Chyna was a trailblazer for women’s wrestling during her WWE tenure. In a time when intergender wrestling was quite rare, Chyna would regularly compete against male WWE Superstars. She eventually left WWE under controversial circumstances and spent a very short amount of time in TNA after that. It turns out that run in TNA had a bit of nervous tension attached.
Following her departure from WWE, Chyna would work in other industries, some of which were not necessarily approved by fans. She also made her way to TNA back in 2011.
While speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Karen Jarrett recalled teaming up with her husband and squaring off against ex-husband Kurt Angle and Chyna at TNA Sacrifice in 2011. She revealed that Chyna was also very nervous before the match.
“People found out that I was going to have to do it. There was a lot of s*** talked about how horrible it was going to be … I thought it turned out well. But, I think I was most proud of that because when I walked in the back, you do this for wrestlers, but I never had it happen for me, people were clapping. AJ Styles came up to me like, ‘You did so good.’[Chyna] was really nervous when she showed up that day,” Karen said. “I remember her being in her trailer all day and Terry Taylor was working for the company then and kept checking on her. She was one of the sweetest people that I think I have met in the business. It’s sad, it’s very sad, but I have a great memory that I got to work with her.”
Chyna will forever be remembered as a trailblazer for women’s wrestling in WWE and her contributions will never be forgotten, long after her untimely passing. Thankfully, she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of DX. Only time will tell if she gets a solo induction now that Triple H is the man hand-picking those inductees.
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