WWE fans all over the world will today be struggling to take in the news that professional wrestling legend Chyna has passed away at just 45 years of age.
As What Culture has reported, the tragic news was first announced via Chyna's own Twitter account where a statement read:
'It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna the 9th wonder of the world has passed away...'
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The news will come as a huge shock to every member of the WWE Universe, not just because of the untimely nature of Laurer's passing, but also because of the impact she had had on wrestling for generations.
Put simply, there has been no other female wrestler to have changed the way women are perceived as professional wrestlers as well as Chyna did.
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During her time working for the World Wrestling Federation, Chyna carved a position among the male-dominated roster and confirmed for female wrestling stars, such as those we see on our screens today, that gender does not matter.
Chyna achieved success throughout her lengthy professional wrestling career by doing things which no female wrestler had done before, with one of the most notable moments being when she became the first ever female entrant in the Royal Rumble match in 1999.
Hall Of Fame
Joanie Laurer's name was talked about within the WWE Universe recently, following an interview by Triple H carried out by Stone Cold Steve Austin on his podcast.
Despite this conversation taking place over a year ago, it is cemented in the minds of followers of WWE as if it was yesterday; a clear indication of how strong Triple H's words were.
In summary, Stone Cold asked The Game his feelings towards the possibility of Chyna being inducted into the WWE's prestigious Hall Of Fame.
Triple H's response included his admiration for Chyna's work throughout her memorable career but he ultimately concluded that it was unlikely to happen because of what would come up if his kids were to type Chyna's nainto to a search engine online.
The Executive Vice President of Talent at WWE was referring to the occupation choices Chyna made following her departure from professional wrestling. She was involved in adult films.
This response caused a huge backlash from WWE fans, however, as many pointed out there have been previous inductees into the Hall Of Fame who have not exactly had a perfect past.
It is with this in mind that many wrestling fans have believed ever since Triple H's interview on the Stone Cold Podcast that Chyna has deserved more than ever to become part of the WWE Hall Of Fame.
Her tragic passing should not mean an induction is imminent, but should force the WWE to be more aware of how wrong they have been not to have included her in the club previously.
Chyna was, and always will be, one of the greatest professional wrestlers to have ever existed. Although a WWE Hall Of Fame induction is not necessary to prove that, it would be a step in the right direction with regard to paying their respects to her.