One hot-button topic in wrestling, which has only increased in intensity since her tragic death, is the possibility of Chyna getting a much-deserved spot in the WWE Hall of Fame. In previous years, various people within the company have equivocated, made excuses, and flat-out ignored the question, but after her death thrust her back into the public eye, combined with WWE’s new focus on women’s wrestling, which has steadfastly ignored Chyna’s contributions to the industry up to this point, the support for her induction has grown even larger.
In an interview with Newsweek, Triple H actually took a slightly more open stance on Chyna’s inclusion in the Hall. When asked about her potential for induction, he had this to say:
“I think it’s been brought up. But there’s a lot of people in a long line that deserve to be in the Hall of Fame that will be in the Hall of Fame over time. That’s a conversation that will happen. We’ll see where it goes. But there are a lot of people and you can only put so many people in per year.”
“I don’t think her passing signifies any change of her accomplishments. Her accomplishments are documented and were massive in our industry. Nothing has changed. She’s a part of the Hall of Fame conversation, but she would have been anyway.”
Triple H and Chyna, as most wrestling fans know, had a relationship together in WWE before Triple H began dating Stephanie McMahon, whom he eventually married. The circumstances of their relationship ending creating some controversy, and likely played a part in both Chyna’s departure from WWE, and her subsequent erasure from company history. In recent years, Triple H had previous said that Chyna’s Hall of Fame induction was unlikely due to her public battles with substance abuse, as well as her appearances in Playboy, which he claimed were not something the “family-friendly” WWE wanted to remind people of.
It’s obvious that Chyna deserves a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame, but with her final autopsy results, which were revealed this week, showing that her death was the result of drug and alcohol abuse, it’s possible that the “conversation” could continue to go on for years to come.