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Deonna Purrazzo to challenge for Knockouts title at Slammiversary


New Impact Wrestling arrival Deonna Purrazzo is officially getting a shot at the Knockouts Championship at Slammiversary.

It was confirmed on tonight's episode of Impact that Purrazzo will challenge Jordynne Grace for the Knockouts Championship at Slammiversary on Saturday, July 18. When she arrived in Impact two weeks ago, Purrazzo confronted Grace and put her in a Fujiwara armbar. Purrazzo also attacked Grace on last week's Impact and put her in the armbar again.

Purrazzo made her Impact in-ring debut on the episode that aired tonight. She tapped out Alisha Edwards with the Fujiwara armbar. After the match, Grace ran out to the ring but Purrazzo bailed.

A segment where Grace confronted Purrazzo on SiriusXM's Busted Open Radio aired earlier on Impact tonight. In another interview after that, Purrazzo said she came to Impact to become a champion and will only face Grace with the Knockouts title on the line.

Purrazzo debuted for Impact after being part of April's WWE/NXT releases. Impact has teased that other wrestlers recently released by WWE will also be involved with Slammiversary. Last week, Impact announced that at least one former World Champion will make his return at the pay-per-view.

Tessa Blanchard defending her Impact World Championship against Michael Elgin, Eddie Edwards, Ace Austin, and Trey Miguel in a fatal five-way match has also been announced for Slammiversary, though Elgin has been suspended by Impact Wrestling "pending further review of allegations of misconduct."