Holding WWE Hostage & Chyna, the Ninth Wonder of the World
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Published on April 23rd, 2016 | by Pro Wrestling Stories

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Holding WWE Hostage & Chyna, the Ninth Wonder of the World

Joan ‘Chyna’ Laurer, once on top of the world [photo courtesy of WWE]

This past Wednesday on April 20th, 2016, the world of wrestling lost one of it’s biggest stars, Joan ‘Chyna’ Laurer. Once standing strong against men twice her size, Chyna was a true hero in an era when women were mostly objectified as T&A. The ‘Ninth Wonder of the World’ broke down the barrier of many stereotypes and we look back on her time in Attitude Era WWE fondly.

With the passing of Chyna, we got to thinking about what stories we could share. Being the only woman to ever hold the prestigious Intercontinental Championship belt, we use this as a starting point.

Transitioning from Triple H’s sidekick and bodyguard, Chyna’s star began to rise in 1999. She became the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble, entering at number 30 and later being eliminated by ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. That summer, she too would be the first and only woman to ever enter the King of the Ring tournament, beating Val Venis in the qualifiers but losing to Road Dogg on the pay-per-view itself.

Greater things would come. In October, she entered a feud with the then intercontinental champion, Jeff Jarrett. This is where our stories begin.

To give a bit of background on the shady circumstances surrounding the culmination of her feud with Jarrett, we look no further than to WWE’s notorious tough guy, Bob Holly.

In 2013, Holly released what we consider one of the top 5 wrestling autobiographies ever written, The Hardcore Truth: The Bob Holly Story. This must-have autobiography is a hold-nothing-back tell-all about Holly’s time in the company. Being thrust into a three-way feud for the belt after Chyna won it off Jarrett, Holly was a witness to many of the backstage controversies going on at the time.

We start today’s installment with the story of how Jeff Jarrett held Vince McMahon and the WWE hostage, holding the IC belt without a contract and demanding over $300,000 before he would step into the ring with Chyna at what would be his final match in WWE at 1999’s No Mercy pay-per-view.


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