Deonna Purrazzo has opened up about her thoughts IMPACT Wrestling’s women’s wrestlers being called ‘Knockouts’ – saying she is happy to be a Knockout.
Speaking with Spencer Love of Love Wrestling, Purrazzo – who has taken the world by storm following her WWE release earlier this year – would defend the name, saying she doesn’t believe there’s any negative connotations associated with the word.
“Yeah! There’s been a ton of pushback, like, right when I started with Impact of the Knockouts name and I love it. I grew up knowing them as the Knockouts. I never felt a negative connotation towards it as a fan. I just feel like a Knockout is beautiful, is sexy, is powerful, is strong – is a Knockout, literally.”
“I like it. I think it’s different. There’s other women’s divisions and everyone else is a woman, and I feel like it gets grouped in with the Diva era, but I think that the connotations and just the way that they were – I don’t know what the word I’m looking for – but the way that they were portrayed is completely different, what a Diva was and what a Knockout was, and I think Impact, and even when it was TNA, developed a really strong women’s division by branding them as Knockouts and then allowing them to be strong, powerful, sexy, top athletes in their company. I grew up watching Divas and feeling like I wanted to change that perception.”
The Virtuosa, who is now a two-time Knockouts Champion, would reiterate that she’s happy to be at the top of the table in IMPACT.
“I’m happy to be a Knockout. I’m happy to be the Knockouts Champion, I’m happy to continue to build that brand with me now.”
Deonna Purrazzo recently signed a long-term contract with IMPACT Wrestling – repaying the confidence the company showed her by having The Virtuosa spearhead the Knockouts Division as champion while not under a permanent contract.
H/T to Spencer Love for the transcription.
You can check out the entire interview, via Love Wrestling, here.