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It’s been nearly two weeks since Alundra Blayze was inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame and delivered an incredible speech, highlights of which included a tribute to the troops and the return of the Women’s Championship belt that Blayze threw in the trash.
Fellow WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley recently posted on his Facebook page to praise Blayze’s speech and her way of finding closure in a moment that has overshadowed her entire career:
Ten days after the fact, I not only feel as if Madusa gave one of the best speeches, but one of the most important as well. Hopefully, at this point, some of you out there are jumping to my defense, saying “but what about your Hall of Fame speech Mick?” I know alot of you enjoyed my speech two years ago, and I enjoyed giving it. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed a great number of HOF speeches, from Bret Hart’s to Ric Flair’s to Jake Roberts to Butch and Luke….whoa, yay! But for me, like so many others, the Hall of Fame speech was about finding closure, expressing appreciation, and entertaining.
Madusa’s did more. From my perspective, she did find closure – urging some WWE loyalists and old-schoolers who hadn’t quite forgiven her for dumping the WWE Women’s title in the trash (yeah, I’m including myself in that group) to let go of the past, while simultaneously opening up a can of figurative whoop-ass and challenging its future. For me, the speech was a landmark event – a turning point from which the term “Diva” suddenly seemed worn and a little insulting. “Diva” was a great marketing idea that feels in 2015, like its outlived its usefulness.
LET’S MAKE 2015 THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN! WWE has lost one of its most unique and valuable assets with the retirement of AJ Lee. But anyone who has seen the recent WWE NXT product knows there are women bursting at the seam of progress – ready to become the next AJ, the next Paige, the new Natalya. LET’S CREATE A WOMEN’S DIVISION! LET’S MAKE 2015 THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN!
Perhaps Madusa can be their GM.
Foley has often used his Facebook page to post supportive messages in favor of women’s wrestling and he continues the trend with this incredible review of the importance of Blayze’s speech.
You can read Foley’s full post on his Facebook page