Chyna’s Family Threatens Legal Action Over Docuseries Episode

WWE Hall of Famer Chyna
WWE Hall of Famer Chyna

A future episode of “Autopsy: The Last Hours Of…” will be focussed on WWE Hall of Famer, Chyna. Based on emails obstained by the Pro Wreslting Sheet, however, Chyna’s mother Jan LaQue reached out to the producers of the show and Reelz (the network the show is on) and stated her intention to defend Chyna’s legacy against any potential cases of defamation.

Here is what a description of the episode reads:

On April 20th 2016, professional wrestling legend Chyna died from an overdose in her Los Angeles apartment. Once celebrated as the ninth wonder of the world – Chyna’s life unravelled after she left WWE and she became infamous as a casualty of drug and alcohol abuse. After a mysterious 4-year-long exile in Japan, Chyna returned to the US intent on reinventing herself – only to die alone 9 months later at the age of just 46. In this episode, expert Coroner and Forensic Pathologist, Dr. Michael Hunter unpacks the secrets of Chyna’s autopsy report and together with accounts from friends, pieces together the truth about Chyna’s tragic death.

Here is LaQue’s response in emails obtained by Pro Wrestling Sheet:

“I want to make it clear to you, very very clear, that NO ONE – NO ONE – really knows what happened during Joanie’s final hours. So you can’t possibly air something on the supposed “Truth” because you don’t know it.  I don’t know it!!”

“I expect a contact immediately back from you stating that you will not be airing this program,” LaQue continued. “If I don’t hear from you by the end of the day on Monday, August 12th 2019, you will give me no other choice but to have my attorney contact you on this matter.  So someone had better contact me on this ASAP.”

A further email sent by LaQue reads as follows:

“If you continue on with this and defame Chyna or tarnish her legacy in any way, you are really opening yourself up to defamation.  Not to mention personal and emotional duress on the part of myself and her family because of what you are doing,” Laque added.
Chyna’s mother finished her message saying, “You need to be VERY clear that as her mother and her sole beneficiary, I am going to vigorously defend my daughter and her estate, protect her legacy from vultures like you who want to drag it through the mud, and do whatever I can to stop you and those like you from making a buck off of her tragedy both now and in the future.”

Reelz then sent the following email to Pro Wrestling Sheet:

“Autopsy: The Last Hours of… responsibly explores the circumstances of the passing of well-known and genuinely loved celebrities who the public cares about immensely. The REELZ series generates much feedback from our viewers ranging from fans who tell us it provides closure, medical professionals who praise its scientific accuracy and many who gain helpful perspective of health issues that might not otherwise receive attention like Karen Carpenter who brought anorexia into the public consciousness and, more recently, with Prince whose passing focused attention on the Opioid epidemic.”

Chyna To Receive Solo Hall of Fame Induction?

Chyna has never really received a proper DVD or documentary on her life and career produced by WWE. Earlier this year, Triple H commented on the possibility of Chyna receiving a solo induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, which wold almost certainly result in her career being covered in a documentary or DVD series:

“I’m sure she will be in the Hall of Fame sometime on her own. I think it’s fitting she is in there with DX in the beginning because it’s how she started, and I think it’s what it should be,” he said to CBS.

“Partly because finally, the time has passed where everything can just happen, and it can be right for her where the moment of putting her in the Hall of Fame for this manner is about her accomplishments and not about anything else. That was always my bigger point of this. You can’t do it when [the negative] becomes the conversation. The conversation needs to be about her accomplishments and what she did here.”