Deonna Purrazzo signed with the WWE back in 2018, however, she did not appear for the WWE immediately after she was signed. She was a guest on Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling Podcast where she spoke about her favorite moments in the WWE.
She also spoke about the good things about working in the WWE. “I got to debut on Raw as ‘Deonna’, not ‘extra-local talent’ and I had a twelve-minute, two seg with Asuka on Raw that was competitive.
I got asked back for a couple of weeks,” Purrazzo explained. “When I first was released, I was very like, ‘I need to tell my story and I’m angry and I’m bitter and I forgot what the good things were”.
Deonna Purrazo on Her Time in the WWE
Deonna spent most of her time at the WWE Performance Center. She performed alongside many other superstars over there. She stated that trying to get a spot on the TV Performance Center was just like working for a spot in a football team.
“I would liken that environment to like, a football team,” Purrazzo continued. “There’s, there’s 52 spots on a team, 53 spots on a team and if you don’t make those spots then you’re vying for those spots, you’re just in that environment 24/7, competing 24/7 with people for these opportunities, and it takes a toll on you”.
Deonna Purrazo was released by the WWE on the 15th of April, 2020. After she left NXT, NXT completed changed its brand and image. They now have a more colorful logo and appearance. “What’s good is they’re giving people chances, you know what I mean? This, this new NXT, seems to be telling people you are either going to get it or you’re not.
You’re going to make it work or you’re not and I think that that’s different and I think that that’s cool. Because I think people, me, I went through this at Impact, all of a sudden being a champion, being like ‘oh my gosh, two months I didn’t even know if I was going to wrestle anymore,'” Purrazzo said.
“When you’re put under pressure, you either thrive or you don’t, and you either live up to the expectation or you don’t. And I think that as performers and as athletes, wrestlers are able to do that and grow into the role you’re in”.