Credit to World Wonder Ring Stardom for the photograph
Name: Deonna Purrazzo
Nickname(s)/Aliases: The Virtuosa
From: Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA
Started training: 2012
Companies worked for:
Alternative Wrestling Show Pro Wrestling
Battle Club Pro
Change The World Wrestling
Create A Pro Wrestling Academy
Destiny World Wrestling
Dynamite Championship Wrestling
East Coast Wrestling Association
Eastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Entertainment Underground
Excellence Professional Wrestling
Family Wrestling Entertainment
Fiesta Pro Wrestling
Game Changer Wrestling
House Of Hardcore
International Wrestling Cartel
Jersey All Pro Wrestling
Keystone Pro Wrestling
Lucky Pro Wrestling
Marvelous Puroresu USA
Monster Factory Pro Wrestling
New England Championship Wrestling
New York Wrestling Connection
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Pro Wrestling Magic
Pro Wrestling Syndicate
Queens Of Combat
Ring Of Honor
SHIMMER Women Athletes
Suffolk Wrestling Alliance
Total Nonstop Action
Valkyrie Women’s Professional Wrestling
Victory Pro Wrestling
Womens Superstars Uncensored
Women’s Wrestling Revolution
World Wonder Ring Stardom
World Wrestling League
World Xtreme Wrestling
DCW Women’s Championship
ECWA Women’s Championship
GCW Women’s Championship
MFPW Girl’s Championship
NYWC Starlet Championship
2015 – ECWA Women’s Super 8 Tournament winner
2016 – ECWA Women’s Super 8 Tournaments
2016 – Most shocking moment (winning back to back ECWA Women’s Super 8 Tournaments)
2016 – ECWA Wrestler of the Year
2016 – ECWA Most Popular Wrestler
2016 – ECWA Match of the Year (vs Karen Q, Oct 22)
2017 – Women of Honor Wrestler of the Year
For those of you that don’t know Deonna Purrazzo is one of the best female wrestlers on the planet. In less than five years of wrestling she has already performed for some the world’s largest wrestling promotions and has been impressive everywhere she went.
Purrazzo was a wrestling fan from a young age. She told me that as a nine year old she remembered watching “Stone Cold hit someone with a chair in the head and that was my first OMG moment!”. Around 2010 Deonna discovered TNA as she was skimming channels. She recognised Jeff Hardy and as she was a fan of him from his time in WWE she continued to watch.
To begin with Purrazzo thought that a career in wrestling may have only been available to men but once she saw women wrestle she knew it was something she wanted to do. She researched wrestling school from an early age and although there were some that she could attend from the age of 15 she ultimately decided to attend the D2W Pro Wrestling Academy who did not allow trainees to join until they were 18. So in December 2012 Deonna began her training.
I asked Purrazzo what her family thought of her career choice and she answered “I think my family thought it was a phase and I’d grow out of it but since I hadn’t they totally supported my decision. I think now seeing all my success, they are very proud of me.’
Purrazzo had her first wrestling match in December 2013, one year after she started training, and within six months she had already made her debut in TNA. Within two years of her first ever match she had debuted for WWE. It is in WWE that Deonna had one of her favourite matches, against Bayley in NXT on June 9th 2016. It is an incredible testimont to Purrazzo’s talent and hardwork that she has been able to achieve so much is such a relatively short space of time and at such a young age.
Due to how much she has already accomplished in her her career I was interested in what her longterm goals are, she told me “Everytime I get to get in the ring is a goal accomplished. Ultimately, I would like to contracted somewhere long term but for now I just want to wrestle everywhere and travel.”
Given her talent it seems like only a matter of time before one of the world’s biggest companies offer Purrazzo a contract and build a women’s division around her. She’s too good for that not to happen.
On behalf of myself and the entire Calling Spots team I would like to thank Deonna for taking the time to answer my questions and wish her all the best for the future.
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In Purrazzo’s short career she has already shared a ring with some of the world’s best female wrestlers (Kris Wolf, Shayna Baszler, Awesome Kong, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Bayley, Toni Storm and Candice LeRae to name a few) and she told me “I was honoured to be in the ring with Kairi Hojo and Io Shiari”.
Despite this impressive list of names she is yet to step in the ring with Sereena Deeb and that is her current dream opponent
Purrazzo has a twin brother called Dominic.
Purrazzo was a cheerleader growing up and throughout high school. In 2012 she captained her varsity team at The American Masters and won the National Championship.
There were several rumours online that Purrazzo was the woman behind the La Luchadora mask but when I asked her if there was any truth to this she told me “I have spent a lot of time backstage at WWE but La Luchadora was revealed to be Mickie James and that is all I know”.
Purrazzo competed in the 2015 Miss New Jersey USA pageant.
*as of June 2018
Written by Neil Rogers