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WWE honors Chyna with heartfelt tribute video

By Wade Sheridan
WWE honors Chyna with heartfelt tribute video
WWE paid tribute to "The Ninth Wonder of the World" Chyna on "Raw" following her death on Wednesday. The heartfelt video featured key moments from Chyna's career. Photo courtesy of WWE/Youtube

HARTFORD, Conn., April 26 (UPI) -- WWE is honoring pioneering wrestling star Chyna with a heartfelt tribute video days after her death.

The video, which premiered Monday on the company's weekly flagship show Raw, features clips spanning Chyna's career, including her time spent with D-Generation X, as Intercontinental and Women's Champion and her partnership with Eddie Guerrero.

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The video also highlights the outpouring of tributes posted on social media from current and past WWE Superstars after her death last week.

"Shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors, broke gender barriers, she was an anomaly & untouchable. Rest now-ur legacy lives on #RIPChyna," WWE Hall of Famer and former Women's Champion Trish Stratus wrote on Twitter at the time as was seen in the tribute.

"Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna," said WWE COO and Chyna's former running mate Triple H on Twitter.

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Dubbed "The Ninth Wonder of the World," Chyna was a physically imposing figure who made her WWE debut in 1997 as the bodyguard of Triple H, a groundbreaking pairing at the time, as women were not seen in such roles in professional wrestling. Chyna stayed by Triple H's side through the late '90s and together the duo helped form D-Generation X, one of the most popular wrestling stables of all time.

Chyna would go on to break new ground for female competitors, becoming the first woman to qualify for the King of the Ring tournament, the first woman to be a No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship, the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble match and hold the distinction of being the first and only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship.

Born Joan Marie Laurer, Chyna was found dead Wednesday in her Redondo Beach, Calif., home, her manager Anthony Anzaldo said. She was 46. According to the Los Angeles Times, results from a toxicology test to determine whether she died of a suspected overdose could take months.

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Anzaldo told E! News that Chyna was taking legally prescribed drugs and may have been over-medicating leading up to her death. Anzaldo had also reached out to A&E's Intervention documentary series about a possible intervention.

"I reached out the Intervention [team] because they offered the opportunity to put a professional intervention together in days instead of weeks. They offered the opportunity for us to get three months in a first-class facility. Provide a professional interventionist. They provided the tools in the quickest amount of time...We were going to document an intervention anyway for our own documentary," Anzaldo said.

But by the time producers reached out, it was too late.

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