It seems like a distant memory to some, but Joanie "Chyna" Laurer was at one time, as big as any male wrestler in the WWE.  Both in popularity and size, that is.

Chyna came onto the scene in the mid-to-late 1990's for the then "World Wrestling Federation".  She began as the on-screen bodyguard for then boyfriend Triple H.  Many fans did not know how to take Laurer at first as her muscle mass surpassed many of her male counterparts.  Being very silent on television for the first part of her career also added to her mystique.

Things changed drastically for Laurer as the 1990's were nearing completion.  Laurer began to use plastic surgery to augment her appearance, as she originally looked more masculine than feminine.  Her jaw line was changed, as well her breasts were enlarged (these augmentations later helped her land a Playboy pictorial).  In the pro-wrestling game, she eventually broke off to her own and had many firsts for a female competitor in the professional wrestling game.  Chyna has the distinction of being the only woman to hold the InterContinental Championship, the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble (Beth Phoenix became the second several years later), and to have been physically interactive in the ring with many of the top male stars of that era.

Lauer eventually left the WWE on late 2001 (many rumours circulated about Triple H having an affair with Stephanie McMahon, which he later married) and her life has spiralled out of control ever since.  While she has had many projects since leaving (show and event hosting, wrestling in Japan, a return to Playboy), she has also battled substance abuse and erratic behaviour.  This erratic behaviour has seen her end up in rehabilitation facilities on many occasions as well as grounding many promising business ventures.

Quite possibly the most shocking moment was the release of sex-tape with professional wrestler (and ex-boyfriend) Sean "X-Pac" Waltman.  The tape itself sold over 100,000 copies.

In recent times, Laurer has appeared in TNA (Total Non-Stop Action) Wrestling.  She appeared on two shows on a handshake deal.  Her return to wrestling sparked an interest throughout the internet as many people remembered her dominance from earlier years.  Any future appearances in TNA however, are up in the air as Laurer has plans to appear in more adult orientated videos. 

The once promising career of Chyna is now in limbo.  One can only hope that things do truly turn around for the former "Ninth Wonder of the World".