BIOGRAPHY - DEBRA ANN MICELLI (MADUSA)

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Wrestler/Valet: Madusa
Real Name: Debra Micelli
Birthday: February 9, 1964
Hometown: Originally Minneapolis, Minnesota, Now lives in Homosassa, Florida
Marital Status: Married to Ken Blackman
Height & Weight: 5'10" - 150 lbs
Trained by: Eddie Sharkey
Debut: 1987
Previous Gimmicks: Medusa Micelli, Alundra Blaze (WWF), Madusa (WCW)
Finishing Move: Bridging Germain Suplex
Favorite Moves: Spinning Heel Kick, Snap Suplex
Notable Feuds: Bull Nakano, Bertha Faye, Akira Hokuto, Malia Hosaka, Luna Vachon, Oklahoma, Torrie Wilson, Shane Douglas,

Vince Russo

 

Debrah Anne Miceli (born Debra Lewandowski; February 9, 1964) is an American Monster truck driver and former professional wrestler. She is best known under her ring names Madusa (shortened from Made in the USA) or Alundra Blayze.

 

Miceli was born in Milan, Italy, but raised in several foster homes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Before entering professional wrestling, she participated in both gymnastics and track, and at age 14, she worked at an Arby's fast-food restaurant. During the beginning of her wrestling career, Miceli also worked as a nurse part-time.

 

In 1984, Miceli trained with Eddie Sharkey in Minneapolis, Minnesota and began working on the independent circuit for $5 a match.

 

In 1986, she started wrestling in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) feuding with Sherri Martel, as Madusa Miceli. After Martel left the AWA, she replaced her as "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly's manager, who often teamed with Nick Kiniski as "The Perfect Tag Team". In a tournament final, she won the AWA World Women's Championship over Candi Devine on December 27, 1987. At that time Madusa also began managing the AWA World Heavyweight Champion Curt Hennig. She later lost the title to Wendi Richter on November 26, 1988. Hennig and Madusa joined the Diamond Exchange, a stable led by Diamond Dallas Page that included Badd Company. With Badd Company she faced the team of the Top Guns (Ricky Rice and Derrick Dukes) and Wendi Richter at the only AWA pay-per-view SuperClash III. Both Badd Company’s Tag-Team Title and Wendi Richter’s AWA World Women's Championship were on the line, but since Richter pinned Miceli, Badd Company remained the champions. In 1988, Miceli was also the first woman to be awarded Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Rookie of the Year.

 

Miceli wrestled a six week tour for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling at the beginning of 1989, where she won the IWA Women's title from Chigusa Nagayo before dropping it back to her the very next day. She then began training in Japan, learning the Japanese wrestling style, as well as Muay Thai, kickboxing, and boxing. She eventually signed a three-year deal with All Japan, which made her the first non-Japanese wrestler to do so. In addition, she worked for the TWA, feuding with Luna Vachon, whom she faced in a Hair vs Hair Mixed Tag Team match in September 1991. Miceli and her partner Eddie Gilbert defeated Vachon and Cactus Jack, which resulted in Vachon having her head shaved.

 

She then went to WCW and helped Paul E. Dangerously form his Dangerous Alliance. She acted primarily as Alliance member Rick Rude's manager. In October 25, Dangerously kicked her out of the Dangerous Alliance at Halloween Havoc. She, however, defeated him by count-out on November 18, 1992 at the Clash of the Champions.

 

In 1993, the WWF reinstated its Women's Championship, a title that had been vacant since 1990, and Miceli was brought in by the company to revive the women's division. She debuted under the ring name Alundra Blayze, because WWF owner Vince McMahon did not want to pay Miceli to use the name Madusa, which she had trademarked. She wrestled in a six-woman tournament to crown a new Women's Champion, and in the finals, she pinned Heidi Lee Morgan on December 13 to win the title.

 

After the tournament, Miceli asked WWF management to bring in new women for her to wrestle. In mid-1994, Bull Nakano joined the WWF roster and began feuding with Miceli, who was still using the name Alundra Blayze. Blayze defeated Nakano at SummerSlam, but lost the belt to her on November 27, 1994 in Japan. Five months later on April 3, 1995, Blayze regained the title from Nakano on an edition of Monday Night Raw. As part of the storyline, immediately following the win, she was attacked by Bertha Faye, who broke her nose. In reality, the storyline was written so Miceli could take time off to get breast implants and a nose job. She returned to the ring in August 1995, losing the Women's Championship to Faye at SummerSlam on August 27. Two months later, she won the title a third time, defeating Faye on October 23. In December, she was stripped of the title following her jump to rival company World Championship Wrestling, and the WWF Women's Championship remained vacant until 1998.

 

In 1995, she appeared in the movie Shootfighter II. In Japan, she released a CD of songs sung in Japanese.

 

In December 1995, Miceli signed with WCW and, as part of a storyline concocted by booker Eric Bischoff, showed up on WCW Monday Nitro on December 18 where she threw the WWF Women's Title belt into a trash can. She would later admit she regretted the action and would not have done it had Bischoff not coerced her to. Miceli immediately began using the Madusa name again, and the company brought in Bull Nakano to feud with her; they battled in a match at Hog Wild in August 1996. Due to pre-match stipulations, Madusa was allowed to destroy Nakano's motorcycle after the match.

 

WCW then decided to establish the WCW Women's Championship, but Madusa lost to Akira Hokuto in the finals of the tournament to crown the first champion on December 29 at Starrcade. On June 15, Hokuto retained the title against Madusa at The Great American Bash in a Title vs. Career match. The latter then took a nearly two year hiatus from the company.

 

In June 1997, she met National Football League player Ken Blackman, and they married seven months later on February 14, 1998. They shared homes in both Cincinnati and Homosassa, Florida. In 1998, they opened a motorcycle shop called Spookee Custom Cycles, which made motorcycles for other NFL players such as Kimo von Oelhoffen, Darnay Scott, Bradford Banta, and Dan Wilkinson. The couple later divorced.

 

Madusa returned to WCW in April 1999 as part of Randy Savage's faction Team Madness with Gorgeous George and Miss Madness. After that storyline ended, Madusa entered into a tournament for the WCW Championship, but she was defeated and eliminated from the tournament. She was later re-entered into the tournament in a match against Evan Karagias, but was eliminated the next week. After her elimination, Madusa put all her focus on managing Karagias, with whom she also formed a romantic relationship. After Karagias won the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship at Mayhem, he was found flirting with Spice of the Nitro Girls. At Starrcade, however, Spice gave Karagias a low blow during the match, and Madusa pinned him to become the first female ever to win the WCW World Cruiserweight Championship. Spice them aligned herself with Madusa and became her manager for a short time.

 

In January 2000, Madusa developed a rivalry with Oklahoma. In a farcical Evening Gown match on an episode of WCW Thunder on January 12, Madusa defeated Oklahoma by stripping off his dress, but he attacked her after the match. She eventually lost the Cruiserweight belt to Oklahoma at Souled Out on January 16, 2000.

 

In the meantime, Miceli became an instructor at the WCW Power Plant, where she helped train women such as Nora Greenwald (Molly Holly) to wrestle. Before WCW's collapse, she engaged in a brief feud with Torrie Wilson and Shane Douglas, who defeated her and partner Billy Kidman at Fall Brawl in a Mixed Tag Team Scaffold match. Madusa took a big bump during this match and wasn't seen again on WCW tv. She left the company when she heard that Vince McMahon, the owner of the World Wrestling Federation, was going to buy WCW. Because she had a previous falling-out with McMahon, she opted not to stay with the company. She retired from professional wrestling for good in 2001 because she did not like the direction in which women's wrestling was going; according to her, it was becoming less about real wrestling and more about Bra and Panties matches.

 

Miceli entered the monster truck business under Dennis Anderson in 1999. She made her first American hot rod appearance at the Trans World Dome. Afterward, she purchased her own truck and named it Madusa, as she still held the rights to the name. She began winning freestyle competitions in 2001. Miceli won the 2004 co-championship at the Monster Jam World Finals for freestyle in the first-ever three-way tie. On March 2005 in Las Vegas, she beat her trainer Dennis Anderson in the final bracket of the Monster Jam World Finals for the Racing Championship, thus making her the first woman to win the Monster Jam World Finals racing championship. Also in 2005, she was the only female competitor in the Superbowl of Motorsports.

 

As of January 2008, she was also the Executive Vice President of the Major League of Monster Trucks. In 2009, she returned to Monster Jam for the first time since 2005.

In February 2004, Madusa did commentary for boat races. She also planned to write a book pertaining to her years in Professional Wrestling.

 

Miceli owns a grooming, pet spa, and doggy bakery called Koolkats and Hotdogs in Lecanto, Florida.

 

On October 10, 2014, she was injured in a Monster Jam event in Melbourne, Australia and was taken to a Melbourne hospital for treatment.

 

On March 2, 2015, it was announced that Miceli would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015, under her Alundra Blayze moniker. On Twitter, she said this was a sign of respect, since that was her name in WWE, but "that bitch Madusa will be on stage speaking." During her speech, in response to constant questions about her dumping the WWF Women's Championship belt in the trash on Monday Nitro, her inductor, Natalya, wheeled a trash can onstage. Miceli (calling herself both Madusa and Alundra Blayze) withdrew the belt, which she stressed was a good-looking "women's wrestling belt", and said it was finally "back home where it belongs" after 20 years. She held the belt on her shoulder, and referred to herself as the reigning WWF Women's Champion.

 

In March 2015, Madusa was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

 

Followed her Hall of Fame induction, she made a special appearance during the WrestleMania 31 event the following day on March 29, along the other Hall of Fame inductees. On January 27, 2016, Miceli appeared on WWE Network's program Table for 3, along fellow wrestlers Ivory and Molly Holly.

 

In September 2015, Miceli was appointed the commissioner of Japanese women's promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom.

 

In September 2017, the WWE Network released a documentary entitled "TrailBlayzer" detailing Miceli's careers in both wrestling and monster truck driving.