Impact Wrestling star Deonna Purrazzo was recently interviewed on Women’s Wrestling Talk. She discussed a variety of topics, including how Madison Rayne has been a huge help throughout her career. When discussing how she got started with Impact, Purrazzo mentions Rayne as being a pivotal figure in her current role with the company (via Fightful):
“I think through the years I’ve been closest with Madison Rayne and she’s one of the main reasons I’m, you know, the Knockouts Champion. I’m under contract to Impact, you know, she was one of the women really pushing for that when I was able to come in, to bring me in. I just think like having her guidance, and she was an agent for the first six months that I’ve been with Impact producing a lot of my matches…”
Purrazzo also discussed her character, The Virtuosa, and how Rayne is responsible for the development of her persona:
“They’ve been able to showcase the identity of The Virtuosa way more than I ever imagined I could even do myself. So I think there’s that to where it’s just like, Okay, how do we as a whole, really push this character to the forefront and make people understand who she is…. Madison had helped me produce vignettes. After I got released, I had 30 days to wait. So it was like you should get this out…She was just really someone I was able to bounce ideas off of and listen to her critique and know that it’s coming from a good place and from a place that I will succeed if I listen.”
Madison Rayne announced her retirement from Impact Wrestling back in January.