Honestly, it is hard to put into words what last night I watched the Vice documentary centered around Joanie Lauer aka Chyna. It is impossible to explain the amount of times I was at a loss for words watching the documentary. I remember watching the final episode of Dark Side of the Ring in this part of season 3 when I saw the promo for the upcoming documentary on Chyna. Unfortunately, for various nobody has been able to tell the story of Joanie in the world of wrestling even though she more the deserved her story being told.
Joanie made her debut in WWE in 1995 attacking Terri Runnels aka Marlena who at the time was Goldust's valet. Upon her arrival, it took a little while for her to get her feet under her in WWE, but once she did, the rest became history. Chyna became one of the biggest stars during the "Attitude Era" through her part in D-Generation X. Once the faction ran its course Chyna joined Triple H jumping ship to the Corporation joining the faction that was the opposite of what DX had been.
The Corporation didn't last as a faction and within a year of turning heel and joining The Corporation the faction had split, merging together with the Ministry of Darkness. By the middle of 1999, Chyna had become one of the biggest stars in all wrestling. In October 1999, Chyna became the first women's wrestler to win the Intercontinental Championship. From there a feud with Chris Jericho proceed becoming the reason Jericho found his footing in the WWE. Chyna would move on to help another future legend find his footing in a new company as his "Mamacita." Eddie struggled from his debut due to sustaining injury very early in his run and didn't get comfortable until he was able to stand alone and develop his chemistry with Chyna.
Suddenly, Chyna would make the move back to the Women's division after spending the better part of the last two years competing with men. According to reports, it was Vince that wanted her to go back to fighting Women instead of staying in the ring with her male counterparts. Without Chyna who knows the career that Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero would've had in WWE.
Chyna would depart WWE in the middle of 2001 after seven years under the WWE banner and becoming one of the biggest stars the company had made. It is unquestionable to say that Chyna was a major piece of the "Attitude Era" and stood out as someone the company was able to build from the ground up. I will not discuss the relationship with Hunter or anything about that, because it is a very personal subject and a touchy one to discuss. I could continue talking about this documentary for hours, but we will split this discussion into two parts.