Top 10 Intercontinental Champions That Never Won The WWE Championship
You can bet that, if this list was written for WWE.com, this entry would be nowhere near it.
Joan Laurer wrestled as Chyna for the WWE between 1997 and 2001 and made one hell of an impression. Chyna redefined the way in which women were presented in wrestling; her physique was on par, if not more impressive, than most of the male competitors on the WWE roster and her role as a bodyguard was a first for women, who had usually been nothing more than valets or girlfriends at ringside. This, combined with Chyna’s real life friendship (*cough cough*) with Shawn Michaels and Triple H allowed her to slot right into the main event picture as a founding member of D-Generation X, which only increased her star power. This led to Chyna being given some incredible opportunities, including becoming the first woman to enter the Royal Rumble match and King of the Ring tournament. However, Chyna’s crowning moment came at No Mercy 1999, when she defeated Jeff Jarrett for the Intercontinental Championship in a truly empowering moment for women everywhere. It may have been in a “Good Housekeeping Match”, but, you know… sigh. WWE just can’t let us win, can they?
Chyna would go onto hold the belt another time with Chris Jericho (it was a weird joint reign thing, don’t ask) before her WWE career went into an unfortunate downward. Backstage issues with former boyfriend Triple H (who, allegedly, began his relationship with Stephanie McMahon whilst still dating Chyna) plagued her career and it’s the reason she was barely mentioned on WWE TV before her tragic passing in 2016. Chyna truly changed the way in which women were presented in wrestling and was one of the biggest stars of the WWE’s Attitude Era, regardless of gender. Despite her rocky relationship with WWE, Chyna is still a legend and, will, hopefully, be honoured in the Hall of Fame one day. But, for now, she’ll just have to settle for appearing on this list, which, you could say, is much, much better. It’s really not.