On Monday, ESPN announced D-Generation X as the first inductee of the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Class. DX will join The Four Horsemen and The Fabulous Freebirds as faction in the WWE’s hall of legends. And rightfully so – though the original run for DX only lasted from 1997 to 2000, the group was at the helm for the Attitude Era and provided too many memorable moments to name. Then there was the Shawn/Hunter reunion in 2006, which has provided us everything from Big Show’s butt to a bunch of poop getting poured on Vince McMahon and some male cheerleaders. It’s the cyclical nature of the business.
Inducted with DX will be:
- Shawn Michaels – Now just the second 2-Time WWE Hall of Famer
- Triple H – Guy who created NXT and will basically run WWE
- The New Age Outlaws – One of the top all time tag teams
- X-Pac – Guy who once ripped his butthole open
- Chyna – A pioneer for women in wrestling
It’s an impressive line-up, and all six superstars are deserving, no doubt. But is it a COMPLETE line-up?
No. In the famous words of Shawn Michaels – “Didn’t there used to be a lot more of us?”
So let’s take a look at 6 forgotten DX members who, sadly, won’t be making any speeches in Brooklyn this April.
#1 – RICK RUDE
“Ravishing” Rick Rude was a part of D-Generation X before the group even had a name. Rude made his WWF return in August of 1997 as Shawn Michaels’ surprise bodyguard.
Rude didn’t wrestle during his DX stint. In fact, he mostly just stood in the back during promos, holding a briefcase. Rick was always game to run some interference, though, and his presence as a WWF legend added some notoriety to the group.
Rude left the WWF in November 1997 after the Montreal Screwjob left a bad taste in his mouth. In an infamous moment, Rick appeared on a taped Raw and live Nitro on the same night. Rude was officially kicked out of DX the following week via surrogate midget.
Don’t worry – the Ravishing One was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2017.
#2 – MIKE TYSON
You knew he had the T-shirt, but did you know that Mike Tyson was a full-fledged member of DX?
In January 1998 and at the apex of the Attitude Era, Vince McMahon scored a deal with boxing legend “Iron” Mike Tyson to appear on an episode of Monday Night Raw. McMahon was worried the night wouldn’t go off without a hitch, and rightfully so, since Stone Cold Steve Austin was one of his employees. Austin hit Tyson with the double bird and Iron Mike’s appearance turned into a pull apart brawl.
With Austin set to face Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XIV, DX scored a coup when they got Tyson involved as the special guest enforcer for the match. Tyson showed up on Raw again in March in full DX regalia as a member of the crew.
While Shawn thought the fix was in, either Tyson and Austin made up or Mike just decided he didn’t like Shawn either. Mike would end up counting the pin on HBK for the match, then knocked him out for good measure. The loss would lead to Shawn walking away from DX and Hunter stepping up to take over.
While his few weeks as a card carrying DX member didn’t get him mentioned this year, Iron Mike was inducted into the Hall of Fame Celebrity wing back in 2012 – BY DX!
#3 – KANE
So we all know that the original incarnation of DX was led by Shawn Michaels, then the second era began when Triple H took over. What you may not remember is when the second incarnation basically fell apart in early 1999 when Triple H and Chyna left to join The Corporation. Billy Gunn followed suit after taking enough of X-Pac’s crap.
This left just X-Pac and the Road Dogg to fly the D-Generation X banner. Luckily, they were able to defeat Gunn and Chyna at Fully Loaded 1999 to keep the DX name and sweet merch checks. At only two guys, the group didn’t really feel like a faction, so X-Pac formed a tag team with Kane. The pair would go on to win the World Tag Team Titles.
OK, so Kane was never an “official” DX member. You got me. But did you know that the first words Kane ever spoke on WWF TV were “SUCK IT”? If you’re not down with that, well…
#4 – TORI
So Triple H and Road Dogg returned to the DX fold in late 1999 and the group regained its former strength. Kane figured his buddy X-Pac would help him get patched in as a full fledged Degenerate. X-Pac stole Kane’s new girlfriend Tori instead.
Tori would get involved in the Kane/X-Pac feud, which culminated in an X-Pac & Road Dogg vs. Kane & Rikishi match at Wrestlemania 2000. Sadly for DX, Kane would walk away with the ultimate victory. Sadly for Tori, she’d take a stinkface for her troubles.
Having Rikishi’s big dumper shoved in her face surprisingly wouldn’t be Tori’s low point as a DX member. At King Of The Ring 2000, Tori took a Dudley Boyz powerbomb through a table, putting her on the shelf for several months. It’d be the end of her relationship with both X-Pac and DX.
#5 – STEPHANIE McMAHON-HELMSLEY
With Triple H back in DX, Hunter’s on-screen wife also got to come along for the ride. It’s true, Stephanie McMahon was once a member of D-Generation X.
The first DX “reunion” was part of the overall McMahon-Helmsley Era storyline, where a heel Steph and Hunter secretly got married and took over control of the WWF from Mr. McMahon. Yep, it was a storyline before it actually came true.
Steph’s highlight as a member of DX was when she defeated Jacqueline (with help from X-Pac and Tori) for the WWF Women’s Title.
As the McMahon-Helmsley saga unfolded, this reunited version of DX just kind of dissolved. A feud between X-Pac and Road Dogg in the summer of 2000 would mark the unofficial end of the group.
#6 – HORNSWOGGLE
Triple H and Shawn Michaels would make amends in 2006 and begin to appear on WWE TV as DX off and on for the next several years. Heck, they still do.
In 2009, midget wrestler Hornswoggle became desperate to join the group. The little guy instead found himself the victim of the group’s pranks. In the ultimate display of being butt hurt, Hornswoggle sued DX for mental anguish and took them to midget court. I am not kidding, this is a thing that happened on WWE TV.
In exchange for dropping the charges, Shawn talked H into making Hornswoggle the official DX mascot. Horny would spend a few weeks making entrances with the group. Swoggle’s biggest moment with the band was no doubt his involvement in DX vs Chris Jericho and Mike Tyson on an episode of Raw.
Spoiler alert – Tyson turned on Jericho to realign with DX. And the wheel just keeps on spinning!