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WWE officially signs New Jersey’s Deonna Purrazzo

Purrazzo has competed all over the world, and is considered one of the best female wrestlers out there today

It has been a long time coming, but WWE was finally able to get their hands on one of the most valuable female wrestlers out there today. Deonna Purrazzo has been included in the latest class of WWE Performance Center hires. What does that mean? The 24-year old from New Jersey is officially a WWE superstar.

WWE’s website had the following to say about the master of the Fujiwara Armbar:

“Twenty-four-year-old “Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo, from Jefferson, N.J., also joins the WWE PC. A former national competitor in cheerleading, Purrazzo was inspired to become a sports-entertainer after watching WWE Hall of Famers Trish Stratus and Lita. She began training for the ring in 2012 and made her wrestling debut in December 2013. In short order, Purrazzo ascended the ranks of the independent scene, competing for organizations like Ring of Honor, Beyond Wrestling and the East Coast Wrestling Association. Revered for her technical wrestling prowess, Purrazzo has submitted many opponents with her feared Fujiwara Armbar. She has also wrestled in England, Puerto Rico, Canada and Japan, including competing in Tokyo’s world-famous Korakuen Hall.”

The signing wasn’t the only big news of the day. Deonna will also be competing in the second Mae Young Classic. She was an alternate in last year’s tournament. Now, she gets to showcase her stuff to the WWE Universe during one of the best tournaments going in wrestling today. Last year’s winner, Kairi Sane, has been a part of major NXT storylines recently. The same could be in the future for Deonna if everything goes well.

One of the things WWE mentioned in their bio for Deonna was that she has appeared for various promotions. At one point, she appeared on WWE TV, NXT, Impact Wrestling and Ring of Honor. This was all a few months a part. A hot commodity in the wrestling industry, Deonna is credited for helping jumpstart the women’s division in Ring of Honor. Along with Kelly Klein, she helped the Women of Honor roster grow and become stronger than ever.

The signing unfortunately means she will no longer by a mainstay on the independent scene. She had to cancel her appearance for All In, one of the most important casualties to the sold out event.

What will WWE have in mind for Deonna as time goes on? Nothing is for sure, but the presence of “The Virtuosa” will provide fans with a whole new appreciation for women’s wrestling. If anything, she will help enhance everything WWE has built for the revolution, and then some.

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