• Chyna went against Vince McMahon's wishes by posing for Playboy
  • Chyna's Playboy issue is among the magazine's top-sellers 
  • Chyna's tell-all biography will be released soon

Joanie Marie Laurier, better known in the WWE as Chyna, had her share of popularity when she made her debut in the promotion.

Her hulking presence was hard to miss during her days in the Attitude Era and with the D-Generation X, and most know how her ring career blossomed from there.

Starting as a bodyguard, Chyna left a lot of memories before her death in April 2016 from an accidental drug overdose.

Among those accolades include becoming the first and only female to win the Intercontinental Championship in 1999. She made a lot of other firsts for a female wrestler that year, including being the first woman to qualify for the King of the Ring tournament.

With her rise to fame, many took notice. That included posing for Playboy Magazine which WWE top brass Vince McMahon was apparently against.

Chyna claimed that posing for the magazine cost her a WWE Championship run, which is now confirmed by her manager Anthony Anzaldo. This was one of the topics of discussion when he spoke during the segment titled “Documenting Chyna” on the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast.

"They offered her the WWE Championship belt, but Vince said, 'But you can't do Playboy' because she got offered to do Playboy," Anzaldo bared. "She chose Playboy over the belt. She went and got her boobs done one week and didn't tell Vince, and when she came back, he was f-ing pissed.”

Despite going against McMahon’s wishes, Chyna gained superstardom when she appeared on the pages of Playboy. Anzaldo pointed out how that magazine issue was among the top three of all time behind Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe.

WWE would benefit from Chyna's status as a media darling. The organization wrote a book on her but was not compensated or backed, despite being obligated to promote it on her own.

Anzaldo claimed that there were edits made in the book, leaving out some details and adding fabricated facts about her client.

Chyna's handler revealed that a veritable memoir of Chyna will be coming out very soon, but he was mum about its release date.

Anzaldo knows that WWE would like to keep its distance from him, pointing out how his meddling helped Chyna get her fair shake. That included getting $88,000 in royalties from the company in 2004.

Chyna was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019 along with other members of the D-Generation X.

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Chyna was one of the biggest stars of WWE's Attitude Era. Getty