Vice Announces New Documentary About Late WWE Star Chyna

The documentary will air on Vice TV on June 17.


Vice TV has released a trailer for its upcoming and newly-announced documentary about wrestler Joanie Laurer, also known as Chyna. In 2019, the pioneering performer was posthumously entered into the WWE Hall of Fame, three years after her death from an overdose in 2016.

The documentary, titled Vice Versa: Chyna, will focus on "the enigmatic rise and fall" of the wrestler, sharing "an in-depth look at what it is to be famous in America, weaving a narrative of betrayal and addiction untreated while revealing an intimate portrait of a complicated woman." The film is expected to pay particular extended attention to the wrestler's final year alive. Billed as the first documentary on Chyna ever, the film will air on Vice TV on June 17 at 9 PM ET/PT. Check out the trailer below.

"I participated in this documentary because, as Joanie's mom, it was important to me to have the opportunity to tell my side of the story," said Chyna's, mother Jan LaQue. "Joanie was an awesome human being not only in the ring but, more importantly, beyond the ring... Joanie's story is important to tell because people should know the vast extent her life’s positive impact had on so many others. Her gentle, loving and caring way was astounding despite the inner grief and sadness she carried at the same time."

In a statement, director Marah Strauch (Sunshine Superman) described Chyna's trajectory in life "is the stuff of Shakespearian drama" and called the film "an intimate and unfiltered view of [Chyna's] personal journey as a pop culture icon and beyond."

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