• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 20, 2016) – WWF Attitude Era Diva Passed Away
On this day in 2016, we lost Old School WWF Attitude Era Diva “The Ninth Wonder of the World” Chyna (Real name: Joan Laurer) at the age of 46 due to an alcohol & drug overdose.
Chyna first showed up WWF TV in 1997 as the female bodyguard (& real life girlfriend) of Hunter Hearst Helmsley, but would soon turn into a member of one of the most famous factions in Professional Wrestling history: D-Generation X.
Chyna left the World Wrestling Federation in 2001 and was only seen in Total Nonstop Action! (TNA) a couple of times in 2004 & 2011 after her WWF departure.
She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019, as a member of D-Generation X, with the entire group being inducted.
† REST IN PEACE CHYNA!
December 27, 1969 – April 20, 2016
• Ric Flair Reveals Why Shawn Michaels Almost Superkicked Him At WrestleMania 35
During a recent interview with CBS Sports, two time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair talked about his WrestleMania 35 appearance, All Elite Wrestling & more.
Below are the highlights:
On appearing at WrestleMania 35 during Triple H vs. Batista and Shawn Michaels (who was on commentary) not knowing he was supposed to come out:
“Oh, I had a blade on [me]! Just kidding. But you know what Shawn Michaels said to me? They thought another mark was hitting the ring like the night before with Bret Hart [at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony]. Shawn almost had to superkick me from the announce table.”
On All Elite Wrestling:
“I’m old school, so I think anytime there is an opportunity for guys to work who are qualified and have been trained properly in a position to be somewhat successful in their attempt to work for either company, I’m all about that. I think that’s great. I don’t think [AEW] should focus on the competition [with WWE] as much as just developing their own product. Their success will come from that.
The word competition is great. People love that part of time in the world, but this will be the first time someone with the kind of money that [Jacksonville Jaguars co-owner] Tony [Khan] brings. You know who Tony Khan is? Tony Khan is a sophisticated, intelligent, well-bred ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair with money. Tony Khan is the limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, bringing the hottest chick to every party that I go to with him, son of a gun.
Now that he has the joint over in England [as co-owner of the Premier League team Fulham FC], I’m sure he has kissed girls all over the world and made them cry. If I had Tony’s bankroll in the ’80s, who knows where I would have been.”
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