Deonna Purrazzo recently made headlines by taking the ROH Women’s title off of Rok-C. That makes her ‘Deonna 2-Belts’ once again, to coin a phrase from Becky Lynch. Although she isn’t Knockouts Champion over at Impact Wrestling for right now, she holds the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship as well.
She is still at the top of the women’s division or rather knockouts division in Impact wrestling, as she should be.
She started her journey in pro wrestling in 2013 and has been amassing memorable match after memorable match since that time, and her accolades and accomplishments are numerous. Essentially…she hasn’t been twiddling her thumbs. She’s been working at her craft.
She wrestled for World Wonder Ring Stardom, a Japanese promotion and extensively on the indie circuit. She also wrestled for ROH and TNA early in her career and it was in 2018 that she was offered a contract by WWE. She had made sporadic appearances for WWE in the past between 2014 and 2017.
Her time there ended in 2020, as she was severely underutilized. She would return to Impact and win the Knockouts Championship rather quickly. She has dominated in the promotion since.
She recently spoke out on a woman who has had a similar career…similar stops and is merely a year younger than Purrazzo—26 to Purrazzo’s 27 years on this planet.
Toni Storm was released by WWE shortly after she requested said release. Purrazzo stated that Impact Wrestling would be the perfect fit for the young talent. She said:
“One of my very best friends is Toni Storm. So I’m going to say Toni Storm, in terms of wanting to wrestle her. Also, in terms of, I think everything that she needs as a human, IMPACT provides. Just, yeah. I want to see her thrive in whatever she chooses to do next, whether it’s wrestling, or whether it’s not.”via Sportskeeda Wrestling Podcast /E-Wrestling News (Transcription)
Storm started wrestling a few years before even Purrazzo did…in 2009. She too wrestled for World Wonder Ring Stardom in Japan. She had started training for Impact Pro Wrestling in Australia and had her first match for the promotion at the age of 13.
Five years later she moved to England and trained under Dean Allmark; she ended up working matches throughout Europe including: France, Germany, Finland and Spain. This would bring her to Progress Wrestling and finally her time with World Wonder Ring Stardom would begin in 2016 until 2018.
WWE came calling at around that time, and dear readers, despite her epic performances on NXT, we all know how her time in WWE turned out.
Simply put: She was having high energy, incredibly fast-paced matches that were well executed; the stories properly told, and just badass, dare I say it.
She then made her way to the main roster and she was forced to take a few pies in the face from Charlotte Flair when instead she could have clearly run circles around Flair to be quite honest. To quote The Miz: “Really? Really? …Really?”
Regardless, she got her release and now Purrazzo’s comments are out there. They put some hope in me, let me be honest. But if I can be really honest, I love Impact Wrestling, but I’d love to see both women eventually settled in AEW. If we have to wait a few years before that happens, so be it. For now, they can definitely have match of the year over at Impact. Fingers crossed, dear readers.