The news of the tragic death of Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna, was a news story that hit millions around the world. The WWE Universe and Superstars were devastated by the news and many took to twitter to express their grief. Some Superstars surprised us with their kind words, with Stephanie McMahon tweeting, "She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed." Triple H tweeted some cordial words as well. Knowing the history these two had with Chyna made their tweets shocking, but we will get into that a little later.
With all that is being said on social media, one big question is being asked, will Chyna be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?
Triple H has said before in an interview with Stone Cold Steve Austin that though he believes Chyna has the credentials to be entered, her life choices has made it hard for the WWE to induct her. He mentioned that children may look her up on the internet if she was inducted and see things a child should not be seeing. And let's face it, children do make up a big percentage of the WWE fanbase.
Should a WWE Superstar's induction be judged upon their personal life choices? Well it certainly depends on what those choices are. For instance, Chris Benoit's choice to brutalize his family should ultimately keep him out of the Hall of Fame forever. Though there are others in the Hall of Fame that made a few less severe, of their own bad choices, Chyna's choices pretty much defined her career after the WWE and may have also led to her untimely death.
Below are the top 12 reasons Chyna does not deserve to be inducted. Please feel free to leave a comment or use social media to tell us whether you agree or not.
12 She Has Blasted WWE For Over A Decade
Prior to her death, Chyna was in the midst of a full on WWE smear campaign. She claimed on Vince Russo's podcast that Triple H had assaulted her multiple times, a claim that was immediately refuted by WWE. Additionally, Chyna was in the middle of filming a documentary about her "reconstruction", where she attempted to have fans and celebrities send WWE messages on her behalf. The most notable video she released for the documentary, featured the WWE offices refusing to take her call; not a good look for WWE.
11 The Ship Has Sailed
The WWE could have easily inducted Chyna into the Hall of Fame in any of the past 12 years since they've made the induction ceremony an annual event, but they didn't. So now, all of a sudden, a tragedy changes their mind? It just doesn't seem like the right reason to induct somebody, whether you believe she belongs or not. Stone Cold had some strong opinions on the subject:
"I don't think it will ever be right because she didn't go into the [WWE] Hall Of Fame while she was alive, living and breathing with us. And I thought she earned the right to be in the Hall Of Fame and to put her in there posthumously, if I'm saying that word correctly, man, it's just not good enough.
Even if you thought she belonged before her death, it seems like it's too late and would reek of a PR move on WWE's behalf.
10 She Had No Business Being Women's Champion
Chyna had won the Women's Championship from Ivory at WrestleMania X-7. Before her feud with Ivory, she fought Eddie Guerrero and Kurt Angle for the Intercontinental Championship. It seems a little unfair for someone who was on the same level as a man, who would fight and win against some of the best men wrestlers in the business, like Triple H, Angle, and Chris Jericho, to be then contending with the women.
9 She Was A Heavy (And Public) Drug User
Unfortunately, drug use is not uncommon in the WWE. Many wrestlers have died of accidental overdoses. Though it has not been confirmed yet, it is speculated that this was the cause of Chyna's death. Friends say they were planning an intervention for her days prior to her death. It was said that she was overusing prescription Ambien and a generic form of Valium. Years before this, she appeared on The Howard Stern Show and appeared to be "drugged out." She even admitted that if there was a line of cocaine in front of her, she would not be able to resist.
8 Backstage Drama
Though it may not have been her fault, the former Intercontinental Champion found herself in a love triangle behind the scenes. She was in a relationship with Triple H and said there was talk of marriage, before she found out he was having an affair with the boss' daughter, Stephanie McMahon. Chyna said that she had her suspicions about the affair, and while confronting Triple H about it but denied it when pressed. While we don't know specifics, we do know that Chyna was fired shortly after the power couple became offical. Whatever had happened, the drama will keep her out of the HOF.
7 No One Knows The Real Story Of Her Departure
There are always two sides of the story. Chyna claims that during a meeting Vince McMahon in regards to the affair Triple H was having with Stephanie, the chairman said they would rewrite her contract. She later declared that she received a fax from the company stating the WWE no longer needed her services; Jim Ross tells a different story. According to Ross, Chyna had left voluntarily for personal reasons, and it wasn't an office decision at all. She denies this and is sticking with her story, which has caused tension between her and the front office for over a decade.
6 She Is Overrated
Okay, yes, she was the only woman who won the Intercontinental Championship, the first to enter the Royal Rumble, and was in running for the World Heavyweight Championship, but she was boring. The novelty of her being a woman among men grew old, hence the WWE put her in the women's division. Her matches then were dull because they were one sided. For instance, when defending her Women's Championship against Trish Stratus, she massacred her and ended the match in less than two minutes. Chyna may have had the strength, but she lacked charisma and the persona to be a Hall of Famer.
5 Arrested For Domestic Abuse
On January 1, 2005, Joanie Laurer was arrested for domestic abuse against her soon to be ex-boyfriend, Sean Waltman. According to Waltman, aka X-Pac, "She assaulted me struck me in the head and face countless times after getting back from the Playboy mansion...She showed no remorse." Apparently, there were witnesses to the abuse. Two of those witnesses turned out to be his children. The WWE has a strict policy when it comes to domestic abuse, calling for the termination of a superstar upon conviction.
4 Her Film Career
Many already know Chyna posed nude for Playboy on more than one occasion, but her business in adult entertainment did not stop there. She signed a deal with Vivid Video in 2011, and would later play She-Hulk in a pornographic parody of The Avengers and in the sequel, She-Hulk XXX. According to, Steve Hirsch, founder of Vivid, Chyna had a scheduled meeting with him to discuss doing more films. Apparently, she was a big hit because her movies sold very well, and her going back for more movies would have only created a bigger divide between her and WWE
3 Her Tape With X-Pac
So the former WWE superstar joins Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, and Kim Kardashian as a celebrity who released private video of herself in sexual situations. Her sex tape, involving Sean Waltman, was released in 2004 and was titled One Night in China. The title was a spoof off of Paris Hilton's sex tape, One Night in Paris. The video shows some raunchy bed footage of the two in China. There was some controversy over the release, as Chyna claims though she agreed to the release, she never signed the deal. X-Pac says differently and states that she received $100,000 for it. Whatever the problem was, a sequel was released in 2009 so she could not have been that upset.
2 She Was An Escort
Now escorts are not allowed to promise sex, what they do on their date is strictly between them and the client, but many know what happens behind closed doors. Chyna was advertised as a Los Angeles escort and her rates were not cheap. Apparently if someone wanted a whole day with her, they would be forking up $10,000. What she does behind closed doors is none of our business, but when it is advertised, it then becomes other people's business. Though her ads are no longer available, if you Google her name and the world "escort", you can still find reviews and rates.
With all that is stated above, and what was said by Triple H before, Chyna cannot have a place in the Hall of Fame. If the WWE did cave at this point, an induction would strictly be out of pity and/or PR because of her death. No one wants to be pitied and no one should be given special treatment because of it. Yes, her death was surprising and tragic, but this does not grant her the most prestigious honor in the WWE. Chyna made her own choices, and these choices should keep her out of the Hall of Fame, nothing should change that.
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