Chyna won the Intercontinental title from Jeff Jarrett at No Mercy 1999 on this date in WWF history but there was a much larger story at play here.
Long before Beth Phoenix was considered a decent looking female who could actually wrestle in WWE, Chyna was tearing up the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a decent looking female who could actually hang with the men.
And she was booked to prove as much on this date in history (Oct. 17, 1999) at the No Mercy pay-per-view (PPV) when she defeated Jeff Jarrett to win the Intercontinental title.
The bigger issue, however, was the story behind-the-scenes.
Jarrett's contract had run out and this would serve as his final match with the WWF before heading off to the lucrative confines of World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Except his contract had run out before the match went down.
This put Jarrett in quite the position of power, considering he held the belt and all that. There are two sides to the story, of course. WWE claims he held them up for more money before agreeing to go out and job to Chyna. They've held a grudge against him for it to this day, actually.
Meanwhile, Jarrett claimed he simply asked for his PPV bonuses up front before leaving, seeing as they weren't usually collected until months later. Either way, he was paid, dropped the belt in a ridiculous match that got plenty of good heat, left to help sink WCW's ship, and eventually created TNA.
Here's the match: