Over the weekend Tessa Blanchard made history as the first-ever female to hold the IMPACT World Championship for the organization. Prior to her win, she was the focus on Twitter and not in a positive way. Everything started when she first tweeted, “Hey women, try supporting one another. Cool things happen.” From there many female wrestlers responded to her tweet with accusations of her past actions including bullying and a racial slur incident from 2017 that involved La Rosa Negra in Japan.
La Rosa Negra would originally respond on Twitter confirming the accusations were true and now she has uploaded the video shown above. In regards to the incident in questions she starts with the following:
‘When I saw those tweets, I was in shock and impressed because, since 2017, people have been pushing me to speak about something that isn’t necessary. I don’t like to talk about my personal life. I keep myself private. Reading all those fellow wrestlers tweets that supported me, and reading their names – it surprised me. Tweets from Renee Michelle, Sienna, Chelsea Green, Shanna and other female wrestlers about the comment made to me. And reading other non wrestlers comments, I said ‘I have to do something’ because it wasn’t how it says it was. Maybe people took it wrong. I don’t want to be overexposed with this. Female wrestlers know what really happened and why I didn’t say anything. Now, I want to clear things up.”
She would continue by explaining that she has never disrespected anyone that she has worked with. Her focus was on herself and her work as well as supporting others. As far as what took place she confirmed that she doesn’t expect to receive an apology as it isn’t necessary. She seems to just want to move forward.
“I respected my work everywhere. About the comment, that every female has to respect themselves, it is right. But it didn’t come from the right person. Working in the US and Japan, I didn’t disrespect anybody. No female wrestlers, promoters, sponsors or any fan. That’s not me. People who know me know how I am. And the people I’ve worked for; NWA, Ring Warriors, Battling Bombshells, SHINE, Stardom, Marvelous, everywhere I’ve worked, they can tell you how I behave.
I don’t like to talk mean about people. You won’t hear me talk bad about other wrestlers. I was there supporting people that helped me or didn’t. Because when you’re part of this business, you focus on yourself, your work, and work with respect. I don’t expect to receive any apologies. It’s not necessary. I erased what happened. I gave it to God. I took it out of myself. It saddens me that racism, envy, and bad things exist in sports. It is always there. As adults, when something bad happens, we can resolve things by talking. There’s always a solution. Mine was to forget what happened in that April 2017 in Japan.”
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