Today, Madusa sat down with DS Shin from Ring the Belle to talk about her top five career highlights as voted her fans. During the interview, she spoke about her return to WWE and the evolution of women’s wrestling.
First, she shared a story about seeing Vince McMahon for the first time in 20 years.
“When I was being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, I haven’t seen Vince since ‘that’ time,” she said. “I’m standing at the podium with my hair in rollers, no makeup, haven’t seen Vince. And I’m practicing what I’m going say, all of a sudden, I hear, ‘Alundra.’ I turn around and he’s smiling. And I said, ‘Sir, this is amazing. Thank you so much.’”
“The first thing that crossed my mind was the belt incident, of course. So, I walked up to him I hugged him, and the first words are like ‘I’m sorry.’ After that, he says, ‘you are the woman that we want to bring back to kickstart the women’s division again and you’re the style, you’re the type, you’re the kind. You’re the one we want.’ So, I knew everything was okay because look at what happened with the women’s division.“
Madusa went on to acknowledge that “Every single woman has their place. Every single era has its place.” Although she brought women’s wrestling to the next level, she also conceded there is still a lot of work to do.
“Don’t even get me started when it comes to money in my industry and the women,” she said. “That situation needs to come up more. I understand it still is and always has been a male’s business. Now, there are more and more women. Now, a woman has done WrestleMania top billing, pay-per-views, ladder matches. We got all that out there. Ok. Put it in my paycheck! There’s always room for a change, there’s always room for being better and getting better. I just would like women to, not only get paid better, but there’s still a fight, absolutely.”
Finally, she revealed she was coming off two knee surgeries when she returned for WWE Evolution. She still performed well, so who would’ve guessed.
“You know why I went out like that,” Madusa said. “I just want to tell everybody that there’s a lot of things that people don’t know. In that match, I was only seven months post-surgery at a double knee replacement. Nobody knew that.”
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