Last Thursday (December 27) was the birthday of Joanie Laurer, known as Chyna to the WWE Universe.
Chyna, also known as the Ninth Wonder of The World, was a stalwart of the WWE Attitude Era and a trailblazer in women’s wrestling. She might have only held the Women’s Championship once, but she was Intercontinental Champion TWICE – the first and still only female to do so.
She is also the first woman to ever participate in the Royal Rumble and in the King of the Ring tournament.
Chyna’s latter years were marked with substance abuse problems as well as estrangement from the company where she made her mark. She died of an overdose on April 20, 2016.
Given all that Chyna accomplished during her tenure in the WWE, many are wondering why she has not yet been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. One of those who are wondering is Chyna’s mother Jan LaQue.
The day after Chyna’s birthday, LaQue wrote a Facebook post commemorating her daughter and urging the WWE to do the right thing and induct Chyna into the Hall of Fame:
The full text of LaQue reads as follows:
“As many of you know, yesterday would have been Joanie’s (Chyna’s) birthday. I truly appreciate all of the messages and remembrances of her that were posted by so many of you. As you can imagine, it’s always a very sad day for me. But it helps a lot to know how many people remember her and loved her.”
“It’s one of the worst things in the world to lose a child.We HAVE to get her into the WWE hall of fame. She richly deserves to be there. WWE – LISTEN UP and do what’s right for Chyna!! You owe her that for what she did for you and women’s wrestling. She earned her place there. And it’s long overdue.”
Chyna’s former boyfriend and stablemate in D-Generation X, X-Pac also made the case for her to be in the Hall of Fame.
He sent out the following Tweet.