Chyna - Wikipedia

Chyna – Wikipedia

American skilled wrestler, glamour mannequin, bodybuilder

Chyna[10] (born Joan Marie Laurer; December 27, 1969 – April 17, 2016) was an American skilled wrestler, glamour mannequin, creator, pornographic actress, bodybuilder and tv persona.

She first rose to prominence within the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1997, the place she was billed as “Ninth Wonder of the World” (André the Giant was already billed as eighth). A founding member of the steady D-Generation X because the promotion’s first feminine enforcer, she held the WWF Intercontinental Championship (the one feminine performer to take action) twice and the WWF Women’s Championship as soon as.[6] She was additionally the primary lady to take part within the Royal Rumble match and King of the Ring event, along with turning into primary contender to the WWF Championship.[11] With singles victories over a number of outstanding male wrestlers – together with multiple-time world champions Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Jeff Jarrett[12] – she left what WWE known as “a lasting legacy as the most dominant female competitor of all time”.[11] After leaving the WWF in 2001, she wrestled sporadically, with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) in 2002 and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2011. The latter was her ultimate look within the ring.

Outside of wrestling, Chyna appeared in Playboy journal twice, plus quite a few tv reveals and movies. She was thought of a intercourse image. In 2005, she was a forged member on VH1’s The Surreal Life, which led to a number of different superstar actuality appearances on the community, together with The Surreal Life: Fame Games in 2007 and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008. Chyna was additionally identified for her tumultuous relationship with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman, with whom she made a intercourse tape launched commercially in 2004 as 1 Night in China, which gained a 2006 AVN Award for Best-Selling Title. She starred in an additional 5 pornographic titles, together with AVN’s 2012 Best Celebrity Sex Tape, Backdoor to Chyna.

In 2019, Chyna was posthumously entered into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of D-Generation X, making her the primary lady to be inducted as part of a bunch or staff.[13]

Early life[edit]

Laurer was born in Rochester, New York, on December 27, 1969.[14][15] She had two older siblings: Kathy and Sonny.[16]

Her mother and father divorced when she was round 4 years previous. She had three stepfathers and one stepmother.[16] She mentioned her first stepfather threatened suicide at one level;[16] and her organic father, who as soon as by accident stabbed her mom within the thigh with a butcher knife, had an issue with alcoholism.[17] From 1973 to 1983, she, her siblings and her mom moved a number of instances.[17]

As a toddler, Laurer discovered to play violin and cello.[18] She later mentioned that in seventh grade she was sexually kissed by a a lot older trainer who labored at her college.[19] At 13, whereas attending Penfield High School, she started purging after she ate.[20] She left dwelling at 16 when her mom tried to drive her right into a drug rehabilitation facility, and lived together with her organic father.[21] That 12 months she started understanding, and since her belly muscle tissue have been so robust, she didn’t really feel any ache when she developed an ovarian tumor.[19] She completed her final 12 months of highschool in Spain.[22]

She attended the University of Tampa,[23] graduating in 1992 with a serious in Spanish literature.[24] She additionally studied French and German there (she may converse in both language[24]). She mentioned that in this time she was raped by two males after getting drunk at a celebration.[25] She was a member of the ROTC.[23] She initially wished to make use of her information of overseas languages to work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation or Drug Enforcement Administration.[24] She subsequently joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to Guatemala.[26]

After coming back from overseas, she held a number of jobs: a cocktail waitress in a strip membership, singer in a band, and a 900-number chat line employee.[27] In her mid-to-late 20s, whereas residing within the Florida Keys, she took a six-week class to coach as a flight attendant.[28] On the way in which to her first flight, she was in a automotive accident and spent 4 days within the hospital.[29] When she recovered, her sister Kathy helped her get a job promoting pagers; they each additionally labored as stomach dancers.[30]

After school, Laurer started to usually enter health competitions. In 1996, she competed within the New York City regional degree of the Fitness America competitors.[31] Because of her massive measurement in comparison with the opposite girls, she often completed in final place.[31]

Professional wrestling profession[edit]

Training and impartial circuit (1995–1997)[edit]

Laurer educated at Wladek “Killer” Kowalski’s skilled wrestling college in Malden, Massachusetts.[8] Her first match was in 1995 towards a male wrestler dressed as a girl.[9] While attending the varsity, she additionally labored for numerous impartial promotions as Joanie Lee.[32][33] Some of her earliest matches have been arrange by The Fabulous Moolah.[33][34]

Laurer met World Wrestling Federation (WWF) performers Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Shawn Michaels after knowledgeable wrestling present in 1996.[35][36] After watching tapes of her matches, they determined to deliver her into the WWF as a bodyguard.[35][36]Vince McMahon, proprietor of the WWF, initially didn’t need her to affix the corporate as a result of he didn’t imagine the viewers would discover a lady beating up males plausible.[36][37] While ready for the WWF’s determination, Laurer was approached by World Championship Wrestling (WCW), who wished her to be the only real feminine member of the New World Order.[38] She initially accepted the provide, however later turned it down when Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon’s son, knowledgeable her that she was about to be employed by the WWF.[38] However, Kowalski claimed that he bought Laurer employed by the WWF after introducing her to Shane McMahon and telling him of WCW’s curiosity in her.[39]

World Wrestling Federation (1997–2001)[edit]

D-Generation X (1997–1999)[edit]

Laurer made her WWF debut on February 16, 1997 at In Your House 13: Final Four; her character emerged as a plant from a ringside seat, choking Marlena whereas Goldust was within the ring with Triple H.[40] Her authentic function within the promotion was because the laconic enforcer/bodyguard for D-Generation X which was based by Shawn Michaels and Triple H. She usually helped them (then, a rising villain) cheat to win by bodily interfering in matches by executing her trademark low blow to the groin.[40] She was later given the ring identify “Chyna”, an deliberately ironic moniker; tremendous china is delicate and fragile, a pointy distinction to her character.[41] Offstage, nonetheless, the male wrestlers have been hesitant at first to let a girl be seen overpowering them.[42]

During her time in D-Generation X, she was put in a romantic storyline with Mark Henry, member of the rival steady Nation of Domination.[43] It began in August 1998 after The Rock ordered Henry to kiss Chyna to humiliate her, throughout which she fought again.[44] Henry would chase her romantically, finally threatening her with a storyline sexual harassment demand over considered one of her beatdowns if she did not go to a date with him.[45] Chyna accepted and finally reconciled with him, turning into his on-screen girlfriend and ally.[46] However, in January 1999 she revealed it was all a ruse to humiliate Henry.[47]

Per week after her storyline with Henry, Chyna was the thirtieth entrant within the Royal Rumble, turning into the primary lady ever to enter the eponymous match.[24] The day after it, she turned a villainess by betraying Triple H and aligning herself along with his enemies Vince McMahon and Kane.[36] She teamed with Kane on the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre pay-per-view towards former allies X-Pac and Triple H.[48] At WrestleMania XV, she turned on Kane in his match by attacking him with a chair, showing to rejoin DX.[36][49] Chyna and Triple H, nonetheless, turned towards DX later that night after they helped Shane McMahon defeat DX member X-Pac.[49] The duo turned a part of The Corporation and later Shane McMahon’s Corporate Ministry. Following the dissolution of the Corporate Ministry, the villainous Chyna remained at Triple H’s aspect.[36] They break up up later that 12 months.

Intercontinental Champion (1999–2000)[edit]

In June 1999, Chyna turned the primary lady to qualify for the King of the Ring event.[36] She was additionally the primary lady to be the primary contender for the WWF Championship, however misplaced the spot to Mankind earlier than Summer seasonSlam in August.[36] Later that 12 months, she turned a fan favourite once more throughout her lengthy feud with Jeff Jarrett. She challenged the British Bulldog to a match on the October 4, 1999 Raw, and defeated him.[50] At Unforgiven, she had a match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship towards Jarrett, which she misplaced.[51] She defeated Jarrett for the title at No Mercy in his final WWF match, a Good Housekeeping match on October 17, within the course of turning into the primary and solely lady to win the Intercontinental Championship.[52][53] She additionally gained the companies of his valet, Miss Kitty. Laurer claims that Jarrett demanded (and obtained) $300,000 from Vince McMahon to lose the title cleanly to a girl.[54] His contract had expired on October 16, and he was due to this fact not contractually obligated to seem on the pay-per-view.[55] If he had not appeared, the WWF would have been criticized for false promoting, and the title’s lineage would have been damaged.[56]

Chyna then feuded with Chris Jericho over the belt, defeating him at Survivor Series,[57] however dropping the title to him at Armageddon.[58] They confronted off once more in a match on the version of December 28 of SmackDown!, which ended controversially with each wrestlers pinning one another. As a outcome, then “head of authority” Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley declared them co-champions.[59] At the Royal Rumble, Jericho and Chyna defended the title towards Hardcore Holly in a Triple Threat match to find out the Intercontinental Champion, which Jericho gained.[60] Chyna’s “co-champions” reign is now not acknowledged by WWE and is now thought of a continuation of Jericho’s second Intercontinental reign.[61] Afterwards, Chyna briefly teamed with Jericho.

Eddie Guerrero and Women’s Champion (2000–2001)[edit]

Chyna standing and holding flowers in ring with Guerrero nearby

Not lengthy after dropping the Intercontinental title, Chyna turned the onscreen girlfriend of Eddie Guerrero. Originally villains, they turned fan favorites through the summer time of 2000, with Guerrero dubbing her his “Mamacita”.[62] They confronted Val Venis and then-rookie Trish Stratus in an intergender tag staff match at Summer seasonSlam with the Intercontinental Championship on the road.[63] Chyna gained the match, however misplaced the belt two weeks later to Guerrero in a Triple Threat match with Kurt Angle.[64] They formally break up in November 2000 after Chyna, in storyline, discovered Eddie cavorting within the bathe with two different girls.[65]

At the identical time, Chyna posed nude for Playboy journal’s November 2000 subject.[5] It was additionally labored right into a WWF storyline (primarily based, partially, on a real-life authorized feud between the WWF and the socially conservative Parents Television Council),[66] by which it drew the ire of the Right to Censor (a bunch of morally conservative wrestlers). Shortly after, Chyna started a feud with Ivory, a member of the Right to Censor, over the Women’s Championship. It culminated in a storyline on the Royal Rumble the place Chyna appeared to reinjure her neck whereas performing a handspring again elbow.[67] To persuade the viewers she was injured, shade commentator Jerry Lawler left the commentators’ sales space and entered the ring to examine on her situation, one thing he had not achieved because the in-ring accident that killed Owen Hart in 1999.[67] When she returned from the “injury”, she gained the Women’s Championship from Ivory at WrestleMania X-Seven in a squash match.[68] She additionally defended her title towards Lita at Judgment Day in 2001.[69] She quickly vacated the title, nonetheless, because it was her ultimate WWF match.

She left the WWF on November 30, 2001, a number of months after she had been taken off of tv.[70] Various accounts of her departure have circulated over time. Behind the scenes, her former real-life boyfriend Paul “Triple H” Levesque started a relationship with Stephanie McMahon; Chyna claimed the pair started seeing one another earlier than she and Levesque had damaged up.[71] In a 2002 interview with The Baltimore Sun, she indicated that the breakup with Levesque had nothing to do together with her leaving WWF and that she left to pursue an performing profession.[72]Jim Ross, then Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, stories that it was “mutually agreed” to let her WWF contract expire to ensure that her to discover different profession choices.[73] In a 2015 interview with Vince Russo, she mentioned that after a gathering with Vince McMahon concerning the Stephanie McMahon scenario, she was despatched dwelling and later obtained a fax telling her that she was not wanted anymore.[74] After her demise, her sister mentioned that in 2001 she was provided a brand new WWF contract with a minimal wage of $400,000 per 12 months and the potential for considerably greater earnings by way of merchandising and pay-per-view appearances, however she refused to signal a contract for lower than a base wage of $1 million per 12 months.[71] Ross later confirmed this account, characterizing the demand for $1 million per 12 months as “outrageous” and unrealistic, leaving WWF officers reluctant to barter together with her regardless of her fan reputation.[71]

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2002)[edit]

After the top of her WWF profession in 2001, Chyna made her solution to Japan in 2002 the place she had a comparatively temporary however productive stint with NJPW.Her first look was on the New Japan Thirtieth Anniversary Show, refereeing a bout between the Steiner Brothers and Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kensuke Sasaki.[70] In September and October 2002, she wrestled a number of matches for the promotion.[70] After dropping to Masahiro Chono on October 14, 2002, Laurer carried out her ultimate match on October 26, teaming with a pretend Great Muta performed by Troy Enders in a loss to Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kenzo Suzuki. Despite working with the most important names like Masahiro Chono and Hiroshi Tanahashi, Chyna couldn’t escape as a related participant for NJPW.[70]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2011)[edit]

During the May 3, 2011, tapings of the version of May 12 of Impact!, Chyna made her TNA debut, launched by the returning Spike TV community marketing consultant Mick Foley. He launched her as Kurt Angle’s enterprise affiliate (she had been beforehand known as his “Mistress”) and tag staff accomplice at Sacrifice, the place they’d face Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett. During the taping she additionally took half in a battle royal, from which she eradicated Jeff.[75][76][77] At Sacrifice on May 15, Chyna submitted Karen for the win within the blended tag staff match.[78] She left TNA shortly after making Sacrifice 2011 her ultimate wrestling match.

Adult movie profession[edit]

Laurer made her grownup movie debut with the 2004 video 1 Night in China. Laurer and Sean Waltman approached Red Light District Video to distribute the do-it-yourself video, which was launched in 2004. Laurer appeared in her second grownup video, Another Night in China in 2009. In 2011, she starred in her first skilled pornographic movie for Vivid Video, Backdoor to Chyna.[79] She additionally starred for Vivid as She-Hulk of their parody of The Avengers, launched in May 2012.[80] A by-product function centered on the She-Hulk character, She-Hulk XXX, was launched to video in April 2013.[81][82]

In considered one of her ultimate YouTube movies earlier than her demise, she mentioned that she’d had no ambitions to enter porn, however was “making lemonade out of lemons” after the video of her and X-Pac was launched “without her permission”.[83]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 1 Night in China Herself
2009 Another Night in China Herself
2011 Backdoor to Chyna Herself
2012 Avengers XXX: A Porn Parody She-Hulk
2012 Chyna is Queen of the Ring Herself
2013 She Hulk XXX: A Porn Parody She-Hulk

Awards[edit]

Other media[edit]

Playboy[edit]

Chyna seated at event desk, signing

Chyna autographing her Playboy subject in 2007

Laurer modeled nude for Playboy. A pictorial of her sister within the November 2000 subject.[5] In 2002, following her departure from the WWF, she appeared in a second nude pictorial.[84] She additionally filmed a Playboy grownup documentary, Joanie Laurer Nude: Wrestling Superstar to Warrior Princess, which adopted her on the set.[85]

Literature[edit]

In 2001, Laurer launched her autobiography, If They Only Knew. It frolicked on The New York Times bestseller listing.[86]

Television and movie[edit]

Laurer appeared on The Howard Stern Show in 2000, the place she claimed she “made [an ass] out of [her]self.”[87] She additionally appeared in third Rock from the Sun as Janice, a police officer who briefly dated Harry Solomon, and in a number of Stacker 2 commercials. She was a presenter on the MTV Video Music Awards.[88]

In 2001, she was a visitor on a particular superstar version of Fear Factor.[84] She misplaced within the ultimate spherical of the competitors to Coolio.[89] She supplied her voice for stop-motion animation renditions of herself in Celebrity Deathmatch and Gary & Mike. The subsequent 12 months, she was reportedly up for an element in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, however misplaced the function to Kristanna Loken.[90] She hosted of Robot Wars: Grand Champions in 2002,[72] and appeared on the superstar recreation present Hollywood Squares in 2003.[91]

Laurer appeared as Lulu in Sevendust’s music video for the track “Enemy” in 2003.[92]

In early 2005, she debuted on The Surreal Life with housemates Da Brat, Jane Wiedlin, Adrianne Curry, Christopher Knight, Marcus Schenkenberg and Verne Troyer.[93] On the present, she drank closely, appeared nude, and bought into an argument together with her ex, Sean Waltman.[93] She remained mates with Adrianne Curry after the present and made a short cameo on her actuality present My Fair Brady.[94] She additionally appeared on The Surreal Life: Fame Games, which started airing on VH1 in January 2007.[95] Filming occurred in April 2006 in Las Vegas.[96] She was eradicated from the present within the seventh episode.[97]

Also in 2006, Laurer appeared in Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy and Illegal Aliens, the latter of which was the final film that includes Anna Nicole Smith earlier than her demise.[96] On Cristina’s Court, a syndicated court-themed actuality present, Laurer appeared in an episode initially airing July 14, 2007 in a civil dispute towards a breeder of teacup chihuahuas. Judge Perez dominated in her favor and awarded her $4,000.[98]

Personal life[edit]

Laurer’s breast implants have been custom-made for her after her first implants have been ruptured throughout a wrestling match.[99] She had additionally complained to her plastic surgeon that their largest implants didn’t go well with her body as she desired.[99] The {custom} implants turned the mannequin for the Chyna 2000s, now marketed to large-framed girls and feminine bodybuilders.[89][99] Laurer claimed to have paid $6,000 for them.[18]

From 1996 till 2000, Laurer dated fellow wrestler Paul “Triple H” Levesque.[100] They initially hid their relationship from their co-workers as a result of she felt folks would possibly suppose she “[slept] her way to the top”.[101] They additionally lived collectively for a while.[4] There is a few debate as as to if Levesque began his relationship with Stephanie McMahon whereas nonetheless with Laurer. However, after Laurer’s demise, her sister Kathy Hamilton advised Bleacher Report that whereas Levesque “was very good to Joanie”, the couple disagreed about future household plans (Levesque wished youngsters and Laurer didn’t), and that Laurer’s addictions and psychological well being issues additionally contributed to their breakup.[71]

Beginning in 2003, Laurer had a tumultuous relationship with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman. They have been engaged for a interval in 2003,[102] then broke up, then turned engaged once more, a sample that continued for the following two years. In 2004, they made a intercourse tape. Eager for a repeat success, the corporate that launched Paris Hilton’s superstar intercourse tape obtained the footage, edited it, and launched it underneath the identify 1 Night in China.[103] It offered over 100,000 copies, with Laurer and Waltman incomes a share of the income.[103] Laurer, nonetheless, maintained that she didn’t earn any cash from the discharge.[96] In January 2005, she was arrested for home assault after allegedly beating Waltman.[102][104]

Chyna smiling at event wearing clear star necklace

On February 8, 2007, a visibly upset Laurer appeared on Larry King Live to discuss her pal, Anna Nicole Smith, who had died earlier that day. Laurer claimed that she “knew it was coming” due to how the media ridiculed Smith, and she or he drew parallels between the plight of Smith and herself. However, the spouse of the CEO of Trim Spa, Monique Goen, claimed that Smith didn’t take into account Laurer a pal.[105]

After leaving the WWF, Laurer was unable to make use of the identify “Chyna” due to its trademark.[89] She started utilizing the identify “Chynna Doll” for public appearances.[104] In November 2007, she legally modified her identify to Chyna.[10]

She additionally had issues with substance abuse. She claimed that her “life was spinning out of control” across the time she made the intercourse tape.[96] In January 2005, Waltman claimed that she was battling drug and alcohol habit, in addition to psychological sickness.[104] Days after the home dispute between Waltman and Laurer, it was reported within the New York Post that she had eliminated her garments and jumped right into a fish tank in a New York nightclub.[104] That month, she made one other look on The Howard Stern Show, the place she was described as “slurring her words, contradicting herself and launching into random tangents that were impossible to follow.”[104] On this system, she claimed to not wish to do medication anymore, however mentioned that if a line of cocaine was in entrance of her, she would do it.[104] After her look, she entered a facility specializing in despair restoration, and determined to cease ingesting.[96] In early 2008, she appeared on the VH1 actuality TV present Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, however claimed on the present that she didn’t take into account herself an addict.[106] On December 27, 2008, she was rushed to the hospital after her celebration, the place she was discovered unconscious with cuts on her arms.[107]

Laurer had a strained relationship together with her household. She final noticed her mom on the age of 16, and she or he claimed that her father was by no means in a position to recover from her determination to not pursue a profession in legislation enforcement with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.[4] She additionally alleged that her father took out a number of student loans in her identify with out her information, leaving her with $40,000 in debt.[16] On an episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008, Laurer claimed to have a foul relationship with all of her relations, together with her siblings.[108] In September 2010, Laurer was hospitalized after overdosing on sleeping treatment.[109] Laurer later re-established a great relationship together with her mom; her father died on May 15, 2014.[110]

In early 2012 till mid-2015, Laurer taught English in Japan.[111] She transformed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints whereas there.[112]

Laurer was shut mates with Vince Russo.[113]

On April 20, 2016, Laurer was discovered lifeless at her dwelling in Redondo Beach, California. She was 46. Her supervisor Anthony Anzaldo was involved when she didn’t publish updates or content material to her common social media shops for a number of days, and subsequently discovered her physique in her condo.[114] Initial police stories said that she appeared to have died of an unintended drug overdose or pure causes. Anzaldo urged that any overdose was unintended, claiming that she was pharmaceuticals however tended to make use of them improperly.[114]

Her mind was donated to science to check the consequences of continual traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).[115] However, the mind had decomposed to some extent the place it couldn’t be definitively decided whether or not Laurer had CTE.[116] A memorial service was held in Los Angeles on June 22, 2016. Among the attendees have been wrestlers Melina Perez,[117]Rob Van Dam, Sean Waltman and Johnny Mantell; actors C. Thomas Howell and Barry Williams, together with Dennis Hof, proprietor of the Bunny Ranch; and singers Coolio and Baby Bash, who additionally carried out through the memorial.[118][119] Chyna was cremated[120] and her ashes have been scattered into the Pacific Ocean.[2][121]

A report of her post-mortem was launched in December 2016 which decided that she died on April 17 of an overdose of alcohol, mixed with the nervousness medication diazepam and nordazepam, painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone, and sleeping support, temazepam.[114][122][123]

Numerous commentators have credited Chyna as being influential to girls’s wrestling and one of many greatest stars of WWF’s Attitude Era.[124][125][126][127] Referring to her to commentator and former WWE official Jim Ross mentioned, “the distinctive athlete was to WWE what Ronda Rousey has been to UFC”,[73] whereas E! News mentioned that she achieved extra in her near-decade profession than any lady ever had.[127] Others praised her as a feminist icon who defied gender norms;[128][129] Dawn Heinecken, a professor of girls’s and gender research on the University of Louisville, wrote in 2004 that “She was demonized as a feminist who challenged male dominance … Her latest, and most popular incarnation was that of a sex symbol”.[125] She was the primary lady to compete within the Royal Rumble match and is the one lady to have held the WWE Intercontinental Championship.[124] Luke Winkie of Sports Illustrated listed her because the 79th best wrestler of all time.[130]Beth Phoenix credit her with “breaking down doors” within the trade, and impartial wrestler Kimber Lee credit Chyna as her motivation for coming into wrestling.[124][131]

[She] completely, undoubtedly deserves to be in there. It’d be robust to select a feminine that was extra impactful on the enterprise. She did one thing that was fully so out of left subject that it wasn’t even being thought of once we first introduced it up for her to return in. … it wasn’t a simple factor, and towards all odds she did all of that. She earned everyone’s belief. She gained over the followers. She gained over the boys. She did all of it.

Paul Levesque on Chyna’s Hall of Fame induction.[132]

The day following her demise, a publish on WWE.com expressed disappointment about it[133] and featured a video of her successful the Women’s Championship.[134] After years with out acknowledging Laurer, WWE performed a posthumous tribute video on the April 25 episode of Raw.[135] A brief memorial article was additionally printed on Howard Stern’s official web site, lamenting her demise and describing her as “fan favorite [with a] great sense of humor about herself.”[136]

Columnist Mike Mooneyham of The Post and Courier said that it’s “an oft-asked question” as to when Chyna can be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.[126] Jim Ross mentioned that Chyna had an “overwhelming desire” to be inducted throughout her lifetime.[73] On February 9, 2015, throughout a WWE Network podcast with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Paul Levesque talked about that Chyna deserved to be within the Hall of Fame however that her profession in pornography prohibited it.[125] In interviews shortly after her demise, Levesque mentioned that she “definitely warranted” a spot within the Hall of Fame and Stephanie McMahon mentioned she was positive Chyna could be inducted however didn’t know what 12 months it might occur.[137][138]

Chyna was introduced as an inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2019 on February 18, 2019, as a part of D-Generation X. Levesque spoke to ESPN of the “complexities” he talked about on the 2015 Austin podcast, however after describing her in-ring accomplishments he mentioned she “100 percent deserves” the honour. Although she is being inducted as a part of a bunch, Levesque mentioned that she deserved to be inducted a second time as nicely for her particular person profession.[132] Shawn Michaels additionally endorsed the thought of her being inducted a second time, stating: “Of all the people in this group, and D-Generation X as a whole is deserving, but I don’t think there’s anybody that would argue that [Chyna] is not the most deserving of [an induction].”[139]

Posthumous documentary[edit]

On April 20, 2017, a trailer was launched for Wrestling with Chyna, a particular documentary that includes Chyna’s life from virtually her very starting, to after she left the wrestling enterprise, to her final days of life.[140] On June 16, 2021, Vice TV aired the documentary with unique interviews from family and friends members and her supervisor Anthony Anzaldo.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Beyond the Mat Herself
2000 Chyna Fitness: More Than Meets the Eye Herself
2001 Alien Fury: Countdown to Invasion Ava Zurich
On the Line One of Rod’s dates
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I. Freeda
Joanie Laurer Warrior Princess Herself
2003 Hunter: Back in Force Brandy Rose
Romp (brief) Lulu
2005 101 Reasons Not to Be a Pro Wrestler Herself
2006 Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy Roxanne
2007 Illegal Aliens Rex
Cougar Club Teddy Archibald
2011 Losing Control Barb
2012 A Night on the Silent Movie Theater Sexy Drummer
2013 White T Psychic

Video Games[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See additionally[edit]

References[edit]

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