Wrestling legend Konnan believes that Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer is deserving of a posthumous WWE Hall of Fame induction on her own.
Chyna would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019 as part of D-Generation X, three years after her passing in 2016.
During his “K100” podcast, Konnan made his argument for Chyna’s solo induction. He said,
“You got to remember, her character was over and that’s just as good as if her wrestling was good because she was the first woman to dominate men. She’s like an enforcer. I think she was the first woman in the Royal Rumble. She started DX, which was a revolutionary group, right?”
“I remember they used to call her the ninth wonder of the world. Remember Andre was the eighth? If you remember, she’s the original Mami, what Rhea Ripley is doing now. Remember the whole thing with Eddie.?I remember that Eddie didn’t want to do that gimmick with her because he felt he was playing second fiddle. I was like, ‘Bro, just show them you can do this and they’ll use her for everything else.’ Yeah, so she definitely does deserve to be in the Hall of Fame by herself.”
Debuting in 1997, Chyna left WWE in 2001 as a one-time Women’s Champion and two-time Intercontinental Champion, the first (and to date, only) woman to hold that title.
Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer: Deserving of a Posthumous WWE Hall of Fame Induction
Wrestling legend Konnan recently expressed his belief that Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer deserves a posthumous induction into the WWE Hall of Fame on her own. Chyna was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019 as part of D-Generation X, three years after her untimely passing in 2016. However, Konnan argues that Chyna’s contributions to the wrestling industry warrant a solo induction.
During an episode of his podcast, “K100,” Konnan highlighted Chyna’s impact and unique character. He emphasized that her popularity and success were not solely based on her in-ring abilities but also on her ability to dominate male wrestlers. Chyna broke barriers as the first woman to achieve such dominance in the wrestling world. She was also the first woman to participate in the Royal Rumble and played a pivotal role in starting the revolutionary group, DX.
Chyna’s character was often referred to as the “ninth wonder of the world,” following in the footsteps of Andre the Giant, who was known as the eighth wonder. Konnan drew parallels between Chyna’s character and the current WWE superstar Rhea Ripley, highlighting the impact she had on shaping women’s roles in professional wrestling.
One notable storyline involving Chyna was her relationship with Eddie Guerrero. Initially, Guerrero was hesitant to work with Chyna because he felt it would diminish his own status. However, Konnan encouraged Guerrero to showcase his talent alongside Chyna, assuring him that it would lead to more opportunities for both of them. This storyline ultimately became a significant part of Chyna’s career and solidified her place in wrestling history.
Debuting in 1997, Chyna left a lasting impact on WWE before departing in 2001. She became a one-time Women’s Champion and a two-time Intercontinental Champion, making her the first and only woman to hold that title to this day. Chyna’s achievements and contributions to the wrestling industry have left an indelible mark on the sport.
While Chyna’s induction as part of D-Generation X was a significant recognition of her accomplishments, many believe that she deserves an individual induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Her groundbreaking character, trailblazing achievements, and influence on women’s wrestling make her a deserving candidate for a posthumous solo induction.
As fans and wrestling enthusiasts, we can honor Chyna’s legacy by recognizing her contributions and advocating for her individual induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Chyna’s impact on the industry will continue to inspire future generations of wrestlers, both male and female, as they strive to break barriers and redefine what it means to be a wrestling superstar.
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