Last week, the world mourned the loss of WWF legend Chyna, real name Joan Marie Laurer, who was found dead at age 45 on April 20. She was a pioneer in women's wrestling and fought her way through the glass ceiling to compete with — and beat — several male world champions.
Although many fans deplored that she didn't get the ten-bell salute during Monday Night Raw, a tradition when a professional wrestler dies, WWE played a touching commemorative video.
Chyna, You Will Be Missed
The video highlights her biggest achievements and includes some of the heartbroken reactions to the news of her passing.
In 1999, she became the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble, the first woman to enter the King of the Ring tournament, and the first woman to win the Intercontinental Championship. She went on to hold the latter twice.
By then, she was already nicknamed the Ninth Wonder of the World. In a profile on impactful women in wrestling, the WWE said she was "leaving behind a lasting legacy as the most dominant female competitor of all time."
Her achievements are all the more impressive when you know that the WWF initially refused to have her join, but she put a foot in the door after meeting WWF champions Paul "Triple H" Levesque and Shawn Michaels, who brought her along as a bodyguard. She eventually left the WWF in 2001.
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