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On a recent episode of her Cigars, Scars and Superstars podcast, former WWE superstar Terri Runnels discussed some of her past WrestleMania experiences. Runnels gave her opinion on whether the late Chyna should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Joanie “Chyna” Laurer passed away in 2016 due to a drug overdose. She was a pioneer of women’s wrestling and is the only woman ever to win the Intercontinental Championship, but the WWE has distanced itself from her because of her public battle with addiction and her time as an adult film actress. Runnels said she thinks she deserves to be in the Hall of Fame because of all her accomplishments. She also commended her ex-husband Goldust for working with Chyna early in her career.

“Without a doubt. Absolutely. Why wouldn’t she be? I can’t really give you that answer. I’m not in the office and I can’t give you that answer, but I know that there is a lot of emotions that are tied in with her, and we know the story of the different relationships and how they ended up happening, but you know, I think Joanie is one of those people, no matter where you live in the world, she is one of the women in the world you have heard of,” Runnels said. “I know that Dustin Rhodes was very good with working with her. In the beginning, I know some of the guys didn’t want to work with her because they thought it would look bad if they worked with a female, but I’m proud of Dustin for being front and center and was willing to work with her immediately.”

Runnels also discussed her Cat Fight with The Kat at WrestleMania 16. She said she was disappointed with being booked in that type of match, but looking back on it she wishes she enjoyed the moment more. She said even though she wasn’t the most skilled wrestler, she did her best to perform well in the match.

“I think we were the only females that were in that show if I’m not mistaken. I remember being frustrated and disappointed that I was going to do this Cat Fight. I thought to me it was low rent, low class, and at the time I wasn’t thinking, hey, hello, Terri, you are in WrestleMania as one of the matches, and so because I was always wanting and trying to have my character be better than, and a step above, it disappointed me that type of match I was in, which probably me expressing that disappointed both Vince’s, Vince McMahon and Vince Russo. I’m sure my disappointment disappointed that. I am honored to have been in that match. I am honored to have been part of WrestleMania 16 and be one of the main matches on the show,” Runnels said. “It’s one of those things where it’s like, we need to use your body. That was basically what me and Stacy [The Kat] were there for. There was humor in it, and a lot of times I was in a match there was humor. I was not a properly trained wrestler. While I did the best I could, and always gave it my absolute best, we all know that Terri Runnels was not the best wrestler so I gave it the old college try no matter how sick to my stomach I was all day long, worrying about what it was going to look like, and if I was going to do okay just being so nervous, I tried as best as I could. The moment I walked through the curtain where Gorilla Position is, the moment I walked through I tried looking like I was confident and happier than a pig in poop to be there and do what I was doing. I am thankful that a lot of people helped me out a long the way, but that was a very interesting thing. I was very happy to have Val Venis, especially with our history. I thought it was very cool to have Val Venis around.”

WWE Hall of Famers Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah were involved in the match as valets for Runnels and The Kat. Runnels said she didn’t get any feedback from either of the women’s wrestling legends, but she believes they were happy to be a part of that match.

“No, I think anytime Mae and Fabulous Moolah were part of something they were happy to be there,” she said. “I don’t want to get this wrong, but the last thing I want people to think is that I was not proud to be part of WrestleMania. I felt that it was twisted and turned a little bit with the Raw 25 Anniversary. I was so proud to be part of it, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have thoughts and feelings to of wished it would have gone a certain way or if it had this certain thing or that certain thing, but the overall feeling that I had for both things were massive pride and appreciation to be part of it. I think that Mae Young and Moolah were happy to be on WrestleMania and be part of it, and any time they were incorporated in a match and the main story in any of the shows they were really happy and proud to do that. I didn’t get any bad feedback for that from any of them.”

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Mick Foley was recently a guest on Busted Open Radio with Dave LaGreca and Tommy Dreamer to promote his “20 Years Of Hell” tour. This tour will have Foley partake in Q&A sessions, as well as relive the infamous Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker at King of the Ring 1998. During the interview, Foley discussed two people who he feels should be in the WWE Hall of Fame.

The first person Foley discussed in Vader. After dominating the scene in Japan, Vader made his presence known in WCW when he made his debut in 1990 when he destroyed Tom Zenk in very quick fashion at the Great American Bash. Two years later, Vader defeated Sting at the Great American Bash to commence his first of three WCW World Heavyweight Championship reigns.

Vader also won the United States Championship, before departing WCW for WWE in 1996. Although his career in WWE was not as successful as WCW, he was involved in major feuds with names such as The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Kane, and Bret Hart.

Foley, who feuded with Vader in both WCW and WWE, commented on him being in the Hall of Fame, as seen in the video above.

“[Vader] was so dominant not just in WCW, I mean he’ll be the first to tell you, if he came in during the Attitude Era in WWE he would have been amazing,” said Foley. “They had him from the get-go running away from people. I remember driving with him and he would be like ‘I’m Vader and running away from people!’. Whereas I was given open reign to do whatever I wanted with my character, he just seemed to have so many people in his ear to tell him how to be Vader, when he’s done it successfully all over the world…. I think [he should be in] when you take into account everything he’s accomplished in WCW, NJPW, Mexico and in Germany and Europe.”

The other person Foley is vouching to be in the WWE Hall of Fame is Chyna. Making her WWE start as a bodyguard for D-Generation X, Chyna began to spend more time perfecting her craft in the ring. The “Ninth Wonder of The World” underwent an appearance change, causing Eddie Guerrero to become infatuated with her on television. Chyna is the first and only women to win the Intercontinental Championship, as she was champion on two occasions. Chyna also defeated this year’s WWE Hall of Fame inductee, Ivory, at WrestleMania 17 to become WWE Women’s Champion.

Although Triple H, Chyna’s former boyfriend said on the Steve Austin podcast in 2015 that child Googling Chyna is a primary deterrent to her not being in the Hall of Fame, he has since spoke of Chyna in a more positive light, as well as his wife Stephanie McMahon.

Foley also commented on Chyna in the WWE Hall of Fame.

“I also really like just the fact that Chyna is being mentioned and she’s being shown in clips,” said Foley. “I would love to see her in. I know how much it would mean to her mom. I tell people you can’t let that one decision dictate if your career was a success. I didn’t wander around wondering if my career had meant anything because I wasn’t in the hall of fame, but it is a big deal.”

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Tammy “Sunny” Sytch was recently a guest on The Ross Report podcast with Jim Ross where she talked about the site she now works for, which is actually a members section on her own site.

“The way I came across it; I have some friends that are actually in the porn industry. We’ve been friends for years. When you are an artist, you get to know people from all walks of life and you get to know them for the type of people that they are. I don’t judge anybody; I’ve never judged anyone. Well, one of my good friends, her name is Kendra Lust, she’s a big name porn star. I’ve noticed on her page, she had this link to her page called, ‘Only Fans’, and I asked her about it and she said that she puts her porn content on the page, but she said anybody can do this page anybody that they want to do it,” Sytch explained.

“For instance, So-Cal Val does it as well, but in other ends of the spectrum. So, what I did was I am kind of in-between. So-Cal Val does it where she posts cute pictures of her posing in fashion, with her fiancé out in England, just like cute things like that, and she charges x-amount of dollars for it.

“Kendra Lust is the opposite where she shows her hardcore porn content for x-amount of dollars. I am in the middle of the two of them. I post mostly selfies and pictures; like, a lot of pictures that I have had on my phone for over the years. Sometimes it’s just cute selfies of me sitting in my car, or the beach, cooking, or doing something like that.

“Then I also take it to the next step with a little bit of racier content; it’s not XXX-porn, it’s more like Playboy type material,” Sytch explained. “Some selfies are just like a Playboy content; it’s not hardcore stuff, it’s not crazy, I think I only have four videos on there, with hundreds of selfies, or something like that, but that’s basically it. It’s harmless. I am able to charge a little more a month because I do show more than her; not taking anything away from her. She can show whatever she wants on her page, but she’s never shown any nudity in her career, so she charges a bit less, but I can charge more because of it. I charge a little more than Kendra Lust as well because I think her content is available already everywhere that they are not going to pay the high-end dollar just to see her stuff because they can see it for free on the internet.”

Sytch, who is a 2011 WWE Hall of Famer, has claimed she turned down an offer to pose for Playboy Magazine in 1997. She went on to pose nude for Missy Hyatt’s adult website Wrestling Vixxxens. Last year, Vivid Entertainment released a pornographic film featuring Sytch titled Sunny Side Up: In Through the Backdoor.

Also while on The Ross Report, Sytch was asked whether or not Joanie “Chyna” Laurer should be in the WWE Hall of Fame and why she is not enshrined.

“1,000% yes, [Joanie “Chyna” Laurer] should be in. I don’t think the X-rated porn should have anything to do with it; I really don’t,” said Sytch. “The way I look at that is she should be honored with what she did in professional wrestling; who cares what she did to make a living? Who cares? Somebody who moves on from professional wrestling do millions of things; from opening a business, to become teachers, or whatever, but she chose this, big deal!”

“Let’s give her the honor for what she did in the professional wrestling business. Not only was she one of my best friends towards the end, up until the time she died, but I think with the strides that she made in this business, I believe she really opened up the doors for women’s wrestling; not for Divas, but for the women’s wrestling industry. She was wrestling men and it was believable because she was such a big personality, such a huge human being, and she should be rewarded for what she did. Should her porn career matter after her wrestling career? Absolutely not!”

You can listen to the entire episode of Tammy “Sunny” Sytch on The Ross Report by clicking here.

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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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