Thursday, April 21, 2016

Thoughts on Chyna

In Memory Of Joanie 'Chyna' Lauer, 1970 - 2016
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A little while ago ago I saw that Joanie Lauer, known to pro wrestling (as well as Adult Entertainment fans) as Chyna passed away at the age of 45... according to TMZ, her death is related to an overdose of some kind... which while tragic.... sadly, does not come to a shock to those who have followed her career post WWE.

Like most fans, I first saw her when she appeared on Monday Night RAW in 1997, grabbing and flinging Terri Runnels around like a rag doll. Because of her build, being extremely muscular, fans bought her perfectly as a bodyguard for Triple H. Like with Sable, I think if she was kept in that role, she really could've expanded on it with limited in ring action but for different reasons. She was too powerful to compete with the women (as seen in her final months with the WWE in 2001 when she was placed in the Women's Division), and the selling point with her was she looked like she could kick a guys ass, so when she interfered in a match, it was believable, but when she started having matches on a regular basis with the guys... the results weren't pretty.

Still she was a trail blazer, appearing in the 1999 and 2000 Royal Rumble events, winning the Intercontinental title a few times and also having a reign as Women's Champion. It is in fact that reign that basically symbolizes the end of the 'Attitude Era'. Also she had some rather, interesting post-WWE highlights, appearing on the Surreal Life and basically giving Vivid the perfect She-Hulk.

And without question, she should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame next year in Orlando

Condolences to her friends and family.

If you have your thoughts on Chyna, leave them in the comments section below

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