Posts Tagged ‘Chyna’

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Source: Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

On episode 51 of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, current Impact Wrestling on-air authority figure and pro wrestling podcaster Bruce Prichard talked about WINC alum Vince Russo’s WWE run. Notably, Prichard talked about Russo advocating for Triple H, the Madison Square Garden Curtain Call, Triple H and Chyna being a “package deal” behind-the-scenes, who wanted The New Age Outlaws in D-Generation X, and who came up with WWE “attitude”.

According to Prichard, Russo was the biggest advocate for Triple H early on while Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette used to say that ‘The Game’ was a midcarder at best.

“I do remember Corny and Vince McMahon saying that Triple H would be a midcard guy at best early on in his [pro wrestling] career and Russo was a huge proponent of Triple H. And I dare say that without Russo at the helm at the time, Hunter probably would not have gotten the breaks that he got at the time.”

Prichard continued, “yeah, [Russo was Triple H’s biggest advocate at the time] and then Vince McMahon became, but Hunter was one of those guys who was always around, always asking questions, and wanting to be a part of whatever he could do to learn. I liked Hunter because I always liked his attitude, just willing to do whatever it took to learn the [pro wrestling] business, but Russo was definitely pushing Hunter and had an awful lot of ideas for him.”

On the subject of the MSG Curtain Call, Prichard claimed that everyone was offended, not just him and Cornette, as was suggested by podcast co-host Conrad Thompson from reading excerpts of Russo’s own writings.

“It was simply a feeling of what they did being disrespectful to Vince [McMahon], being disrespectful to the memory of Vince’s dad doing it in the Garden, our home. It was something that hadn’t been done before and something everybody was upset about, not just me, not just Cornette, but Vince McMahon, pretty much every one of the boys who wasn’t involved in the Curtain Call.”

Moreover, Prichard stated that Triple H was punished in an upfront way for the Curtain Call and explained that McMahon decided not to go with Triple H for King Of The Ring because The Chairman did not feel like he could trust ‘The King Of Kings’.

“Hunter was punished and he was considered for King Of The Ring, but Vince didn’t feel like he could trust him at that point in time and he wanted Hunter to prove himself and Hunter did.”

During the podcast, Prichard confirmed Russo’s assertion that dealing with either Triple H or Chyna meant dealing with both of them, calling the pair a “package deal”.

“Probably so [Triple H had to be present for Chyna’s creative meetings with Russo] from his vantage point pitching stuff. Whatever Joanie was doing, she was with Hunter, so I’m sure Hunter wanted to be there. But they were also an item at the time, so they did everything together. Whenever I’d call either one of them, the other was usually there. It was kind of a team decision because they were a package deal.”

Another rumor Prichard attempted to dispel involved D-Generation X. Pro wrestling rumor and innuendo purports that ‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James and ‘The Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were not picked by Triple H and Shawn Michaels to join the group. Prichard recalled that Michaels wanted The New Age Outlaws for the stable.

“The guy that brought Billy [Gunn] and Road Dogg to Vince [McMahon]’s attention was Shawn Michaels who saw those two guys. They were singles. One was a Rockabilly and then Jesse James… It was Shawn Michaels who brought them to Vince and wanted them to be a part of DX and felt that they would be a great team together.”

Finally, Prichard credited McMahon with conceiving of the ‘attitude’ concept after fining Shawn Michaels for his vulgar and explicit antics.

“That’s where Vince McMahon coined the phrase ‘attitude’ because Shawn, in his defense, was like, ‘because I’ve got attitude, you’re going to fine me, blah, blah, blah?’ And that’s where Vince, I’ll never forget, Vince came back to us and said, ‘that’s attitude! That’s what we need. We need more attitude!'”

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Source: Ric Flair Show

Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair spoke with Jeff Jarrett on episode 22 of The Ric Flair Show. Among other things, Jarrett talked about the ongoing feud between Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg. Also, Jarrett talked about his second departure from WWE.

According to Jarrett, the Lesnar/Goldberg Survivor Series main event was “magical” and said that Lesnar will receive a massive payday for the impending rematch.

“The big buzz is the whole Goldberg/Lesnar situation. I think that was a piece of work. I think it was done magically. If they’d’ve gone 8 or 10 minutes, everybody would’ve the rifles out, but wham, bam, thank you, ma’am. Holy crap! And to me, Brock just, as they said in the old days, ‘he just backed up to the Brinks truck for a rematch.'”

As for leaving WWE in 1999, Jarrett explained that he did not hold up WWE on his way out of the company because he was owed backpay.

“All the issue of I held Vince up, who in their right mind would believe that? Honestly.” Jarrett said, “at that time, pay-per-views were monthly and you get paid about every 90 days. We had done a pay-per-view over in England, so I had about four or five pay-per-view payoffs coming. Obviously, Cleveland [Ohio] that night was coming. And then, I don’t know, five, six, seven. house show runs, whatever the checks I haven’t been paid for. And I thought it was going to be real simple because I think Jim Ross didn’t have a real happy day because of how all of that went down, that Vince McMahon, and to defend Ross and sort of defend the situation, Vince was traveling legitimately around the world, nonstop, because was taking his company public, and, so, when you take a company [public], IPOs and all that, you’ve got to go meet with all these investment bankers and presentations. So Vince didn’t have his thumb on all the pulses, that was Jim’s job, obviously, Jim and creative, and all that. So it sort of created a perfect storm or perfect situation, so I was working and doing the honors and never had any intention of not doing it.”

Jarrett continued, “I knew once I walked out of that building that night, for all my payoffs of the last three or four months, I had zero leverage. And the guy who, Vince may sign off on it, but the guy who comes up with that number was J.R. and J.R. was in a unique situation, so I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. I wanted to agree on a number and that’s what we did. And I got my money that night and Vince, I can assure you this [and] Ric can attest to this: if Vince McMahon did not want to pay me, what in the hell was I going to do? He gladly paid me and did not hesitate.”

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Source: The Steve Austin Show

Recently on The Steve Austin Show, Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman talked about Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer. Topics discussed include how X-Pac’s romantic relationship with Chyna began, their infamous sex tape, and whether X-Pac would like to see Chyna in the WWE Hall Of Fame.

According to the former 1-2-3 Kid, he and Chyna got together when he was coming off of a breakup. Apparently, Triple H had some words of caution for his fellow Kliq member, as ‘The Game’ had firsthand experience dealing with Chyna romantically.

“I had a breakup right before I saw her, so I was kind of down. I was really kind of the ‘boohoo’, that ‘woe is me’ s–t. And she was there to scoop me up. Things just happened, man. I don’t even know how to explain it, but I just remember Hunter texting me, like, ‘hey man, hey kid, what kind of psycho s–t are you getting yourself into now?’ Yeah, it wasn’t like he was mad or ‘hey, what are you doing?’ He was just worried about me. Yeah, well, he had his experiences with her that I don’t want to get too much into. But he was just going by what his experiences were. I’ll leave it at that.”

As for how the sex tape idea came about, X-Pac claimed that a friend of theirs gave them the idea following with attention garnered by Paris Hilton’s sex tape. X-Pac said that he tries not to be ashamed of anything in life, but he certainly wishes that it never happened.

“My best recollection, we were living in Beverly Hills [California] over here off of Beverly Glen [Boulevard] and Wilshire [Boulevard] in one of Donald Sterling’s buildings. One of the people that worked there was always coming up and hanging out and it was a female security guard. I think she floated the idea about [making a sex tape] because of the Paris Hilton thing. And it just kind of built from there and she was down for it. And I was in, at that point, ‘okay, I’ll do whatever’, whatever made her happy. It was both of our [idea]. I would never blame anything on her.” X-Pac added, “I felt like dog s–t, Steve. My kids, man, my family. Not at all [proud of it], man. I try not to be ashamed of things because shame is not a good f–king thing to have. Right, but it is okay to not feel good about s–t you did in the past. And I can’t, obviously, it goes without saying that we can’t change it, man. But, man, I really wish that wouldn’t have happened. And it hurt her, man. Even though we both were in on it, like, the artwork on the cover of the DVD was so humiliating for her and the s–t that was written on it. So I get it, man. And really, that was one of the things that led to the downward spiral and she’s dead now, man.”

One of the few professional wrestlers to be a member of both D-Generation X and nWo stated that money was the motivating factor behind the decision to make the sex tape and he shared that he made “six figures” from the sex tape.

“I’m pretty sure [the motivation behind making the sex tape was financial]. It’s hard to put yourself in someone else’s head. I’m not sure. As far as my own motivation, sure, it was financial. Also, ‘hey, she wants to do it, then, okay. I’m fine with it. Okay.'” X-Pac said, “it’s six figures and I got $50k up front. She got $100. But what happened was, I came back after rehab and we actually filmed after the deal was made, they wanted more footage and we filmed it after. And then, I flew to China and filmed some footage over there, so they could add it to the video.”

Also, the man known as Syxx in WCW indicated that he would like to see Chyna inducted into WWE’s Hall Of Fame in the near future. Moreover, Waltman suggested that he would be uncomfortable with being inducted without her being an inductee as well.

“It’s important to me that she gets in there. I mean, she was part of the reason, like, she was really disappointed when it didn’t happen before when she wanted it. But they wanted her to get cleaned up, get some help. Come on, from their vantage point, when they get somebody to come up on the stage and accept the Hall Of Fame, to be inducted in the Hall Of Fame, they want to not worry about what they might say or make sure they’re kind of stable, so I get it from that point of view. But she deserves to be in there, man. And I don’t know if I’d want to go in without her going in. She deserves that sooner rather than later, man, I hope.”

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Source: The Steve Austin Show

Recently on The Steve Austin Show, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin discussed the untimely passing of Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer.

According to Austin, he received the news of Chyna’s demise before most of the world, as the person who discovered Chyna’s body, Anthony Anzaldo, called Austin in the early evening on April 20, 2016 to share the news as Austin was recovering from surgery. That morning, Austin had rotator cuff surgery at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic.

“I wake up [after surgery]. I got the pain block going. I don’t really need any pain pills and I’m clear-headed now. I can remember all of the events that are happening and I’m wide awake. I start going through my regular checklist of things to do, making phone calls, telling everybody, well, my family, my loved ones, that my surgery was fine and I’m fine. And then, so I’m just kind of chilling out, letting all the affects of all the drugs that I’ve been given to keep me asleep wear off and I get a phone call. Well, I miss the phone call, but then I get a text message: ‘hey man, call me ASAP’. And so, I call this guy ASAP and he proceeded to tell me that Chyna had indeed passed away and that he had discovered her there in her apartment in Redondo Beach [California]. And this was, man, in the evening, but this was hours and hours before this broke on a nationwide scene or worldwide scene and I was one of the first people to know. And when the guy called me, this hit me so hard and I couldn’t believe it. I said to him three times, I said, ‘dude,’ I said, ‘you’re shooting with me? Chyna’s dead?’ And he said, ‘Steve, I’m shooting with you.’ He speaks the language. I said, ‘dude, this is not a rib, right?’ because you just don’t rib like that. It would be a morbid rib. But there was just no way, and I knew this guy was a very close acquaintance of Chyna’s, so I knew it was a shoot, but I could not believe it,” Austin recalled.

“It was like somebody hit me in the head with a baseball bat. I’m coming out of this anesthesia. I’m pretty clear-headed. And then, someone calls me and just tells me that someone that I care deeply about and had many, many good times with was gone. And she was only, I guess, 46 years old. And again, I was under the assumption, I knew she had some issues, but I was under the assumption that she was straightened up or clean or whatever. And, man, I tell you what, I just stood around and I was in shock. Didn’t really know what to do. There’s nobody to call. There’s nothing to talk about. It’s just so heavy duty.”

During the podcast, ‘Stone Cold’ also shared a story of meeting Chyna for the first time.

“I remember the first time I met Chyna. It was somewhere up in the northeast [United States]. For some reason, I might have been sharing a car with Shawn Michaels and Triple H or I met them at the same hotel at the same time, whatever happened. And Chyna shows up and she’s going to make her debut the next day, I believe. And there’s a connection there because Triple H was trained by Killer Kowalski and Chyna had just completed Killer Kowalski’s [professional] wrestling school and I guess someone had given the [WWE] office a buzz, saying, ‘hey man, there’s this real big chick and she looks pretty bad ass and Killer Kowalski trained her and she [has] got a great look’.

“So, anyway, I don’t know how all the dynamics of that went down, but, I mean, I remember meeting her that night for the first time and I’m thinking to myself, ‘man, this chick is bad. She looks great. She’s built like a million bucks.’ You could see she was spending hours and hours in the gym and watching her train, the textbook form she had, I mean, her form was better than most of the guys and she was serious about what she was trying to do and she’s a smart lady, as I would come to find out. But, anyway, so she gets in the company. I’m not going to do a whole synopsis on her career, but I hit it off with Chyna from day one. And as I got to know her. I got to know her silly side and me and her always had this kind of great relationship, but just goofy, silly sense of humor that probably only me and her got.”

Austin will remember Chyna as a kind, funny, and intelligent woman.

“I got a chance to hang out with her a lot, do business with her a lot, watch her learn the system, watch her understand the push, and watch her get over, andwatch her operate. And she got over big time in the Attitude Era. And she had a monster run. And she had a definite impact on the business of professional wrestling.” Austin added, “Chyna was one of the funniest, sweetest people that I have known in the business of pro wrestling. And I think if you go back and you asked all those people that were there in the locker room when she was there, when she was hot, universally, you’re going to get thumbs up [for] her. I think all the guys respected her. Everybody knew she was over. And whatever happened with why she left the WWE or who was responsible for that, I don’t know any of that. That’s soap opera stuff that I didn’t get into, but I respected Chyna. I liked Chyna. I thought she was a bad ass and she was an absolute sweetheart and she was very intelligent. I know Chyna had her issues after she left the WWE, but, man, she had made a comeback from that.”

‘The Texas Rattlesnake’ went on to say that a posthumous induction into the WWE Hall Of Fame for ‘The Ninth Wonder Of The World’ is not enough to memorialize her trailblazing WWE career or remember her as a person.

“I don’t think it will ever be right because she didn’t go into the [WWE] Hall Of Fame while she was alive, living and breathing with us. And I thought she earned the right to be in the Hall Of Fame and to put her in there posthumously, if I’m saying that word correctly, man, it’s just not good enough. And so, I don’t know how you rectify that, how you deal with that, because things are just screwed up. And, man, her going into the Hall Of Fame is just so small in comparison to the fact that this young lady is no longer with us. I don’t know what to make of it.”

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Source: Notts TV

WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart was in the U.K. for a series of Q&A shows last week. While he was in Nottinghamshire last Friday, he spoke to Iain Chambers of Notts TV News and talked about appearing at WWE Payback this Sunday in Natalya’s corner in her match against WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte.

Hart said that the only reason he was making the appearance was for his niece, Natalya. He did admit that he was looking forward to being there with his old rival, Ric Flair, who will be in Charlotte’s corner.

“Ric Flair is an old nemesis of mine,” Hart said. “I find myself smiling or chuckling at whatever the antics [will be]. Whatever happens will be entertaining… It will be good for both of us, Ric and I, [we] are old rivals that have had a lot of words go back and forth over the years, but we also have a lot of respect for each other. I guess I look forward to his antics, and I always get a kick out of his schtick.”

“The Hitman” was also asked about the passing of Chyna, and specifically if she should be in the WWE Hall of Fame. Hart said that Chyna should “absolutely” be in the Hall of Fame, and noted that she kicked the door for women in the business, possibly more than anyone else. Hart said that despite Chyna’s issues over the years, she was one of the nicest people you’d meet and she had a heart of gold. He said that he feld bad for how her life turned out, and said that she never seemed to get over her falling out with Triple H.

“Her career and everything went into the toilet at the same time,” Hart said. “She’s definitely a tragic story in wrestling and it’s a shame that we lost her so soon.”

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Source: The Mirror

Triple H spoke with The Mirror while on the current UK tour and provided these comments on Joanie “Chyna” Laurer passing away at the age of 45 on Wednesday:

“It is obviously tragic and clearly my well-wishes go out to her friends and family. Brilliance sometimes, and that ability to push barriers and boundaries and be a pioneer, is often connected closely with other things that aren’t so positive sometimes, and demons, and unfortunately that is the case.

“Man, [she was] just a great person, an amazing talent, a ground breakingpioneer, that was never afraid to go out on a limb and blaze her own trail through life. She never took, and when you’re choosing a path [you can say] ‘hey here is a path let’s go down that one’ or you can blaze your own path and burn it up and create something for others to follow, and that’s what she did, and that star shone bright, but unfortunately burned out way too fast.”

He also commented on a possible WWE Hall of Fame induction for the former Intercontinental Champion:

“You know it’s not my decision, but I definitely think, as I have said before, that what she did in her life certainly warrants it. There was never anybody like her before her, and there will never be anybody like her after. It’s certainly warranted and I’m sure at some point when the time is right, hopefully, that could happen.”

Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Chyna appeared on the Bell 2 Bell podcast recently and made some pretty heavy claims in relation to her ultra-successful Playboy shoot.

Chyna says that when she was offered the opportunity to pose for Playboy, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon made it known to her that she could never become world champion.

“Yes, there certainly was, it was actually in the pipeline and ready to happen, but when Playboy came along and wanted me to pose for them, I had to make a choice. Vince (McMahon) told me if I did Playboy, I could never be world champion. I’m a woman, I like to feel pretty and liberated, and be able to kick some ass too, so I chose Playboy and was never world champion,” she said.

Chyna would never become world champion. This conversation would have occurred fifteen years ago, as Chyna appeared in the November 2000 edition of Playboy. She and WWE parted ways a little over a year later.

Now 44, Chyna has been making several attempts to reconcile with the WWE in hopes that she can get another run, or a Hall of Fame induction.