Former WWE Intercontinental and Women’s Champion Chyna passes away at 45

Joan Laurer, better known to the WWE Universe as Chyna, the only woman ever to become Intercontinental Champion has been found dead at her apartment in California. She was 45.

It is unclear yet as to how the “Ninth Wonder of the World” passed away but police said there are no indications or signs that her death was the result of foul play.

Chyna became the first woman to enter at Royal Rumble match image: elitedaily.com

Chyna became the first woman to enter at Royal Rumble match
image: elitedaily.com

Chyna made her WWE debut in on 16 February 1997 as she emerged from the crowd to choke out Marlena at In Your House: Final Four during a match between Goldust and Triple H.

She became the bodyguard of Triple H helping him to win various matches and also became part of the original D-Generation X with Triple H and Shawn Michaels.

In 1999, she made history to become the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble match and would continue to break barriers at No Mercy 1999 when she defeated Jeff Jarrett to become the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship.

She engaged in bitter rivalries with Jeff Jarrett and Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental title before she aligned with Eddie Guerrero in the spring of 2000 and would win the Intercontinental Championship for a second time at SummerSlam.

She posed for Playboy in November 2000 and this was worked into a storyline with the Right to Censor which culminated at WrestleMania X-SEVEN when Chyna defeated Ivory to win the Women’s Championship for the first time.

Chyna’s last match would come at Judgement Day 2001 when she defeated Lita to retain the Women’s Championship but soon after she was taken off TV and was released from her contract in November.

Although Chyna’s tenure with the WWE was a short one, she will be remembered for breaking boundaries and inspiring many of the women’s wrestlers of today.


Following the news of her sudden death, WWE Superstars of past and present shared their memories of the Ninth Wonder of the World on social media.

 

 

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