VICE’s Dark Side of the Ring usually digs up all the sad and traumatic stories that surrounded the legends of wrestling, but the investigative channel is choosing to cover this story themselves. The rise and fall of the late wrestling icon, Chyna.
To the world she was the 8th wonder of the world, but to very few she was Joanie. The solo Chyna doc, dubbed Vice Versa: Chyna, is set to premiere on Thursday, June 17. A new trailer for the two-hour doc has also been released by the network, and you can check it out above.
“Joanie aka Chyna’s meteoric rise and fall is the stuff of Shakespearian drama, but underneath all that flash, she was an intelligent and sensitive person who struggled with addiction,” director Marah Strauch said in a statement. “This documentary will give viewers an intimate and unfiltered view of her personal journey as a pop culture icon and beyond and will compassionately tell the true story of Chyna’s last year of life.”
Vice’s Vice Versa documentaries have covered a number of controversial topics in the past including Meghan Markle leaving the royal family, and how media coverage affected Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. This will be the first time the series has covered anything in the wrestling business, though.
The doc will feature never-before-seen footage from Chyna’s life and largely focus on the final few days of her life. Those interviewed for the doc include Sean Waltman, better known as WWE’s X-Pac, Mick Foley, and even Chyna’s mom. “Joanie’s story is important to tell because people should know the vast extent her life’s positive impact had on so many others,” Chyna’s mom Jan LeQue explained.