarded the coveted IMPACT! Match of the Year for their historic intergender match at “Slammiversary 2019” in July. Blanchard will continue to make history next Sunday, Jan. 12 when she takes on reigning champion Callihan at IMPACT’s next event “Hard To Kill” in Dallas, the first time in pro wrestling history that a woman will challenge for a promotion’s top championship live on pay-per-view.
Reigning Tag Team Champions The North, Ethan Page and Josh Alexander, were named Tag Team of the Year, honoring the Canadian duo’s domination of the tag team division since winning the title in July. The North will look to defend their title at “Hard To Kill” against fan-favorites Willie Mack and Rich Swann.
Earlier this week, Rich Swann won X-Division Star of the Year and Blanchard’s “Magnum” won Finishing Move of the Year, as announced on IMPACTWrestling.com. Last Saturday, Taya Valkyrie won Knockout of the Year, Willie Mack was named the One to Watch in 2020 and Callihan won Moment of the Year for defeating Brian Cage for the IMPACT World Championship on IMPACT’s AXS TV debut in October.
IMPACT! returns to its regular Tuesday primetime schedule Jan. 7 ahead of Hard To Kill Sunday, Jan. 12 live from the Bomb Factory in Dallas. Tickets for Hard To Kill are available here.
Here is the complete list of 2019 IMPACT! Year End Award winners:
Wrestler of the Year – Tessa Blanchard
IMPACT Match of the Year – Tessa Blanchard vs. Sami Callihan at “Slammiversary 2019”
Knockout of the Year – Taya Valkyrie
Tag Team of the Year – The North – Ethan Page & Josh Alexander
X-Division Star of the Year – Rich Swann
One to Watch in 2020 – Willie Mack
Moment of the Year – Sami Callihan wins the World Title on IMPACT!’s AXS TV debut
Finishing Move of the Year – Tessa Blanchard “Magnum”
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