Chyna (Joanie Laurer) attended KILLER KOWALSKI'S WRESTLING SCHOOL in 1995 which is where she also met Hunter Hearst Helmsley. After being voted "Rookie Of The Year 1996" in the PGWA Chyna became part of the WWF family in 1997 making her debut as Triple-H's valet and was soon declared 'The Ninth Wonder Of The World'.
After making herself comfortable in her new surroundings Chyna began terrorizing and torturing Marlena. On several shows Chyna would use her immense size to pick Goldust's infinitesimal valet up and shake her around like a little rag doll. Of course this developed into a great ongoing battle between Goldust and Triple-H. At 5'10" and near 190lbs. Chyna discovered that she could easily make the difference between Triple-H winning or losing a match and began dealing his opponents her famous deadly 'low blow'.
Chyna and Triple-H went on to team up with the WWF World Champion Shawn Michaels in 1997-98 and form the irreverent and comical group D-Generation X. With athletes like X-Pac, Road Dogg and BA Gunn they were a force to be reckoned with each and every week. Chyna became integral to the groups multiple victories and was quite skillful in interfering during a match by taking an opponent 'out' while the ref was being distracted by other member's of DX.
Chyna has publicly stated that she has no desire to go after the WWF Women's Title belt as she doesn't feel that there is enough of a challenge facing another woman. She obviously enjoys the excitement of testing herself in the ring against a man and has done quite well for herself during her brief career by seizing several firsts in the wrestling world. In January 1999 Chyna became the first woman to compete in a Royal Rumble PPV and she continued her assault on the WWF by confronting her mentor and significant other Triple-H in the ring as well as battling Stone Cold Steve Austin more than once.
Several weeks prior to her No Mercy PPV appearance in October 1999 Chyna and Jeff Jarrett became embroiled in an unrelenting and openly hostile feud. Both competitor's would go out of their way to antagonize each other week after week. That night 'The Ninth Wonder' achieved what no other woman had ever done in the WWF when she soundly defeated Double J in a violent match that gained her the WWF Intercontinental Title. At last becoming an equal with male wrestlers who had couldn't be done Chyna even decided to get her own personal female valet - Miss Kitty.
The very next night Double J left the WWF and returned to the WCW while the newcomer to the federation, Y2J Chris Jericho, immediately began a verbal assault that has led to some very fine physical and entertaining matches between the two. In December 1999 at the Armageddon PPV Chyna lost her Intercontinental Title Belt to Chris Jericho but expect the 'Ninth Wonder' to gain more gold in the future.
Chyna's vital statistics: Height - 5'10"
Weight - 197 lbs.
Age - 27 (in 1998)
Real Name: Joanie Laurer
Birthday: December 27
Birthplace: Londonderry, New Hampshire
Weight: 200 pounds
From: New Hampshire
Career Highlights: Women's Champion (current); Intercontinental Champion (3)
As the song says ... "Don't treat me like a woman, don't treat me like a man ... don't treat me like you know me ... treat me for just who I am!"
Chyna has proven her mettle in the ring. She was first woman ever to compete in both the Royal Rumble and the King of the Ring tournament! Then, she became the first-ever female Intercontinental Champion at October 1999's No Mercy. After all these accolades, World Wrestling Federation fans voted her "Diva of the Year!"
The sultry diva is not afraid of anyone, and is a hero and role model to millions of Federation fans, male and female.
Real Name: Joanie Laurer
Previous Names: Joanie Lee
Birthplace: Rochester, NY
Birthday: December 27, 1971
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Currently Managing: N/A
Current Status: Wrestler
Trademark/Finishing Move(s): Powerbomb, Gorilla Press
Debut Date: February, 1997
Claim to Fame:
- current Women's Champion (04/01/01 to present)
- posed nude in the November 2000 issue of PLAYBOY
- dated WWF Superstar Paul Levesque (Triple H)
- three time Intercontinental Champ (10/17/99 to 12/12/99)(01/03/00 to 01/23/00 [co-champ w/Jericho])(08/27/00 to 09/04/00)
- first woman to enter the "Royal Rumble"
- first woman to enter the "King of the Ring" tournament
- first woman to hold the Intercontinental Belt
Tidbit of Info: At an early age, Joanie realized that she was a different type of girl. She wasn't into malls, clothes and make-up, but she was into weightlifting, bodytraining and athletics. She decided to make it a career by applying in a wrestling school. After enrolling in the legendary "Killer Kowalski's Wrestling School", Joanie met Jean-Paul Levesque (Triple H). HHH helped Joanie enter the WWF, and slowly became Joanie's significant other. Soon Joanie, now Chyna, began obtaining many firsts in the WWF, and helped mould the look and feel of the new WWF woman.