Deonna Purrazzo was once part of WWE NXT, but didn’t do all that much there. She was eventually released by WWE back on April 15th 2020 due to budget cuts.

The Virtuosa also won the Impact Knockouts Champion and cemented herself as an amazing champion. Purrazzo would eventually drop the title to Mickie James as well. She would go on to win the ROH Women’s Championship, but she lost it to Mercedes Martinez.

While speaking on Refin’ It Up, Deonna Purrazzo discussed how there were plans at one point to have her lose the Impact Knockouts title to Thunder Rosa.

“Bound For Glory (2020), Kylie (Rae) got hurt, my surprise opponent was Su. I did lose. They had me win it back three or four weeks later in a No DQ match. There was supposed to be one other time, right before Slammiversary 2021 where I ended up wrestling Thunder Rosa, that I was maybe going to lose, but I was doing stuff with AAA and whether it was a miscommunication or what it was, my AAA match for Triplemania became a title vs. title match and then I couldn’t lose because I had said I would put the title on the line. I went to them and was like, ‘I’m down to do whatever you need. If I’m not the champion, that’s fine, but whoever is the champion needs to go to Triplemania and not me.’ That way the Knockouts Championship is still defended, and it’s still title vs. title, but now there are other implications and things involved that are bigger than one match.


I ended up keeping it. They didn’t know what my match at Slammiversary was going to be. I ended up wrestling someone else, and they had to leave, and it was a whole thing. The mystery opponent was, I didn’t know until a couple days before. Then, Mickie got released (from WWE) and it all fell into place, but there were those two times where I was supposed to lose, but things happened and I was maybe going to lose, but maybe not, no one could really figure it out, but there were so many outside forces happening that had me hold onto it way longer.”

The Virtuosa is also set to enter into new contract negotiations with Impact Wrestling. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Purrazzo

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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