Deonna Purrazzo currently stands as a double World Champion and one of the most in-demand women’s wrestlers on the planet.
Following her release by WWE in April 2020, Deonna Purrazzo returned to IMPACT Wrestling where she promptly won the Knockouts Championship. Despite losing the title three months later, she quickly regained it and has now stood atop IMPACT’s women’s division for 299 days.
During this period, Purrazzo has defeated the likes of Jazz and Thunder Rosa while also capturing the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship at AAA TripleMania XXIX.
Appearing on the Oral Sessions podcast with Renee Paquette, Purrazzo reflected on her time with WWE. The star began working as an extra talent with the company in 2014, before wrestling in NXT. Purrazzo signed a deal with WWE in 2018, but was only an infrequent presence on NXT television over the next two years.
The double World Champion admitted that she is driven by wanting to make WWE want her back. She explained that while she won’t rule out a return, she’s currently thriving elsewhere.
“I think that was always my goal as a kid. I didn’t know all these other promotions existed. I was a WWE fan. For me, the goal was to always be on WrestleMania and be the women’s champion. There will always be a part of me that’s like, ‘I wish it turned out differently.’ Never say never and if there’s an opportunity, maybe I would go. It drives me every day to work hard to get that phone call and then be like, ‘Oh, me? The difficult one? I don’t know, I’m going to have to think about that.’ It’s a driving force for them to want me back, definitely. I won’t say no, because never say never, but sometimes I feel like, no, fuck you guys. You had me for so many years, even before I was signed. For so many years they could have done something and I was always put on the back burner. Now, I’m thriving,”
Deonna Purrazzo’s latest title defence came against Melina at NWA’s recent all-women’s pay-per-view, Empowerrr. Also at the event, former WWE Superstar Chelsea Green won the NWA Women’s Invitational cup.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.