Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Children of all ages, D-Generation X proudly brings to you their 20 year anniversary. August 11th 2017 marks 20 years since the birth of DX. They are one of the most iconic factions in wrestling history and have lasted the test of time. We look back at some of their most memorable moments.
The Birth of D-Generation X
From the mid to late 90’s, WWE began to move a different direction with its programming, giving it a lot more ‘attitude’. One of the newest attitudes it would be showcasing was ‘anti-authority’ and this was personified by two main characters. Stone Cold Steve Austin and D-Generation X.
DX began with ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ (HBK) Shawn Michaels, and Hunter Hurst Helmsley, who was later known as just ‘Triple H’. Each week on Monday Night Raw, the two would find a way to antagonise or upset the powers that be. Whether this was Vince McMahon or commissioner at the time, Sergeant Slaughter.
HHH and HBK could talk as much trash as anyone else on the roster, but would also back it up in the ring, as both men would have championship reigns for different titles during this time. After adding the ‘9th Wonder of the World’ Chyna, the group were dominant and continued to be more controversial each week, culminating in an address to the USA Network.
Life was sweet for DX until life played a cruel hand to Shawn Michaels. HBK suffered an awful injury to his back and had to leave WWE, what did this mean for DX? Could it still be successful without Mr. Wrestlemania? In the words of Triple H: “you’re damn right!”
The Genesis of D-Generation X
On the Monday Night RAW following Wrestlemania 14, Triple H addressed the crowd upon rumours of a rift within DX. The new leader of D-Generation X began to call out HBK on some home truths, telling his former team mate that he “dropped the ball”. Hunter followed on by telling the world he is going to recruit a DX army, and his first recruit was his old buddy from ‘The Kliq’ Sean Waltman aka X-Pac. X-pac received a great ovation and went for the jugular of WCW when he got handed the mic. Later that night, the already full of attitude New Age Outlaws were recruited by Triple H, and the DX Army was complete. One of the most iconic DX moments happened when the army went to the frontline of the ‘Monday Night War’ and attempted to invade WCW.
D-Generation X now had all the bases covered in their ranks. Triple H was the leader and moving up the ladder to the main event alongside his enforcer Chyna. X-pac performed each and every night in ring and found his own success, alongside Billy Gunn and Road Dog who are now known as one of the best tag teams in WWE history.
Throughout the last 20 years, D-Generation X have given us some sensational and historical moments in WWE. One of which stands out to many is Triple H winning his first WWE Championship and being surrounded by his DX brothers afterwards to celebrate.
When the 3 count goes down, you can see the jubilation come across Triple H, a fan from such a young age and realising a dream. A dream moment made so much sweeter by having his brothers there who he spent so much time with.
Whilst DX ran rough-shot through the WWE roster, another group began to take notice. If DX where the anarchy and attitude of WWE, then their rivals ‘The Nation of Domination’ were the opposite. Things got personal between the two factions, as DX wanted to have the last laugh and are well remembered for their attempt to mock The Nation.
Consequently, Triple H began to have a very successful singles career and D-Generation X disbanded, not to be seen for years. Coincidentally, it would be the authority figure of Vince McMahon that prompted the return of DX in 2006. His team of male cheerleaders ‘The Spirit Squad’ took out Shawn Michaels and were attempting to do the same to Triple H. The original cast reunited.
Finally, we got a moment we never thought we would see again, when Monday Night RAW celebrated its 1000th episode. We all knew we would see Triple H and Shawn Michaels in some capacity, but we also go a surprise.
For the first time in over a decade, D-Generation X had a full reunion on RAW (except Chyna). The crowd reaction nearly blew the roof of the building in disbelief and excitement. As every fan knows, we always enjoy some wrestling nostalgia and D-Generation X have been in the hearts and minds of wrestling fans now for 20 years. So many of us have grown up with DX. We, selfishly, hope that we see them for one more time.