IMPACT Wrestling star Deonna Purrazzo has admitted that her AEW Dynamite main event caused a lot of pressure.
On last Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite episode from Baltimore, Maryland, ROH Women’s World Champion Deonna Purrazzo faced ROH Interim Women’s World Champion Mercedes Martinez in a championship unification match.
Purrazzo came up short with Martinez unifying the two titles after Deonna was unable to perform at the ROH Supercard of Honor event on April 1 in Dallas.
Speaking with The Universal Wrestling Podcast, the former IMPACT Knockouts World Champion discussed the main event match and the circumstances surrounding it.
“Yeah, it was like the lead up to it all day. We didn’t know what the card looked like or where we were gonna be. It’s funny because Mercedes and I were like ‘We might be the main event, we’re the biggest thing on the advertisement’. But gosh, I don’t wanna be in that spot, that’s a lot of pressure. Then, at like 5 O’Clock they’re like ‘You guys are the main event’. A lot of pressure. IMPACT does our live pay-per-views, there’s like four every year. Then we do these app specials that are live, but I don’t necessarily do live TV every week like people on AEW are. It was even more pressure for me to be like ‘Can I still do this?’, I hadn’t done live TV since NXT, so that’s two years. I was like ‘Oh gosh, we have a commercial break and we have a Picture in Picture’. There’s so many faucets to this that we have to get right because we’re the main event, but I think it turned out really really great. I think that I got to put my best foot forward and IMPACT’s best foot forward. It’s just a really exciting time right now.”
Purrazzo’s headline showdown with Mercedes Martinez was only the fourth time that women have main evented an episode of AEW Dynamite and the first without Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D.
Deonna Purrazzo went on to face Taya Valkyrie for the AAA Reina de Reinas Championship at IMPACT Wrestling Under Siege on May 7, which you can read the results here.
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