WWE Womens Wrestling Legend Chyna Passes Away
Laurer wrestled in the WWE when it was known as WWF and was one of the top womens wrestlers to come out of the attitude era. Billed as the “Ninth Wonder Of The World”, Chyna was the first woman to win the Intercontental Title, the first woman to enter the King Of The Ring tournament as well as wrestle in the Royal Rumble. Chyna holds victories over some top male wrestlers as Triple H, Chris Jericho, and Kurt Angle.
Laurer graduated college in 1992 from the University of Tampa with a degree in Spanish Literature. She had originally wanted to join the FBI or DEA. She would eventually join the Peace Corps and be sent to Guatemala.
Upon her return she eventually joined Killer Kowalski’s wrestling school. She met Triple H and Shawn Michaels in 1996, and was introduced to Vince McMahon who originally turned Laurer down thinking her character would be unbelievable (a female bodyguard beating up men). She had agreed to a deal with WCW and was set to be a member of the NWO when Killer informed Shane of this. WWE then immediately signed her. She became an original member of DX.
She also wrestled for short stints in New Japan and TNA.
She had a wild of screen life, appearing in 6 pornographic movies and appeared twice in Playboy. She has battled substance abuse problems and appeared on a season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. She will most be remembered as a trailblazer in woman’s wrestling.
WWE women’s wrestling legend Chyna has died at the age of 45.
The epitome of the word pioneer. Godspeed my fellow Kowalski alum Chyna. You reinvented what a female wrestler is. May you be at peace.
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) April 21, 2016