Former NXT star Deonna Purrazzo has explained why Triple H felt it necessary to apologise to her after WWE pulled her from an appearance in the Mae Young Classic.
Purrazzo joined WWE in 2018 as part of the NXT brand but her road to the company was littered with obstacles as she revealed on Two-Man Power Trip Podcast.
The former IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion discussed how she had been pulled from an appearance in the Mae Young Classic tournament and how that made her question if she had a future with the company:
“Then, the Mae Young Classic happened. I was supposed to be in that and at the last minute, they pulled me and said I was going to be an alternate. I was really p*ssed. At this point, I had wrestled Nia twice, I had wrestled Asuka twice, I had been to Raw and SmackDown and had a ton of tryout matches at SmackDown.”
“I also had an official NXT tryout in February 2016 that I killed and was told, ‘You killed it, just not right now.’ I felt like if I was going to be rewarded, I would at least have a first-round match and lose. I couldn’t even get that. I got into like, ‘Eh, don’t really need to be doing stuff with them right now because clearly I’m not being valued.'”
Deonna Purrazzo revealed that WWE EVP Triple H even apologised to her saying it may appear that she’d be a perfect fit for the company but other things were standing in the way:
“I had a long conversation with Hunter and he was like, ‘I don’t owe you an apology but I feel like I do. You can look around and know you fit in and belong here, but it’s demographic and logistics and things out of our control that we need to do for the show.’ I appreciated that tremendously.”
“He spoke about me on ESPN, but it all boiled down to ‘what I’m doing is not working’ so let me take some time. The next time they asked me to be an extra, I said no and signed a contract with Ring of Honor. Then, four months later, they were like, ‘We want to hire you!’ I had the opportunity to get out of my Ring of Honor contract and I agreed to go. I cut a Japan trip short, canceled All In, and started at the PC in July 2018.”
Purrazzo was released from her WWE contract in April 2020 after competing in only 16 televised matches for the company during her tenure.
The Virtuosa has since gone on to compete in IMPACT Wrestling where she has held the IMPACT Knockouts Championship twice as well as winning the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship at TripleMania XXIX.