Remembering Chyna’s Game-Changing WWE Moments

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The pioneer for female wrestlers was the only woman to ever win the Intercontinental title and the first to participate in the Royal Rumble.
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World Wrestling Entertainment and its legions of fans continue to mourn the passing of Chyna, who died Wednesday at the age of 46, with the cause of her death still being investigated.

Everyone from Stephanie McMahon to Triple H to past and present WWE superstars and divas seemed to remember the fallen WWE superstar as a true pioneer for women in the squared circle. After all, she served as a female enforcer to the all-male D-Generation X, was the only woman to win the Intercontinental championship and to become the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight title. In addition, Chyna was also the first female to participate in the annual Royal Rumble and the only woman to qualify for the King of the Ring.

In particular, 1999, two years after Chyna first debuted in WWE, was a huge year for the 9th Wonder of the World. Doing its part, WWE looked back at some of her key moments, kicking off the year by participating in the Royal Rumble and taking it to her former flame — in then-WWE storylines — Mark Henry.

What a moment! Her history-making success continued at the company’s No Mercy pay-per-view event later that year, when Chyna smashed a guitar over Jeff Jarrett’s head to be crowned the new Intercontinental champion — another first for female wrestlers.

At the 2000 installment of Summer Slam, Chyna even teamed with Eddie Guerrero to take on Trish Stratus and Val Venis in a mixed-gender Intercontinental championship match, in which she became the only woman to ever hold the title twice.

Although you’ll be able to find many more videos about the late superstar on the WWE Network, the company’s official YouTube account uploaded six different videos about Chyna, touching on some of her key moments.

Fans can also look forward to the projected 2017 release of her documentary entitled The Reconstruction of Chyna.

Filmmaker Erik Angra had previously described the project on its Kickstarter page.

“The story has become deeper and even more profound than I could have ever imagined,” Angra wrote. “I would rather have a great film come out later than expected, than throw together something and push it out too soon. Chyna and all women who have gone through similar experiences deserve to have their stories told in the best way possible.”

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