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Deonna Purrazzo Recalls Almost Dropping Knockouts Title Sooner During Her Second Reign

Deonna Purrazzo has been with IMPACT Wrestling since 2020 and in that time is a two-time Knockouts World Champion. Her reigns combined now lists her as second with the most consecutive days only behind Gail Kim in the history of the Knockouts division. According to a recent interview, her second reign may not have lasted as long as it did.

Speaking on Refin’ It Up, IMPACT referee Brian Hebner commented on Purrazzo’s second reign and stated that she was supposed to lose the title earlier than she did in her second reign.

Purrazzo would go on to clarify –

“Bound For Glory (2020), Kylie (Rae) got hurt, my surprise opponent was Su. I did lose. They had me win it back three or four weeks later in a No DQ match. There was supposed to be one other time, right before Slammiversary 2021 where I ended up wrestling Thunder Rosa, that I was maybe going to lose, but I was doing stuff with AAA and whether it was a miscommunication or what it was, my AAA match for Triplemania became a title vs. title match and then I couldn’t lose because I had said I would put the title on the line. I went to them and was like, ‘I’m down to do whatever you need. If I’m not the champion, that’s fine, but whoever is the champion needs to go to Triplemania and not me.’ That way the Knockouts Championship is still defended, and it’s still title vs. title, but now there are other implications and things involved that are bigger than one match. I ended up keeping it. They didn’t know what my match at Slammiversary was going to be. I ended up wrestling someone else, and they had to leave, and it was a whole thing. The mystery opponent was, I didn’t know until a couple days before. Then, Mickie got released (from WWE) and it all fell into place, but there were those two times where I was supposed to lose, but things happened and I was maybe going to lose, but maybe not, no one could really figure it out, but there were so many outside forces happening that had me hold onto it way longer.” (Fightful)

During Purrazzo’s second reign she would often have two belts whether it was the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship or the ROH Women’s World Championship. She would go on to lose the Knockouts World Title to Mickie James, the AAA Title to Taya Valkyrie, and the ROH Title to Mercedes Martinez. More recently, Purrazzo won the Knockouts World Tag Team Championships alongside Chelsea Green collectively known as VXT. The team has since dropped the belts to Jessicka and Valkyrie of the Death Dollz.

On this week’s episode of IMPACT she teamed up with Green and Gisele Shaw in a losing effort against Mickie James, Taylor Wilde, and the current Knockouts World Champion, Jordynne Grace.

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