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It’s not every day you see a WWE Hall of Famer and Monster Jam Champion in a Cedar Rapids bar.
But on Aug. 11, Debrah Ann Miceli, better known as Madusa, will be at North Point, 621 Center Point Rd. NE, as part of her Mother Trucking Wrestling Diaries Tour.
The tour is also a promotion for her biography, to be released in the spring of 2023.
The 58-year-old entertainer and athlete said she has wanted to write a book for the past few decades.
What: Madusa: Wrestling Diaries tour
Where: North Point, 621 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids
When: 6 p.m. Aug. 11, 2022
Tickets: $20 general admission, $35 meet-and-greet; etix.com/ticket/p/8964619/madusa-cedar-rapids-north-point- or at the door
“I’ve gathered notes and things from all of this stuff on the road, which has been crazy,” she told The Gazette. “Fast forward, I got approached by a publisher and I’ve been working for the last year. It’s in editing now and we just shot the cover. The plan is to have it come out the week of WrestleMania.”
But for now, she’s hitting the road once again as she has done throughout her career. This time, instead of stepping into the ring or racing a monster truck, she will share stories from her career in both sports and multiple wrestling promotions.
“First of all, I’m very excited,” she said. “I’ve had a very colorful career with two major entertainment companies. I never grew up wanting to be a wrestler. It just fell in my lap and being from Minnesota, I believe it was the water we drank there. I had a lot of talented colleagues from there.”
Madusa wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF)/World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), American Wrestling Association (AWA). And she wrestled in Japan, where she also became a music artist, scoring some hits in the country.
“They even made me sing and I had concerts and hits — and I can't sing worth (expletive),” she said.
One of her most famous wrestling moments came when she returned to the WCW after the WWF was having financial troubles and cut its women’s division, and Madusa threw her championship belt into the trash at an event.
“I put the title in the trash and all hell broke loose,” she said. “At that moment, I changed the trajectory of women’s wrestling. I never thought I’d get asked to be in the hall of fame.”
Now she has a Legends contract with the WWE and she’s been working with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) as a general manager.
“I love the NWA. It’s so rich in history,” she said.
After wrestling, Madusa started driving monster trucks, something she hadn’t even thought about doing before a contact person from her WCW days was working with Monster Jam and told her to try it out.
“He said, ‘You’re a gear head. You have dirt bikes and stuff. Come try it out,’ ” she said. “I test drove it for the first time and the next week, I was in a monster truck, entertaining thousands of people.”
Madusa last raced in 2020 in Australia at the beginning of the pandemic and hasn’t raced since, but she said she never says never in the monster truck world.
“The turning points for me were when I became Monster Jam World Champion twice in freestyle and racing and beating my teacher, Grave Digger’s Dennis Anderson. You couldn’t plan that better,” she said. “I’m competitive. ... I feel it wasn’t winning a championship in wrestling because I didn’t win (expletive). A company decided in a meeting to give me a championship. But when a company chooses a person, they are trusting you to lead the company, and I got chosen to do that in several companies, so those were big pinnacle turning points for me.”
Now, on top of still being involved in the world of wrestling and writing a book, she has another book planned, as well. She also will have a cosmetics line and has a life coach course called F.I.T. on her website.
“There's going to be another book coming out right after my biography, something in conjunction with the biography. It's not a biography but it will blow people’s minds. It’s something different,” she said. “We’re going to be dropping a tease soon.”
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