Joanie Marie Laurer (December 27, 1969 -) is an American actress and retired professional wrestler who was born in Rochester, NY. A former bodybuilder, she is best known for her appearances with the World Wrestling Federation between 1997 and 2001, where she was known as Chyna. She is nicknamed "The Ninth Wonder of the World" (with the eighth wonder being wrestler André the Giant).
Joanie Laurer trained at Killer Kowalski's wrestling school in Salem, Massachusetts. She debuted in 1995 and worked for various independent promotions as Just Joanie and Joanie Lee. Her career reached new heights when she joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1997; she was called Chyna from then on.
Her signature wrestling moves included:
Jackknife Powerbomb (release powerbomb)
Pedigree (double underhook facebuster)
Gorilla press slam
Handspring back elbow
Kneeling low blow (from behind)
Ms. Laurer is the only woman to have held the WWE Intercontinental Championship (which she held three times) and the first woman to hold a WWE Championship. She was the first woman to compete in the Royal Rumble match and King of the Ring tournament. Before joining the WWF, Laurer held the International Wrestling Federation Women's Championship.
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