5 Most Surprising Pro Wrestling World Champions Of Recent Years

Wrestling fans have come to expect the unexpected...

3. Tessa Blanchard (IMPACT World, 2020)

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The rise of women's wrestling in North America aside, it just didn't seem likely that a woman would ever hold a (traditionally) man's World title. There may have been a window for Chyna a generation ago (due to comparable physical standing), but otherwise, it probably wasn't going to happen.

It was this year at the Hard to Kill PPV that IMPACT Wrestling decided to challenge that notion, by having Tessa Blanchard defeat Sami Callihan for their World title. The reign didn't end as the company would've liked, but that's another story.

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Written by Justin Henry

In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.