The self-proclaimed “Virtuosa” of IMPACT Wrestling has won the Knockouts Championship, in just her second ever match with the promotion.
Let’s back up a bit.
After three years competing for Ring of Honor and multiple tours in Japan for the Stardom promotion, Purazzo signed with WWE and debuted in the 2018 Mae Young Classic. She would make it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to Io Shirai.
While she made sporadic appearances and worked a full live event schedule, Purrazzo was never properly utilized by the company or even had a program on NXT television. WWE released her in April as a part of mass cutbacks they attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fast-forward to June. Purrazzo was announced as the latest signee by IMPACT Wrestling and made her debut on the June 9th episode with a quick showcase win over Alisha Edwards.
No sooner had she arrived on the scene did the “Viruosa” step up and challenge for the coveted Knockouts Championship, attacking Jordynne Grace on multiple occasions while demonstrating the effectiveness of her technical and submission speciality, as well as the lethal Fujiwara Armbar.
A match between the two was set for Slammiversary.
While Grace might just be the most powerful women’s wrestler anywhere in the world right now, and is certainly among the most talented, the moral of the story at Slammiversary was simple – it doesn’t matter how big and strong you are, if Purrazzo puts you in the armbar, you tap out.
Grace’s arm was targeted throughout a tremendous Knockouts Championship match, perhaps one of the promotion’s best ever, to the point where it was hanging limp at her side by the end of the contest. Ultimately, Purrazzo was able to reapply an armbar on the mat, hooking the second arm to completely take away her opponent’s options for escape.