Chyna was born Joanie Laurer in Rochester, New York. Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother had "revolving door marriages" (Chyna said it seemed as if there was a new guy every year) and her father was an alcoholic. She describes her childhood/family life as "very dysfunctional". She never got along with her parents and says they were very cruel and abusive to her so she was raised by her sister, Kathy. Chyna says Kathy means everything to her - she's her best friend and "mother". After traveling the world on scholarship and holding many jobs (joining a band, belly dancer, pager saleswoman, etc.), she came back to the US to train and becoming a professional wrestler, Triple H, and become his valet in the WWF. Left the WWF in June 2001 when she could not come to terms on a new contract due to money issues. 1 Nov 2002 - Engaged to Sean Waltman. Both Joanie Laurer and Sean Waltman were WWE superstars in the now defunct anti-authority stable Degeneration-X, playing the roles of Chyna and X-Pac respectively. Can bench-press up to 325lbs.