On a recent edition of his “Oh You Didn’t Know” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Brian “Road Dogg” James recalled his fond memories of late fellow Hall of Famer and D-Generation X stablemate, Chyna.
Chyna passed away on April 17, 2016, due to an overdose of alcohol, combined with the anxiety drugs diazepam and nordazepam, painkillers oxycodone and oxymorphone, and sleeping aid temazepam.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On how hard Chyna worked in the gym: “I would be on a remembrance cycle in a gym somewhere, just kind of hungover; I’mma sit here until Billy is done working out so we can go eat. And just watching them do squats and then puke in a garbage can and retape their knees and go do it again. And you just go, ‘What? What’s happening here?’”
On how funny Chyna was: “And she was just incredible. She was an incredible human being… I miss her. I know a lot of people do… She was hilarious. She was one of –- that’s what I always say –- she was one of the boys.”
On not knowing she and Triple H were dating: “I didn’t know her and Hunter were dating for a long time because I never saw her that way: as a person that was going to date one of us. She was just one of us. But like, then I found out they were dating, cool, nothing changes. It just stayed the same.”
Remembering Chyna: A Fond Tribute to a WWE Legend
In the world of professional wrestling, there are few names that evoke as much admiration and respect as Chyna. Born Joan Marie Laurer, Chyna made a lasting impact on the industry and paved the way for future female wrestlers. Recently, WWE Hall of Famer Brian “Road Dogg” James took a moment to reflect on his memories of Chyna during an episode of his podcast, “Oh You Didn’t Know.” Let’s delve into some of the highlights from this heartfelt tribute.
Chyna’s untimely passing on April 17, 2016, shocked the wrestling community. The cause of her death was determined to be an overdose of alcohol, anxiety drugs, painkillers, and sleeping aids. Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her death, it is important to remember the incredible contributions she made to the world of professional wrestling.
One aspect that stood out to Road Dogg was Chyna’s unparalleled work ethic in the gym. He vividly recalled moments when he would find himself recovering from a night of partying while Chyna and others from their D-Generation X stable were pushing themselves to their limits. Road Dogg marveled at their dedication, describing how they would perform intense squats, vomit into a garbage can, tape their knees, and repeat the process. It was a testament to Chyna’s commitment to her craft and her determination to excel in a male-dominated industry.
Beyond her physical prowess, Chyna possessed a remarkable sense of humor. Road Dogg fondly remembered her infectious laughter and described her as an “incredible human being.” Chyna’s ability to fit in seamlessly with her male counterparts earned her the respect and admiration of her peers. Road Dogg emphasized that she was truly “one of the boys,” highlighting the camaraderie and bond they shared.
Interestingly, Road Dogg admitted that he was unaware of Chyna’s romantic involvement with fellow wrestler Triple H for a significant period of time. He explained that he never saw her as someone who would date within their circle, as she was simply seen as part of the group. This revelation speaks volumes about the level of acceptance and equality that Chyna achieved within the wrestling community.
Chyna’s impact on women’s wrestling cannot be overstated. She shattered barriers and proved that women could compete at the same level as their male counterparts. Her success opened doors for future female wrestlers and paved the way for the Women’s Evolution in WWE.
As we remember Chyna, it is essential to celebrate her accomplishments and the mark she left on the industry. Her dedication, strength, and humor continue to inspire both male and female wrestlers to this day. Chyna’s legacy will forever be etched in the annals of professional wrestling, reminding us that true trailblazers are never forgotten.