Chyna's Place In The WWE Hall Of Fame Is One Everyone Should Get Behind
On Monday WWE confirmed the news that the first inductees into their Hall of Fame Class of 2019 would be the famous 'stable' D-Generation X. That means that finally Chyna will be going into the 'Hall' something that should be celebrated above all others.
Every year WWE decide on a group of people that will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Wrestlemania weekend. The show is one that tugs on the heartstrings and plays on lots of nostalgia and in the end who goes in and who doesn't go into the 'Hall' doesn't really matter but it is always one of the most controversial topics of conversation.
Certain people have gone in without perhaps deserving to whilst others have never made it in despite being obvious candidates. Often those who haven't gone in are because of WWE 'politics' and who's fallen out with the company.
Chyna was one of the most iconic figures from the Attitude Era. She first debuted as a valet to Triple H but would become one of the hottest superstars and the first woman in the company to win men's titles.
Sadly she passed away in 2016 and the past two years have gone with fans desperate for her to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for everything she did.
The company have been big on the 'Women's Revolution' in the last few years, culminating in the inaugural Women's Tag Team champions being crowned on Sunday night, but before Sasha Banks and Bayley, before Paige and AJ Lee, before Lita and Trish Stratus, none of it would have been possible without Chyna.
But her relationship with Triple H, or Paul Levesque, is why Joanie Laurer missed out on coming back to WWE before her sad death aged just 46, and it's taken for DX's induction for her to make it into the Hall of Fame.
Laurer and Levesque made great partners on screen and they also dated from 1997 until 2001 before breaking up. After that he dated, and eventually married, Stephanie McMahon, daughter of WWE owner Vince McMahon.
That relationship and her subsequent sex tape with fellow DX member Sean Waltman has often been attributed to the reason she has previously not made it into the 'Hall' or been recognised by the company as much as she should have been.
But we shouldn't concentrate on the issues with her being recognised previously we should talk about all the amazing things she did.
Whilst DX was an incredible stable there is no doubting that Chyna deserves to be in there on her own.
I was recently watching a run of old RAW shows from 1998 which delivered iconic wrestling moments of the time on a near weekly basis.
Whether it was Stone Cold Steve Austin driving a zamboni down to the ring, beating up Vince in the hospital or pointing a toy gun at his head, something that was still memorable today was happening.
Austin without doubt was the biggest star of the time but the reactions for Chyna were still undeniably noticeable. In a time when women's wrestling was dominated by Sable getting her boobs out and dancing Chyna was breaking the gender norms.
She played a massive role in every DX storyline from the days of HHH and Shawn Michaels through to the introduction of Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac until their eventual split.
But the split didn't harm her, in fact it made her an even bigger star. Chyna would go on to be on the front cover of Playboy as she transcended the sport.
Back in the ring she became the first woman to compete in the Royal Rumble, and won the Intercontinental title on two occasions, as well as briefly being the number one contender for the World title.
The 'Ninth Wonder of the World' had prominent storylines and rivalries with two of the best male performers perhaps of all time in Chris Jericho and Eddie Guerrero.
Speaking to ESPN after the announcement about her inclusion Levesque said, "Absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It'd be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn't even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn't even a consideration... it wasn't an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that. She earned everybody's trust. She won over the fans. She won over the boys. She did all of it.
"From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than once -- as a group, but individually as well. There's more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I'm just happy that it's here. I'm happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It's a great thing -- very deserving."
Anyone who has watched wrestling since 1997 will know and love DX and there's no doubt that the five men involved deserve their place in the Hall of Fame, Michaels will be going in for a second time, but Chyna is more deserving than anyone else not already in there.
The Ninth Wonder of the World was a symbol for feminism, broke all barriers, started what we know and enjoy today and was one of the biggest stars in wrestling's most talked about era. You can't deny her the place.
And if you're not down with that she'd no doubt have had two words for you!