Chyna: A Wonderful Lady and ICON of Wrestling

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Chyna is gone way too soon.  She had been battling personal demons for many many years.  A lot of it had to do with her being let go from WWE due to reason we all know about. She even got involved in an abusive relationship with Sean “X-Pac” Waltman.  She was in and out of rehabs many of times and even was in ‘Celebrity Rehab’ and ‘The Surreal Life’.  The 9th Wonder of the World even did Playboy and adult film work and she even did regular films and TV series as well.  One of my personal favorites that she was in was her couple episodes on ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’.  She decided she needed a break from all this madness and cleaned herself out for good this time.  The former Intercontinental champion moved to Japan to teach english to Japanese Students.

While in Japan, it seemed like she was having a great life.  She was posting on Facebook and Twitter about her yoga and workouts. Liked to update us on the different smoothies she drinks.  She was living a good clean lifestyle finally and had peace. A few months ago, she decided to move back to the US in an effort to mend fences with WWE. She is truly worthy of the WWE Hall of Fame and I’m very sad she will never get to see her induction or give her speech.

Chyna is a ICON.  She is the greatest female wrestler of all time.  She brook all the barriers in wrestling. No woman could match her power and talent.  She was so dominating that WWE had to put her in the ring with men and she dominated them to. Chyna is one of a kind, great heart, fantastic person and legend. Two-time Intercontinental champion, former Women’s Champion, wrestled in both King of the Ring and Royal Rumble, and even worked in the Japanese Dojo. She has done it all. RIP Chyna Doll!

And not only has she impacted my life and inspired numerous female wrestlers around the world, but she touched the lives of many that she worked with. Check out the reactions to her passing from around the wrestling world:


Joanie, I’m so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP


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@Mexwarrior aka Chavo Guerrero jr

My heart goes out to the family & friends of @ChynaJoanLaurer Another one gone too soon. #RIPChyna

I’m sure Eddie is welcoming u into God’s Kingdom #RIPChyna #RIPEddie RT @maxthephotog: @mexwarrior @ChynaJoanLaurer



Happy to have met you, laugh with you and work with you. GOD BLESS. #RIPChyna @ChynaJoanLaurer



Shocked to hear the news about @ChynaJoanLaurer she was always so kind and such an important woman and pioneer to this business #RIPChyna ❤️



45 is just too damn young #RIPChyna



#RipChyna Thanks @ChynaJoanLaurer for not being afraid and being you,you opened up a door for us women! Was an honor to have met you..



Someone who didn’t get enough credit for what she did for women in wrestling. Sadly she will get that recognition now. RIP Chyna.



My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Joanie “Chyna” today. RIP Joanie.



Thank you Chyna 4 being a huge inspiration in my wrestling journey!You are a motivation to many & will leave a mark 4 powerful women! #wwe



Very sorry to hear of the passing of Joanie Laurer.Always lovely to be around.



The epitome of the word pioneer. Godspeed my fellow Kowalski alum Chyna. You reinvented what a female wrestler is. May you be at peace.



Saddened to hear of the passing of Chyna. My condolences to her family. Celebrate her life & the footprint she left on the world #RIPChyna



#RIPChyna #9thWonderOfTheWorld ??❤️



First woman to enter Royal Rumble, King of the Ring, and win #ICTitle. Will never be another Chyna. #RIPChyna



Never met @ChynaJoanLaurer but she was always Positive&Respectful 2Me. She definitely was a Force in @WWE  #RIPChyna



We are losing too many too fast and too soon. Very sad news @ChynaJoanLaurer #RIP



You broke a mold, paved your own path and left a lasting impression on our industry. Thank You @ChynaJoanLaurer #RIPChyna



Chyna was fearless to no man & a huge part of #womenswrestling her impact will never be forgotten. thoughts & prayers are with her family ?



So sad to hear about Chyna. #RIPChyna



So sad to hear the news of @ChynaJoanLaurer passing. #RIPChyna



#RIPChyna sad day for women’s wrestling. #9thWonderOfTheWorld



Just heard, so sad to learn of the passing of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer. Always was great to talk to & laugh with. #Legend #RIPChyna



Just woke up to the sad news about Chyna. Such a huge part of #womenswrestling and of my childhood. Very sad day. #9thWonderOfTheWorld



All I can say is that Chyna was always incredibly kind to me. I never forgot that. Life can be rough even to the strongest amongst us.

Death always has a way of putting things into perspective. And that perspective, it seems, can be hard to swallow. …

Life can be hard and incredibly cruel, to all of us, none are exempt. But it can also be beautiful. Hug your loved ones tight.

Tell them that you love them, let them know. In the end, that will be ALL that truly matters.



Tragic to hear about the passing of Chyna. A true pioneer. #RIPChyna



Shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors, broke gender barriers, she was an anomaly & untouchable. Rest now-ur legacy lives on #RIPChyna



#RIPChyna you made an everlasting impression on ALL of us. #LoveUJoanie



#RIPChyna I’ll never forget being glued to the tv on Monday nights waiting for your entrance. TY for paving the way ? @ChynaJoanLaurer



So sorry to hear the news of the passing of @ChynaJoanLaurer She was always a great friend of me and Ron. RIP



Such sad news today #RIPChyna #9thWonderOfTheWorld ?



My prayers go out to Joanie Laurer and her family. It’s very sad to hear this news. Chyna was revolutionary for women in wrestling.



@ChynaJoanLaurer May the peace you were seeking put you at rest my friend. So sorry for not seeing the pain @Mania. We’ve shared so much



A true pioneer for women’s wrestling, we will never forget @ChynaJoanLaurer. Thank u for paving the way for us. God bless you ? #RIPChyna



Devastated over Chyna passing,she dated Brutus years before wrestling,such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children,rip Joanie love u. HH


Chyna Lita


So tragic. My heart is heavy today reflecting on this amazing woman. #RIPChyna



Someone who wasn’t afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna



Rest easy baby girl! @ChynaJoanLaurer



R I P Chyna…



Today I pray that I cherish the time I have with family and friends. I pray that I let them know how much they mean to me. #OUDK #RIPChyna



Sad to hear that one of the people responsible for the women’s movement in wrestling has passed. #RIPChyna



This shot of Hibiki 30 is for Joanie. I hope you have peace.



Condolences to the family & friends of @ChynaJoanLaurer. Hopefully her troubled soul has found peace. …





@MizzHogan aka Brooke Hogan

Not even believing @ChynaJoanLaurer is gone. She’s graduating early…God must have needed an angel.



Very sad to hear about the passing of Joanie Laurer. My heart goes out to her family & friends of @ChynaJoanLaurer



Sad to hear the news about Chyna. R.I.P.


Chyna New Japan


We are sorry to hear of the passing of Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer, 45. NJPW sends its condolences to her family & friends



Chyna Tatanka


Sad to hear the news that Chyna has passed away. Our deepest sympathies to her family & friends. #RIP Chyna



Chyna Velvet


I always admired the great strength of Chyna and how she helped pave the way for women in wrestling. ???❤️#RIPCHYNA



You haven’t met a person but seeing how much they meant to the people you have & love makes it hurt too #RIPChyna You changed the business!



We are saddened to learn of the passing of Joanie “Chyna” Laurer. HYPERLINK “/hashtag/RIPChyna?src=hash”#RIPChyna



Chyna Zack Gowen


#RIPChyna thank you for the memories. God bless your family and loved ones, hope they find healing in Your arms



The 1st time I met Chyna I was so drunk that I slipped n grabbed her slammin her to the dance floor. We both laughed thank god.



I can’t believe ChynaJoanLaurer is gone. I’m grateful I was able to tell her how amazing she was to me. Broken heart”



Coming home from training tonight only to hear this . Rest easy my friend . Thank you for gracing the wwe



Ouch…. Heavy heart tonight! I literally got a pain in my tummy for this one. A true women’s wrestling idol!



Such a sad day. I will be staying off social media for a few days. This news broke my heart



I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna


Chyna and King


Glad I got to see Joanie recently and tell her in person how much I cared for her. She was a wonderful person. R.I.P



Chyna was key in paving the way 4 women in WWE. She is greatly loved & will b greatly missed! Thx 4 inspiring us women wrestlers! #RIPChyna



Sending strength and light to the family of Joanie Laurer (CHYNA). What a trailblazer in the world of the @WWE. #RIPChyna



Crushed to hear that Chyna has passed away. In WWE she was over at the highest level. Very funny, sweet, and bad ass. She was awesome. @WWE



So very sad to hear about the passing of @chynajoanlaurer Way too young. #RIP



Chyna and Shane


Very sad and tragic news about the passing of Chyna. A kind and funny lady. Her legacy will live forever. RIP Joanie



Still can’t believe that we lost a warrior in Chyna. My heart goes out to the family and friends in this time of need. #RIPChyna


chyna and lilian


So sorry to hear about Chyna passing. I was honored to work w such a talented women!#RIPChyna



Click here to listen to a video Bill Apter did for The 9th Wonder.  Thanks to

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