After spending time in the Peace Corps, Joanie Laurer began training for a career in professional wrestling at WWE Hall of Famer Killer Kowalski’s school in Malden, Massachusetts. No one thought at the time they were witnessing the development of one of the most ground-breaking figures in the history of professional wrestling. Appearing under the name Chyna, she was first seen on WWE television jumping the barricade to help Hunter Hearst Helmsley and become the bodyguard for D-Generation X.
As she split away from the infamous stable her persona become more defined and her star grew brighter as she became the first-ever female to compete in the Royal Rumble. Inside the squared circle, Chyna became known as the “The 9th Wonder of The World.” She made history in 1999 at No Mercy when she defeated Jeff Jarrett to become the first female Intercontinental Champion in WWE history.
Her spotlight continued to grow as she was a presenter at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, appeared on the hit NBC show 3rd Rock from the Sun and released her own fitness video, Chyna Fitness: More than Meets the Eye. She made a splash as the cover girl of Playboy‘s November 2000 issue with a nude pictorial and broke all sales records previously held by the world-famous publication. In January 2001, her remarkable life story hit print as her autobiography, If They Only Knew, attacked the The New York Times Best Seller list. She fulfilled another conquest on April 1, 2001 when she defeated Ivory at WrestleMania X-7 to capture the Women’s Championship. A few months later, she hosted Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors.
Chyna has remained in the public eye after parting ways with WWE in November 2001. Though she would briefly resurface for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in May 2011 as an associate for fellow former WWE Superstar Kurt Angle, her days in the ring are largely behind her. However, the world will never forget her incredible contributions to sports-entertainment as a performer, pop-culture figure and a woman. In her prime, she was a dominant force who opened a new realm for female talent in WWE.
Chyna made her pornographic film debut in 2004 in 1 Night in China. She and fellow former WWE performer Sean Waltman approached Red Light District Video to distribute the homemade film. In 2009, the former WWE Diva starred in her second pornographic film, dubbed Another Night in China. In 2011, Chyna appeared in her first professional pornographic film for Vivid Entertainment, called Backdoor to Chyna. In May 2012, Vivid Entertainment released a pornographic film parody of The Avengers with Chyna starring as She-Hulk. She Hulk XXX, a spin-off film centered around the character was released on video in April 2013.
Chyna Talks Living In Exile In Japan, Misconceptions Of Herself, Kickstarter Campaign
June 9, 2015 – In her first interview since returning to the United States, former WWE Women’s and Intercontinental Champion Chyna appeared on The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast to discuss her Kickstarter campaign for The Reconstruction of Chyna, a documentary giving fans a look at how she plans on embarking on a journey to reclaim her life after living in exile in Japan.
Explaining the campaign, she says, “We wanted to do it on Kickstarter because it’s all about the fans. I am basically doing the movie with the fans and I want them to be a part of it and be a part of the movie. They are a part of my life story up to this point. That is the best way to do this and that is together. The fans can tell me more about my matches and the history that I didn’t know when it was actually happening and that is very cool.”
Highlights and audio from the interview are available here; she discusses living in Japan, the biggest misconceptions of herself and more.
Triple H Explains Why Chyna Will Likely Not Be Inducted Into The WWE Hall of Fame
February 3, 2015 – On the February 2, 2015 edition of the LIVE! Stone Cold Podcast with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin on the WWE Network, Paul “Triple H” Levesque explained why Chyna will likely not be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
After discussing the creative differences he has with Vince McMahon, WWE’s Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative was asked if Chyna, his former on-screen bodyguard, one-time real-life love interest and fellow D-Generation X alum, deserves to be enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Levesque starts his response by acknowledging Chyna’s contributions to the professional wrestling industry, saying she changed the business and therefore deserves a place in the WWE Hall of Fame. However, he also feels it’s a two-sided coin, and a tricky question to answer.
“Does she deserve to go in the WWE Hall of Fame, yes. Will she, that’s a tough situation,” Levesque said.
“You have this eight-year-old kid. He sees the Hall of Fame thing, and says, ‘Chyna, I don’t know who that is.’ So he goes and hops on the Internet, and I don’t have to go into everything, but what would pop up if searched? That’s the hard part.”
The WWE executive and part-time wrestler is alluding to Chyna’s pornographic past, where she starred in a handful of adult films over a period of time. That decision, however, could be more personal, due to Tammy “Sunny” Sytch posing nude prior to being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011. Though she wasn’t filmed having sex like Chyna, the former WWE Diva did pose nude in photographs and videos.
It looks like former WWE Women’s Champion Chyna isn’t making much headway in getting back into the wrestling game. She was scheduled to appear at Maryland Championship Wrestling’s Season’s Beatings event in Joppatowne, Maryland on Saturday night, but canceled at the last minute through her agent due to sickness.
Unfortunately we regret to inform you that Chyna will not be appearing at tonight’s Seasons Beatings event in Joppa, MD at the MCW Arena.
We were never informed that there were any issues and for the last couple of weeks Chyna has been tweeting on twitter and Posting on Facebook promoting the appearance and telling her fans how excited she was to be coming in to meet them.
Doing our due diligence as we always do to follow up when we have performers coming in to a show last night we checked her itinerary leading up to when she was supposed to board her flight in LA. The airline noted that the itinerary was cancelled by the passengers (one for her and one for her agent Anthony from Good Guy Entertainment).
Obviously we immediately started reaching out to her agent because no one informed us of the itinerary cancellation. We then received this text from Anthony:
“I know it’s late there. I was going to wait a bit longer before I reached out. I’m just arriving at the hospital with Chyna. It might be appendicitis. We got to the airport and she bellied over in pain. I had no choice. Once I know more I’ll let you know”
We were curious as to how he knew that “It might be appendicitis” because he is not a doctor and he never gave us clarity on that but obviously we were concerned for her health first we asked Anthony to keep us in the loop and let us know what was going on. While concerned for her health we also still had to think about our show and our fans. We pulled up other flights that would be able to still get her here and started looking at back up options.
We received no other responses to texts at all for just about 11 hours. We sent several texts to Anthony to check on her status and her condition because we saw that she was retweeting people on Twitter so we were to assume that would not be a priority of someone that was doubled over in pain in an emergency room at a hospital. Anthony did not respond to any of our texts throughout the night and into the morning.
Finally 11 hours later at about 10:30 this morning EST, time we received the following text from Anthony:
“Cannot tell you how sorry we are. But Chyna can’t make it. I know this is horrible news. Just got her home. She has a virus that they still can’t determine. Tests on Monday with her doctor but she is sick, like it’s a bad flu. Vomit, sharp abdominal pain. If you send me the 100 pieces, I’ll have her sign for free to make up for air fare you lost. She will tweet her disappointment that she couldn’t be there. I will try to grab a video message from her later today expressing her disappointment to show the fans. So sorry, our first cancellation”
That being said our focus had to immediately shift to doing whatever we could not to disappoint the fans that are coming out to the final show of 2015, Seasons Beatings tonight at the MCW Arena in Joppa, MD.
Former WWE Star Billy Gunn literally dropped everything at 11:30 this morning, cancelled plans tonight with his family, got on the phone with us and found an airline ticket that can get him from Orlando Florida to BWI in time for the show tonight, got off the phone with us, grabbed his things and headed to the airport and is now enroute to Baltimore. What a class act and we appreciate him doing this for our fans.
Also cancelling family plans for this evening and dropping everything they are doing is Former WWE Diva and MCW Women’s Champion Mickie James and her fiancé Former TNA World Champion Magnus who are also on their way to Seasons Beatings to take part in the pre-show meet and greet.
Chyna is celebrating her birthday on Sunday as she turns 45-years-old.