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D-Generation X (also known and spelled as Degeneration X, DX and D-X) is a professional wrestling tag team (formerly a stable) wrestling for World Wrestling Entertainment (previously the World Wrestling Federation) on its Raw brand. 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.

After its original run with members Rick Rude, Chyna, Triple H and Shawn Michaels, the group underwent several roster changes and disbanded in August 2000. After a teased reunion in 2002, DX reformed in June 2006 as the duo of Triple H and Shawn Michaels, until Triple H's quadriceps injury at New Year's Revolution in 2007. Since Michaels' return from hiatus in August 2009, DX has reformed as a tag team.


Degenerates (1997–1998)

Off-screen, DX was the idea of Shawn Michaels and Triple H. According to Helmsley, WWF management wanted to keep The Kliq, of which he 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. Along with then-heels, Michaels, Chyna, and Triple H. Michaels' "insurance policy", Rick Rude was also an original member of the group. Triple H and Michaels united after Michaels became a villain after hitting The Undertaker with a chair at SummerSlam. Initially getting together as allies aiding Michaels in his subsequent feud with the Undertaker, 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 as the leader. Michaels' autobiography suggests that it was then-WWF head writer Vince Russo who first conceived the moniker for the faction. On-screen, however, the name was taken from Bret Hart, who claimed that Shawn Michaels, Chyna, and Triple H were nothing more than degenerates. 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". D-Generation X's first feud was against Bret Hart and his Hart Foundation. This feud ended at Survivor Series when Shawn Michaels won his third WWF Championship in the Montreal Screwjob, which came about from 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 WWF 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, similar to the Fingerpoke of Doom, Michaels laid down while Triple H ran around the ring and eventually pinned him for the championship.

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. It was later revealed Tyson was still with D-Generation X and was just playing a practical joke on them. A good laugh was held by all.

DX Army (1998–1999)

The night after WrestleMania, Triple H ejected the absent Michaels from the group for "dropping the ball" over the Tyson incident. In reality, Michaels had suffered a back injury and needed to retire from wrestling. 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 ("Bad Ass" Billy Gunn and The Road Dogg Jesse James) into the stable. While the group were intended to remain as heels, they became hugely popular and were eventually pushed as fan favorites. During this time, they feuded with the heel gimmick of 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 WCW, with whom the WWF were in direct competition at the time, through a series of legitimate visits to WCW headquaters and events. On April 27, 1998, Raw is War and WCW Monday Nitro both took place in Virginiamarker, a mere 19 miles apart. D-Generation X, travelled from the WWF show in Hamptonmarker to The Scopemarker in Norfolkmarker. DX, with a bullhorn in hand, shouted insults against WCW, as well as mentioning the fact that WCW gave out free tickets to fill up arenas for television, all while sporting black armbands with the acronym POWCW (Prisoner of WCW), a reference to former Kliq members and then WCW employees Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. They then tried to enter the arena via a loading dock, in their army jeep before being stopped by someone closing the door. They would also attempt to forcefully secure meetings with Nitro's executive producer Eric Bischoff and WCW owner Ted Turner at WCW headquarters in Atlantamarker, Georgiamarker. Another segment saw Triple H "fly" over an arena where WCW Nitro was taking place and skywrite "WCW Sucks" and "DX Says Suck It."

The group also feuded with the new "Corporate" Commissioner, and former DX member, Shawn Michaels who turned on the group after costing X-Pac a WWF Championship match against The Rock. The faction would continue to feud with Michaels throughout late 1998, with Michaels reversing Billy Gunn's Intercontinental Championship victory against Ken Shamrock, costing The Outlaws the Tag Team Titles and even managing to lure the New Age Outlaws to The Corporation on the December 7 edition of Raw is War. However, the Outlaws quickly revealed this to have been a ruse, turning on The Corporation that same night. When The Corporation turned on Michaels in January 1999, he was taken in by DX once more. This too was short lived as later that night DX were instrumental in Michaels being ambushed by The Corportation, with Triple H commenting "What goes around, comes around".

Some of the groups most memorable promos were their parodies of their rivals. On July 6, 1998, DX carried out the first of these segments. In this instence, they mocked The Nation, with Triple H portraying The Rock (referred to as "The Crock"); Road Dogg playing D'Lo Brown (referred to as "B'Lo Brown"); "Bad Ass" Billy Gunn playing The Godfather (referred to as "The Gunnfather"); X-Pac as Mark Henry (referred to as "Mizark Henry"); and impressionist Jason Sensation as Owen Hart. On December 14, 1998, they would turn their attention to The Corporation with Triple H again appearing as "The Crock", Road Dogg (who wears an adult diaper) playing Mr McMahon (with two midgets representing Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson kissing his behind throughout); Billy Gunn, , playing Shane McMahon in a diaper; X-Pac playing Ken Shamrock; Chyna as The Big Bossman; and Sensation returning to play Michaels. These parodies would be resurrected during the fourth incarnation.

Throughout 1999, the members gradually turned on one another. Initially, Chyna turned on Triple H and joined the Corporation on January 19. At Wrestlemania XV Chyna turned on fellow Corporation member Kane, helping Triple H to defeat him. Later that night, Triple H and Chyna interfered in X-Pac's European Championship match with Shane McMahon. Initially it appeared they were there to help X-Pac, but Triple H quickly turned on him, delivering a pedigree to his former stablemate, costing him the match. Chyna and Triple H would then join The Corporation, with Kane being ousted As a result, X-Pac began to share a bond with Kane, holding the WWF Tag Team Championship twice, which resulted in Kane becoming associated with the faction.

Though the group maintained a united front against The Corporation, Billy Gunn became frustrated at Kane's presence and The New Age Outlaws' inability to win the Tag Team Championships from X-Pac and Kane. Following one such defeat on the April 29 edition of Smackdown, Gunn became angry at X-Pac. The following week on Sunday Night Heat he apologised to X-Pac, but attacked him when X-Pac's back was turned, citing his frustration at being "held back" and departing from D-Generation X, therefore reducing the members to just Road Dogg and X-Pac. Over the following weeks, Gunn would continue to attack X-Pac and Road Dogg, often being chased away by Kane. Though not officially a member, upon winning the Tag Team Titles from The Acolytes on August 9, Kane, under encouragement from partner X-Pac, uttered his first words without help from a voice box, said words being "Suck it".

McMahon-Helmsley Era (1999-2000)

Triple H displaying the DX "X"
On October 25, the group reformed as villains when Triple H and X-Pac helped the New Age Outlaws - who had reunited a month previously - defeat Stone Cold Steve Austin and the face gimmick of The Rock. On that weeks Smackdown, X-Pac suggested that DX would get "bigger", hinting that Kane would finally become an official member. However, later that night, he turned on Kane following a match with the Dudley Boyz, stating there would be no additional member. That same night, DX were "hunted" by Austin, with Stone Cold catching Road Dogg in a bear trap, Billy Gunn in a noose, having a portion of the backstage ceiling fall on X-Pac and finally catching the whole group in a net.

From then on, Kane and X-Pac would feud, with X-Pac eventually stealing Kane's storyline "girlfriend" Tori, on January 27, 2000, with Tori becoming a member of DX. Triple H would also "marry" Stephanie McMahon, who would also join the group. Throughout this period, the heel DX would feud with the likes of Austin, The Rock, Shane McMahon, Mankind/Cactus Jack, Chris Jericho and Kane, primarily securing and protecting Triple H's WWF Championship, which he won on January 3, 2000. They would arrive at arenas in a tour bus called "The DX Express"

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, then-babyface, Vince McMahon turned on The Rock and aided Triple H in retaining his title. The group was officially dubbed the McMahon-Helmsley Faction. On March 30, X-Pac and Tori assisted Stephanie McMahon in winning the Womens Championship from Jacquelyn. On April 12, Steve Austin used a crane to drop a steel beam on the DX Express tour bus, crushing the bus in the parking lot.

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. Road Dogg and X-Pac became frustrated by their lack of success as a tag-team and turned on each other, culminating in a match at SummerSlam, which X-Pac won. 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 eight-person 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. Chyna, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg and K-Kwik, Road Dogg's new tag team partner, however, feuded with the Radicalz that month, eventually leading to a match at Survivor Series. 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 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 Michaels at SummerSlam and was the genesis of a long feud between the two.

Shawn Michaels and Triple H (2006–2007)

Michaels displaying the DX "X"
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 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" (a double entrende referring to Dick Ebersol, Dick Clark, and Dick Cheney, as well as the male member), while Michaels impersonated Shane McMahon. 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 5–0 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.

After Triple H's injury, Shawn Michaels continued to uphold the DX image by himself leading into WrestleMania 23. Michaels would still come to the ring with the DX music and attire even though Triple H was not joining him during this period. During this time, he captured the World Tag Team championship with John Cena as well as went on to face Cena at WrestleMania 23 for the WWE Championship. Michaels would continue to use the D-Generation X motif until after Backlash, at which point he reverted to his traditional entrance music and attire, thus ending this incarnation of D-Generation X.

Sporadic reunions (2008-2009)

Michaels and Triple H teamed up again under the D-Generation X 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. After being mocked by John Morrison and The Miz for two weeks, on the 800th episode of Raw, DX defeated the duo. During the christmas season, DX appeared in numerous vignettes to promote DX clothing and other WWE merchandise; one such commercial also featured Kelly Kelly. In the 2009 WWE Draft on April 13, 2009, Triple H was drafted back to the Raw brand.
DX after Raw went off the air on October 29, 2007

Relaunch of DX Army (2009- Present)

In April 2009, Michaels took hiatus from WWE after losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV. Meanwhile, Triple H was embroiled in a rivalry with Randy Orton and The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase). The feud continued from the spring through the summer with Triple H mainly combating with Orton over the WWE Championship. Eventually, Triple H would begin to target The Legacy because they were responsible for his losses against Orton during matches.

After losing a handicap match to The Legacy, Triple H stated that he would search for Michaels in order to reunite DX. On the August 10, 2009 episode of Raw, video segments aired in which Triple H met with Michaels at an office cafeteria in Texasmarker where he was working as a chef; throughout the segments, Triple H would try to convince Michaels to return to WWE. After several incidents during the segments (including a grease fire and Shawn shouting at a little girl), Michaels agreed to team with Triple H to face The Legacy at SummerSlam, quitting from his chef job in the process.

On the August 17 episode of Raw, Michaels and Triple H officially reunited as DX, but as they were in the process of their in-ring promo, Legacy surprise attacked them both. Their first match after reuniting was against Legacy at SummerSlam, which they won. At Breaking Point, however, they lost to Legacy in the first ever Submissions Count Anywhere match in WWE history. At the October pay-per-view Hell in Cell, DX defeated Legacy in a Hell in a Cell match. DX would challenge John Cena for the WWE Championship in a triple threat match at Survivor Series 2009 with both men failing to win the title. DX will face Chris Jericho and The Big Show for the WWE Unified Tag-team championships at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.

Signature taunts

Crotch chop

When DX formed they began doing a gesture where they would put one arm on each side of their crotch and point down. This was known as the "crotch chop". There is an alternate version of the "crotch chop" where instead of pointing down on each side of their crotches, they point down and make their arms in an "X" formation, over their stomach/crotch. According to Paul Levesque (Triple H), Vince McMahon was hesitant to let them perform the "X" at first, but he was later talked into it.When DX enters the ring they do a pyro routine. Green X pyrotechnics go off three times, with DX crotch-chopping at each firing. They then pause for a few seconds, then chop once more as the pyrotechnics fire for the fourth time.

The crotch chop is used in the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire by Jamal (Dev Patel) after getting away from pursuing security guards and by a character in the opening scenes of the 2008 movie Knocked Up. Fidel Edwards, the West Indian fast bowler has on occasions used the crotch chop after taking a wicket. It has also infamously been used by Professional Bowler Pete Weber after getting a strike, Weber himself is a fan of wrestling.

Suck it!

"Suck it!" is DX's signature slogan. This is also used in their popular "Let's get ready to suck it!" comment, originally a parody of Michael Buffer's "Let's get ready to rumble!". The routine originated in the "DX Army" era and starts when Triple H asks the audience "Are you ready?" He then shouts "No, (city name), I said ARE YOU READY?", or "I thought this was (city name), I said ARE YOU READY?", to elicit a louder reaction from the crowd. He continues and says "Then, for the thousands in attendance, and the millions watching around the world. Let's get ready to suck it!". Since Michaels' return to DX in 2006, he also has been included in the routine, following Triple H with: "If you're not down with that, we got two words for yah!" To which the crowd shouts "SUCK IT!" back at them. Michaels' contribution was initially used by Billy Gunn in the New Age Outlaws' introduction segment during the late 90s.


Throughout the years of World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, there have been five different incarnations of DX.

  • Third incarnation (Heels):
    • Type: Stable
    • Active: October 25, 1999–December 12, 2000
    • Members: Triple H (leader), X-Pac, the New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg and Billy Gunn), and Tori
    • Associated members: Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley

  • Fourth incarnation (Faces):
    • Type: Tag team
    • Active: June 12, 2006–2007
    • Members: Triple H and Shawn Michaels

  • Fifth incarnation / "DX Army" (Faces):
    • Type: Tag team
    • Active: August 10, 2009–present
    • Members: Triple H and Shawn Michaels

In wrestling

  • Double-team finishing moves
    • X-Mark (Sweet Chin Music by Shawn Michaels, with the victim then turning towards Triple H, who then executes the Pedigree)

  • Entrance themes
    • "Break It Down" by Chris Warren (1997–2000)
    • "The Kings" by Run-D.M.C. (2000)
    • "Are U ready (Retake)" by Chris Warren (2000)
    • "Are U Ready" (Second remix) by Chris Warren (2006–present)

Championships and accomplishments

DX after a Steel Cage match against The Legacy.

Videos and DVDs

  • WWF - D-Generation X (1998, VHS)
  • WWE - D-Generation X (June 2, 2006, DVD)
    • Identical to the VHS product with the exception of added censorship of profanity and nudity.
  • The New and Improved D-Generation X (February 20, 2007, DVD)
    • The DVD includes the early hints of the fourth incarnation from WrestleMania, through the skits, promos, chaos, and matches that reunited the duo, making life miserable for Mr. McMahon. This DVD has all the DX highlights including backstage interviews and segments, their imitation of the McMahons, the hijacking of the Raw production truck, taking over Raw for a night, and vandalizing WWE's property. It is also notable as being one of the few recent WWE Home Video releases that is kayfabe-based as opposed to showing real-life stories behind the wrestlers.

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