D-Generation X



Wrestled In: WWF/E

Debut: 9/20/1997

Alternate Names: Degeneration X (alternate spelling), DX, D-X

Finishing Maneuver: All individual finishers (unless you include the crotch chop)

Other Related Websites:
Degeneration-X (Original) - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Degeneration-X (New) - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Degeneration-X (2006) - Online World of Wrestling Bio
D-Generation X - Wikipedia Bio
The History of DeGeneration X - Wrestling Information Archive

Wrestlers
Chyna
"Bad Ass"
Billy Gunn
"Triple H"
Hunter Hearst Helmsley
"Roaddogg"
Jesse James
"HBK"
Shawn Michaels
"Iron"
Mike Tyson

X-Pac


Managers
Rick Rude


History: (Taken from Wikipedia Bio, 11/04/2008)

Beginning

D-Generation X (also known and spelled as Degeneration X, DX and D-X) is an occassional professional wrestling tag team (formerly a stable) wrestling for World Wrestling Entertainment (previously the World Wrestling Federation). The group originated in the midst of the WWF's "Attitude Era" from 1997 to 2000. Their gimmick was that of a gang of rebels who acted and spoke as they pleased, no matter how provocative.

DX is generally considered one of the most popular stables in professional wrestling history, not to mention, one of the most notable. After its original run, the group underwent several roster changes, and disbanded in 1999. After a brief reunion in 2000 and a teased reunion in 2002, DX reformed in June 2006 as the duo of Triple H and Shawn Michaels, until Triple H's quadricep injury at New Year's Revolution 2007. After Triple H returned from injury in 2007, he and Michaels sporadically team together as DX.

Formation

Off-screen, DX was the brainchild of Shawn Michaels and Triple H (Paul Levesque), who wanted to be paired together in a stable including Chyna. According to Levesque, WWF management wanted to keep The Kliq, of which Levesque and Michaels were members, apart, so they were hesitant to pair the duo together at first. DX, however, was officially incarnated on September 20, 1997 at the WWF One Night Only pay-per-view in Birmingham, England. It was during the genesis of what would become the WWF's highly successful "Attitude Era" in the latter half of 1997. Along with Michaels, Chyna, and Triple H, Michaels' "insurance policy", Rick Rude was also an original member. Triple H and Michaels united after Michaels turned heel after hitting The Undertaker with a chair at SummerSlam. Initially getting together as allies aiding Michaels in his subsequent feud with the Undertaker as a result of SummerSlam, DX officially got together at the One Night Only pay-per-view when Helmsley, Chyna, and Rude helped Michaels win the WWF European Championship from the British Bulldog.

On October 13, 1997, the group officially gave themselves the name "Degeneration X" with Shawn Michaels the leader. It was also the first time they spoke their trademark slogan, "Suck it!" They were often shown on television practicing sophomoric/crude humor and rebelling against authority figures in the company, primarily Vince McMahon (then an on-air color commentator) and then-Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter, the latter of which DX made a particular habit of humiliating with the group giving him the nickname of "Sgt. Slobber". The name D-Generation X was possibly taken from an opinion column by Phil Mushnick which appeared in TV Guide, in which Mushnick lambasted wrestling's primarily Generation X fanbase as degenerates, dubbing them "Degeneration X." On the other hand, Michaels' autobiography would suggest that it was in fact then-WWF head writer Vince Russo who first conceived the moniker for the popular faction. On-screen, however, the name was taken from Bret Hart who claimed that Shawn Michaels and Triple H were nothing more than degenerates. D-Generation X's first feud was against Bret Hart and his Hart Foundation. This feud was unique because it involved two rival heel factions fighting with each other. They also began feuding with the Nation of Domination. This feud ended at Survivor Series when Shawn Michaels won his third WWF Championship in the Montreal Screwjob, which led to Bret leaving the company along with two of the remaining three members of the Foundation. The only member that remained in the WWF, Owen Hart, continued to feud with DX, specifically Triple H.

"D-Generation X" was later used as the title for a WWF In Your House pay-per-view telecast on December 7, 1997. By this point, DX's capture of the World Championship and European Championship as well as their 'victory' in the feud with the Hart Foundation, solidified their status as the lead stable in the company, with this pay-per-view being representative of that fact. Michaels headlined the event as he was disqualified in a WWF Championship title defense against Ken Shamrock. Earlier that night, Triple H defeated Sgt. Slaughter with the help of Chyna in a Boot Camp match. On the December 11 edition of Raw is War (aired December 22), however, the two were forced to wrestle each other for the European title. In a mock match, Triple H pinned Michaels for the championship.

DX Army

In the beginning of 1998, Triple H exchanged the WWF European Championship with Owen Hart. At WrestleMania XIV, Shawn Michaels was the reigning WWF Champion and Triple H was the reigning WWF European Champion. They recruited boxer Mike Tyson to act as the "Special Enforcer" in the main event of the night featuring Michaels against Stone Cold Steve Austin. At the end of the match, Tyson turned on D-Generation X and cost Michaels the match, thus starting the "Attitude Era" of WWF.

The following night, Michaels, putting his wrestling career on hold due to back injuries, left the group. Triple H assumed full leadership of D-X and recruited X-Pac who had recently been fired from World Championship Wrestling and the WWF Tag Team Champions the New Age Outlaws (Billy Gunn and Road Dogg) into the stable. While the group were intended to remain as heels, they became hugely popular and were eventually pushed as faces. During this time, they feuded with The Rock and his group the Nation of Domination and then later, Vince McMahon's Corporation. The group remained united and hugely popular throughout all of 1998 and into early-1999. On editions of Raw is War in April and May, they went to a "war" with Nitro and "invaded" their headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Throughout 1999, the members gradually turned on one another. Chyna eventually turned on Triple H and joined the Corporation. Triple H later turned heel and joined The Corporation as well at WrestleMania XV by helping Shane McMahon retain the WWF European Championship, betraying fellow stablemate X-Pac during the match. Shortly after this incident, Billy Gunn, frustrated at being "held back", also turned heel and departed from D-Generation X, therefore reducing the members to just Road Dogg and X-Pac. X-Pac, however, began to share a bond with then-babyface, Kane, holding the WWF Tag Team Championship twice which resulted in Kane becoming associated with the faction.

Reformation in 1999

On October 25, the group reformed as heels when Triple H and X-Pac helped the New Age Outlaws defeat The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. From then until mid-2000, DX remained a strong and united group. In early 2000, however, Billy Gunn was placed out of action for several months after suffering an injury against the Dudley Boyz. On-screen, Gunn's storyline involved him getting thrown out of DX because "he lost his cool". X-Pac teamed with Road Dogg, but the two never reached the heights of the New Age Outlaws. At WrestleMania 2000, Vince McMahon turned on The Rock and aided Triple H in retaining his title. The group was officially dubbed the McMahon-Helmsley Faction.

The following month, The Rock defeated Triple H at Backlash in a match which featured Steve Austin's brief return to the WWF. Though Triple H regained the title the following month at Judgment Day, the group gradually broke apart. By late 2000, Triple H was a solo star. On the November 6, 2000 edition of Raw is War, the group temporarily rejoined (except for X-Pac, who was injured) to take on The Radicalz (Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko, and Perry Saturn) in an 8-man tag team match, which DX won. The match included the group doing their old DX entrance, as well as telling the crowd to "Suck it!" It was the symbolic end to D-Generation X. The members of DX (excluding Triple H, who turned heel again) and K-Kwik, Road Dogg's then-tag team partner, however, feuded with the Radicalz that month, eventually leading to a match at Survivor Series involving the same eight wrestlers. The Radicalz won the match.

After that, DX remained unseen and largely unspoken of until Shawn Michaels returned to WWE in 2002. On the July 22 edition of Raw, a week after the breakup of the nWo, Triple H handed Shawn Michaels a DX t-shirt and stated he "had an idea," suggesting that the two reform the group. The duo later came out that night to their old music and crotch chops to the delight of the crowd. Triple H, however, turned on Michaels on that same night; he had teased the reunion as a ploy to appease Michaels and lure him to the ring before giving him a Pedigree. This act led to the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam and was the genesis of a long feud between the two.

Shawn Michaels and Triple H (2006 - present)

In 2006, a series of events occurred which hinted at a DX reunion. At WrestleMania 22, former members Shawn Michaels and Triple H performed the crotch chop during their respective matches, which was met with loud cheering from the fans in attendance. The two continued to deliver chops in the following episodes of Raw as Michaels feuded with Vince McMahon and Triple H focused on the WWE Championship, repeatedly running into Vince McMahon in the process. On the June 12 edition of Raw, the events came to a head, when, during Triple H's gauntlet match against the Spirit Squad, Shawn Michaels came in to help his former companion. After the duo had laid out the entire Spirit Squad, the two men began to perform their crotch chops. DX continued their brash antics at the expense of the Spirit Squad, Vince and Shane McMahon, and Jonathan Coachman for several weeks and repeatedly took part in blatantly camp product placement during Raw promos. Most of their antics involved practical jokes on Vince.

On the June 26 edition of Raw, they added to the list of parodies with Triple H impersonating Vince McMahon, talking about his love of "Dicks" (referring to Dick Ebersol, Dick Clark, and Dick Cheney), while Michaels impersonated Shane McMahon (this episode is also famous for being the "Holy Shit" episode due to excrement being dumped on Vince and Shane McMahon and the entire Spirit Squad). During their feud, DX defeated the Spirit Squad at Vengeance and on the July 15 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, as well as The McMahons (Vince and Shane) at SummerSlam. At Unforgiven in a handicap Hell in a Cell match that featured The Big Show on The McMahons' side, DX again came out victorious.

DX's next feud was with Rated-RKO (Edge and Randy Orton). At Cyber Sunday, the fans selected Eric Bischoff over Vince McMahon and Jonathan Coachman to be the special guest referee for the match. Bischoff allowed the illegal use of a steel chair to give Rated-RKO the win. With this win, Rated-RKO became the first team to "defeat" DX in a tag team match since their reunion in June 2006. At Survivor Series, Michaels and Triple H got back at Edge and Orton by leading Team DX (Triple H, Michaels, Matt and Jeff Hardy, and CM Punk) to a dominating 50 sweep over Team Rated-RKO (Edge, Orton, Gregory Helms, Johnny Nitro, and Mike Knox).

In 2007, DX challenged for the World Tag Team Championship against Edge and Orton at New Year's Revolution. The fight ended in a no contest after Michaels hit the referee. During the match, Triple H suffered a legitimate torn quadriceps. After the match, DX beat down Rated-RKO with steel chairs and on the announce tables. Michaels and Triple H teamed up again under the D-Generation X gimmick on the January 28 (2008) episode of Raw defeating Umaga and Snitsky. Despite DX reforming for one night only occasions, both Triple H and Shawn Michaels have used the "crotch chop" since the one night only returns.

On the September 29, 2008 edition of Raw, Triple H and Shawn Michaels reunited as DX to take on Chris Jericho and Lance Cade. They won by disqualification, due to Cade and Jericho attacking Michaels with a ladder. On the October 20th edition of Monday Night RAW, DX were briefly mocked by John Morrison & The Miz. On the 800th episode of Raw, DX defeated Morrison and the Miz, with Triple H pinning the Miz after sweet chin music from Michaels and a pedigree from Triple H.

Title Summary: (If I'm missing any, please let me know)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion (Michaels) (9/20/97 - 12/11/97)
- WWF World Heavyweight Champion (Michaels) (11/09/97 - 3/29/98)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion(2) (Helmsley) (12/11/97 - 1/20/98)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion(3) (Helmsley) (3/16/98 - 7/14/98)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion (New Age Outlaws) (3/30/98 - 7/13/98)
- WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion (Helmsley) (8/30/98 - 10/11/98)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(2) (New Age Outlaws) (8/30/98 - 12/14/98)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion(4) (X-Pac) (9/15/98 - 9/29/98)
- WWF European Heavyweight Champion(5) (X-Pac) (10/18/98 - 2/15/99)
- WWF Hardcore Champion (Roaddogg) (12/15/98 - 2/08/99)
- WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion(2) (Roaddogg) (3/15/99 - 3/29/99)
- WWF Hardcore Champion(2) (Gunn) (3/15/99 - 3/28/99)
- WWF World Heavyweight Champion(2) (Helmsley) (8/23/99 - 9/14/99)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(3) (New Age Outlaws) (9/21/99 - 10/12/99)
- WWF World Heavyweight Champion(3) (Helmsley) (9/26/99 - 11/14/99)
- WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion(3) (Chyna) (10/17/99 - 12/12/99)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion(4) (New Age Outlaws) (11/08/99 - 2/27/00)
- WWE Raw World Tag-Team Champion(5) (Michaels & Triple H) (12/13/09 - 2/09/10)
- WWE Smackdown Tag-Team Champion (Michaels & Triple H) (12/13/09 - 2/09/10)

PWI Achievement Awards: (0 wins, 1 1st RU, 1 2nd RU, 0 3rd RUs)
- 2006 Tag-Team of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Michaels & Triple H)
- 2006 Feud of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Michaels & Triple H) vs. Shane & Vince McMahon)