Michaels paired up with Triple H and Chyna to form D-Generation X,
a group that defied authority and marched to the beat of their own drum. They employed the use of vulgarity and obscene gestures
and spit in the face of those that tried to stop them. On Sept. 20 1997, Michaels defeated the British Bulldog for the European
Championship, which in turn made him the first-ever winner of the Grand Slam (WWE, Intercontinental, European and Tag Team
After basically handing the European Championship to Triple H in a farce of a match, Michaels
was once again focused on the WWE Championship. Little did Michaels know, though, that to become the No. 1 Contender for Bret
Hart’s WWE Championship, he would have to travel to hell and back – Hell in a Cell that is. HBK faced Undertaker
at Bad Blood in the first ever Hell in a Cell Match. Michaels was beaten to a bloody mess, but he tried to stay strong. Michaels
was thrown off the side of the cage into an announce table, and things were not looking very good. But then Undertaker’s
brother Kane made his WWE debut and obliterated the Deadman. Michaels, barely able to pull himself up, was able to take advantage
and made the cover.
That gave Michaels the right to go on to Survivor Series to face Bret Hart in one of the most
controversial matches in WWE history. After another grueling battle with his familiar opponent, Michaels was able to reverse
a Hart maneuver into a Sharpshooter, his opponent’s own finishing maneuver. Earl Hebner, who was officiating the match,
called for the bell, even though it appeared as though Bret had not given up. A confused Michaels took the belt and exited
to the back with his third WWE Championship
20, 1997: DeGeneration X is formed with Shawn Michaels, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and Chyna at the WWF's UK PPV, "One Night
November 9, 1997: Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart to win the WWF World Heavyweight Title in Montreal, Quebec,
March 30, 1998: With Shawn Michaels out with a back injury, Hunter Hearst Helmsley names himself leader and adds
New Age Outlaws (Jesse James and Billy Gunn) and X-Pac to the group.
April 6, 1998: DX goes to "war" with WCW when they
"invaded" the Scope in Norfolk, Virginia, where WCW Monday NITRO was taken place.
May 11, 1998: DX then "invades" WCW
Headquarters at CNN One Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
May 25, 1998: Hunter Hearst Helmsley "flies" over an arena where WCW
Monday NITRO is taken place and skywrites "WCW Sucks" and "DX Says Suck It."
July 27, 1998: Hunter Hearst Helmsley and
X-Pac face off for the first time during a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Title against The Rock on RAW.
23, 1998: Shawn Michaels turned against DX by nailing X-Pac with the "Sweet Chin Music" and joins Vince McMahon's Corporation.
January 4, 1999: Michaels turns against the Corporation and rejoins DX. Michaels gets laid out by the Corporation and
is out indefinitely.
Janury 25, 1999: Chyna turns against X-Pac and joins Vince McMahon's Corporation.
March 28, 1999:
Hunter Hearst Helmsley turns against X-Pac at WrestleMania 15 and joins Vince McMahon's Corporation.
May 2, 1999: Billy
Gunn turns against X-Pac during a tag team match and goes solo.
June 28, 1999: Hunter Hearst Helmsley tells Billy Gunn
that Jesse James and X-Pac are getting royalties from the DX name.
July 25, 1999: X-Pac and Jesse James defeated Hunter
Hearst Helmsley and Billy Gunn for the rights of DX.
September 23, 1999: Jesse James and Billy Gunn reform the New Age
Outlaws and win the WWF World Tag Team Titles from The Rock and Mankind.
October 25, 1999: Hunter Hearst Helmsley and
X-Pac help the New Age Outlaws to defeat The Rock and Steve Austin and DeGeneration X is reformed.
November 1999 - August
2000: Hunter Hearst Helmsley left DX when he "married" Stephanie McMahon, Billy Gunn was kicked out of the group, and Road
Dogg and X-Pac teamed for awhile before they were split up.
D-GENERATION X... ARE YOU READY?
The name Degeneration
X debuted on WWF TV October 1997. Degeneration X was the biggest faction in the WWF when they were kicking off the "Attitude"
campaign. No one could stop them. They were crude, rude and simply loved by the fans. DX was infamous for pointing to their
crouches and telling people to "Suck it!". Female fan members would flash their breasts at the arena shows and fans all over
would be doing the "Suck it".
The first and original DX consisted
of Shawn, Triple H and Chyna. Many people think that it was the best form of DX. "The showstopper, The icon, The main event".
Those were the phrases used to describe Shawn during his DX days. He was the leader of DX. They would make obscene gestures
at everyone, and would do obscene things on TV such as moon Vince McMahon. They ran wild in the WWF. DX was always holding
the titles. Whether it was Shawn holding the WWF title or Hunter holding the IC title, they always dominated on that area.
After Shawn had to leave WWF because of his back injury, DX consisted of HHH, Chyna, X-Pac, Billy Gunn and Road Dogg.
we ever see DX again? Who knows because for a while before and after WrestleMania XX it seemed like DX might come back. Things
were certainly going to that direction and I wasn't the only one who thought they might come back. But it didn't happen. If
DX doesn't reunite I still hope that one day Shawn and Hunter will be friends again in WWE.
Warfare - A Look at the Biggest, Baddest and Best Factions in Sports-Entertainment History
by: Anthony Cali (Raw magazine
In 1997. Shawn Michaels and Triple H joined forces as a tag team. Friends away from the ring, the two had a
natural chemistry. Together, they joined forces with Hunter's bodyguard, Chyna, and added an insurance policy in Rick Rude.
They called themselves D-Generation X. Similar to the nWo, DX was a controversial, yet groundbreaking faction, and their motto
of "you make the rules, we'll break 'em," summed up the group's attitude. Every week on Raw, the foursome broke as many rules
as they could. They made obscene gestures, swore on national TV, raided other Superstar's locker rooms, and told their opposition
to "suck it."
Going into WrestleMania XIV, DX, was riding high. Michaels was WWE Champion, Triple H held the European
title, and they had just recruited Mike Tyson to serve as the special enforcer for Michaels' title defense against Stone Cold
Steve Austin. But 'Mania didn't go as well as they'd planned. Tyson double-crossed DX, awarded Stone Cold the WWE Championship
after he had pinned Michaels, and laid the former champ out with a big right hand.
The next night on Raw, Triple H
cast aside Michaels, declared himself the new leader of DX and recruited new members in X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws ("Bad
Ass" Billy Gunn and "Road- Dogg" Jesse James). This "new-and-improved" DX were as vile and vulgar as the original group, and,
in some ways, even more troublesome.
Dressed in military fatigues and armed with tanks and baookas; they launched
Operation DX. The group attempted to infiltrate WCW Monday Nitro to confront the company's president, Eric Bischoff, to discuss
X-Pac's recent release from WCW.
For nearly a year, the new DX raised hell, but, eventually, the group split up. Chyna
and Triple H joined the Corporation and Billy Gunn pursued a singles career; which left just the Road Dogg and X-Pac as its
remaining members. Despite several semi-reunions, DX never regained that edge that made them perhaps the hippest group in