Former WWE star/current Impact Wrestling star Deonna Purrazzo is the guest on this week’s episode of “Excuse Me” with Vickie Guerrero.
Deonna described how she feels going to Impact Wrestling: “I felt so much pressure this time around going back to Impact because from the day I was released, immediately after I was like, I’m going to prove them wrong. Screw them. I wanted to come out with guns blazing. I feel like it put such a big target on my back to do a good job. So I put my best foot forward. Impact has been so great with me, not only because they understand who the Virtuoso is and mannerisms I should have but also, my input. I had a whole character synopsis I pitched in NXT that we didn’t get to do anything with. Then, I sent it to Impact and said, look, this is how I think I should talk and how this vignette should be. After I get established and I lose because a great wrestler needs to establish themselves and then I’m going to lose eventually, but here is how I can become the biggest hypocrite and integrate Mr. Perfect. I don’t have to win, but I can just portray I’m the greatest. I had so many ideas I was ready to give them and they’ve been able to capitalize on. I’ve been so happy with what has come out. I feel so proud of it and I am so proud of being able to put my best foot forward and establish myself again.”
Deonna explained how she felt in NXT: “There was so much fear in things I went through in my personal life over the last 18 months and not knowing if I had another option. Not knowing if Impact would be interested or if AEW would be interested or if Ring of Honor was available again. Let’s wait, let’s wait, and eventually, you get to that point where it’s like, I don’t even care anymore. I’m not happy. I wasn’t happy in my personal life and with the person I was being. I was just so stressed and so frustrated that it was bleeding into everything else. Right before I went to RAW, I was told “we are not going to do anything with you”. What else could I be scared of? There is nothing worse than to be told to sit and wait and I’m going to sit and wait here, I might as well sit and wait elsewhere. At least then, I have the freedom to go back to school or to work somewhere else, or go back to the indies. I felt like I conquered everything up until this point, whether it be Ring of Honor, or the indies, or traveled the world, or working a full-time job when I had one. There was nothing I had to be scared of because I made it work before and I can always make it work again now.”