Deonna Purrazzo Reports To WWE Performance Center -

Deonna Purrazzo Reports To WWE Performance Center

Deonna Purrazzo

It has been rumored for awhile that Deonna Purrazzo was on her way to WWE and that she would report to the WWE Performance Center sometime this month. Well, that day has come as Monday was her first day at the Orlando, Florida training ground for the next generation of WWE Superstars.

Rip Rodgers, who helped train Purrazzo at Ohio Valley Wrestling, took to Twitter on Sunday night to announce that she’s starting with WWE “in Orlando” on Monday.

Squared Circle Sirens reported on May 31 that WWE signed Purrazzo to a developmental contract. Dave Meltzer then confirmed the report in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

Nicknamed “The Virtuosa,” Purrazzo is one of the pioneers of Women of Honor’s relaunch, having competed in the very first Women of Honor Wednesday bout (against Mandy Leon on July 25, 2015). Purrazzo has wrestled all over the United States since making her in-ring debut in 2013 at the age of 19. She also wrestled in Japan for Stardom, the premier women’s wrestling organization in the world.

Despite being only 24 years old, Purrazzo is wise beyond her years in the ring. She employs a practical strategy, often unrelentingly targeting one body part of her opponent. Her devastating Fujiwara Armbar has been used to defeat world-class competitors such as Candice LeRae and Sumie Sakai. ROH fans voted her the WOH Wrestler of the Year in 2017.

Purrazzo is no stranger to WWE as she has made multiple appearances for the sports-entertainment organization over the years.

In 2014 and 2015, Purrazzo appeared several times as one of Adam Rose’s Rosebuds. In November 2015, she lost squash matches to Nia Jax and Asuka on NXT. On NXT on January 13, 2016, she participated in a battle royal to determine the number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship. She fought two more times that month, losing to Asuka and Emma. She returned in April 2016, losing to Jax. In June 2016, she lost a competitive contest to Bayley.

In her most high-profile appearance for WWE, Purrazzo was set to face SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss on SmackDown LIVE on December 13, 2016. The match, however, never started as Bliss attacked her before the bell rang. The beatdown prompted Becky Lynch’s arrival, which led to a verbal spat, which led to Lynch asking for her championship rematch right then and there, which led to SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon making the match official … which led to a very disgruntled Ms. Bliss.

Purrazzo was also selected as an alternate for the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament, which took place on July 13 and 14 in 2017. She competed on night two of the tournament in a dark match. Alongside Jessica James, Purrazzo was victorious via Fujiwara against Nicole Matthews and Barbi Hayden.

Purrazzo did her last indie date on Saturday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at a Women’s Wrestling Revolution event. After beating Tasha Steelz in a Greatest Rivals Round Robin Tournament Match, she lost to her rival, Karen Q.

Following the match, Purrazzo emotionally bid farewell to everyone.