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She originally wanted to pursue a career either in the FBI or DEA, but chose to follow her original love of bodybuilding (which she'd picked up as a teenager).
Chyna was often encouraged to make the most of her muscular frame and pursue professional wrestling.
Chyna was born Joan Laurer in Rochester, New York as the youngest of three siblings. She lived with her mother and frequently moved through much of her young life.
She was a talented student, learning to speak fluent French and German, finishing her high school senior year in Spain, and graduating from the University of Tampa.
She was trained by legendary wrestler Killer Kowalski in Massachusetts.
While there, she first met and began dating the man who'd most influence her life, Paul Levesque.
With a history of drug and alcohol abuse, Kovar left the show for treatment after episode four, returned on episode eight, and left for good after episode nine.