WOH Wrestler of the Year: Deonna Purrazzo

Despite being just 23 and having only three years of wrestling experience, Purrazzo has made a name for herself both domestically and internationally. One of the pioneers of Women of Honor’s relaunch, “The Virtuosa” has become a standout in the division. Purrazzo, who was trained by former pro wrestler “Hustler” Rip Rogers, scored victories in 2017 over top competitors such as Madison Rayne, Sumie Sakai, Karen Q and Britt Baker. 


She also had two hard-hitting matches against Kelly Klein -- who still has yet to be pinned or forced to submit (officially) in WOH competition -- that ended in controversial fashion. In their first meeting this past April, Purrazzo had Klein tapping to her signature Fujiwara Armbar, but the referee was temporarily incapacitated and didn’t see it. Purrazzo released the hold, and Klein went on to score a tainted victory. In their much-anticipated rematch, Purrazzo lost due to outside interference.

In addition to her accomplishments in WOH, Purrazzo also found success in Japan in 2017 competing for Stardom, the premier women’s wrestling promotion in the world.