Deonna Purrazzo had limited chances to showcase herself in WWE. While she was used more prominently from December 2019, appearing on Monday Night Raw as enhancement talent and on NXT TV in a brief rivalry with Shotzi Blackheart, The Virtuosa went through a 17-month spell where she was not featured on Wednesday nights.
Purrazzo was a recent guest on Les anti-pods de la lutte, in which she talked about her recent release and being frustrated creatively in WWE.
The former Stardom star said: "I didn’t know that it was coming, and last Wednesday we had a company-wide app that Vince McMahon had put a video on for us all to watch, and it talks about people being furloughed, and people being fired, and pay cuts so it kind of all happened fast. No one really expected it, and then as soon as we all watched the video, we clicked over to Twitter and it was name after name being released.
"But I kind of just didn't know but I had a gut feeling like, 'I'm gonna get a call today,' and probably for the last six months, I've talked to so many people in the office in NXT about not being happy, not being utilised properly, wanting to be booked more and do more, and I just had a lot of push back from it and speaking up for myself was looked upon negatively. And it was about a month ago that I had a conversation with Canyon Cemen and I said, 'If I'm not gonna get ahead of this and I'm not gonna change people's minds about me, then I don't wanna be here anymore.'
"So, when he called me last Wednesday, it was kind of like, he had said to me on the phone, 'You know, your name was on the list. I think this is something you'll be happy about and you wanted' and I said, '100 percent, absolutely.' So, with that said, as unexpected as it was, I kind of just in my heart knew that-that would happen and I'm looking forward to being back on the indies and actually wrestling the way I wanna wrestle."
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