United States
5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
200 lb (91 kg)
Date of Birth
December 27, 1969


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Chyna, born Joan Marie Laurer on December 27, 1969, in Rochester, New York, is widely regarded as one of the pioneers for women in professional wrestling due to her groundbreaking role in the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE).

Career History and Evolution

Chyna began her wrestling career in 1997 in the WWF as the bodyguard for Triple H. Her imposing physique and unique persona immediately set her apart from other female performers. Chyna was a founding member of the influential D-Generation X (DX) stable, which also included Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
Chyna’s career evolved significantly in the late 1990s and early 2000s as she transitioned from a bodyguard role to an in-ring competitor against both female and male wrestlers, a rarity in professional wrestling.
After leaving the WWE in 2001, Chyna wrestled sporadically for various promotions and made several appearances in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). She also had a brief stint in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

Titles Won and Biggest Matches

Chyna’s most notable achievements include becoming the first and only woman to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship, a title she held three times. She was also a one-time WWF Women’s Champion.
Some of her biggest matches include her participation in the Royal Rumble matches in 1999 and 2000, making her the first woman to compete in the event. Her victory over Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy 1999 to win the Intercontinental Championship was a defining moment in her career.

Biggest Rivalries and Tag Team Partners

Chyna had memorable rivalries with several wrestlers, including Jeff Jarrett, Chris Jericho, and Ivory. Her storyline with Eddie Guerrero was also a highlight of her career.
While not traditionally a tag team wrestler, her associations in DX and her on-screen (and off-screen) relationship with Triple H made them an influential pairing in the Attitude Era.

Family Life

Chyna had a well-documented, tumultuous personal life. She had a long-term relationship with fellow wrestler Sean Waltman (X-Pac) and a previous relationship with Triple H. She did not have any children. Chyna sadly passed away on April 20, 2016.

Finishing Move, Clothing, and Entrance Music

Chyna’s finishing move was the “DDT,” a move that she performed with a great deal of strength and precision.
Chyna’s ring attire was often a combination of wrestling gear and street clothes, including black leather outfits that complemented her unique, powerful image.
Her entrance music in the WWE was the iconic D-Generation X theme, “Break It Down,” by The Chris Warren Band. As a singles competitor, she used a theme called “Who I Am.”


Chyna left an indelible legacy in professional wrestling. Her groundbreaking role in the WWF challenged gender norms in the industry and paved the way for future women wrestlers. Despite her personal struggles, her contributions to wrestling remain a key part of her legacy, with fans and fellow wrestlers advocating for her inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame.