By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.web Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Vice TV issued the next press launch to announce the premiere of “VICE VERSA: Chyna” for Thursday, June 17.
BROOKLYN, NY (June 4, 2021)– VICE TV, America’s quickest rising leisure cable community, introduced in the present day the upcoming premiere of VICE VERSA: Chyna, the licensed and first ever documentary concerning the rise and fall of one among wrestling’s most fascinating figures whose life was tragically reduce quick in 2016 following a deadly overdose. Directed by Sunshine Superman’s Marah Strauch, VICE VERSA: Chyna is the definitive account of the wrestling phenom’s life. It shares an in-depth have a look at what it’s to be well-known in America, weaving a story of betrayal and habit untreated whereas revealing an intimate portrait of a sophisticated lady. The 2-hour documentary will premiere Thursday June seventeenth @ 9 pm ET/PT on VICE TV.
She was billed “The Ninth Surprise of the World”- Joanie Laurer aka Chyna. As a World Wrestling Federation star (now World Wrestling Leisure aka WWE), Chyna was a seemingly unstoppable drive, an Amazonian warrior who went the place girls weren’t purported to go, smashing by way of the glass ceiling and slaying her opponents. However after her abrupt dismissal from the WWE and dropping the rights to her identify, Chyna’s world slowly started to crumble. Making an attempt to navigate the lack of her profession in addition to address unhealed childhood trauma, medicine entered the star’s life. Chyna pivoted to collaborating in actuality reveals akin to The Surreal Life and Superstar Rehab with Dr. Drew, launched grownup films, taught English in Japan and joined the Mormon church.
In 2015, Chyna’s shut circle started filming the star with the intent of creating a documentary known as The Reconstruction of Chyna. The movie was meant to be her epic comeback, capturing the reunion between Chyna and her estranged mom, an unique non secular journey and her pursuit to be inducted in The WWE Corridor of Fame, however Chyna handed away throughout filming and the challenge was by no means accomplished. As VICE VERSA: Chyna will reveal, these in her internal circle had their very own pursuits and demons that had been in play as nicely.
“Joanie aka Chyna’s meteoric rise and fall is the stuff of Shakespearian drama, however beneath all that flash, she was an clever and delicate one who struggled with habit,” mentioned VICE VERSA: Chyna director Marah Strauch. “This documentary will give viewers an intimate and unfiltered view of her private journey as a popular culture icon and past and can compassionately inform the true story of Chyna’s final yr of life.”
Viewers may have unprecedented entry to unique movies from Chyna’s final yr of her life, salvaged footage from the deserted documentary in addition to interviews from insiders in Chyna’s life together with her sister Kathy Hamilton; her mom Jan LaQue; Chyna’s former fiancé and WWE Corridor of Famer Sean Waltman; famend wrestling star and good friend Mick Foley; famous habit drugs specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, who handled Chyna throughout ‘Superstar Rehab’ and labored to get her remedy throughout her ultimate yr; celebrated wrestler Billy Gunn; famous wrestling pundit Vincent Russo; and lots of shut confidants and members of Chyna’s internal circle who spent her final yr along with her.
“I participated on this documentary as a result of, as Joanie’s mother, it was vital to me to have the chance to inform my facet of the story,” mentioned Chyna’s mom Jan LaQue. “Joanie was an superior human being not solely within the ring however, extra importantly, past the ring. She was a beautiful particular person. Joanie’s story is vital to inform as a result of individuals ought to know the huge extent her life’s optimistic influence had on so many others. Her mild, loving and caring method was astounding regardless of the internal grief and unhappiness she carried on the similar time.”
VICE VERSA: Chyna is a part of VICE TV’s VICE VERSA strand, a collection of unbiased documentary specials that function a hub for compelling storytelling that challenges the established order. Different specials underneath the banner embody VICE VERSA: Faculty $ports, Inc. the place former Olympian, NFL star, and NCAA athlete Jeremy Bloom investigates the NCAA’s mistreatment of its scholar athletes (premieres June ninth @ 9 pm ET/PT); VICE VERSA: The Uncared for Pandemic, 40 Years of HIV & AIDS, a complete have a look at what it’s to be HIV optimistic within the USA in 2021 narrated by ‘Queer Eye’ star Jonathan Van Ness; and VICE VERSA: Meghan Markle Escaping The Crown, which explored if institutionalized racism drove the U.Okay’s first black princess to flee the crown.
“With the vital acclaim and success of our hit collection, Darkish Facet of the Ring, we needed to broaden our wrestling content material by way of this installment of VICE VERSA” mentioned Catherine Whyte, Government Vice President & Head of Manufacturing, VICE TV. “VICE TV is thought for its fearless strategy to storytelling and giving voice to tales nobody else will. Chyna’s story is so powerful- she was a disruptor and an icon. Whereas some might have prefered Chyna’s final days stay up to now, VICE TV will proceed to shine a lightweight on tales others are afraid to inform.”
VICE VERSA: Chyna Inc is produced by Citizen Cranium and Rock Salt Releasing. Government producers are Daisy Hamilton and Mark Myers. Produced and directed by Marah Strauch. Co-producer is Eric Bruggemann. Government producer for VICE TV is Catherine Whyte. Senior Improvement Supervisor for VICE TV is Tara Nadolny. The documentary is distributed worldwide by VICE Distribution.
VICE TV is on the market by way of all main satellite tv for pc and cable suppliers and the VICE TV app by way of iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. For extra details about VICE TV, go to VICETV.com
Powell’s POV: The success of Darkish Facet of the Ring has brought about Vice TV to get extra concerned with professional wrestling. Along with the Chyna documentary, the community can also be airing MLW on Saturday at midday ET. Right here’s hoping that the Chyna documentary is a minimum of on par with the perfect of the Darkish Facet of the Ring options.
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