Chyna, Triple H and DX Will Be Inducted into 2019 WWE Hall of Fame

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2019

Triple H, of D-Generation X, greets the fans during a tag team match as part of as part of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Crown Jewel pay-per-view at the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on November 2, 2018. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)
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D-Generation X is heading to the WWE Hall of Fame, Tim Fiorvanti of ESPN.com confirmed Monday.

"Both key versions of DX will be recognized as a collective group of six, including Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chyna, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac," noted Fiorvanti, who provided a comment from The Game.

"I think it's the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together," Paul "Triple H" Levesque told ESPN. "Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful."

An advert promoting DX's Hall of Fame induction leaked Sunday despite there being no announcement from WWE at the time.

Michaels will become the second two-time WWE Hall of Famer, joining Ric Flair.

The DX stable debuted in 1997 with Triple H, Michaels, Rick Rude and Chyna. Rude exited the faction when he returned to WCW, but DX quickly ascended to the top of WWE's roster due to its not-so-PG antics and antagonizing of authority. 

Triple H also spoke about Chyna's importance and impact in professional wrestling, per Fiorvanti: "It was completely different. No one had ever had a female [enforcer] before, especially one like that. It just worked out. The timing was right." 

Michaels was later kicked out of the faction following his loss to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV, with Triple H assuming control (as HBK was about to retire for several years from wrestling due to chronic back injuries).

Triple H brought in Road Dogg and Billy Gunn, who would form a tag team as The New Age Outlaws, along with X-Pac. The group would stay together in off-and-on incarnations until disbanding in 2000, after which DX would "reform" for brief, usually one-off storylines.

Michaels and Triple H were the only two members of the original group to be part of the reformed DX. The pair most recently wrestled together as part of the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia on November 2, defeating Kane and Undertaker in a tag team match. It was Michaels' first match since 2010.

The announcement of DX's induction will also represent a changing of face regarding Chyna, who died of an overdose in 2016. She wrestled in WWE from 1997-2001, becoming one of the most dominant female competitors in the sport's history.

Chyna later became a pornographic actress, something Triple H said in 2015 on the Stone Cold Podcast (h/t Cageside Seats) would harm her candidacy

"It's a bit difficult, though, and this is the flip side of the coin that nobody looks at... You have a, I've got an eight-year-old kid. My eight-year-old kid sees the Hall of Fame, and my eight-year-old kid goes on the Internet to look at... 'oh, this is Chyna, I've never heard of her, I'm eight years old, I've never heard of that.' So I go type it in, I go punch it up, and what comes up? And I'm not criticizing anybody, I'm not criticizing lifestyle choices; everybody has their reasons. I don't know what they were and I don't care to know. It's not a morality thing or anything else. It is just the fact of what it is. That's a difficult choice."

Triple H followed up on this comment when discussing Chyna's induction with Fiorvanti:

"Look, people believe what they want to believe. When I said a few years ago on the Austin podcast, or show, or whatever you want to call it, there's complexities around it. But absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It'd be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn't even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn't even a consideration... it wasn't an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that. She earned everybody's trust. She won over the fans. She won over the boys. She did all of it. 

"From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than onceas a group, but individually as well. There's more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I'm just happy that it's here. I'm happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It's a great thingvery deserving."

Chyna's mother, Jan LaQue, called on WWE to induct her daughter last year in a Facebook post (h/t Pro Wrestling Sheet): 

"As many of you know, yesterday would have been Joanie's (Chyna's) birthday. I truly appreciate all of the messages and remembrances of her that were posted by so many of you. As you can imagine, it's always a very sad day for me. But it helps a lot to know how many people remember her and loved her. It's one of the worst things in the world to lose a child. We HAVE to get her into the WWE hall of fame. She richly deserves to be there.

"WWELISTEN UP and do what's right for Chyna!! You owe her that for what she did for you and women's wrestling. She earned her place there. And it's long overdue."

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