WWE teased Monday’s Hall of Fame announcement over the weekend, hinting in a none-too-subtle way that the next inductee would be a woman. From WWE…
“Who will be joining “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rikishi and The Bushwhackers in the Hall’s Class of 2015 the night before WrestleMania 31? Could it be a pioneering woman grappler who competed alongside the likes of Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah? Could it be one of the Japanese women who brought their hard-hitting style to America in the early 1990s? Is it one of the sultry Divas from the infamous Attitude Era? Is it even a competitor, or could it be a woman who often accompanied legendary Superstars into battle?”
Well, the next inductee will be a woman who wrestled Moolah, kicked ass in Japan, was an important player during the Attitude Era/Monday Night Wars and a valet for numerous legendary stars. Very clever, WWE. Yes, the word from numerous sources is that Madusa/Alundra Blayze will be the next inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. Lance Storm will be pleased.
Of course, Madusa (real name Debrah Miceli) being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame will come as a surprise to some, as she fired the iconic opening shot of the Monday Night Wars by dropping the WWF Women’s Championship belt into a garbage can on WCW Monday Nitro, but there’s no bigger mark for for the Monday Night Wars than Vince McMahon. He’s produced numerous fawning documentaries about the NWO and has, or soon will, induct all its core members into his Hall of Fame. At this point, hard feelings come a distant second to building up the mythology of “Vince McMahon’s Greatest Battle.”
Even if she hadn’t played a part in Vince and Eric Bischoff’s little war, Madusa would be eminently qualified for the Hall of Fame. Madusa started her career in the early ’80s in the AWA, feuding with other ’80s women’s wrestling icons like Sherri Martel and Wendi Richter, and managing Curt Hennig and Diamond Dallas Page. From there, she went onto a three-year stint with All Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling, where she feuded with Japanese legends like Chigusa Nagayo and Aja Kong. By late 1993, she was champion of a revived WWF women’s division and was instrumental in bringing AJW women like Bull Nakano to the WWF. Her final run in WCW was perhaps less than laudable, but it was WCW. Nobody made it out of there unscathed.
Also, she had her own giant pink monster truck…
If that doesn’t qualify you for some sort of hall of fame, I don’t know what does.