On August 3 at Triplemanía XXVII, Tessa Blanchard defeated Apache, Taya Valkyrie, Ayako Hamada, Chik Tormenta, La Hiedra, and Lady Shani in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, to win the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship thus becoming the second foreigner and first American to win the championship.
However, Blanchard lost the title to Valkyrie in her first defense at the Impact Wrestling and AAA Lucha Invades NY event on September 15, ending her reign of 43 days. In an interview with WrestlingInc.com., she reflected on being able to wrestle in the ring against men: “I think wrestling the guys is something that came naturally to me because that’s the way I was trained.
We would train and train and I was forced to hold myself to a higher standard because of that and because of my family – to do them proud but also to find out who Tessa Blanchard is in the ring on my own”. On Charlotte Flair’s comments, Tessa added: “I would say that there is a truth to the statement that Charlotte and myself are true, thoroughbred Horsewomen.
Being a Horseman means that you’re excelling to the best of your ability. Being a champion is a state of mind and a lifestyle. Holding up that four is a true symbol of excellence. For Charlotte Flair and myself, it is birthright”.