Deonna Purrazzo Recalls Standout Match With Karen Q, Finds Inspiration In Fall Brawl 1997 PPV

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WrestleZone recently spoke with Deonna Purrazzo ahead of her Slammiversary title match with Jordynne Grace and she named off a couple of favorite matches. First up was a match with Karen Q from Ring Of Honor’s Survival Of The Fittest event in 2017, where she said she got to show a different side instead of the technical wrestling she is most known for.

“Two come to mind and one was a match that I was in myself, probably one of my all-time favorite matches that I’ve ever had. It’s myself versus Karen Q in Dallas, Texas in a No DQ match. She’s one of my best friends and we were in this rivalry and I got to show a different side of myself that isn’t so much “The Virtuosa” but just as a brawler. I just really, really love that match.”

The other one is Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero’s classic from WCW Fall Brawl 1997 for the Cruiserweight Championship. Purrazzo says she watches that for inspiration and says she puts it on anytime she’s looking for something with a variety of styles.

“The second match is Eddie Guerrero versus Chris Jericho at Fall Brawl ’97. I just think that’s such a good match of power and strength and tactical and Lucha. I’ve watched that match for years just for inspiration just to get me back into the love of wrestling when I feel like ‘ugh! I don’t want to watch anything!’ It’s really about thinking about what I can do, how I can reinvent myself over time, and it’s just one of my favorites.”

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We added some free-to-watch recommendations to the list and selected a good mix of bouts from Deonna Purrazzo’s career, including the two she named as well as a Jericho vs. Guerrero rematch.

Deonna Purrazzo vs. Karen Q (No Disqualification)

ROH Survival Of The Fittest — November 18, 2017

Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho

WCW Monday Nitro — August 11, 1997

Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Jericho (WCW Cruiserweight Championship)

WCW Fall Brawl — September 14, 1997

Jordynne Grace vs. Deonna Purrazzo

WWR From The Pinnacle To The Pit — March 25, 2018

Mia Yim vs. Deonna Purrazzo

WWR Adios Aurora — October 8, 2017

Check out our full interview with Deonna where we discuss her IMPACT Wrestling debut, getting a chance to show some creative development and much more.

Related: Deonna Purrazzo On Defining ’The Virtuosa’, Having More Character Development Than She’s Had In Years

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