Ever since re-debuting in IMPACT Wrestling back in May, Deonna Purrazzo has been firing on all cylinders – and perhaps even on cylinders many fans weren’t aware The Virtuosa had. From backing up her claim to be the greatest technical women’s wrestler in the world to winning the Knockouts Championship just three months into her IMPACT career at Slammiversary, Purrazzo has taken the wrestling world by storm in 2020.
Having main-evented Emergence in IMPACT Wrestling’s first-ever Knockouts Iron Man Match with a victory over former champion Jordynne Grace, the culmination of that rivalry saw the beginning of a new one – as number one contender Kylie Rae‘s challenge was confirmed. At Bound For Glory, Deonna Purrazzo looks to extend her three-month run as Knockouts Champion by taking on one of the most popular wrestlers in the world right now in Kylie Rae.
On IMPACT Wrestling’s most recent Press Pass, Inside The Ropes had the pleasure of asking Deonna Purrazzo about finally getting the match she said she wanted before even joining IMPACT Wrestling, and about The Virtuosa’s future with the company.
I spoke with you back when you first became a free agent many months ago and you named Kylie Rae as someone you really wanted to work with. That match, of course, takes place at Bound For Glory.
That match clearly means a lot to you since you pulled out of several recent appearances to ensure your health for that match. IMPACT have shown you a lot of trust, and you’ve reciprocated that trust. How much of a priority is it for you, not only to remain Knockouts Champion but – perhaps more importantly – to become a more permanent, long-term fixture in IMPACT?
“I think, for anyone who’s a champion, to stay the champion is our number one goal. No-one becomes the champion thinking, “I don’t want to stay the champion” or “this wasn’t my dream my entire life.” I’ve wanted to be a champion since I was a little girl wanting to grow up to be a wrestler, so to retain the championship at Bound For Glory means everything to me. It is like the focus of my entire world right now.
“Kylie Rae was someone who I wanted to get in the ring with, she had just come to IMPACT a little bit before me and I had met her prior on the indies. We’ve wrestled each other a bunch but it’s a whole new ball game holding a championship than having to defend it. If she beats me, she takes food off my table. Slays the dragon so to speak because I’ve been at the top of my game, I’ve made proclamations that I’m the greatest women’s wrestler in the world and I’m fixated to prove it again at Bound For Glory, but I know that I’m getting in the ring with someone who is also at the top of their game and I don’t take that lightly.”
Bound For Glory takes place on October 24th, and will see Deonna Purrazzo defends the IMPACT Knockouts Championship against Kylie Rae. Meanwhile, Eric Young defend the IMPACT World Championship against Rich Swann and a 4-Way Tag Team Match sees the Tag Team Championships up for grabs as Motor City Machine Guns take on the Good Brothers, The North, and Ace Austin & Madman Fulton.