Thursday, March 5, 2015

Madusa "Blayzes" Her Way Into The WWE Hall Of Fame

We go over it every year. This person should go in, that person shouldn't. It's a never-ending argument with no basis on either side that ultimately results in one of the most memorable nights of the wrestling year. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the WWE Hall of Fame is fun. An industry that is based in entertainment should have an entertaining Hall of Fame. There are some wrestling Halls of Fame that look at drawing power and money made per wrestler and yet others that induct whoever is likely to show up for the ceremony. Regardless, the WWE Hall of Fame is the one that will always be looked at by the mainstream, regardless of politics

An interesting Class of 2015 is being assembled, including a posthumous "headline" induction for "Macho Man" Randy Savage. As of press time, the most recent announcement is the induction of Alundra "Madusa" Blayze. The former women's champion has been said to have been on speaking terms with WWE for a few years now, so her induction isn't quite as surprising as Bruno Sammartino or other stars who have been long estranged from WWE.

It's also no surprise that a certain moment was included in Blayze's Hall of Fame video package, that being the WCW Monday Nitro segment where the female grappler dropped the WWF Women's Championship into a trash can. The inclusion of that clip or of Blayze into the Hall of Fame itself should really shock no one. With their ownership of WCW and constant glorification of the "Monday Night War," WWE loves featuring and spotlighting an individual who starred in one of the most replayed moments of the era.

Madusa didn't do much headlining in WCW beyond the infamous belt drop, but she did have a storied career beforehand. A good female hand with a great look, Madusa competed in the AWA and Japan before becoming the WCW valet of Ravishing Rick Rude in 1991. The twosome was part of Paul (Heyman) E. Dangerously's "Dangerous Alliance" stable. Madusa eventually broke away from Heyman and left WCW shortly after.

In late 1993, the WWF revived their women's division with a tournament won by Madusa, now known as Alundra Blayze. Great matches were had with the likes of Luna Vachon, Heidi Lee Morgan, Bull Nakano, and Bertha Faye, but there just wasn't enough variation or time given to sustain a viable division. A little over two years later, the revival was over. Blayze, back to being Madusa, returned to WCW and made her famous Nitro appearance.

Following her wrestling career, Madusa made the successful transition to monster truck driver.  Her pink and white Madusa truck is featured at Monster Jam events worldwide and has been replicated as Hot Wheels toys of various sizes produced by Mattel. Now that Alundra Blayze is entering the Hall of Fame, perhaps that very same toy company will produce the first figure of the ladies legend? It's on my Hall of Fame figure wish list, for sure!

Alundra Blayze was actually the second wrestler that I ever met.  It was the night before SummerSlam 1995 (where she dropped the title to Faye) and a local Giant Eagle (Pittsburgh's favorite overpriced supermarket chain) was hosting an appearance featuring her and Diesel.  The line stretched through a service door and to the outside of the store. The line began to move, so everyone assumed that both champions were already inside. In the hallway inside of the service entrance, a woman put her hand on my mother's shoulder and said "Excuse me." Yep, apparently Alundra was a bit late. Even so, the women's champion seemed far happier to be there than "Big Daddy Cool."

Could that signing have featured two members of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015?  We're only a WWE Tweet away from finding out!

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