Pro Wrestler / TV Personality

Born: 27 December 1970
Died: 20 April 2016
Birthplace: Rochester, New York
Best known as: Burly former female champion of the WWF

Name at birth: Joanie Laurer

Chyna was a female star of professional wrestling at the end of the 1990s, following closely in the footsteps of World Wrestling Federation trailblazer Sable. Chyna began with the WWF in 1997 as a "valet" in the scripted wrestling league, then moved up to full wrassler status. She made a name for herself as a scowling and extra-buxom powerhouse, winning the nickname "The Ninth Wonder of the World." She upped her profile by appearing on cover of Playboy magazine in November of 2000. Her autobiography, If They Only Knew, made the New York Times best-seller list in 2001. Chyna's career took a nosedive after she left the WWF in 2001, intent on becoming a star on her own. She didn't become a star, but stayed sporadically in the public eye. In 2004 she appeared in the VH1 reality series for former celebrities, The Surreal Life, and in 2007 she popped up to talk about her struggles with substance abuse in the reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. She wrestled one last time in the TNA Sacrifice pay-per-view match in 2011, and then starred in a series of adult films. She was found dead at her apartment in Redondo Beach, California on April 20th, 2016.
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Since the name Chyna was owned by the WWF itself, Laurer sometimes appeared under the name Chynna Doll after striking out on her own.

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