Deonna Purrazzo was released from WWE NXT on April 15th, and she was able to beat every other WWE release to Impact Wrestling by around 60 days, because she only had a 30 day non-complete clause associated with her release. She got right to work with Impact Wrestling and became their Knockouts Champion.

While recently speaking with Fightful, Deonna Purrazzo was asked if she feels vindicated. She was passed over time and time again on the black and gold brand, but Impact Wrestling made her a champion.

In the end, the Virtuosa does feel a bit of vindication, but at the same time she feels a lot of pressure to continue her momentum.

“A little bit. But, I also feel like there is a tremendous amount of pressure on me to perform at that level that I said I could perform at. With IMPACT! taking this chance on me and all the things that I said before I really got started in the division, I take this role so seriously. I’m constantly getting time in the ring and working on new things and trying to up my cardio and get in better shape, bring my gear to the next level every time because I want to prove—not only myself right—but the people that believed in me and the people that are giving me these opportunities right.”


“They need to know how heavily it weighs on me and how much I appreciate it. There is so much pressure I felt going into Slammiversary, there’s ten times more pressure that I’ve put on myself going into Bound for Glory now because, not only do I need to retain my championship, but I can’t be a one hit wonder. I can’t be a fluke. I need to bring it to that same level and then some the second time around.”

We’ll have to see what Deonna Purrazzo does next in her career. She seems very happy with Impact Wrestling as they have provided her with a stage to show off her abilities. She’s also not likely going to get passed up after coming in and proving herself in such a big way. Stay tuned, because the best is yet to come for the 26-year-old champion.

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