WWE Stars Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, More Comment on Death of Chyna
Yesterday, former WWE superstar Joanie Laurer, who wrestled as Chyna in the late 90s and early 2000s, was found dead in her Los Angeles home at the age of 45. Today, her former friends and colleagues, as well as those who admired her, are speaking out in tribute to the first female to hold the Intercontinental title.
In addition to current Women’s Champion Charlotte, and Attitude Era colleagues Mick Foley and Trish Stratus, the Twitter tributes include messages from current WWE executives Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Chyna was integral to Triple H’s initial ascent to prominence as part of D-Generation X in 1997, and although their later backstage romantic relationship didn’t work out, they had a lasting affect on one another’s careers during the Attitude Era. You can read Triple H’s comments, along with the comments of many other friends and colleagues of Chyna’s, by checking out the tweets below:
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
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 21, 2016
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
Shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors, broke gender barriers, she was an anomaly & untouchable. Rest now-ur legacy lives on #RIPChyna
— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) April 21, 2016
Joanie, I'm so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP https://t.co/pVV0KjbkFt
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 21, 2016
— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) April 21, 2016
Chyna was fearless to no man & a huge part of #womenswrestling her impact will never be forgotten. thoughts & prayers are with her family ????
— Charlotte (@MsCharlotteWWE) April 21, 2016
— Chavo Guerrero jr. (@mexwarrior) April 21, 2016
It’s still kind of hard to believe Chyna is really gone. It really doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since the last big wrestling boom, when Chyna was beating up dudes and winning male titles. Put simply, 45 is way too young for someone to die. Chyna will be missed, but her contributions are evident in the prominence of women on the roster today. Say what you will about her post-WWE choices, but she really was a trailblazer with her accomplishments.
For more on the death of Chyna, read the report on her tragic passing last night in Los Angeles.