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Balls Mahoney died earlier this week
The wrestling world lost another member of its family this week when Balls Mahoney passed away at the age of 44.

Mahoney was a mainstay in ECW for several years, wrestling the biggest names in the hardcore promotion on a regular basis.

He held several titles during his career, including the ECW Tag Team Championship on three separate occasions with two different partners.

Friends and colleagues of Mahoney took to Twitter to share their thoughts and condolences:
R.I.P. Balls Mahoney
— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) April 13, 2016

Balls Mahoney was my first opponent in ECW. It saddens me that I am now the only survivor from our WrestlePalooza PPV match. #RIP
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) April 13, 2016

Truly bummed to hear about Balls Mahoney's passing. His enthusiasm was infectious. Just a fun guy to be around. #AveSatanas
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) April 13, 2016

I am beyond sad to announce my friend ECW Original Balls Mahoney has passed away. I just spoke w/his wife. pic.twitter.com/OAs3vOmGEH
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) April 13, 2016

I have some memories of Balls Mahoney up on my Facebook page https://t.co/giuFEpzWoz pic.twitter.com/nx90z9feYK
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 13, 2016

RIP Balls Mahoney
— Zack Ryder (@ZackRyder) April 13, 2016

WWE fans may remember Mahoney from a short stint in the rebranded ECW on Syfy, but most will know him from his time in the original ECW or possibly his brief run in WWE as Xanta Claus. Rest in peace, Balls.

Hulk Hogan, Triple H, The Rock & Many More React to Chyna's Death, Legacy
Following the terrible news that former WWE star Chyna passed away, WWE Superstars past and present took to social media to pay their respects to the groundbreaking performer known as "The Ninth Wonder of the World."

See what Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Stephanie McMahon and other members of the WWE Universe had to say about Chyna's passing below.

Someone who wasn't afraid to blaze her own trail & create a path for those who would follow. A pioneer whose star shined bright. #RIPChyna

— Triple H (@TripleH) April 21, 2016

Devastated over Chyna passing,she dated Brutus years before wrestling,such a beautiful soul and so kind to my children,rip Joanie love u. HH

— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) April 21, 2016

I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna

— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016

Sending strength and light to the family of Joanie Laurer (CHYNA). What a trailblazer in the world of the @WWE. #RIPChyna

— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 21, 2016

Shattered glass ceilings, kicked down doors, broke gender barriers, she was an anomaly & untouchable. Rest now-ur legacy lives on #RIPChyna

— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) April 21, 2016

@ChynaJoanLaurer May the peace you were seeking put you at rest my friend. So sorry for not seeing the pain @Mania. We've shared so much

— Kevin Nash (@RealKevinNash) April 21, 2016

So tragic. My heart is heavy today reflecting on this amazing woman. #RIPChyna pic.twitter.com/atJK0XJwlS

— Amy Dumas (@AmyDumas) April 21, 2016

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Joanie "Chyna" today. RIP Joanie.

— Ted DiBiase (@MDMTedDiBiase) April 21, 2016

Joanie, I'm so sorry. I will always treasure our friendship and will never forget your kindness to my children. RIP https://t.co/pVV0KjbkFt

— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 21, 2016

I wish I could hear Joanie laugh again. She had the most most beautiful, dorky, fully committed laugh. pic.twitter.com/fKKNo7Ybe2

— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 21, 2016

So sorry to hear the news of the passing of @ChynaJoanLaurer She was always a great friend of me and Ron. RIP https://t.co/tbyqXma5Kh

— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) April 21, 2016

RIP chyna great memories good times you will always be a great part of my life during a great time of my life you will be missed

— KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) April 21, 2016

Rest easy baby girl! @ChynaJoanLaurer

— GOLDUST (@Goldust) April 21, 2016

Tragic to hear about the passing of Chyna. A true pioneer. #RIPChyna

— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) April 21, 2016

#RIPChyna sad day for women's wrestling. #9thWonderOfTheWorld

— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) April 21, 2016

Saddened to hear of the passing of Chyna. My condolences to her family. Celebrate her life & the footprint she left on the world #RIPChyna

— The Miz (@mikethemiz) April 21, 2016

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Joanie Laurer.Always lovely to be around.

— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) April 21, 2016

Condolences to the family & friends of @ChynaJoanLaurer. Hopefully her troubled soul has found peace.


— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) April 21, 2016

R.I.P. CHYNA pic.twitter.com/FJ6PuW2zsr

— Rob Van Dam (@TherealRVD) April 21, 2016

My prayers go out to Joanie Laurer and her family. It's very sad to hear this news. Chyna was revolutionary for women in wrestling.

— Nattie (@NatbyNature) April 21, 2016




Stephanie McMahon first WWE official to react to Chyna's death

Given the nature of her relationship to WWE, and the deeply personal issues between her and company executive and Vince McMahon's son-in-law, Paul "Triple H" Levesque, industry observers have had an eye out for the company's response since news broke earlier this morning that Joanie "Chyna" Laurer had died.

That response has come from Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, Levesque's wife and a woman Laurer alleged he began seeing while he was still in a relationship with her:

I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed. She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) April 21, 2016
Earlier tonight, Stephanie Tweeted out one of her "midnight workout" videos after news started to circulate that Laurer had passed. She was taken to task for that in some internet forums, but did delete that video from Instagram once the news was confirmed.

Then, this Tweet.

It's an early indication that WWE will take the high road, much as the did with Randy "Macho Man" Savage, who was persona non grata with WWE before his passing and embraced after he died.

Despite rumors as to why there was a rift between Savage and WWE, a difference in the case of Chyna is a pornographic film she made which featured parody versions of the McMahon family and other WWE figures - a film Triple H used to justify her not being in the WWE Hall of Fame when asked about it by Steve Austin on WWE Network last year.

Having Stephanie call her a "pioneer in our industry" (in a Tweet re-Tweeted by the main company account) would indicate at least an acknowledging of her role in the history of wrestling.

We'll have to keep watching to see how, or if, they backtrack from Hunter's reasoning for not doing that while she was still alive.

As as always: "I will get you Next Time Headyverse: NEXT TIME!!!!

edit: "had a photo pic too large"

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