Wrestling: Madusa

Debra Micelli is an Italian-American retired Professional Wrestler and valet best known for her work in the 1980s and 1990s as Madusa or Alundra Blayze. She started in the AWA where she was a 1x AWA Women's Champion. She would also compete for All Japan Womens Pro Wrestling before arriving in WCW as the valet for the Dangerous Alliance, a role she would have until Paul E. Dangerously fired her at WCW Halloween Havoc 1992. She debuted in WWE in 1993 as Blayze. She would hold the WWE Women's Title three times, until she surprised everyone by jumping back to WCW and throwing the belt in a garbage can on WCW Monday Nitro in 1995. She would proceed to accomplish nothing for close to two years, being forced into "retirement" after losing a match to Akira Hokuto at WCW The Great American Bash 1997. She surprised everyone, again, by returning in 1999 as part of Randy Savage's Team Madness group. She would go on to become the first woman to hold the WCW World Cruiserweight Title. She retired in 2001 and has gone on to compete, very successfully, in monster truck competitions. In 1988, Pro Wrestling Illustrated named her "Rookie of the Year," ahead of Chris Benoit, Maxx Payne and Scott Steiner.

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Not to be confused with Medusa or with Alundra.

"These tropes are Made in the U.S.A.":

  • Action Girl: Of course.
  • All American Face: Her name is a Portmanteau of "Made in the U.S.A."
  • Alliterative Name: As Madusa Micelli.
  • Arch-Enemy: Luna Vachon. Even when the two did not wrestle each other, Vachon was known for managing other people so she could direct them at Alundra Blayze.
  • Belly Flop Crushing: She adopted the Stinger Splash.
  • Blondes Are Evil: As a heel.
  • By The Hair: Something of a staple of women's wrestling matches in the U.S. during her time.
  • Curbstomp Battle
    • When Team Madness split, it split hard, and Miss Madness ended up on the receiving end of a harsh beating from Madusa. Madusa did lose the match but Miss Madness left worse for wear. All of Mona's, as she would come to be known, subsequent attempts to fight Madusa saw Madusa give Mona progressively worse beatings while no selling most of Mona's offense.
    • Madusa gave plenty to Oklahoma, particularly after he got involved in the cruiserweight title scene, only to see him usually slip away somehow.
  • David Versus Goliath: Madusa was often the Goliath many women and some of the smaller guys were afraid to face and was often cold blooded enough to fit the role but this was reversed when she was pitted against Monster Ripper. (or if you watched the WWF, when Alundra Blayze was pitted against Bertha Faye). She was taller than Bull Nakano and Aja Kong but they outweighed her by enough margin to make her play David too.
  • The Dog Bites Back: At WCW Halloween Havoc 92, October 25, 1992, Big Van Vader (w/manager Harley Race) defended the WCW United States Heavyweight Title against "The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff, retiring him in the process, for "Ravishing" Rick Rude, who was challenging Masahiro Chono for the NWA World Heavyweight Title that night. After the match, Paul E. fired Madusa from what remained of the Dangerous Alliance (Paul E., herself, and Rude)note , saying that he only hired her "because the other hooker had a prior engagement," and finished with "And because you're a woman and I know that means that you're stupid, I spell it out for you: F-I-R-E-D! FIRED! FIRED! FIRED!" Madusa, of course, proceeded to kick Paul E.'s ass right off of the stage, even scaring away Vader, who would go on to become the company's resident monster heel, and Race, an 8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Madusa normally wore footwear in WCW but would normally discard it when it was time to wrestle.
  • Easy Come, Easy Go: Shockingly won the IWA Women's championship (Canadian/Japanese version) from Chigusa Nagayo only to lose it back in a day.
  • Femme Fatale: When it comes to her actual career, probably her best remembered role was part of The Dangerous Alliance.
  • Five Moves of Doom: She had a lot of moves but when she had taken a beating and was teasing a comeback Alundra Blayze's would usually kip out, three flashbacks/flying mat slams, missile drop kick, German suplex.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She has her own grooming/pet spa/doggy bakery in Lecanto, Florida called Koolkats and Hotdogs.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Usually after someone attempted a lateral press on her without hooking the leg. She would back bridge out of the pinfall and go back on the offensive.
  • Humiliating Wager
    • Madusa and Eddie Gilbert defeated Luna Vachon and Cactus Jack in a tag team hair versus hair match.
    • At WCW Hog Wild, Bull Nakano put her motorcycle on the line in a match against Madusa. Madusa destroyed it after winning.
  • I Know Karate: Before signing with All Japan Women's Wrestling, she took up training in Muay Thai, boxing and kickboxing. The result? When she got tired or frustrated with wrestling she could really lay down an ass kicking.
  • Impersonation Gambit: Not her, but Jobber Mike Thor at WCW Clash of the Champions XXI. She was scheduled to face Paul E. (w/Michael Hayes) in a "Battle of the Sexes" Exhibition Match. Before the match, Thor ran in dressed as her with his face disguised. Paul smashed the phone over "her" head, which was considered pretty shocking right there, until Paul and Hayes discovered it was Thor. Madusa herself then showed up to beat up Paul, including no-selling his one move, a flying axhandle, hitting a missile dropkick and ripping his pants off until the 5-minute time limit expired.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Meng defeated her in the tournament for the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Title on the October 25, 1999 Nitro. To be fair, he mostly just roared at her until she actually hurt him with a missile dropkick. Then he flipped out and put her in the Tongan Deathgrip.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Madusa's reaction to seeing Sherri Martel show up in WCW.
  • Omniglot: She speaks Japanese and recorded a music CD in the language.
  • Power Stable:
    • In the AWA
    • In WCW
      • The Dangerous Alliance w/Paul E. Dangerously, Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Barry Windham, Larry Zybysko, Bobby Eaton
      • Team Madness w/ Randy Savage, Miss Madness, Gorgeous George, Sid Vicious
  • Perky Female Minion
    • She replaced rival Sherri Martel as "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly's manager in the AWA At that time Madusa also managed the AWA World Heavyweight Champion Curt Hennig. Randy Savage brought her out of "retirement" to be part of Team Madness with Gorgeous George and Miss Madness/Mona.
    • Madusa would eventually get her own perky female minion in Nitro Girl Spice.
  • Precision F-Strike: At WCW Halloween Havoc 99, the beginning of the first Vince Russo regime, she walked out in a bikini to shill the new WCW cologne. She said "This is BULLSHIT!", poured it on Bobby Heenan and left.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Used Robert Palmer's "Simply Irresistible" in the AWA.
  • Signature Move:
    • When whipped into the ropes, she would often do a handspring over the top rope to the apron.
    • She would slide out of a lateral press pinfall attempt by doing a back bridge.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'10", which is tall enough to do the top rope headscissor pull off Trish Stratus became known for without putting her hands on the bottom ropes for aide.
  • Suplex Finisher: Ironically, she used the German Suplex despite being an Italian native and an all-American face.
  • Take That/Nice Job Breaking It, Heroine: Will be remembered not for her wrestling ability, but the time she threw the Women's belt in a trashcan on Nitronote , killing off the division until 1998. She proceeded to have a very slow-moving feud with manager Sonny Onoo and whichever wrestler he was managing (first Bull Nakano, then Akira Hokuto). This finally ended when she lost a Title vs Career match for the WCW Women's Championship to Hokuto in June 1997.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Especially in her last Survivor Series match.
  • Ur Example: First American wrestler to sign with All Japan Women's Pro Wrestling.
  • The Rival
    • Sherri Martel was Madusa's first big one and they faced each other in a few promotions. Madusa also faced Bull Nakano under a few different banners.
    • Missy Hyatt after Paul E. Dangerously fired her from the Dangerous Alliance.
  • The Vamp: Distracted Sting to set up Lex Luger attacking him.
  • Tournament Arc
    • Madusa won a tournament for the vacant AWA women's championship, defeating Candi Devine
    • Alundra Blayze won a tournament for the vacant WWF Women's title, pinning Heidi Lee Morgan.
  • Worked Shoot: She got a lot of flak from fans of AJ Lee for proclaiming the belt was hers because she never lost and challenging AJ come and face her for the right to wear it when WWE did a photo of AJ with the original belt. Normally you could forgive fans for getting worked up about that, Poe's Law and all, but from Madusa it should have been expected.