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Blackman wed to WCW star

By Mike Murphy, Post staff reporter

Monday and Thursday nights are special for Bengals offensive lineman Ken Blackman.

As a result of conflicting schedules, Blackman can never be sure how often he'll see his wife, Debrah.

However, on those two nights every week, Blackman can count on seeing Debrah - on television.

Debrah - more affectionately known as Madusa by millions of wrestling fans all over the country - can be seen every Monday and Thursday night on World Championship Wrestling's Monday Nitro and Thursday Night Thunder.

''Every time she's on, I make a valiant effort to watch her,'' Blackman said. ''It's fun to watch. It's neat to see her turn into a different character every week.''

Madusa, a 13-year wrestling veteran, began her career in the American Wrestling Association (1987-88) and has competed in the Japanese IWA (1989-91), the World Wrestling Federation (1994-95) and the WCW (1992-93; 1996-99).

Her impressive list of achievements includes winning the AWA women's title, the IWA world title and the WWF women's title. While a member of the WWF, she used the pseudonym Alundra Blayze.

Currently, she is part of a trio that accompanies wrestling legend Randy ''Macho Man'' Savage into the ring before each match. Her partners are Miss Madness and Gorgeous George.

Savage, whose real name is Randy Poffo, spent several years in the Reds minor league system.

Madusa's popularity has made her an Internet favorite. Information and pictures of Madusa can be found at www.wcw.com, www.wrestlingmuseum.com and www.madusa.com.

''She's one of the all-time greats,'' said Blackman. ''She's a real crowd pleaser, people always like her.''

Ken and Debrah met in June 1997 at a Marriott restaurant in Dayton, Ohio, following a WCW event.

Debrah, under the impression Ken had sent her a drink, introduced herself and thanked him for the gesture. Ken informed her that he didn't send her the drink.

Feeling rejected, Debrah returned to her table.

''I bombed,'' said Debrah. ''So, I told the bartender to send him a drink, and on a napkin I wrote, 'Would you like to come to Tampa'? He said yes, went with me, and the rest is history.''

Seven months later, on Feb. 14, 1998, the bruising football player and world class wrestler married in Jamaica.

''It didn't take too long after we met; we hit it right off,'' said Ken. ''It was love at first sight, almost like we knew each other. We complement each other so well.''

The Blackmans, who split time between residences in Cincinnati and Homosassas, Fla., also share a serious interest in Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Less than one year ago, they opened their own motorcycle shop - Spookee Custom Cycles. They have built motorcycles for several NFL players, including Kimo von Oelhoffen, Darnay Scott, Bradford Banta and Dan Wilkinson.

''We're both really into motorcycles,'' said Blackman. ''She's not afraid to get greasy.''

Blackman (6-foot-6, 320 pounds), who started 26 games at guard for the Bengals in 1996 and 1997, missed the second-half of the 1998 season after suffering a knee injury in the eighth week of the season.

According to Blackman, Debrah's support during his rehabilitation has helped.

''I've put a lot on her,'' said Blackman. ''It's a lot of hard work, and it's been tough. She's been very helpful, and she's always there to push me on those days when I don't feel like doing anything.''

Ken, who won't admit to many to being a hardcore wrestling fan, helps Debrah out as well in her career. He helps her pick out outfits and costumes for shows, critiques her moves and works out with her when the opportunity arises.

''He is a true in-the-closet wrestling fan,'' said Debrah. ''He chases me around our house and wrestles with me and throws me around. He even calls himself Big Papa Blackman.

''I've never met a man more supportive of my career in my life. He's really fun to be married to also. He's not just my husband, he's my best friend.''

The Blackmans hope the future holds for them Pro Bowls, championship belts and, possibly, even a few children.

Debrah, however, has plans for Ken whehis football days are over.

''I want to bring him into the ring and make him my tag-team partner,'' she said. ''We'd be champions.''

Publication date: 06-11-99

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