“The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo entered 2015 with many goals. In her second calendar year in professional wrestling, Deonna wanted to wrestle 100 matches, a near impossibility for any independent wrestler but a task all the more difficult for a female. Deonna wanted to wrestle in over thirty states.
By the end of the year, she had done that and more. In fact, she was instrumental in the revitalization of Women of Honor, competing in its relaunch’s first match in July 2015 and, while she would never tell you this, Deonna is one of the biggest reasons there is a Women of Honor Championship tournament to begin with.
Deonna became one of the division’s most notable and popular competitors, defeating stars like Candace LeRae, Sumie Sakai, Britt Baker, Karen Q. and more with her devastating Fujiwara Armbar. Deonna has even had a visual tapout of a woman that has never officially been pinned or submitted, “The Gatekeeper” Kelly Klein.
But for Deonna, it all goes back to that match against “The Exotic Goddess” Mandy Leon, a match that launched an identity that is shared by every woman that steps into the ring. “’The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ It is one of my favorite quotes that, in my mind, truly defines my journey here at Ring of Honor,” Deonna told ROHWrestling.com.
She continued, “A chance was taken on Deonna Purrazzo back in July 2015 to take a first step, to rebirth Women of Honor. Over the course of the last two years, all of the Women of Honor have trekked our thousand miles and I couldn’t be any prouder to hear the announcement of the decision to crown the first EVER Women of Honor Champion. Come the end of the tournament, I will be equally as proud when the ‘Virtuosa’ becomes THE first ever Women of Honor Champion!"
Deonna is among the favorites to become the first-ever Women of Honor Champion. But the elephant in the room is Kelly, the one competitor who Deonna has been unable to beat. Will a third time be the charm for Deonna should they meet in the tournament? Or will a skilled competitor from Women of Honor or STARDOM knock out one or both? One thing is for sure, Deonna is primed to take on all comers!