Chyna Talks Beating WWE In Court, Letter To McMahon, Her TNA Stint, Her Future & More
WrestlingINC.com: You legally changed your name to Chyna, right?
Chyna: Yes, in 2007. It took me seven years.
WrestlingINC.com: That's incredible. It's not often that someone can get to use their old WWE name so congratulations for that.
Chyna: To me, my name was Chyna. What bothered me was Joanie Laurer. There was no mom Laurer, there was no dad Laurer. I was totally abandoned so what bothered me was my given name. There was sort of that confusion like, "Okay, Chyna's a fake name." That was already a confusing issue. To me, I'm Chyna. It was more of a business thing. Vince gave me a hard time. I didn't get a lot of work. It was hard to do radio interviews because they would then call in and say, "You better not use Chyna because I own that." I was like, "Okay." So I went for it. It took me seven years. As soon as I got the name, I was like, "Okay, I'm hot on the pavement again. Let's go," because there were no legal issues or no bullying issue. I'm glad I didn't quit.
WrestlingINC.com: You were on Howard Stern the other day and you said that you had sent a letter recently to WWE. Was that fairly recent or was that a little while ago?
Chyna: Maybe like a month now.
WrestlingINC.com: And they just said that they weren't interested?
Chyna: They said they're not interested. For so long I didn't even think about writing a letter but all my fans were like, "I miss you Chyna. I love you. When are you going back? When are you going back?" for like 11 years, right? My friend, he's a lawyer, and he said, "Chyna, you need to reach out to Vince McMahon." I was like, "Nobody reached out to me," and whatever. He was like, "Do you want to reach out to Vince McMahon?" I said, "Yeah, I would like an explanation, some closure, come back, do business." I did that and really felt good that I reached out because when the fans say, "What's going on?" I can honestly say, "He's not interested."
WrestlingINC.com: You were with TNA for a brief time earlier this year.
Chyna: Yes, and I want to honestly tell you - it's not hard to find my phone number. Nobody ever called me in 11 years. I get the phone call from Vince Russo. He was like, "Hey, what's up? Would you be interested in coming back?" I was like, "Sure, let's talk." The next day I was on a plane. I was looking good, feeling good and I think everybody was just like blank stares and it was very bizarre. I don't know if they were expecting desperation. I didn't know what was going on. It was great to see the boys, I was happy and then I never heard from them again.
WrestlingINC.com: Now that your movie career is going and everything - is that something that you don't really see a return to or is it a possibility?
Chyna: Of course I believe it's a possibility. That's why I wrote the letter. I don't personally think it's going to happen. [Regarding returning to TNA earlier this year] Eric Bischoff made executive comments about me; it did hurt my feelings because I love Dixie Carter. She's an amazing, really strong woman. It was so cool to see the boys and even the ones I didn't know… It made me feel incredible because they were like, "Chyna!" I was like, "Wow, this is so awesome." It was by far not a negative experience. It was great. I hope they're thinking about bringing me back.