Ah, yes! Tits and ass.
And they weren't wrong.
|Chyna & Chris Jericho|
A few surgeries later and Chyna was everything that they hoped she would be. A sex symbol that could kick some serious ass. (Because why just destroy your opponents when you can look hot doing it too?) Regardless of how you looked at it though, she was wildly popular and brought in some serious money. People seemed to like her. According to Steel Chair to the Head, "she offered a delightful counterpoint to the powder-puff 'managers'" that would accompany their men to the ring. However, she still seemed to symbolize an "immature hetero-masculine desire," while sometimes enacting "a slavish subjection to her male love-interests." In other words, they couldn't let her just be badass for the sake of being a badass. They had to sell her.
And I think that that's what makes then-wrestling so different from now-wrestling. At one point in time, wrestlers had the power to create their character and control their performance. While the "bigger picture" seemed to be planned, the details were left up to the wrestlers. If you wanted to make it in the business, you had to be both athletically capable and creatively inclined (to an extent.) In other words, you had to be able to sell yourself. Now, the company sells you for you. Writers are in charge of creating you and selling you to the public. (The WWE has essentially become one of the most successful pimps in the world.)
"The work of wrestling--the refinement of moves, the development of animosities and alliances, the creation of characters--happened in motel rooms and locker rooms, not in front offices. New wrestlers learned from old-timers, and often skills were handed down from generation to generation within families. Now...wrestlers are less and less skilled workers and more products, commodities who play workers on television." -Steel Chair to the Head (p. 12)