Madusa Miceli is coming to the Squared Circle Expo May 14-15 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is quite a coup for a lineup that already includes many legendary wrestling legends.
Debrah Ann Miceli was born in Milan, Italy, but rose to fame as in wrestling rings all over the world. Known mostly as Madusa Miceli, she wrestled as Alundra Blayze in the WWF.
Trained by Eddie Sharkey in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Madusa joined the American Wrestling Association in 1986. Her first feud was with Sherri Martel. Madusa would go on to beat Candi Devine in a tournament final for the vacant AWA Women's title in December 1987. She held that belt for almost a year before losing it to Wendi Richter.
During this time, Madusa also managed "Mr. Magnificent" Kevin Kelly and the AWA World Heavyweight Champion Curt Hennig Madusa and Hennig eventually joined the Diamond Exchange, a stable led by Diamond Dallas Page. In 1988, she was the first woman to be awarded Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Rookie of the Year. The next year, she signed with All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling, first foreign wrestler to do so.
In 1991, Madusa joined World Championship Wrestling as part of Paul E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance. After mostly serving as a valet to Rick Rude, Madusa was kicked out of the Dangerous Alliance. Madusa got revenge by beating Dangerously by count-out at the Clash of Champions XXII.
When Madusa signed with the WWF, Vince McMahon did not want to pay her for her trademarked name, no did he like acknowledging the pasts of wrestlers. Madusa was renamed Alundra Blayze.
In December 1993, she beat Heidi Lee Morgan for the vacant Women's title. She lost the title to Bull Nakano in November 1994, but won it back in April 1995 for her second reign. She lost the title to Bertha Faye in August 1995, but won it again in October 1995 for her third reign.
At the end of 1995, Madusa rejoined WCW and discarded the WWE title belt. Madusa never won the WCW Women's title, but did hold the WCW Cruiserweight title after beating Evan Karagias to become the first woman to hold that title. Madusa was also part of Randy Savage's Team Madness. Madusa also served as an instructor at WCW's Power Plant.
In 2015, she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame under the Alundra Blayze moniker. She returned with the WWE Women's title and proclaimed it was back where it belonged and she was champ. She later returned and beat Candice Michelle for the 24/7 title, a belt she eventually sold to Ted DiBiase. In 2017, the WWE Network released a documentary entitled "TrailBlayzer" detailing Miceli's careers in both wrestling and monster truck driving.
Madusa is just the latest guest announced for what is shaping up to be a fantastic lineup of wrestling legends.
The Squared Circle Expo promises to deliver a unique fan experience. Promoted as a " convention dedicated to the culture of professional wrestling and sports entertainment," the Squared Circle Expo takes the best elements of conventions and adds a few new ones to deliver a unique fan experience.
The two day event will include wrestling superstars, meet and greets, photo ops, special events, seminars, memorabilia vendors, Q&A panels and more. There will even be a live wrestling show on Saturday night. Along with Madusa, also appearing are Vickie Guerrero, Melina, Renee Michelle, Francine, Tay Conti, Dr. Britt Baker, Booker T, the Gunn Club (Billy, Austin and Colten Gunn), Chris Masters, JTG, Kane, the Headbangers, Dustin Rhodes, Jake Roberts, Darby Allin, Sammy Guevara, Charles Wright, Dan Severn, Duke Droese. The Boogeyman and the Highlanders. More legends will be announced as they are added.
Madusa Miceli and me in Indianapolis, IN-July 2018.