BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 10:  WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross attends "What Now"  Los Angeles Film Premiere at Laemmle Music Hall on March 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
Jim Ross Recalls How Triple H-Stephanie McMahon Relationship Pushed Out Chyna
As Paul "Triple H" Levesque and Stephanie McMahon are nearing 20 years of marriage in 2023, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross discussed Triple H and Stephanie's engagement in 2003 on the February 20, 2023 episode of "Grillin JR." He reflected on how the relationship affected a fellow Hall of Famer, Chyna, who was finally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of D-Generation X in 2019.
Before Triple H and Stephanie's relationship, Levesque had been dating Chyna, and their breakup sent Chyna on a downward spiral, which JR said made her difficult to negotiate with. "I think her conduct and her mood and attitude quickly eliminated her from consideration from another contract," JR said, noting that Chyna's "seeming instability" was too much of a risk.
Chyna wrestled briefly in Japan for NJPW and made a brief appearance in TNA Wrestling but became a staple of reality television and adult entertainment — a career path that led to her being essentially excommunicated from WWE. Chyna was desperate to repair her relationship with WWE, the subject of which was the center of the documentary "Wrestling With Chyna," in production before her death in 2016 at 46.