Orlando Sentinel – July 15, 2001
By Ric Russo
Now she’s just Joanie Laurer.
Recently in his weekly Ross Report, WWF official Jim Ross reported contract negotiations between Laurer — a k a Chyna — and the WWF had broken off.
When her current deal expires in November, Laurer will become a free agent. Ross went on to say the company wished Laurer the best in her future endeavors.
Since joining the WWF in 1998 as Chyna, the “ninth wonder of the world,” Laurer has enjoyed a very successful run competing against both men and women.
Apparently the sticking point in negotiations was money. Since Ross made that announcement Laurer has not appeared at any WWF events.
Does the name Sable ring a bell? Two years ago she was the top female star in the WWF before problems in the working relationship between her and management came into play. Sable, real name Rena Mero, sued the company; the case was settled out of court. Sable has not wrestled since.