If Triple H doesn’t want Chyna in the WWE Hall of Fame because of their past relationship, then fine. I respect that. It’s his personal life, and I still harbor resentment over my past girlfriends, too.
But that’s not why Chyna has been excluded (and most likely will be) from the WWE Hall of Fame, according to Triple H’s comments this past Monday on The Steve Austin Show:
“From a career standpoint should she be in the Hall of Fame? Absolutely. It’s a bit difficult though. If an 8-year-old kid sees the Hall of Fame, and goes on the internet…’who is Chyna? I’m 8-years-old, I’ve never heard of her.’ And types that in and what comes up? I’m not criticizing lifestyle choices. I don’t know what they were and I don’t care to know. It’s not a morality thing or anything else. It’s just the fact of what it is, and that’s a difficult choice.”
Lifestyle choices…Triple H must be referring to Chyna’s porn career because her other hobbies (bodybuilding, reality TV, singing, pro wrestling) aren’t scandalous enough to stir such controversy.
The Game can’t be referring to Chyna’s past drug problems, because that would reduce the 120 inductees to a mere Royal Rumble.
So the Chief Operating Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment publicly stated that a former employee’s lifestyle choices prevent her from having her career honored along with fellow pioneers and legends.
You can certainly debate whether one’s personal life should influence professional recognition; however, that’s not my reason for penning this.
If Chyna is penalized for lifestyle choices, then so should these WWE Hall of Famers:
In 2012, a sex tape featuring the Hulkster and Bubba the Love Sponge’s then-wife went viral. Hogan toured the media circuit expressing his disgust and unawareness over being filmed during the intercourse. He filed a lawsuit against Bubba and his then-wife which resulted in an out-of-court settlement.
WWE’s original Diva, Tammy Lynn Sytch, posed nude for Wrestling Vixxxens, Missy Hyatt’s adult website in the early 2000’s. She has been arrested numerous times for charges of third degree burglary, disorderly conduct, and violating a protective order. In 2013, she served 114 days in jail.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
In 2002, Austin was arrested for domestic abuse after San Antonio police were called to his and his then-wife Debra Marshall’s residence where the former WWE Diva was found bruised. The Texas Rattlesnake pled no contest and was fined $1,000, given a year’s probation, and ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service.
In 1992, “Iron” Mike Tyson was convicted of raping Miss Black Rhode Island, 18-year-old Desiree Washington. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison, but was released after serving three years.
In 1983, Scott Hall was charged with second degree murder after shooting a man with his own gun in an altercation outside of an Orlando nightclub. Hall claimed self-defense and the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence. The artist formerly known as Razor Ramon has been arrested multiple times for public intoxication, disorderly conduct, domestic disturbance, and allegedly groping a 56-year-old woman outside a hotel in Baton Rouge in 1998.
In 1983, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania where she died shortly after of “undetermined craniocerebral injuries.” The coroner’s report stated that the 23-year-old died of traumatic brain injuries consistent with a moving head striking a stationary object. Although charges were never pressed against Snuka, the case was left open and he was the only suspect. In 1985, Argentino’s parents won a $500,000 default judgment against Snuka; however, he appears to have never paid due to claiming financial inability. In 2014, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said the case had been turned over to a grand jury.
An 8-year-old could just as easily find this information online as he or she could Chyna’s porn videos. And I’m sure most parents would be more disgusted with rape, domestic abuse, and killing than a blowjob.
If Triple H wants to establish this rule for entry into the supposedly sacred yet non-physical, mysteriously decided institution, then he needs to hold all offenders accountable.
Wrestledelphia.com assistant editor John Corrigan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @NotReady4Radio.
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