Induct Chyna into the WWE Hall of Fame
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The purpose of this petition is to support an international grassroots campaign to see former WWE superstar Joanie "Chyna" Laurer inducted into WWE's prestigious Hall of Fame.
Immediately upon her debut in February 1997, Chyna was dubbed the "Ninth Wonder of the World," a one-of-a-kind mix of villainess and fan favorite with an unmatched display of pure domination. Chyna's impressive physique and her naturally commanding presence allowed her the rare ability to go toe-to-toe with some of wrestling's most legendary male performers including Stone Cold, Kane, Mankind, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Jericho.
Up until that point, a female actively competing with men (and winning) was something the wrestling industry had never seen before. This was just one of many "firsts" Chyna accomplished for women superstars.
In October 1999 at WWF's No Mercy, Chyna defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the Intercontinental Championship. That night she became a bonafide icon and went on to enjoy two more successful runs as Intercontinental Champion.
In WWE's 35 year history, Chyna is still the only female to hold the Intercontinental Championship.
Apart from that record-setting accomplishment, Chyna was also the first female to compete in the Royal Rumble match and qualify for the King of the Ring tournament. She is also the only female to ever be named the #1 contender for the biggest prize in sports entertainment: the WWE Heavyweight Championship.
With a rich and detailed history facing men in the ring it's often overlooked that Chyna is WWE's only undefeated Women's Champion - having battled remarkable female performers like Ivory and Molly Holly and Hall of Famer's like Lita and Trish Stratus.
We understand any criticism or hesitation to induct Joanie Laurer into the Hall of Fame. Despite this, we want WWE to know that the Chyna we remember is a woman who defined history, defied stereotypes and created a legacy that is as fresh and curious as the day she left in 2001.
Sadly, I am updating this petition to account for the fact that Joanie "Chyna" Laurer passed away at her home in California in April 2016.
Our goal now with this petition is for WWE to finally celebrate Chyna's triumphs and stand with us in full support and encouragement to add this trailblazing wonder into the WWE Hall of Fame. In late 2015, a kickstarter campaign was successfully funded to help shoot a documentary titled "The Reconstruction of Chyna," detailing Joanie's life and career; although she did not live to experience it, we would love to see this documentary include Chyna's induction into the Hall of Fame.
Please sign this petition, tweet @WWE and @VinceMcMahon, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call WWE Headquarters directly at (203) 352-8600!
We have waited 15 years+ to see this electrifying icon recognized and the time is now. Long live the 9th Wonder of the World.
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