A new documentary chronicling the life and career of late WWE legend Joanie “Chyna” Laurer will soon be airing on Vice TV. Separated from the network’s acclaimed docuseries Dark Side of the Ring, the solo Chyna doc, dubbed Vice-versa: Chyna, is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, June 17. A new trailer for the two-hour doc has also been released by the network, and you can check it out below.
“The meteoric rise and fall of Joanie, aka Chyna, is part of the Shakespearean drama, but under all of that flash she was a smart and sensitive person struggling with addiction,” director Marah Strauch said in a statement. “This documentary will give viewers an intimate, unfiltered take on her personal journey as a pop culture icon and beyond and will compassionately tell the true story of the last year of Chyna’s life.”
Before his death, Chyna was working on a separate documentary about his attempt to return to WWE, specifically as a member of the WWE Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, the pioneer of women’s wrestling died suddenly during its production and the project remained unfinished. Vice-versa: Chyna will feature exclusive videos from the last year of Chyna’s life as well as footage salvaged from the incomplete documentary.
The documentary is fully licensed by Chyna’s family and will include interviews with her sister, Kathy Hamilton, and her mother, Jan LaQue. Her former fiance Sean Waltman, who wrestled in WWE as a 1-2-3 Kid and X-Pac, is also featured. Various wrestling figures were among the others interviewed, including Mick Foley, Billy Gunn and Vince Russo, as was Dr Drew Pinsky, who worked with Chyna on Celebrity rehabilitation.
“I was on this documentary because as Joanie’s mom it was important for me to have the opportunity to tell my side of the story,” LaQue said. “Joanie was a great human being not only in the ring but, more importantly, beyond the ring. She was a wonderful person. Joanie’s story is important to tell because people should know how important she is. he positive impact her life has had on so many others. Her gentle, loving and caring manner was amazing despite the inner grief and sadness she carried at the same time. “
Catherine Whyte, Executive Vice President and Chief Production Officer of Vice TV, added, “Vice TV is known for its fearless approach to storytelling and for giving voice to stories that no one else will. Chyna’s story is so powerful – she was a disruptor and an icon. some may have preferred to have Chyna’s last days in the past, Vice TV will continue to shine a light on the stories others are afraid to tell. “
Known to WWE fans as “The Ninth Wonder of the World,” Chyna was one of the best-known figures of the “attitude age” of professional wrestling. When she was fired by the company under unfortunate circumstances, she struggled with addiction, as has been shown on reality shows like Celebrity rehabilitation and Surreal life. Prior to her death, she had begged WWE to induct her into the Hall of Fame, but she was not recognized by society until after her death in 2016.
Vice-versa: Chyna airs on Vice TV on Thursday, June 17 at 9 p.m. EST. Fans can also watch new episodes of the network’s acclaimed documentary series. Dark Side of the Ring for more true stories documenting pro wrestling’s darkest moments. This news comes to us from ComicBook.com.
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