Madusa Miceli: WWE HOF 2015
November 3, 2014
I've been putting some thought into the WWE HOF and who would be good candidates for 2015. For me one of the most standout deserving candidates is Madusa Miceli. I've mentioned her name a few times in the past when asked who I thought should go in, but since I had a little free time I did some quick Google research and am even more convinced she needs to go in. Seeing that WWE generally includes a woman inductee each year, I think she should be an even bigger shoe in.
Miceli broke into wrestling in 1984 and retired when WCW shut down in early 2001. Over those 17 years she worked full time for a major wrestling company for 14 of those years. She was both a manager/valet, and a widely respected wrestler.
Her resume stacks up with the absolute best of the best, having succeeded in countless promotions in the US as well as in Japan.
AWA (1986-1989): Was both the AWA Women's Champion and manager of then AWA World Champion Curt Hennig.
All Japan Women (1989-1991): First non Japanese women to sign with the company. I believe she Main evented an all women's Tokyo Dome show in Japan as well.
LPWA: This was a short lived all women's promotion in the US, which Madusa worked for between Japan dates.
WCW (1991-1993): Primarily as a manager as part of the Dangerous Alliance managing Rick Rude.
WWF (1993-1995): As Alundra Blaze she was WWF Women's Champion and had some incredible matches most notably with Bull Nakano.
WCW (1996- 1997 & 1999-2001): Big part of the Monday Night War showing up on Nitro to throw the WWF Women's title in trash on live TV. Madusa was both a manager and a wrestler, grouped with Randy Savage as a manager/valet and wrestled both men and women during her time in WCW. She even held the WCW Cruiser Weight Title at one point. She later contributed as a trainer in the WCW Power Plant.
This is a resume unequaled by almost any other woman in the wrestling industry, and when you compare it to others already in the HOF, it becomes even more impressive. Before I get to the comparison let me first state that I am not trying to short change any of the women I am about to mention nor am I saying in any way shape or form that they do not deserve their spot in the HOF, I'm just saying that since they are deserving of HOF honours, certainly Madusa is as well.
There are currently 7 women in the WWE HOF: The Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Sherri Martel, Trish Stratus, Lita, Sunny, and Wendy Richter. Moolah and Mae are from a completely different generation and based off their later in life run in WWE have logged probably more years in wrestling than any other woman ever will, so let's set them aside in a class all their own, and look at the other 5.
Sherri Martel has the most extensive resume of the remaining 5 women. Sherri worked for the AWA, WWF, and WCW. She was in all three companies for multiple years and was both a tremendous manager and an in ring wrestler. She was more known as a manager than a wrestler and is widely considered one of the best women managers of all time. From what I could find she had a full time major league career that lasted approximately 12-15 year.
Trish Stratus worked exclusively for WWE and had a full time wrestling career that lasted 7 years. She started as a manager but quickly became a dominant in ring performer and is one of the most respected woman wrestlers going.
Lita worked in ECW and WWE and like Trish was both a valet and a respected in ring wrestler. Her run as part of Team Extreme during the attitude era was huge and made her a gigantic star. Her run alongside Edge was also big. Her full time big league career was 7-8 yrs long.
Sunny worked a few more places starting in SMW, before moving on to WWE, ECW and briefly WCW. She was more exclusively a manager but as Sunny in WWE was one of if not the first big time Diva star. Her full time big league career was approx. 6-7 years.
Wendy Richter had the shortest career of the women in the WWE HOF. I believe her entire career was only 6 or 7 years with only about 3 of those in a big league major promotion, with 1 yr in the AWA and a 2 yr run in WWE.
When you compare Madusa's 17 yr career (14 yrs in major promotions) to those already in the HOF, how can she not be a viable candidate? The only reason I can come up with to deny her, her spot in the WWE HOF is possible heat left over from her dumping the WWF Women's Title into the trash on WCW Nitro. While I can see that being a sore spot, WWE has since employed Eric Bischoff, the guy who hired her and made her do to it. Hulk Hogan has also been welcomed back into the fold and given his rightful spot in the HOF, and certainly his role in the Monday Night WAR against WWE was much more damaging than Madusa's.
Madusa Miceli was a major player in every promotion she's ever worked; she was a star in the AWA, WWE, & WCW in the US and a major star for All Japan Women in Japan. She was one of the first sex symbols in wrestling as a manager/valet, and a highly respected wrestler around the world. She deserves her place in the WWE HOF, for both her accomplishments and her longevity in this industry, here's hoping it happens in 2015.
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