For 15 years, the WWE pretended Chyna didn't exist. Everyone knows the story with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, and how he left Chyna for Stephanie. We don't need to get into all that, it's life. Things happen and the folks that are somehow trying to blame Stephanie McMahon for Joanie Laurer's death are insane. She had been out of the WWE for a long time and had many chances to get her life straightened out and it never happened. I'm not slighting Laurer there, addiction is a difficult thing that claims lives every day. It is a sad reality we all have to deal with. However, it shouldn't have kept the WWE from acknowledging Chyna for all these years.
Now, they will. There will be a moment of silence on Monday Night Raw and several video tributes. These things are well deserved for Joanie Laurer and I have no issue with the WWE doing so. However, the way they just pretended she didn't exist, whether it was due to her struggles, her brief porn career or all of the above, is still bothersome to me. This whole situation reminds me of how the WWE handled Macho Man. It was only till after he died did he get the recognition he deserved. The WWE is a private company, they have every right to be as stubborn and cruel as they want. I just wish they weren't when it comes to the talent whom have provided the fans so much. It is highly unlikely that Joanie Laurer would have ever been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame when she was alive. Now that she is dead, it is almost a certainty. I don't know about you, but that bothers the hell out of me. I'm glad the WWE is honoring her now, I just find it disgusting that it took her dying for them to do so.