Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Debra Ann Miceli/Madusa Part 2

The WWF then imported Aja Kong from Japan and set up a Blayze/Kong feud. Their first showdown was at the 1995 Survivor Series, where Blayze, along with Kyoko Inoue, Sakie Hasegawa and Chaparita Asari battled Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe and Lioness Asuka. In the end, Kong pinned Blayze to be the sole survivor. The following week on RAW, Kong and Watanabe defeated Blayze and Inoue when Kong pinned Inoue. Kong then defeated Chaparita Asari a week later.

But that would be the last women's match in the WWF for sometime and the Blayze/Kong feud never materialised, though it had been advertised by WWF Magazine as one of the matches at the 1996 Royal Rumble.

It turned out that Miceli had not been happy with the Blayze character and began negotiating with her old employer, WCW. The WWF found out and fired her for talking to the competition while still under contract. Miceli quickly signed with WCW and showed up on WCW Monday Nitro on December 18, 1995. In one of the most unforgettable moments in Pro Wrestling history, she denounced the Blayze gimmick, threw the WWF Women's Title Belt in a trash can (in a move similar to that of Riddick Bowe throwing away the WBC Heavyweight Championship in 1993) and reclaimed her Madusa moniker in one of the most memorable moments in the history of both companies. Rather than hold a tournament to crown a new champion, the WWF once again abandoned the women's title. In WCW, Madusa had a brief feud with Sherri Martel because Sherri supposedly stole Col. Rob Parker from her and even interrupted their wedding vows in Las Vegas. Martel pinned Madusa in the first ever women's match on WCW Monday Nitro. Their feud ended after that.

Alundra Blaze aka Medusa

With Madusa back in WCW, the company brought in Bull Nakano to feud with her. They battled in a 'Loser gets their bike bashed' match at WCW Hog Wild in the summer of 1996. Madusa won the match and got to bash Nakano's motorcycle. Nakano went back to Japan and retired from wrestling shortly afterwards, leaving Madusa with no one to wrestle. The company decided to establish a women's championship and struck a deal with the GAEA Japan organization to bring in women wrestlers. At tournament was held in the fall of 1996. Madusa defeated Reina Jubuki in the first round, and Zero in the semi-final, but she lost to Akira Hokuto (who lost to Madusa earlier in the tournament as Reina Jubuki) in the finals of the tournament on December 29, 1996 at StarrCade. Madusa never could win the title. She claimed to have won it in Japan, but records indicated otherwise. She also feuded with Luna Vachon, who had repeatedly interfered in Madusa's matches with Hokuto. On June 15, 1997, at the Great American Bash, Miceli lost a retirement match to Hokuto.

Madusa returned to WCW in 1999 as part of Randy Savage's Team Savage with Gorgeous George and Miss Madness. She was eventually kicked out by Savage due to a dispute in July 1999.

After a three month sabbatical, Madusa made her return to television on the October 18, 1999 edition of WCW Monday Nitro when she participated in a "New York Style" Evening Gown Match with Mona, although she was less than enthusiastic about the idea. Mona came out in a blue evening gown whereas Madusa made a half-hearted effort regarding her wardrobe in that she came out in a casual "Tommy Sports" dress. While Madusa was ranting to the ringside announcers, Mona came from behind and stripped Madusa of her gown, down to her shorts and sports bra. Madusa then grabbed the microphone to complain even more, and told "everyone behind her" to kiss her posterior. At WCW Halloween Havoc 1999, Madusa would reluctantly come out in a red bikini to shill cologne. An angry Madusa would then dump the contents of the bottle over Bobby Heenan.

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