Hulk Hogan and Wrestling World Mourn Chyna
Another D-Generation X star, Road Dogg, real name Brian James, wrote:
Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna— Triple H (@TripleH) April 21, 2016
Hulk Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, also added his tribute.
Joanie, I'm so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP https://t.co/pVV0KjbkFt— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 21, 2016
Women in the wrestling industry were keen to emphasize Chyna’s role as a pioneer, as she was the first female superstar to enter The Royal Rumble – one of WWE’s biggest events, and won championship belts usually competed for by men. Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of WWE owner Vince McMahon wrote on Twitter:
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
Laurer left wrestling in 2001 to pursue other projects, including reality television. In 2005, she appeared on the TV show The Surreal Life. In 2008, she opened up about battling her addiction demons on show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors, broke gender barriers, she was an anomaly & untouchable. Rest now-ur legacy lives on #RIPChyna— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) April 21, 2016