WWE Hall of Famer Alundra Blayze (Madusa) recently did an interview with Ring The Belle to discuss her conversation with Vince McMahon backstage at the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame, the trashing of the WWF Women's Championship on WCW television, and the gender wage gap in pro-wrestling.
Below are some excerpts from the interview as well as the full video:
"When I was being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, I haven't seen Vince since 'that' time," Madusa 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 gonna say, All of a sudden I hear, 'Alundra!' I turn around and he's smiling. I walked up to him I hugged him and the first words are like 'I'm so sorry.' He said, '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 what we want.' So, I knew everything was okay because, look at what happened with the women's division."
Madusa went on to speak about the infamous trashing of the WWF Women's Championship on WCW Nitro.
"When I was coming over and [WWF cut the women's division], I was ready to kill it," Madusa admitted. "I was serious. If they're not gonna do anything with me, I need to say [WCW] is where the big girls play. So that was the idea. They were gonna want to bring women's wrestling and get the whole thing going, and again, it laid flat because we had a bunch of men in the damn back in their circle-jerking office booking the thing. And it just didn't happen. There were no women in that booking. I wanted to absolutely make a statement with women's wrestling there because it was well-deserved. I wanted to help pave the way."
Madusa then goes on to discuss the gender wage gap within professional wrestling.
"Don't even get me started when it comes to money in my industry and the women. That situation needs to come up more," Madusa said. "I understand it still is and always has been a male's business. But women have done WrestleMania top billing, pay-per-views, ladder matches. We got all that out there. 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."