Chyna: Wrestling With Demons

Dubbed “The Ninth Wonder of the World” by the World Wrestling Federation Joanie Laurer aka Chyna enjoyed a groundbreaking career until her controversial exit from the organization in 2001. From the moment she exploded onto the wrestling scene in 1997 Chyna was a pioneer. No one had ever seen a 5’10” muscular woman pummel the most seasoned male wrestlers and Chyna relished the spoils that came with the limelight. But Chyna would arguably become more famous for her manic behavior, substance abuse and her untimely death than for the four short years she performed on wrestling’s biggest stage. Almost immediately after leaving the WWF, Chyna’s life began a 14-year spiral peppered with arrests, porn, reality shows and tabloid headlines. It seems that mainstream Hollywood didn’t know what to do with Chyna, a larger-than-life woman who was the queen of one world but a misfit in the other. Chyna: Wrestling with Demons highlights the battles that made her a survivor as well as the heart-wrenching struggles that hastened her final day. Sharing their personal stories of Chyna are friends and colleagues including Tammy “Sunny” Sytch, Jade Cargill, Dr. Drew Pinsky and Diamond Dallas Page.

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