Shawn Michaels and Triple H are two of the greatest ever. Over their long illustrious careers, they have held over 20 championships.
They are both Grand Slam Champions meaning they have held the WWE, Intercontinental, European, & Tag Team titles.
Both men has also been past Royal Rumble winners, World Heavyweight Champions, headlined Wrestlemania, won Ironman matches, been in a part of the most dangerous match of All-Time, Hell in a Cell; both have won an Elimination Chamber match, and both has had career threatening injuries.
But before of all that, in late 1997, Triple H and Shawn would create one of the most popular and greatest groups of all time, D-Generation X.
In late 1997, the Heartbreak Kid and his buddy Hunter Hearst Hemsley along with his bodyguard Chyna, created D-Generation X. At the time Shawn was feuding with both the Undertaker and Bret Hart.
In October 1997 at Badd Blood, Shawn along the Undertaker would make history and compete in the first ever Hell In A Cell Match. That match would become a bloodbath. After defeating the Deadman (with help from Undertaker's brother Kane), the Showstopper would then fight for the WWE Championship against the "Hit-Man" Bret Hart at the "infamous" 1997 Survivor Series.
That match would drastically change the face of the WWE forever. Also later that year, Hunter would suffer a groin injury which would prohibit him from wrestling over the next couple of weeks.
Royal Rumble 1998
When the 1998 Royal Rumble rolled around, Shawn renewed his rivalry with the Undertaker. This time around they would be battling for the WWE Championship and not for respect. This match would not just be a regular match, oh no, they had to raise the bar a little bit higher than from their classic Hell In A Cell encounter.
This match would have to be a Casket Match. Early in the match, Shawn would be tossed over the top rope and his lower back would hit the edge of the casket. In Shawn's DVD "Heartbreak and Triumph" Shawn touches on this matter much more and exclaims how severely his back was really injured.
By the time of Wrestlemania XIV, Triple H and Chyna started a rivalry with Owen Hart and would battle for the European Title. Later that night, still having a severely injured back, Shawn defended his WWE title against Stone Cold Steve Austin with Mike Tyson as the special enforcer. Shawn would lose that title to Austin on that night. That would be the last time HBK would wrestle in a WWE ring until Summerslam 2002.
The Next Night
The next night after Wrestlemania on RAW, Triple H and Chyna started off the show introduced the returning X-Pac to everybody as the new member of D-Generation X.
Later that night, the New Age Outlaws regained their Tag Team Titles from Cactus Jack and Terry Funk and allied themselves with Triple H & X-Pac and formed what was a new genre of D-Generation X.
Feud with The Rock
In the summer of 1998, Triple H along with DX would have a huge rivalry with the Nation of Domination. That rivalry would turn into a bigger feud between Triple H and the People's Champion, The Rock.
At Fully Loaded 1998, Triple H and The Rock would battle for the IC title in a 2 out of 3 Falls match. With that match being a draw, it solved nothing.
Therefore, The Rock and Triple H would enter a match that would set off both of their careers. At Summerslam 1998, Triple H would defeat The Rock for the IC title in an epic Ladder Match.
At Wrestlemania XV, Triple H and Chyna would turn their back on DX and go their own separate ways. Triple H, with help from Chyna, would finally win his first WWE Championship against Mankind. Over the next two years, Triple H would win five world titles.
The McMahon-Helmsley Faction
In late 1999, Triple H and Chyna aligned themselves once again with D-Generation X. While X-Pac was feuding with Kane and the New Age Outlaws feuding the Rock-n-Sock Connection, Triple H was having a strong feud with the owner, Vince McMahon.
After secretly marrying the bosses' daughter, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and Mr. McMahon would battle in a brutal No Holds Barred Match at Armageddon 1999.
During that match, Triple H along with his new wife Stephanie, he would defeat Mr. McMahon and would later rule the WWE for the next four months. Triple H would also regain his WWE Championship from the Big Show.
Retiring the Hardcore Legend
At the 2000 Royal Rumble, Triple H finds himself competing in a Street Fight for his WWE Championship against the Hardcore Legend, Cactus Jack. That match would turn out to be one of the most brutal and violent matches in WWE history.
A month later at No Way Out, Triple H would retire Mick Foley after a 15-year career inside the Hell In A Cell match.
In June of 2001, Triple H would suffer his first quadricep injury in his left knee. After seven months of rehabilitation, Triple H came back, would win the Royal Rumble Match and go on to defeat Chris Jericho for the Undisputed championship at Wrestlemania X8.
The Return of the Showstopper
In mid-2002, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels would return and have one more match against his pal The Game Triple H in a Non-Sanctioned Match at Summerslam.
Over the next few months Shawn and Triple H would have more battles including at the Survivor Series in the first ever Elimination Chamber match and their best 2 out of 3 Falls match for the World Heavyweight Title at Armageddon. Their rivalry would be set on pause for another year.
A Rivalry Renewed
After renewing their rivalry, Triple H and Shawn Michaels would fight for the World Heavyweight Championship in a brutal Last Man Standing match at Royal Rumble 2004. With that match being a draw, the rivalry from there would only grow bigger and bigger.
Fighting through PPV's such as the 20th Anniversary of Wrestlemania and Backlash 2004, there would be only one match to end this feud.
Hell In A Cell
At the last Bad Blood PPV in 2004, The Game Triple H and the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels would conclude their two-year rivalry inside the most brutal, sadistic, structure imaginable, the Hell In A Cell Match.
That match would last over 47 minutes which would become the longest Hell In A Cell Match in history. That match would be the final chapter between Triple H and HBK, at least as enemies.
In the summer of 2006 on RAW, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels and the Game Triple H would reunite and go back into becoming D-Generation X.
Over the next two months, DX would feud with the McMahons and compete against them at Summerslam and finally ending in September at Unforgiven inside the Hell In A Cell.
DX vs. Rated RKO
After their feud with the McMahons, DX would now have a problem with the new team of Rated RKO consisting of the Legend Killer Randy Orton and the Rated R Superstar Edge.
They would fight PPV after PPV, starting with Cyber Sunday, going through Survivor Series, and soon ending at New Year's Revolution in January of 2007.
New Year's Revolution
During their match with Rated RKO, Triple H suffered his second quadricep injury. Triple H would later miss epic PPV's such as the Royal Rumble & Wrestlemania 23. Triple H would later return at Summerslam.
After Triple H's second injury, he and Shawn never reunited, except for a couple of occasions on RAW.
D-Generation X is definitely one of the greatest groups ever created and they had a great run. If you would like to check out more of DX, I suggest purchasing some of their DVD's and VHS's such as "The New and Improved DX."
- S. Miller