Chyna is the third major wrestler to die since I started this blog over a year ago, with Dusty Rhodes and Roddy Piper. Her death probably has the least personal meaning to me out of all of them. Part of it is that I was never a big fan of her in ring work. But a large part is that Chyna’s story is a sad story, one that overshadows the rest of her career. We can hope that her death lets her find the peace she was unable to find in life.
At the height of the Attitude Era, Chyna was in the top three of most popular person on the roster. WWE will always talk about how DX was a super popular group that paved the way, but the most popular person in Degeneration X wasn’t Shawn Michaels, and it certainly wasn’t HHH. It was Chyna. Crowds couldn’t get enough of her. Steve Austin was obviously the most popular wrestlers, and then you had guys like The Rock and Mick Foley, but right below them was Chyna. (more…)