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Chyna Says Future WWE Hall of Fame Induction Likely

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Travis TaylorFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2013

Former WWE women's and intercontinental champion Chyna has said she spoke with Vince McMahon, is on good terms with the WWE and a future induction into the WWE Hall of Fame looks promising.

The one-time bodyguard for Triple H has not been seen in a WWE ring since 2001. 

On Twitter, Chyna posted the following:

I am currently on good terms with @wwe and keeping it that way. I spoke to @vincemcmahon and a #WWEHOF MIGHT be in the near future.

— ♥Chyna♥(@ChynaChyna9_) March 25, 2013

While she did not elaborate on what she said to McMahon, hopefully it is true that she is now on good terms with the company. In her four years with the WWE, from 1997 to 2001, Chyna broke down several walls and broke new ground for other women like Beth Phoenix and Kharma to follow.

According to her book, If They Only Knew, Chyna (born Joan Laurer) was trained by the legendary Killer Kowalski and debuted against a man who was dressed as a woman. Later, she met Shawn Michaels and Triple H at a wrestling show and was hired by the WWE.

She started off as an enforcer/bodyguard for Triple H and Degeneration-X, where she would physically interfere to help gain the win. In 1999 she was the 30th entrant into the Royal Rumble, the first woman to ever do so. She eliminated Mark Henry before being taken out by Steve Austin.

In June of 1999, she became the first woman to qualify for the King of the Ring and was briefly the No. 1 contender for the WWF Championship. (It's Our Time (VHS)) In October of the same year, she defeated Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy to become the first female intercontinental champion.

She would lose the title to Chris Jericho at Armageddon before becoming co-champion with him following a double pin in a match on the December 28 edition of SmackDown. She lost her co-champion spot, and thus the title, to Jericho at the 2000 Rumble in a triple-threat bout that also featured Hardcore Holly.

Chyna would go on to win a second intercontinental title at SummerSlam and then the women's title at WrestleMania X-7.

The WWE Hall of Fame is supposed to be out honoring the best of the best, those performers whose work in the ring surpassed others. This year's class alone features the two longest-reigning WWE champions, the woman with the most Women's Championships, a hardcore legend and a billionaire whose own involvement with the sport has gone from event host to on-screen character.

Chyna helped redefine the role of women in the WWE. While inter-gender matches are not the norm, she showed how the right woman could hold her own in the ring with men and make the event believable.

Had she not entered the Rumble in 1999, would Phoenix and Kharma have done the same years later? Would Lita and Trish have had physical interactions in the ring with men if Chyna had not done the same on behalf of Triple H?

It's hard to say, but someone had to do it first. If Chyna had not come along during the Attitude Era, when the boundaries of the sport were pushed hard, those walls would not have been broken. The WWE has taken less risks with storylines and content since the early 2000s.   

Her recent association with adult films has placed a dark cloud of uncertainty over her and the Hall. If the actions of Superstars outside the ring can reflect badly on the company while employed, then so can their career choices post-WWE if they ever again become associated with the company down the road.

However, if the WWE wants the Hall of Fame to be viewed as a serious institution, then Chyna should be included in spite of her adult film past. No other woman has done what she did, captured the titles she did or ran roughshod over the men like she did.

Hopefully the doors for induction will open soon. 

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