How influential do you feel Chyna was to WWE? Vince Russo recently said in a podcast that Chyna played a big role in the evolution of women’s wrestling, and many people claim Chyna greatly influenced WWE. It is my opinion that Chyna did none of those things. Aside from Nicole Bass, who accomplished little in wrestling, Chyna was the most muscular woman ever in WWE. She was in great shape and it looked believable when male wrestlers sold her offense. This evolved into her wrestling competitive matches against male wrestlers and she was over with the crowd to the point that she was given the Intercontinental Championship. And she was a credible, believable champion. However, all of that does not make her influential. To be influential, she would have to make a lasting change in the product. Aside from Nicole Bass, who wasn’t employed long by WWE, WWE did not go out and hire any female bodybuilders. Some women were noticeably more muscular, like Jazz, Beth Phoenix and Ronda Rousey, and occasionally had male wrestlers sell their offense. But it’s still extremely out of the ordinary for that to happen in WWE, and they didn’t regularly have competitive matches against men. Chyna is still the only female Intercontinental Champion. To be fair, Jacqueline did win the Cruiser Weight title, but again, that was an extremely rare occurrence. During most of the Attitude Era the Women’s Title was a joke. Sable, The Kat, elderly Fabulous Moolah and Debra were all champ at some point. But near the end of 2000 the last 2 Women’s Champs were Lita and Ivory, 2 real women’s wrestlers (and 2 hall of famers). It appeared the division was on the path to a higher level of seriousness before Ivory started feuding with Chyna, and dropped the title to her at WrestleMania 17. About 2 months later Chyna was taken off television (due to the backstage revelation of the Triple H/Stephanie affair, which she was unfairly punished for) and her last match occurred at Judgement Day against Lita. The Women’s Title wasn’t defended for months until Trish Stratus won the vacant title in late 2001. Again, there were 2 credible women’s champs right before Chyna, and she didn’t do enough with the title to really make a lasting impact. The fact that WWE waited several months before crowning a new champion shows that the Women’s Division was not in a significantly better place after Chyna won the title. That’s not an influence on the product. Chyna was a true star In WWE, but she was not influential and she did not play a big role in the evolution of Women’s Wrestling.