Tessa Blanchard and Jordynne Grace will face off at Warrior Wrestling 5: May-Hem on May 12 over a matter of legacy. The winner adds another career-defining milestone.
Two of the best women’s professional wrestlers in the world battle to become a history maker, a groundbreaker, the first Warrior Wrestling women’s champion. It’s a feature match from a stacked card at Marian Catholic High School on Sunday.
Those interested in attending can get tickets by clicking here. Fans can meet the wrestlers at a VIP fan fast before the show from noon to 1:45 p.m. Doors will open at 1 p.m. The show will begin at 2 p.m. You can look up directions to the school at 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights by clicking here.
Year-Long War Continues for Blanchard, Grace
The rivalry between Blanchard and Grace permeated Warrior Wrestling’s first year as a professional promotion.
Blanchard retained her Zelo Pro Women’s title against Santana Garrett as one of the main attractions of Warrior Wrestling’s first show in May 2018. Then, Blanchard lost her cool at Warrior 2 and decked a referee. As a result, Grace kept her BLP Heavyweight belt with a win by disqualification over Blanchard. In addition, Grace and Blanchard brawled again at Warrior 3. Blanchard defeated Britt Baker at that show and decided to keep up the attack on her after the match. Therefore, Grace came out of nowhere to stop Blanchard’s assault.
“After she hit the ref and got her disqualified, the fact of the matter is it’s not a wrestling competition anymore,” Grace said to Warrior Wrestling. “It’s going to be a fight. That was my opportunity to prove myself and she squandered that for me. Tessa squandered that for me. So, no, it’s definitely not over. It’s personal now.”
The rivalry even spilled outside of Warrior Wrestling a few months ago. Grace defeated Blanchard in a No. 1 contender match to face Impact Wrestling Women’s Champion Taya Valkyrie. Grace currently holds the PROGRESS women’s championship and has earned championships in six different promotions.
However, Blanchard remains the more decorated of the two contenders with championships in 11 different promotions. She currently holds titles in Women of Wrestling, Women Superstars Uncensored, and PCW Ultra.
“I’ve made history in ways that a lot of women can’t make history right now or don’t have the freedom to make history right now,” Blanchard said in a Warrior Wrestling interview. “I was the first ever women’s televised match in China. I’ve main-evented Korakuen Hall. I was victorious in the largest independent wrestling show in history.”
Former WWE Star to Serve as Guest Ref
Former WWE Attitude Era Superstar Molly Holly will work the Blanchard-Grace match as a special guest referee. Holly, whose real name is Nora Greenwald, recently spoke with Daily Southtown reporter Jessi Vertusio on the event.
“I’m happy to be part of it,” said Nora Greenwald via phone from her home in St. Paul, Minnesota, about being that match’s special guest referee. “The greatest referee of all time is Charles Robinson. I’ve been studying VHS tapes to learn his style so when I guest referee I will be able to emulate his style and I will be an asset to the match.”
Holly returned to WWE last fall to compete in the 20-woman battle royal at the Evolution pay-per-view in October. She told Vertusio that she felt accomplished in her career but female wrestlers in the new era have taken things to a new level.
“I thought we were pretty athletic back in my day but these girls have really surpassed anything I’ve done in my career,” Greenwald said. “They know everything about marketing and the business side of things. They take really good care of themselves. What the women do now is extraordinary.”
Wardlow Challenges Warrior Wrestling Champ Brian Cage
The other Warrior 5 match for championship gold pits reigning Warrior Wrestling champion Brian Cage against fellow behemoth Wardlow.
“I’m in a position I should be in,” Wardlow told Warrior Wrestling. “I’m in a position that I’ve worked for. In January, I made my debut in Warrior Wrestling and I dominated the Freelance Free-For-All. What did I pin? Four people? Brian Cage, you have finally met your match.”
Wardlow is coming off a victory against Moose at Warrior 4 in March. A victory would bring his first championship with Warrior Wrestling.
Meanwhile, Cage, who is also the reigning Impact Wrestling champ, will make his third Warrior Wrestling title defense against Wardlow. The defending champ hopes to run his undefeated streak with the promotion to seven. Cage defeated Dezmond Xavier, Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz to retain the belt at Warrior 4. In his other title defense, Cage beat Bandido in January. Cage has held the belt since defeating Ray Fenix at Warrior 2 last September.
Aries, Edwards Set for Steel Cage Match
Former Impact Wrestling and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Austin Aries hopes the third time is the charm against Eddie Edwards. The bitter rivals will meet for their third Warrior Wrestling match, this one coming in a steel cage.
Edwards scored victories at both Warrior 3 and 4 shows earlier this year. He earned the win in March via disqualification after Aries started choking him with a wooden staff. Edwards worked two different Impact Wrestling matches over the weekend, defeating Killer Kross in a hardcore match and dropping a mixed tag match with Alisha Edwards at Code Red against Johnny Impact and Taya Valkyrie.
Meanwhile, Aries defeated Ace Austin, Chad Stallings and Ryan Dookie his last time out in a four-way match at Impact Wrestling’s Critical Transformation show.
Adonis-Monix Feud Gets Personal
The rivalry with the most heat on the card appears to feature Sam Adonis against Pat Monix. Adonis seemed headed to victory over L.A. Park at Warrior 4, but a timely distraction by Monix cost him the match. As you might expect, Adonis will look for revenge this time out.
“You’re going to have (me against) some stupid, little, local guy, who you guys think is going to be a big star,” Adonis told Warrior Wrestling. “And you guys keep letting him get away with murder? I’m tired of it.
“On May the 12th, I’m back in this stupid, idiot town of Chicago, where nobody knows anything about wrestling, and a bunch of morons are out there thinking they know something. I want Pat Monix, one-on-one. No DQ. I’m going to put that little moron in his place.”
Meanwhile, The Nerd Hub recently conducted an in-depth interview with Chicago’s own, Pat Monix. You can listen to it by clicking here.
Warrior Wrestling Card Info
Where: Marian Catholic High School, 700 Ashland Ave., Chicago Heights
When: Sunday, May 12, VIP Fan Fest at noon, doors open at 1 p.m., first bell at 2 p.m.
Tickets: Available here
Warrior Wrestling Championship – Brian Cage (c) vs. Wardlow
Inaugural Women’s Championship – Tessa Blanchard vs. Jordynne Grace
Steel Cage Match – Austin Aries vs. Eddie Edwards
Tag Team Matches – The Lucha Brothers vs. Kotto Brazil & Daga; The Space Pirates vs. The Ugly Ducklings.
Hair vs. Clown Match – Brian Pillman Jr. vs. Robert Anthony with Frank the Clown; If Pillman loses, Anthony shaves his mullet. If Anthony loses, Pillman gets five minutes in the ring alone with the clown.
Singles matches – Sam Adonis vs. Pat Monix; Volador Jr. vs Gringo Loco; Filthy Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Ridgeway.