WWE Superstar Triple H has paid tribute to “ground breaking pioneer” Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer after she passed away aged 45.

Chyna – billed as the Ninth Wonder of the World during her ring days – first rose to fame as the bodyguard of the 14-time world champion.

The 5ft 10in grappler became the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship and the first to enter the Royal Rumble.

However, the former women’s champion left WWE in 2001, following the break-up of her off-screen relationship with Triple H.

Speaking to the Mirror during the current WWE tour of the UK, he said he was still coming to terms with the sad news.

However, she was also known outside the ring for posing nude, a sex tape, a career in porn and problems with substance abuse.

She had been pushing to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but her former boyfriend previously said this was unlikely, despite acknowledging her many worthy achievements.

In 2014, he said Chyna’s history was an issue in case young fans researched who she was online.

Asked today if he would like to see Chyna posthumously inducted, Triple H told the Mirror she ‘definitely warranted’ a place.

WWE’s executive vice president of talent, live events and creative said: “You know it’s not my decision, but I definitely think, as I have said before, that what she did in her life certainly warrants it.

“There was never anybody like her before her, and there will never be anybody like her after.

“It’s certainly warranted and I’m sure at some point when the time is right, hopefully, that could happen.”

Chyna reportedly died from a possible overdose, although a cause of death is yet to be officially confirmed.

She was found in her California apartment by a friend on Wednesday.

Chyna was released from her WWE contract in 2001 and for many years alleged that Triple H was responsible.

According to Chyna, she was forced out of the door after her then boyfriend – real name Paul Levesque – began dating Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of WWE owner Vince McMahon, to whom he is now married.

Triple H and WWE have always denied these claims. WWE say they couldn’t agree on terms when Chyna was renewing her contract.


(Source: The Mirror)

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