Reactions from around the wrestling world to Chyna’s death
The death of Chyna on April 20, 2016 may not have been a shock given her past struggles with substance abuse – but it certainly left the wrestling world mourning.
On a touching episode of his podcast, close friend of Chyna, Vince Russo, states that Chyna was never truly aware of just how loved she really was.
An emotional Russo states “There was one thing Joanie wanted – and it was to be loved. If only she could be sitting behind a computer and reading what these people thought about her… she had no idea.”
Whether Joanie was aware of it or not, the below tweets from around the professional wrestling world should speak to the impact Chyna left on sports entertainment.
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) April 21, 2016
Rest in peace, Chyna. You will be missed. #RIPChyna
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) April 22, 2016
— Terri Runnels (@theterrirunnels) April 21, 2016
Chyna was key in paving the way 4 women in WWE. She is greatly loved & will b greatly missed! Thx 4 inspiring us women wrestlers! #RIPChyna
— Nikki & Brie (@BellaTwins) April 21, 2016
Devastated over Chyna passing,she dated Brutus years before wrestling,such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children,rip Joanie love u. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 21, 2016
I wish I could hear Joanie laugh again. She had the most most beautiful, dorky, fully committed laugh. pic.twitter.com/fKKNo7Ybe2
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 21, 2016
— Carmella (@CarmellaWWE) April 21, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Joanie “Chyna” today. RIP Joanie.
— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) April 21, 2016
Hard to find the words sometimes. R.I.P. Chyna. You will be missed
— Bruce Prichard (@bruceprichard) April 21, 2016
There’s no question Chyna left a lasting legacy in the WWE.
She was a unique character who shattered the stereotype of what it meant to be a female during the late 90s in the WWE’s Attitude-era.
Chyna fought men. She won the Intercontinental title. She entered the Royal Rumble – things that were previously unfathomable for the male-dominated audience.
There’s no question – Chyna’s legacy will live on.