Chyna was one of the most-recognized individuals from the “Attitude Era” that changed the face of professional wrestling in the 1990s. Unlike the majority of the women who made up what became the Divas Division in the World Wrestling Federation, Chyna was a bodybuilder who could hold her own in the ring versus male wrestlers. While Chyna's run in World Wrestling Entertainment ended in a way she probably could not have envisioned at the time, she remained in headlines over the years because of her involvement in reality television programs. After it was clear that no return to the WWE was in the cards, Chyna starred in multiple adult movies.
Chyna was not shy during interviews as it pertained to talking about her problems with substance abuse. During a subscriber-only podcast on the Wrestling Observer website that was uploaded only hours after it was learned that Chyna had passed away on April 20, 2016, wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer spoke about how Chyna's personal problems had continued up through the spring of 2016. We now know, of course, that the Chyna story had a tragic and unfortunate end, and Chyna will go down as one of far too many individuals associated with the pro wrestling industry who left us far too soon.
15 She Had A Rough Childhood
14 She Earned A Degree In Spanish Literature
13 She Had Many Pre-Wrestling Jobs
12 She Was Trained By The Same Man As Triple H
11 WCW Wanted Her
10 The Name
9 She Had A Lot of Firsts
8 D-X Versus NWO
7 Chyna's Rise Was Helped By Triple H
6 Jeff Jarrett Was Paid To Lose His Title To Her
5 Her Turbulent Departure From WWE
4 She Signed With New Japan Pro Wrestling
3 She Signed With Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
2 Accusations of Abuse Against Triple H
1 Her Hall of Fame Induction Is Unlikely
It will be interesting to see how the WWE handles any future mentions of Chyna. While speaking with Steve Austin in February 2015 for a WWE Network special, Triple H hinted that Chyna would not be in the WWE Hall of Fame because of what kids may find if they were to search her name on the Internet. Chyna starred in multiple adult films following her wrestling career, and at least one of those involved parodies of well-known wrestlers. Chyna was also critical of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon during certain interviews. Chyna will never know the joy of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and that is a shame. She was an important figure during the “Attitude Era,” and wrestling fans everywhere should be thankful for what she gave the WWE during her time with the company.
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