Former WWF/WCW women's champion Madusa discusses the origin of her name, her first payday in wrestling, working with Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, and getting beat up by Sherri Martel for a year
The Swerve podcast with Madusa
Host: Vince Russo
Available at PyroandBallyhoo.com
Origins of her name: "I said, if I'm going to do this, I need to think of a name. I need to think of a name that's powerful, and if I'm going to Japan, and I'm going to make that happen, then I need a name that they can chant. It needs to be three syllables, it needs to be American, it needs to be strong, and one word: Madusa. M-A-D-U-S-A – MADE IN THE USA, baby! BOOM!"
Breaking into the business under Ed Sharkey: "For the first year, I worked in bars, and I did not get paid for one whole year. So I was using my savings to travel, to drive, to stay in hotels, to do whatever. And about the second or third year, I was still continuing to do this, and finally I got paid five dollars. Five dollars."
Working with Sherri Martel: "Sherri and I are having a match, and she looked at me and she said, "You just do what I say, Micelli." And this is right before the match in the dressing room, and I'm looking at her thinking, "Is she for freaking real?" So, we're out there, and she's beating my ass…we were wrestling and she beat the hell AND the crap out of me. I mean, she was just beating me up. So, finally I got back to the room and it was an adjoining room with two doors. I knocked on the door, and it was like a freaking elephant came running at the door, and it was still closed! She threw herself at the door and was like "Just shut your G*****n mouth, shut up and if I wanna talk to you, I'll talk to you. But I'm gonna beat the sh** out of you tonight, and I'm gonna beat the sh** out of you for every friggin' weekend I have you." And it was holy hell for a year of wrestling Sherri. But I had so much respect for her, I looked up to her, I kept my mouth shut and I took it."
Working with Curt Hennig: "I have learned that men in pro wrestling are very narcissistic. And even back then, in a good way, he was Mr Perfect. He really was. He was a joy to work with, and to watch that man and the mechanicals, and to watch his way of working, it was almost mysterious. He was amazing, and he was never short of cracking a joke. We got along very well, there wasn't anything but brother and sisterhood when I worked with him."
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