Arguably the most popular faction the WWE has ever created, fans of DX might just think they know everything about their history. Read on friends and we’ll see if all of these arcane facts are new to you or if you know far more than the average wrestling fan.
We’ll be covering every incarnation of the so-called bad boys of wrestling. From the early days of the group where they really pushed the boundaries to the dying days of poop humor that made up the reunion of Michaels and Trips, we’ve got you covered. Without further ado, let’s begin our stroll down memory lane.
The history of little people in wrestling is an important one but that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been pretty disgraceful at times. There have been far too many storylines where these adult men have been played for laughs, simply because their genetics resulted in them not growing as much as the rest of the world’s population.
That seems like it should be a relic of a long gone time but when HHH and HBK reformed DX as a two man, terrible joke machine in 2009, they became involved in storylines with Hornswoggle. After Horny wore their gear for weeks, he was handed legal papers demanding he take off their colors... for reasons, we guess. After briefly feuding with these WrestleMania main eventers, he took them to "little people court", which was under the ring apparently. Incapable of stopping themselves from making joke after joke about little people, they were sentenced to including Hornswoggle as their mascot. In short, they made Hornswoggle into a member of a previously, pretty elite group for a single night’s outdated comedy routine. Hilarious right?
14 The Voodoo Kin Mafia
If you’re a wrestling fan, we’re sure you are aware that at one point the second biggest wrestling company in North America, TNA, had an obsession with everything WWE. They have a long history of bringing in former employees of the company, even if they are far past they're prime or were never difference makers.
You may not have known, though, that when they had the men who were once known as The New Age Outlaws under their employ, they put them together and called them Voodoo Kin Mafia. Wait a second, that team name has the same initials as Vincent Kennedy McMahon - which was the entire point. Spending segment after segment taking shots at their former boss, Shawn Michaels and Triple H, who were in the midst of a DX revival at the time, the team, and their horrible, horrible name amounted to nothing. A few years later, after asking for forgiveness both men were welcomed back into McMahon’s welcoming embrace and we bet everyone hopes you forget about this unfortunate time. Oops, sorry.
13 DX Joins the Corporation
Alright, that title is a little bit misleading but if we were going to be accurate it would be an awfully big mouthful. Alright, let’s try it: "five different members of DX who ended up joining The Corporation". Anyway, D-Generation X at its best was one of the most rebellious, edgy groups in wrestling history. That is why it is so surprising that so many of theirs members sold their souls to the devil.
The New Age Outlaws joined up for a single night when they went undercover for their DX brothers. Hunter, Shawn and Chyna, founders and degenerates, on the other hand, were full-fledged members. After Shawn Michaels lost the WWF championship to Steve Austin and retired from in-ring competition for years, he became the WWF Commissioner. Turns out he owed his new role in storylines to the man who paid the bills, which meant he sold out to Vince and joined his forces. Later on, in 1999, Chyna turned on the group that had made her famous and just over a month later Hunter joined her in what turned out to be a plot that two had hatched. A story that turned the two of them into reviled villains after years of immense popularity, it in large part laid the groundwork for the superstardom Trips enjoys to this day.
12 Kane’s First Words
Kane is one of the longest tenured WWE employees of all time and he has undergone a lot of transformations over those years. First brought into the company as a silent menace who sought, above all else, to gain revenge on The Undertaker, he let Paul Bearer do all of his talking while his visage struck fear into the heart of his competition.
That awesome concept couldn’t stand however and his bosses decided his character needed to undergo a change. After being blackmailed into joining The Corporation, he turned against his allies and was kicked out. Starting up a tag team with X-Pac of all people, Kane soon began to take on some of his partner’s mannerisms and despite long-standing claims that he was mute, he gained the ability to speak with a voice box. Of course, when they came up with the first words a terrifying character like Kane would speak, it was a daunting task. They decided he should say "Suck It", the calling card of DX.
11 DX Reunite to Take on Who?
When Triple H took over leadership of DX from Shawn, he spoke publicly about how his former ally had dropped the ball. In the years that followed, it seemed like he truly believed it since the two men seemed incapable of coexisting. They feuded again and again and during the best of times, they ignored one another.
It only makes sense then, that it should take one hell of a story or threat to make these former friends and foes to bury the hatchet and come together for the first time in eight years, right? Turns out all it takes is a group of male cheerleaders for these two men to forgive and forget as both men fighting with The Spirit Squad led to them putting bygones aside.
10 Imitating the Corporation
For years and years when clips of DX were played, the infamous and awfully racist promo where they came out and imitated The Nation of Domination was heavily featured. Appearing in full-on blackface and in X-Pac’s case, padding to make him look fatter, the highly offensive segment seems to be a point of pride for a PG corporation.
On the other hand, for some reason, the time DX mocked The Corporation receives virtually no play at all. Triple H got to be The Rock again, Road Dogg was Vinne Mac, Billy Gunn was Shane O’Mac, Chyna was The Big Boss Man and X-Pac was Ken Shamrock. They swore, made some pretty out there jokes and Billy even bent over in a g string. The segment was plenty edgy and could have easily taken the place of the far more offensive segment despite the outrageous gay jokes leveled at HBK if it had been pushed instead.
9 Kevin Nash, Honorary Member
D-Generation X and The nWo are two infamous groups in professional wrestling that will forever be intertwined due to The Clique taking a major role in the origins of both factions. Kevin Nash, one of the trio of men who made of The New World Order’s nucleus was never a member of DX but despite that fact, he clearly would have been if he was a WWE employee at the time.
That is why nobody blinked an eye when he took part during the January 10, 2013, NXT taping where Shawn, Hunter, X-Pac and Billy Gunn brought the group back together. Announced as an honorary member at the event, it was a non-story in the wrestling world. If Smash from Demolition had been announced as an honorary member of The Road Warriors one random night, it would have been mind blowing even though the two teams are also linked in the minds of fans everywhere.
8 Shawn Michaels Superkicks Little Girl
We’ve already mentioned how the DX reunion devolved fairly quickly into truly horrific and unfunny comedy. Little People’s Court was undoubtedly a low light but it may just have been outdone by the stupidity of the skits that took place on August 10th, 2009.
After taking part in a match that many people see as the best ever, against The Undertaker at WrestleMania, Shawn Michaels took some time away from the ring. When he was set to return, Hunter went looking for his partner in crime who for some reason was now working in an office cafeteria. A stupid premise on the face of it, as it made it look like WWE employees were so poor they needed to take any job they could find (a recurring gimmick in WWE storylines, a la The Big Show and Shawn’s feud with JBL), it resulted in some awfully unfunny comedy. After HBK was yelled at by a little girl who was his boss somehow, Shawn, a future Hall-of-Famer and long-standing main eventer super kicked a child in the face.
7 DX Invasions
Another case of a DX segment that has gone down in infamy, when DX “invaded” a WCW Monday Nitro taping, the segments that aired were unlike anything most wrestling fans had seen before. They mocked their competition, riled up WCW’s so-called fans and asked for their friends Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to come join them. It was revolutionary and unforgettable.
Yet somehow, the fact that the group also made their way to WCW’s headquarters and The CNN Center, the place where Ted Turner, WCW’s owner, worked, has been forgotten by almost everyone. Perhaps that is because nobody thought Ted Turner would actually see them and WCW’s headquarters was also a bust but it’s not like anyone came out during Nitro either. We guess the fact that WCW’s entire roster, including feared men like Haku and Scott Steiner, were present lent the far more famous segment a dangerous aura.
6 Feud for a Name
When Triple H and Chyna left the group that made them famous and joined The Corporation, the massive hole they left in DX was never filled. Kane, through his team with X-Pac, became associated with the group but never actually became a member due in part to his strained relationship with Billy Gunn.
After the Big Red Machine and The Ass Man had been arguing for a while, he attacked Pac and left the group, which left Road Dogg and X-Pac as the only active members. After Trips and Chyna planted a bug in Billy’s ear that his former compadres were making a lot of money off the brand they’d all created, a feud over a trademark took place. Riveting for everyday wrestling fans, right? That led to D-Generation X (Road Dogg and X-Pac) defeating D-Generation X (Billy Gunn and Chyna) in a match for the name D-Generation X. That is only slightly better than when WCW had a match for the letter T. Don’t know about that feud? Count yourself as lucky.
Kane, as we’ve already mentioned, was a member of a short-term tag team with X-Pac, a long-time DX member. When the team imploded Kane made the mistake of agreeing to a stipulation where his girlfriend Tori (not to be confused with Torrie Wilson) would spend a weekend with his enemy if he lost. Obviously, he was defeated and his girl was forced to cohabitate with Sean Waltman for a few days.
Claiming that she was treated like gold after she was released, a few weeks later she turned on Kane, revealed herself to be X-Pac’ girlfriend and officially joined DX. During a brief villainous run in the group’s history, Tori mostly accompanied Road Dogg and her boyfriend to the ring during their matches. She even helped Stephanie McMahon win the Women’s Championship for her first and, to date, only run with the belt (we can hold out hope they rename the Divas Championship).
4 McMahon-Helmsley Era
Any current WWE fan will likely know that Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are married and have several daughters together. The fact they may not know, however, is that Steph became an official member of DX in late 1999, and they ran roughshod over the entire roster.
After Triple H interrupted the onscreen nuptials off Steph and Test, with a video where he was somehow married to an unconscious Stephanie, she turned on her family and fully embraced him. After sending her family packing, the duo took over complete power in the company. Reuniting with his former running mates, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and X-Pac and the aforementioned Tori, DX served as the muscle that ensured they continued to reign supreme.
3 Origin of Name
What’s in a name? In the case of wrestling factions, names are pretty important. The nWo, Four Horseman, Road Warriors and The Shield are groups of great wrestlers with a cool name that won’t be forgotten. The Un-Americans, Dungeon of Doom, West Texas Rednecks, and The Alliance were wrestling groups that had terrible names, featured very famous wrestlers and are thought of as terrible. The stupid name isn’t the only factor that makes them remembered so poorly of course but it certainly didn’t help.
The origin of DX’s name has been largely forgotten by even some of their biggest fans. Bret Hart, one of Shawn Michaels biggest enemies on and off screen, during a random promo, referred to them as degenerates. They fully embraced the barb and incorporated the fact that the youth of the day was known as Generation X to complete their name.
2 Jim Neidhart Teased as a Member
Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart’s biggest claim to fame is as a member of The Hart Foundation. One-half of the tag team with Bret that first went by the name and a core member of the faction several years later, his loyalty in real life was with his brother in law and friend, Bret. When The Montreal Screwjob took place, the entire Hart family was purged into anarchy and before long Bret, The British Bulldog and Neidhart departed for WCW.
Before Jimmy was able to leave the company that he’d called home for years forever (aside from a battle royal in 2007 and current Total Divas cameos) he had to do the honors. A long-standing tradition in the wrestling world, where a wrestler will lose on their way out of the company, Jim’s final appearance went a little different than typical. Walking out with DX and acting as though he had joined DX for almost ten minutes, he was hit with a low blow by Chyna, spray painted and kicked out of the company.
1 Rick Rude
Ravishing Rick Rude was one the biggest wrestling stars in the 1980s and he fully deserves to be a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, which doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. Many people may be shocked to learn that when D-Generation X is eventually chosen to be inducted, Rick could be included amongst those honored.
Most people seem to think that the group’s original lineup consisted of Hunter, Shawn, and Chyna but they’d be wrong by leaving out Rick. During Raw is War’s main event on August 11th, 1997, where Trips and Chyna interfered for Shawn, Rude returned to the WWF as his bodyguard. Taking on the role that Sid and Diesel had taken on before, he mainly stood silently in suits watching over his charge and his buddies as a DX founding member. When The Montreal Screwjob took place not long after, Rick, like Bret’s brother-in-laws left the WWF in protest, which led to his role in the group being mostly forgotten.