Former WWE diva Joanie “Chyna” Laurer made her debut for TNA Wrestling at Tuesday’s iMPACT! tapings from Orlando, set to air next Thursday night (5/12) on Spike. Chyna was revealed to be Kurt Angle’s love interest that TNA has been teasing over the past few weeks – and will be wrestling a mixed tag match with Kurt Angle against Jeff and Karen Jarrett at TNA Sacrifice on May 15th.
According to a report by TMZ.com, Chyna has NOT signed a deal with TNA Wrestling and is currently working on a “handshake deal” with a “very, very short leash.” After checking with one of our own TNA sources, we’ve learned that there is currently a storyline planned for Chyna that would have her wrestle at TNA’s June pay-per-view as well – but it’s all based on how things go in the coming weeks.
The TMZ report also notes that Chyna has been offered a 1-year contract to wrestle in Japan for wrestling legend Antonio Inoki’s Inoki Genome Federation. Chyna received a huge pop from the crowd for her TNA debut and her entrance video showed the name “CHYNA” – so she’ll be using that name in TNA. She is looking much smaller than the last time we saw her on television and no longer has the muscular look that propelled her to fame during WWE’s Attitude era.