In recent years we’ve seen the WWE mend bridges with a number of former stars such as Bruno Sammartino, The Ultimate Warrior and Macho Man Randy Savage resulting in them entering the WWE Hall of Fame. Could another be set to join that list? Today we look at the Hall of Fame prospects of Debrah ‘Alundra Blayze/Madusa’ Miceli.
On Monday Nitro on 18 December 1995, WWE Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze showed up on screen and dumped the title belt in a garbage on live TV.
With WCW already leading the fledgling Monday Night Wars, and with cracks appearing in Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation, it was a hugely significant moment in the battle between the two promotions. Not only had one of his own stars signed with his rivals but had dumped one of his title belts in the trash on live television.
It was a moment that has sadly overshadowed what was a stellar near 20 year career for Blayze, real name Debrah Miceli but a career that is now rumoured to be being acknowledged at this year’s Hall of Fame. It’s a moment that few would have expected after those exploits on Nitro in late 1995.
The future Alundra Blayze started out in wrestling in the 1980s in Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association with the ring name Madusa Miceli. By the early 90s, after a stint in Japan, she joined World Championship Wrestling primarily serving as Rick Rude’s manager.
In 1993 the WWF reinstated the women’s title and signed Micela, renaming her Alundra Blayze as Vince, in something that will sound familiar to many fans, did not want her using her own name which she had trademarked. She would defeat Heidi Lee Morgan in the finals of a 6 person tournament to be crowned the new WWF Women’s Champion, the first since the belt was deactivated in 1990 and Rockin’ Robin stripped of the gold.
During her time with the WWF she would feud with Bull Nakano and Bertha Faye, trading the gold with both, before, owing to financial troubles in late 1995, she was released from her contract and after appearing on Nitro, stripped of a belt that would remain vacant until Jacqueline won it in September 1998, defeating Sable.
But is Debrah Micela set to join the list of superstars that had burnt bridges with the WWF being welcomed back into the fold? If internet rumours are to be believed – I know, I know – then yes she is.
Perhaps it’s not as surprising as the inclusions of Ultimate Warrior last year and Macho Man, who Micela managed in WCW, this year but it’s still a big deal. Relations are obviously a lot less frosty nowadays – WWE.com interviewed Blayze in 2010 – but it, after Lex Luger showing up on Nitro, one of the early shots across the bow from Eric Bischoff and Ted Turner.
Ultimately, Miceli’s achievements in the ring over 20 years make her worthy of any wrestling Hall of Fame even the WWE one, regardless of the Nitro incident.
It has now been 14 years since Blayze retired from the ring, with a career in Monster Truck driving following as well as setting up a rescue centre for abandoned animals.
As for the WWE Women’s Title, you ask? Well, she’s still got it.