Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Debra Ann Miceli/Madusa


Debra Ann Miceli (born February 6th, 1963 in Milan, Italy) better known as Madusa (shorthand for Made in the USA) or Alundra Blayze, is a former professional wrestler for WCW and WWF. She has also recently driven the Madusa monster truck for Clear Channel Communications on Monster Jam, and will drive a truck of the same name for Team Bigfoot beginning in 2007.

After completing Sharkey's training camp in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Miceli started wrestling in 1987 in the AWA as Madusa Miceli, a heel women's wrestler and manager to Kevin Kelly, Nick Kiniski, and AWA World Champion Curt Hennig.

She won the AWA Women's Title in a tournament final over Candi Devine on December 27, 1987. She feuded with Devine and then Wendi Richter for the belt and lost it to Richter on November 26, 1988. She then left for IWA in Japan, where she won the Women's Title twice and learned the Japanese wrestling style. She was the first woman to be awarded Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Rookie of The Year Award.

She then went to WCW in late 1991. She briefly fueded with Bambi, Judy Martin and Lady Blossom. She then went on to help Paul E. Dangerously form his Dangerous Alliance of Rick Rude, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, "Stunning" Steve Austin, and Larry Zbyszko. She often interfered in their matches and most often accompanied Rude to the ring. At Beach Blast on June 20, 1992, she lost a bikini contest to Missy Hyatt. In October, Dangerously kicked her out of the Dangerous Alliance and she got revenge when she defeated him (by countout after he ran from her) in a match on November 18, 1992 at the Clash of the Champions. It was during this time that she was briefly married to wrestler Eddie Gilbert.

In 1994, the WWF re-instated its Women's Championship, a title that had been vacant since 1990, and Micelli signed on to be the star of the new women's division. She debuted as Alundra Blayze, and wrestled in a six-woman tournament to crown a new women's champion. She defeated Allison Royal in the first round, received a bye into the finals, where she pinned Heidi Lee Morgan to win the title. She became the first born Italian to win the title.

She would go on to defend the belt against Morgan, Leilani Kai, Debbie Combs and Luna Vachon. She also travelled to Japan where she defended the title against Kyoko Inoue, Sakie Hasegawa, and Bull Nakano. She was defeated by Nakano in a non-title match during the Japan tour.

Nakano emerged as part of the WWF roster in the summer of 1994 and the two feuded. Their first encounter on an edition of Monday Night RAW resulted in a double-count out. Blayze defeated Nakano at the Summerslam pay-per-view in August 1994, but would lose the belt to Nakano on November 20, 1994 in Tokyo, during All-Japan Women's wrestling extravaganza called "Big Egg Wrestling Universe."

It would be five months before Blayze could regain the title from Nakano on an edition of Monday Night RAW on April 3, 1995. Immediately following the win, she was attacked by Bertha Faye, who "broke" her nose. Alundra Blayze was out of action for five months. The story was that she was recovering from her broken nose. In reality, Miceli left to get breast implants and a nose job. Blayze returned to the ring in August 1995, losing the women's title to Bertha Faye at the 1995 Summerslam on August 27, 1995. She bounced back to win the title a third time, defeating Faye on October 23, 1995 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.



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