Joan Laurer Biography
Championships & Accomplishments:
-International Wrestling Federation Women's
-Wrestling All-Star Promotion Women's
-WWF Intercontinental Championship
-WWF Women's Championship
Rankings, Awards & Misc.
-Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500 (#106 in
-PGWA Rookie of the Year in 1996
-November 2000 Playboy covergirl
Joanie Laurer began her wrestling career in 1995, after
training at Wladek "Killer" Kowalski's professional wrestling
school. She often wrestled under the name "Joanie Lee."
Joanie caught the attention of the World Wrestling Federation
in 1996, and made her debut on February 16, 1997 at the
WWF's In Your House 13: Final Four Pay-Per-View, during
Triple H's match. She became his bodyguard, and part of
D-Generation X, under the name "Chyna," where she inserted
herself in numerous matches with her signature low blow.
"Joanie" took the role as Chyna,
and made it larger then life between the years of 1997
and 2001, . She became the first Female to ever Compete
in the Royal Rumble in 1999, and also the first Female
to compete in the King of The Ring that same year. One
of her most prestigious career moves was becoming the
WWE's first female Intercontinental Champion (on October
17th, 1999 in Cleveland, Ohio at the No Mercy Pay Per
View, in a "Good Housekeeping match" against
On September 25, 2000, Playboy released the November issue,
featuring Chyna. During this time, she was in the midst
of a feud with the stable of Right to Censor. The group
would try to censor her Playboy issue, saying that it
was immoral. This would lead up to matches such as Val
Venis and Steven Richards beating her and Billy Gunn at
No Mercy on October 22, 2000--on Pay Per View, as well
as December 10, 2000, at the Armageddon pay-per-view,
where Val Venus pinned her. Throughout this, Right to
Censor's only female member; Ivory, instigated the feud.
As the feud developed, Ivory added momentum to a piledriver
performed by Val Venus on Chyna, which was the event that
drove the storyline of her breaking her neck.
Ivory being Women's champion at the time, continued a
verbal war against her, and challenged her to a match
at the 2001 Royal Rumble. She accepted the match and dominated,
only to further the storyline by re-injuring her neck,
and Ivory picking up the win. This feud also promoted
her book "If They Only Knew," by Ivory and the rest of
Right to Censor expressing disdain for it. At Wrestlemania
X-7, she defeated Ivory, to win the WWF Women's Title
after hitting a gorilla press slam. From then on, she
wrestled women. The new direction of her not wrestling
men, was justified by her neck injury.
WWF Women's Champion, she dominated, and defeated women
such as Ivory, Molly Holly and Trish Stratus. During this
time, she was in a dispute with the WWF and she was pulled
off of television... This made her last WWE match her
bout against Lita on May 20th, 2001, in Sacramento, CA--where
she successfully defended the Championship after hitting
her powerbomb finisher. On November 18 2001, in Greensboro,
North Carolina at the Survivor Series, a Women's Title
6-Pac Challenge was held to crown a new Champ, in which
Trish Stratus became the new WWE Women's Champion. On
November 30, 2001, Joanie Laurer's WWF contract officially
ran out. Rumors circulated that conflict arose when her
real-life boyfriend Triple H cheated on her with WWE Executive
Vice President Stephanie McMahon. After the WWF/WWE, she
wrestled a few matches for New Japan Pro Wrestling.
In 2004, a Chyna sex-tape was released titled "1 Night
in China," featuring Joanie engaging in sexual acts with
former WWF Wrestler; X-Pac (Sean Waltman), which was highly
controversial. X-Pac was her boyfriend at the time, and
he would also guest appear on the forth season of VH1's
"The Surreal Life," in which she was starring on.
In 2006 she appeared on the VH1 show; My Fair Brady, which
starred Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry, her Surreal
Life co-stars. She then starred in 2007's The Surreal
Life: Fame Games.
On the May 12, 2011 edition of TNA's Impact Wrestling,
Chyna made a surprised appearance, siding with Kurt Angle,
in his feud against Jeff Jarrett and Karen Jarrett. She
went on to team with Kurt Angle at TNA's Sacrifice 2011
Pay-Per-View, where they defeated Jeff Jarrett and Karen
Jarrett in a Mixed Tag Team match.
After her brief return to wrestling, she starred in her
first professional pornographic film. The film titled
Backdoor To Chyna, was released under Vivid Video. In
2012, she then went on to star as She-Hulk in Vivid's
The Avengers XXX.