WWE decided to release Deonna Purrazzo from NXT while going through a major budget cut policy back in April. The rejected superstar seems to be shining bright at Impact Wrestling promotion.
WWE’s rival brand has snatched her and she received a proper platform to give it back to the WWE who might have never seen big potential in her.
For those who don’t know, Deonna Purrazzo has become the Impact Wrestling Knockouts Champion by defeating Jordynne Grace at the Slammiversary pay-per-view. Now, she’s not holding back things while discussing the bitter experience she had with the former employer. In fact, she also talked about WWE may regret, for not utilizing her talent to the level it should have been.
The Virtuosa recently appeared on the Busted Open podcast and opened up about her aspirations following WWE stint. She was also seen comparing her in-ring persona from ROH and Impact to that of the character she used to play in WWE NXT days.
“I think the Deonna that you saw, and the world saw, in Ring of Honor and Impact is truly who I am,” Deonna Purrazzo admitted. “The person I’ve been able to put on the screen is the person I believe in. It’s the truest form of me, you know, elevated. At NXT, it was very much a runaround. ‘You need a character. Okay, well that’s too much character. You have to be the real you, but the real you isn’t believable’.
Deonna Purrazzo mentioned how she loves to be true to herself. She was all passionate while responding to the question where she believes to be going back to a state where she has the self-confidence,
“I don’t care that WWE fired me, or didn’t want me, or didn’t think I was good enough! I think I’m good enough,” Purrazzo expressed. “And if Impact believes I’m good enough, and if Ring of Honor believed I’m good enough, if Japan thought I was good enough, I’m good enough! And I just needed to get back to believing in me and believing in the little girl who wanted to be here her entire life.”
The current Impact Wrestling star talked about having creative frustrations with WWE. Once she was released, it put a target on her back and motivated to prove her worth. Now that she is a champion in a leading company, she wants WWE to regret the fact that they ever let her go from the roster.
“I had a chip on my shoulder, and the first interviews I did, I was like, ‘screw NXT!’ and that put a target on my back,” Deonna Purrazzo admitted. “That put pressure to perform at a new level and to raise to Jordynne’s level, to Taya’s level, raise to Tessa’s level. All the champions that came before me, now I have to be equal with them. If not, better, especially where I was coming from and the success I didn’t see in NXT.
“I had to make this worthwhile, and come in, and be right with the champion, be on the first pay-per-view I can be on as, now, the Knockout’s Champion. It’s like, [WWE] messed up, and I hope you regret it and I hope you feel dumb because everyone else can see it and I’ve known it my entire life.” (Quotes courtesy wrestlingINC.com)
Previously, Deonna Purrazzo said a lot of negative things about being used during her NXT stint. She also said how she was “flipping out” about her NXT creative plans. But during the interview on Busted Open, she pointed out the positive experience during that timespan.
She talked about how much she learned about growing a character instead of being in self-mode. Now that she’s received a chance to shine, she’d probably capitalize on that to explore her in-ring character, even more.