Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Rest in Peace, Joanie "Chyna" Laurer

WWE legend Joanie "Chyna" Laurer has passed away at age 45.

Ms. Laurer was born in Rochester, New York and became interested in body building at a young age. She quickly caught the attention of the WWE, but was originally rejected by Vince McMahon, who felt it would not be believable for a woman to beat up men. When the rival WCW became interested in her, Vince's son was finally able to convince his father to give her a shot and she became an instant superstar.

Wrestler "Chyna Doll" reigned over the WWE, attracting viewers and spectators who quickly became her fans. Her transition to a regular acting career, however, was not smooth and she ended up becoming a reality show oddity. She fully retired from wrestling in 2011 and had seemingly coasted into a graceful retirement. Many people felt that she deserved to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, though she was rejected due to her unfortunate dalliance in pornography. The WWE allegedly felt she was too controversial to receive the honor.

Ms. Laurer was a trailblazing legend who will be missed by her fans from around the world.