If They Only Knew

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HarperCollins, Jan 30, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 336 pages
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Part feminist, part superhero, Chyna has blazed a trail where no woman had gone before. She has gained the respect of the men inside the World Wrestling Federation, and the world at large. She was the first woman to wear the Intercontinental Championship belt, yet these were not her most significant battles.

She has battled her entire life: against a controlling mother; against a scheming father; and against a world with a predetermined view of what beauty and success should be. She has battled and won her entire life.

If they only knew offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the World Wrestling Federation, and a rarer glimpse of what it takes just to get there -- the hurdles that must be overcome... and the broken hearts and broken body parts that are suffered along the way.

Chyna -- a.k.a. Joanie Laurer -- lets us in what it's like to live your dream and overcome your nightmares. Complete with insights from other WWF Superstars, this is a must read for any fan of the WWF and for anyone who wants to see how a real-life hero overcame adversity.

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User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

I wonder why it is that so many biographies can't follow a simple time line? Don't get me wrong... I enjoyed the book. I just would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been so scattered. Read full review

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User Review  - JenniferJ - Goodreads

I enjoyed reading about Chyna aka Joanie Laurer's rise to fame and stardom. The photo's were awesome. I loved and miss Chyna so much. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Chyna made history in 1999 by becoming the first female to win the World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Championship belt. She has appeared on 3rd Rock from the Sun and Mad TV, and recently encouraged young to "Smackdown the Vote" at the Democratic National Convention. This is her first book.

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