AEW experienced notable surprises this year already, with one of them being Deonna Purrazzo’s debut for the company back in January. Purrazzo has now revealed her contractual timeline in AEW.

At the start of 2024, Deonna Purrazzo created a buzz by joining All Elite Wrestling shortly after parting ways with TNA Wrestling. There was considerable speculation around Purrazzo’s free agency, given the apparent array of options available to her.

While speaking with Fightful, Deonna Purrazzo revealed that her friends, including Chelsea Green and Britt Baker, did not sway her decision to sign with a specific wrestling company.

Purrazzo emphasized that her friends and family wanted what was best for her, allowing her to make decisions based on her happiness and success. While it would have been great to be with Chelsea, she ultimately made the choice that she felt was the best next step for her career.

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“No. Everyone, they are my friends and family. They want what’s best for me and where I’m going to be happy or the most successful or I’m going to make the best decisions for me. It would have been great to be with Chelsea. It would have been great to still be with Steve. I had to come to the place where I thought my next best steps were. At the end of the day, everyone was happy I got to make that choice for me. Those doors were open for me to make that choice and it’s worked out very well since.”

Deonna Purrazzo shared details about her transition to AEW in an interview. About 90 days before her contract with TNA expired, she reached out to Sonjay Dutt expressing her interest. This led to discussions with Tony Khan in early December, resulting in a Zoom call that felt like a done deal.

After reviewing the contract and making some adjustments, the final signing occurred on December 31st. Throughout the process, Britt Baker was aware of the conversations taking place.

“I reached out to Sonjay (Dutt) and I was like, ‘My contract is coming up. We’re about 90 days out. I’ll be free as of January 1st. I’d love to talk if there is any interest in having me. Let me know what those next steps look like.’ We went back and forth a little bit. Of course, Britt did know these conversations were happening.”

”Then, I got put in touch with Tony Khan. We talked directly at the beginning of December. We hopped on a Zoom call and it felt like it was a done deal, but of course, you never know until it actually is. It wasn’t until two or three weeks later, right after Christmas, that I got the contract to review. I kind of went back and forth about some stuff that were in it, got some things changed. We were both happy at the end of the day and I think it got signed December 31st.”

Deonna Purrazzo is set to challenge Toni Storm for the AEW Women’s World Championship a AEW Revolution on March 3rd. We will have to wait and see whether she will be successful in her endeavor.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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