Alundra Blayze’s dangerous combination of athleticism and sex appeal made her the ultimate female force in the ring. When WWE reintroduced its Women’s Championship in December 1993, Blayze appeared from out of nowhere to win a tournament to crow the new titleholder. The buxom blonde went on to dominate the division for nearly one year before being toppled by Bull Nakano in November 1994.
Early the next year, Blayze gained her revenge by upending Nakano on Monday Night Raw to regain the title. Unfortunately, however, she was derailed by yet another colossal competitor when Bertha Faye defeated her at the 1995 SummerSlam. The loss to Faye proved to just be a blip on the screen, as Blayze quickly recaptured the gold in less than two months.
In 1991, Debrah Miceli, famously known as Madusa, found work in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where she spent two years in a primarily non-wrestling role before drawing the biggest break of her grappling career. The legendary Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, her ex-boyfriend, had put in a good word with World Wrestling Federation (WWF) officials, which signed Miceli to revitalize its dormant women’s division. She declined to sign over rights to the Madusa name, prompting a rechristening as the WWF-trademarked Alundra Blayze. Miceli worried the name dispute would anger company owner Vince McMahon before she had even set foot in his squared circle. Her new boss put her fears to rest with an act of kindness.
“I remember Vince saying, ‘Is there anything that you need?’” Miceli recalled in a 2015 interview with Sports Illustrated. “Jokingly, I said, ‘Yeah, I got this big IRS bill I need to fuckin’ pay off.’ He goes, ‘How much is it?’ I remember telling him it was 35 grand. I got a check in the mail.”
August 3, 2015 – Madusa, who was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in April as Alundra Blayze, discussed her career in monster truck racing in an interview with Florida newspaper Sun-Sentinel. She explained her transition from the wrestling ring to the race track.
“While I was retiring from wrestling, I was going to be happy and doing other things I wanted to do, and I got a call from Monster Jam, and they asked if I wanted to drive a monster truck,” she said. “They didn’t have any women, and they wanted a crowd promotion, and hopefully I’d bring little girls over and that was the goal. I am a huge advocate for women and helping them out, transitioning, getting them where they need to be, helping, counseling, guiding.”
She continues, “[Monster Jam] expected me to be around for maybe a year or two, if that. And here I am 16 years later, two-time champion, and no other woman has ever hit that pinnacle. I wish they would! I need another woman here to brag with me. (laughs)”
– Madison Square Garden is paying tribute to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who headlined multiple events at the famous venue including the first WrestleMania.
— MSG (@TheGarden) August 3, 2015