Photo Credits – WWE and Wikipedia
Typically having a defining moment in your career is absolutely a good thing but sometimes they overshadow your career and your accomplishments are forgotten because of it. What Madusa did on December 18, 1995 would define her career in many people’s eyes and not in a good way. However, before we get to that moment let’s take a look back on her career up to that point.
In 1984, Debrah Miceli, would take the name, Madusa and was trained by the legendary Eddie Sharkey. She began her career wrestling on the independent scene for as little as $5 a match in the Minneapolis area. Since she was the AWA territory, she caught their eye and in 1986 was signed and brought in. She soon began a feud with fellow future WWE HOFamer, Sensational Sherri. The AWA decided to crown their first Women’s champion in 1987 and Madusa would win the tournament and become champion.
She would eventually end up losing the title to future WWE HOFamer Wendi Richter and their feud would eventually lead to a match at the only AWA PPV, Superclash III. Wendi Richter (Women’s) and The Top Guns (Ricky Rice and Derrick Dukes) defeated Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) (Tag Team) and Madusa Miceli (with Diamond Dallas Page) in a match where the AWA Tag Team and Women’s Championships were on the line and Madusa was pinned by Richter. I’m not sure how this happened since she technically wasn’t a Rookie but she won the PWI’s Rookie of the Year in 1988.