Deonna Purrazzo Talks About The Issues She Had In WWE NXT

IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion and AAA Reina de Reinas Champion Deonna Purrazzo recently made an appearance on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, where she discussed the issues and the struggles she faced during her time in NXT.

Deonna Purrazzo said:

“That’s the vibe that I got that I was doing wrong.” “Because we would have these, you’d do a skull session and they kind of give you critique. I was in a class that I felt like ‘I could do all these things.’ I was in Serena’s (Deeb) class, and Serena was trained by my trainer. So it was kind of like all the things we were doing I had done before I got there. So I would sit down every week and be ‘let’s watch this match. What can I do better?’”

“And I wasn’t necessarily getting a lot of feedback of like ‘this is what you can do better.’ Otherwise it was ‘this is good, maybe you could’ve done something different here. Or something there, or we need to play with your music and your entrance.’ But wrestling wise, no one was really telling me anything different. And that was my biggest complaint. So I’d go to Matt Bloom and be like ‘okay I came here to be a TV star. And I’m not. So if you’re not going to tell me what I need to do to be a TV star, what am I doing here?’ In hindsight, maybe I did that too soon.”

Deonna Purrazzo also discussed how she felt like she should have received more credibility in WWE NXT than she was given as well as how she wasn't able to move up in the ranks.

Deonna Purrazzo said:

“I think I felt like ‘I should have more credibility than you give me credit for.'” “Obviously it was a whole new environment. I had never actually been sent to NXT. I needed to find a working relationship with all the girls and things like that. I think when I first was released and I said all these things, people were like ‘she didn’t want to work hard. She didn’t want to put in the time.’”

“That was not it. I just wanted to move up in the ranks. And for whatever reason I was not doing that. It’s as simple as like ‘okay I’m in the intermediate class. How do I get to the TV class with Sara (Del Ray)? What steps do I need to take to be there?’ And there was no answer. If you’re not telling me what I need to do to be there, then you’re choosing me not to be there. And that’s bulls–t.”

Deonna Purrazzo then discussed how she felt like she had no support in WWE NXT no matter how hard she worked and that it even came to the point that she had arguments with Performance Center head trainer Matt Bloom.

Deonna Purrazzo said:

“It honestly didn’t really feel like anyone else was backing me up.” “I really had to take that initiative. At first you start with the little questions. ‘What more can I do? Did I do something to offend someone? Is there rights I need to make?’ Anything. I looked for any reason why this could not be working out. And then you become frustrated. I would literally sit in Matt Bloom’s office and we’d be yelling at each other from across the table. He would feel one way and I’d feel the other way and I’d just be advocating for myself. I was like ‘I don’t think you’re seeing it.’”

“And it was simple things, like I went and spent my own money to have vignettes made, outside of the PC, to pitch this character. And by no means is character work my strong suit. Wrestling is my strong suit and I know that. But that’s a big part of what we do, promos and people want to see character work. And a lot of NXT is based on having these big characters and the whole package. Going in I knew ‘this is something I’m going to need to work on.’ Promos I literally would cry in promo class because I didn’t like my peers staring at me. And it was just something I needed to work on. And I consistently will say I tried to film stuff and do stuff, and be in the extra promo booth talking. Just trying to show I’m working on every aspect of me and trying to put in the extra to try and make this work. And even things like that didn’t work.”