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Madusa
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Madusa circa 2012

Owner

FELD Entertainment, Live Nation, Clear Channel Entertainment, PACE Motorsports (truck), Debra Miceli (name)

Driver

Debra Miceli (a.k.a. Madusa)

Body Style

Ford F-150

Engine

540ci Merlin

Transmission

Coan 2-speed

Tires

BKT/66" Terra

Debut

1999

Discontinuation

2017

Theme song

"American Woman" by Lenny Kravitz

Madusa was a monster truck driven by Debra "Madusa" Miceli, and one of two wrestlers to actually drive their own monster truck (The other was Chad Fortune in WCW Nitro Machine, albeit only in several occasions). Other drivers included BJ Johnson (Adelaide 2014), Brianna Mahon, and Kim Crosby. It is also perhaps the most famous truck to be driven by a woman, and the only one to win a world championship. The truck is also known for its wild backflip attempts especially with Debra driving. Madusa has competed in World Finals 1-6, 10-15, 16 (Young Guns Shootout only), and 17.

History

In 1999, SFX Motorsports (now Feld) began building World Championship Wrestling-themed trucks. While most of the trucks were driven by hired veteran drivers, Miceli drove her own truck. This made the Madusa truck a fan favorite.

Miceli made it to the World Finals in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Then, in 2004, she tied with Maximum Destruction and El Toro Loco for the freestyle win at World Finals V.

She returned to the World Finals in 2005 and won the racing championship. After that she left Feld Motorsports. She signed with Bigfoot 4x4 and drove a truck known as "Bigfoot Madusa". She returned to Feld in 2009 to make her 7th appearance at the World Finals in Las Vegas.

In 2009, Kim Crosby drove the truck in Panama.

In 2010, she appeared in an encore with a body that was dedicated to Breast Cancer Research on the El Matador chassis, but broke a wheel off after going over her first hit.

In 2011, she debuted a new color, pink, for a year with the same body style from previous years, but in 2012 changed it to a Ford F-150 Pickup.

In 2014, BJ Johnson drove the Madusa truck in Adelaide, getting a racing win.

In 2015, Brianna Mahon drove a red-white-and blue Madusa for the Young Guns Shootout, as Miceli was not be able to compete in World Finals 16 due to her induction to the WWE Hall of Fame. The body was run to celebrate Madusa's 15th Anniversary of driving Monster Trucks, and was a throwback to the second Madusa body.

During first quarter in 2016 the truck was temporarily run as a Zombie. When Miceli suffered a driving related injury in late January a yellow Zombie body was be put on the truck and driven by various drivers for the next two months.

In 2016, Mahon covered again for Miceli at the Monster Jam World Finals as she had a driving related injury. She would also cover for the MetLife Stadium show that April as well. The truck then competed in a few European stops in the fall.

In 2017, the truck was supposed to have a chrome paint job, as a celebration of Miceli's final season prior to retirement. However, after an injury, she was unable to drive for the 2017 season and only made autograph appearances. The name was retired with Miceli's retirement.

World Finals Appearances

  • 2000 - Madusa
  • 2001 - Madusa
  • 2002 - Madusa
  • 2003 - Madusa
  • 2004 - Madusa (won freestyle)
  • 2005 - Madusa (won racing)
  • 2009 - Madusa
  • 2010 - Madusa
  • 2011 - Madusa
  • 2012 - Madusa
  • 2013 - Madusa
  • 2014 - Madusa
  • 2015 - Brianna Mahon (YGS)
  • 2016 - Brianna Mahon

Trivia

  • The name Madusa actually stands for "Made in the USA", while also being a play on the name "Medusa."
  • On the Breast Cancer Madusa body, Madusa stood for "Making A Difference in the USA".
  • Despite the truck being known for its backflips, Madusa wasn't actually the first female driver to successfully execute the stunt. Kaila Savage and Heart Breaker performed the stunt in 2011, while Madusa was able to successfully backflip in 2013.
  • Although the official Farewell Tour body was made, there was a special variant of the pink Madusa which was run exclusively in the European shows. A rare diecast toy was created with this decal.

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