Chyna claims WWE wanted her as World Champion before Playboy shoot

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When Chyna was at her peak in the WWE (then WWF) she wasn't just the most dominant female Superstar, she was competing, and beating, some of the top male wrestlers in the business.

As such, she is already regarded as perhaps the most influential female wrestler ever to work for the company.

Big revelation

But, according to the former Diva herself, the WWE once considered a plan that would have sent her status into the stratosphere - cementing her legacy forever and making her current struggle for recognition by the organization virtually impossible.


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Speaking during an appearance on the Bell 2 Bell podcast this week, Chyna revealed that the WWE hand wanted her to become World Champion,only for her actions outside of the ring to stop them in their tracks:

"Yes, there certainly was (a plan), it was actually in the pipeline and ready to happen, but when Playboy came along and wanted me to pose for them, I had to make a choice."

"Vince told me that if I did Playboy, I could never be world champion," continued Chyna.

"I'm a woman, I like to feel pretty and liberated, so I chose Playboy and was never World Champion."

Missed opportunity?

Chyna's revelation that she came so close to making WWE/WWF history in holding the main title throws up some interesting questions.

For one thing, had she opted for in-ring success over modelling pursuits her current struggle to gain recognition from the WWE hierarchy would be non-existent - how could they keep out the first female to hold the WWE title from the Hall of Fame, for instance?

In a wider sense, had Chyna taken that next step from Diva Superstar to top of the entire company, it could have had a profound effect on the Diva division as a whole. 

We are in the midst of a Diva revolution in the WWE at the moment but it is only arriving after years of mishandling and underselling. If the WWE Universe had seen a woman reach the top of the company over 15 years ago things could have been very different.

WWE fans: Would Chyna have been accepted as World Champion, and would she have been a success? Have your say in the comments section...

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