You may not know Tessa Blanchard, but a wrestling fan assuredly recognizes the last name. For over sixty years, the bloodline has been an integral part of professional wrestling lore, beginning in 1953, when 24-year-old Kansas State football star Joe Blanchard started began career between the ropes. The wrestler-turned-promoter brought a son, Tully, into the world the following year.
The first time I saw the Road Warriors, I have to admit, I was a little scared. Having known wrestling as a “show” of holds and counter holds, strength and resistance, the sight of two men coming to the ring to Iron Man and branding spiked shoulder pads and face paint, they were as bad a badass tag team that there could be.