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Deonna Lynn Purrazzo (born June 10, 1994) is an American professional wrestler, currently signed to Impact Wrestling and best known for her time in the WWE, where she performed on their NXT brand. Purrazzo has appeared for various American independent promotions, as well as Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor.
Purrazzo in January 2016
|Birth name||Deonna Lynn Purrazzo|
|Born||June 10, 1994|
Livingston, New Jersey, United States
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Billed weight||130 lb (59 kg)|
|Billed from||Hackettstown, New Jersey|
|Trained by||Damian Adams|
WWE Performance Center
|Debut||December 6, 2013|
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Early career (2012–2016)Edit
Purrazzo started training at the now defunct D2W Pro Wrestling Academy in December 2012 after she spotted an advertisement for it. She made her in-ring debut in 2013. Purrazzo left D2W in 2014, alongside trainer Damian Adams both continued training at Team Adams Training facility in Northern New Jersey. She has attended extra training sessions alongside Rip Rogers at Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ring of Honor (2015–2018)Edit
Purrazzo is credited with starting the "rebirth" of Women of Honor, making her debut in a match against Mandy Leon in Baltimore, Maryland on July 25, 2015. Although losing the contest, this match set the tone for what was to come in WOH, introducing Taeler Hendrix as well. In December 2015 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Purrazzo teamed with Hania "The Howling Huntress" in another losing effort against Mandy Leon and Sumie Sakai. Purrazzo made an appearance at the Ring of Honor Supercard of Honor X in April 2016 where she teamed with Amber Gallows in a tag team match against Solo Darling and Mandy Leon, but lost via submission. On the December 14 episode of ROH's Women of Honor Wednesday webseries, Purrazzo returned to face off against Sumie Sakai in a winning effort. Purrazzo made her first appearance on ROH TV episode that aired on December 10, 2016. Purrazzo defeated Candice LeRae.
On June 23, 2017, at Best in the World, Purrazzo teamed with Mandy Leon in a losing effort against Kris Wolf and Sumie Sakai. During the following night's TV tapings, Purrazzo wrestled a three-way match against Karen Q and Kelly Klein, and was pinned by Karen Q. On the July 29 tapings (uploaded on YouTube on September 6), Purrazzo lost a singles match to Klein, following interference from Karen Q, who attacked Purrazzo during and after the match. On October 13, at Global Wars: Pittsburgh, Purrazzo teamed with Leon and Jenny Rose in a winning effort, against Britt Baker, Faye Jackson and Sumie Sakai.
On January 11, 2018, Purrazzo signed a contract with ROH.
Purrazzo participates in the tournament for the Women of Honor Championship. At ROH Manhattan Mayhem 2018 she won together with Tenille Dashwood in a tag team match against Jenny Rose and Sumie Sakai. Purrazzo advanced to the Quarter-finals of the Women Of Honor Championship tournament after defeating Holidead.[unreliable source?] At the Quarter-finals, Purrazzo was eliminated from the tournament after losing to Mayu Iwatani.
Purrazzo left the company on July 1.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2014–2017)Edit
Purrazzo made her TNA wrestling debut during the May 10, 2014 taping of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, losing a singles match against Brooke at Knockouts Knockdown II. Deonna returned to TNA on January 8, 2016 at the One Night Only: Live PPV and participated in a number one contender's gauntlet match, where she was eliminated by Awesome Kong. She made a third appearance on March 17, 2016 at Knockouts Knockdown IV where she lost to Madison Rayne. On January 19, 2017, episode of Impact Wrestling, Purrazzo faced Brooke in a losing effort. Purrazzo was also featured in an Explosion match, losing to Laurel Van Ness.
World Wonder Ring Stardom (2017–2018)Edit
Purrazzo made her World Wonder Ring Stardom debut, on January 29, 2017. Purrazzo teamed with Christi Jaynes and Shayna Baszler in a six-woman tag team match, with the trio defeating Kagetsu, Kris Wolf and Viper.
On February 4, Purrazzo teamed once again with Baszler and Jaynes in another winning effort against Arisu Nanase, Jungle Kyona and Natsuko Tora. On February 11, Purrazzo and Baszler defeated HZK and Io Shirai and Toni Storm and Zoe Lucas, in a three-way tag team match. On February 18, Purrazzo teamed with Baszler and Jaynes in a winning effort against AZM, HZK and Shirai in a six-woman tag team match. On February 23, Purrazzo unsuccessfully challenged Storm for the SWA World Championship.
Purrazzo returned to Stardom in June 2018.
Early appearances (2014–2017)Edit
She appeared on the November 11, 2015, episode of NXT where she was defeated by Nia Jax. On the November 19 episode of NXT, Purrazzo lost to Asuka. On the January 13, 2016, episode of NXT, she participated in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship. She kept appearing throughout 2016, losing to the likes of Asuka, Emma, Nia Jax, and Bayley.
Purrazzo was selected as an alternate for the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament where she competed on night two of the tournament in a dark match, teaming with Jessica James to defeat Nicole Matthews and Barbi Hayden.
The WrestleMania Weekend, Purrazzo was offered a contract by WWE after a Shimmer show, even she was under contract with Ring of Honor. However, she accepted and canceled her All In match. On May 31, 2018, it was reported that Purrazzo had signed a contract with WWE. On the same week, WWE announced that Purrazzo will be competing in the second Mae Young Classic. During the Mae Young Classic, Purrazzo made it to the quarterfinals, defeating Priscilla Kelly and Xia Li before being eliminated by Io Shirai. Purrazzo made her NXT UK debut on the December 26 episode of the show, when she unsuccessfully challenged Rhea Ripley for the NXT UK Women's Championship. After their match, Ripley attacked Purrazzo until she was rescued by Toni Storm. Purrazzo, upon being eliminated from a battle royal by Shotzi Blackheart, turned heel for the first time. Purrazzo appeared on the December 16 episode of WWE Raw in a singles match against Asuka where she was defeated. Purrazzo appeared on the April 6, 2020 edition of RAW in a singles match against the returning Nia Jax where she was defeated. On April 15, Purrazzo was released from the WWE along with 8 other producers and 18 main roster wrestlers. During her time in WWE, she just had 16 television matches. According to Purrazzo, the creative team believed she wasn't ready for television.
Return to Impact Wrestling (2020–present)Edit
In the Impact Wrestling episode of May 26, 2020, just over a month after her release from WWE, Deonna Purrazzo signs a contract with Impact Wrestling and makes her debut through a promo, where she presents herself as "The Virtuosa", a wrestler who possesses great technical skills and knowledge, capable of accurately carrying out all the movements that will lead her to success.
Professional wrestling style and personaEdit
Purrazzo describes her style as "very meticulous and very methodical", looking for her Fujiwara Armbar submission hold, being called "the Fujiwara armbar specialist". She is also nicknamed "The Virtuosa", a nickname she chose since she was looking for a moniker that would not only reflect her technical abilities in the ring but also gave femininity, elegance, and grace to her persona.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Dynamite Championship Wrestling
- DCW Women's Championship (1 time)
- East Coast Wrestling Association
- ECWA Women's Championship (1 time)
- ECWA Super 8 ChickFight Tournament (2015, 2016)
- ECWA Year End Awards (4 times)
- Game Changer Wrestling
- GCW Women's Championship (1 time)
- Monster Factory Pro Wrestling
- MFPW Girls Championship (1 time)
- New York Wrestling Connection
- NYWC Starlet Championship (1 time)
- Paradise Alley Pro Wrestling
- Center Ring Divas Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Ring of Honor
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