Joanie “Chyna” Laurer, 45

By: Genesis Torres, Fall Editor and Reporter

Pro wrestler Joanie Laurer, also known as Chyna, of Rochester New York passes away at the age of  45 on April 21st, 2016. Trained by the wrestler Killer Kowalski, Chyna went on to win Rookie of the Year in the PGWA (the Professional Girl Wrestling Association) in 1996. Her natural figure exploded the scene as she became part of the World Wrestling Federation, which is now known as the WWE or World Wrestling Entertainment. She then jumped to the bigger stage of the World Wrestling Federation, where she debuted as the bodyguard of male wrestler Triple H. Competing and defeating top male wrestlers, Chyna became the only woman to compete in the Royal Rumble, King of the ring, and the intercontinental championship. Working for the US Army and the peace corps, Chyna has alway been a pioneer in the WWF, and her legend will live on forever. May the 9th wonder rest in peace.