Question was just asked about Tessa Blanchard coming to AEW on the Dynamite post show. He shot it down very quickly by saying "If we were interested or were going to bring in Tessa we'd have done it by now"
Not really caring for this stance, since Tessa is the one with the leverage here. And I don’t just mean because she’s a phenomenal talent while many AEW talents are green, women and men alike.
Considering the current hoopla going on in WWE with members of the roster shooing interest in forming a union and Zelina Vega talking to SAG. And AAA currently working with Disney, with both a tv show involving Blue Demon Jr in the works & Marvel being at Triplemania this December. Think about this for a moment...
If you were Tessa, wouldn’t you approach AAA management to ask them to revive Lucha Underground as a SAG backed product with her as the face (or one of the top stars) of the new reboot, which would also allow her to work in Mexico full time away from all the controversy surrounding her? Considering she’s already used to intergender wrestling anyways, currently working in AAA, is one of the bigger names on the indy circuit, and is currently a controversial signing for both AEW & WWE. And AAA still owns Lucha Underground, since Tony Khan never bought the library, and AAA still want to make a push into America.
Tessa doesn't really lose, regardless as to what stance AEW takes. But AEW might lose if they don't sign Tessa. Common sense would say don't have Ivelisse and Allysin Kay with Tessa in the same locker room if they are all signed to AEW. They either work alternate weeks, or Tessa gets her own locker room away from everyone.
On the one hand, All Friends Wrestling has previously suggested they'll have issues with anyone who isnt on Team All Friends, and this speaks poorly of them and suggests their locker room may not be as strong as they say it is. On the other, women's wrestling played straight just isn't the draw and moneymaker people want it to be. WWE has leaned into it heavily over the last few years and it's delivered them ratings that are tanking straight into the ground.
In sports, teams are willing to put up with some shit if the guy is a star or otherwise important. If it's someone who doesnt really matter that much or is past it? Not worth the headache. Tessa clearly falls into the latter category at this time.