“No One Has Valued Me” – Former WWE Superstar Reveals She Wanted to Leave Wrestling Forever After NXT Release

Published 09/13/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


Current IMPACT Knockouts Champion and AAA Reina de Reinas Champion, Deonna Purrazzo is currently ruling the women’s wrestling scene. She is arguably one of the top female superstars in the pro-wrestling business today.

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However, it was not always a fun ride for her. During her time in WWE, the former NXT superstar did not have many wonderful memories.

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Deonna Purrazzo wanted to become a school teacher

Speaking with Renee Paquette on her “Oral Sessions” podcast, Purrazzo admitted that after getting released by WWE from NXT in the spring of 2020, she wanted to quit wrestling and revert to her regular life.

She also confessed that she immediately thought of getting back to school, where she used to teach history lessons before wrestling full time.

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“That environment and that system just really didn’t work for me as a person. I was just very much, ‘this is such bull***t! This is not what I love about wrestling. I’m not even wrestling! I come to work and no one has valued me for any of my literal life accomplishments before I even got here. What is this worth, what have I done with my life? Was it even worth it up to this point?”

“When I was fired, I had contemplated going back to school a whole bunch. And I was like, ‘okay, I’m definitely going to go back to school.’ So I immediately sent in applications to different schools that were online, and I was like, maybe I’ll just be a normal person again. So when I was released in May, that was the first thing. I’m going to go to school and I’m going to be a history teacher maybe!” Deonna said.

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However, the tables have turned in favor of Deonna Purrazzo because she pulled herself back up and went to IMPACT Wrestling, where she is dominating the women’s division.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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