The life of the woman known to wrestling fans around the world as Chyna has been one full of ups and downs. At one point, she was an inspirational figure, a pioneer for women in professional wrestling, and one of the most unique characters from one of the hottest periods in WWE history. At others, she was a tragic figure, a woman erased from history, a cautionary tale of celebrity gone sour. But through the highs and the lows, Chyna created a memorable figure that crossed over from professional wrestling and into mainstream popular culture, from the moment she burst onto the scene in WWE in 1997, until her tragic death in 2016, at the far too young age of 45. Whether good or bad, Chyna was responsible for a large number memorable moments over her life, and these are the ones we’ve chosen to highlight.
11. Before She Was A Star
Before her wrestling career was even on the radar, Chyna was already living an extraordinary life. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 1992 with a degree in Spanish Literature, and was fluent in the language. In addition, she learned to speak both conversational German and French, in preparation for a career overseas. Yes, despite Triple H claiming years later that he might be a lot of things, but “bilingual” wasn’t one of them, it turns out his bodyguard actually was. In fact, due to her proficiency in languages, she was seriously considering joining either the FBI or the DEA, a decision that was heavily supported by her father, who was allegedly incredibly upset when she instead chose to join the Peace Corps. Chyna was stationed in Guatemala for two years, before returning to America and attempting to become first a flight attendant, and then, eventually, a pro wrestler.