|Debut||August 11, 1997|
|Disbanded||March 1, 2010|
History[edit | edit source]
Degenerates (1997–1998)[edit | edit source]
According to Triple K, 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 August 11, 1997 as Barnhart took on Mankind in the main event of MELTDOWN is WAR. During the match, Triple K and Amber Casey both interfered on Barnharts behalf as the two were feuding with Mankind, towards the end of the match Rick Pembroke returned to the IWF revealing himself as Barnhart bodyguard or "Insurance Policy" after helping Barnhart win the match after a chairshot to Mankind . The following week on the August 18, 1997 RAW, Barnhart and Triple K teamed up to take on Mankind and Martin McAlmond which saw them lose the match by disqualification after Barnahrt used a chair on Martin McAlmond. Barnhart would eventually face the Undertaker at In Your House XVII: Ground Zero on September 7, 1997 with Triple K, Casey Amber and Pembroke all interfering on Barnhart behalf at certain points during the match. On September 20, 1997 at the IWF One Night Only pay-per-view in Birmingham, England. Along with then-heels, Barnhart., Casey and Triple K, Barnharts' "insurance policy", Rick Pembroke was also an original member of the group. Triple K and Barnhart united after Barnharts became a villain after hitting Martin McAlmond with a chair at SummerSlam. Initially getting together as allies aiding Barnhart in his subsequent feud with Martin McAlmond, DX officially got together at the One Night Only pay-per-view when Triple K, Casey and Pembroke helped Barnhart win the IWF European Championship from the Davey Aldrich.
On October 13, 1997, the group officially gave themselves the name "D-Generation X" with Ryan Barnhart as the leader. Barnharts' autobiography suggests that it was then-IWF 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 Ryan Barnhart, Casey and Triple K 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 Mr. Bayer (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 Ryan Barnhart won his third IWF 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 IWF, Owen Hart, continued to feud with DX, specifically Triple K.
"D-Generation X" was later used as the title for a IWF In Your House pay-per-view telecast on December 7, 1997. By this point, DX's capture of the IWF 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. Barnhart headlined the event as he was disqualified in a IWF Championship title defense against Jonathon. Earlier that night, Triple K defeated Sgt. Slaughter with the help of Amber Casey 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, Barnhart laid down while Triple K ran around the ring and eventually pinned him for the championship.  In the beginning of 1998, Triple K exchanged the WWF European Championship with Owen Hart. At WrestleMania XIV, Ryan Banhart was the reigning IWF Champion and Triple K 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 Barnhart against Steve Johnson. At the end of the match, Tyson turned on D-Generation X and cost Barnhart the match.
DX Army (1998–1999)[edit | edit source]
The night after WrestleMania, Triple K ejected the absent Barnhart from the group for "dropping the ball" over the Tyson incident. In reality, Barnhart had suffered a back injury and needed to retire from wrestling. Triple K assumed full leadership of D-X and recruited Brian Tobol, who has been fired from WCW, and the IWF Tag Team Champions the New Age Outlaws ("Bad Ass" Billy Morgan and The Road Dogg James Burdick) 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 Sam Simkins and his group the Nation of Domination and then later, Mr. Bayer's Corporation. The group remained united and hugely popular throughout all of 1998 and into early 1999.
On editions of Meltdown is War in April and May, they went to a "war" with WCW, with whom the IWF were in direct competition at the time, through a series of legitimate visits to WCW headquarters and events. On April 27, 1998, Meltdown is War and WCW Monday Nitro both took place in Virginia, a mere 19 miles apart. D-Generation X, traveled from the IWF show in Hampton to The Scope in Norfolk. 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 Tyler Erickson and Josh Erickson. 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 Atlanta, Georgia. Another segment saw Triple K "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, Ryan Barnhart who turned on the group after costing X-Pac a IWF Championship match against Sam Simkins. The faction would continue to feud with Ryan Barnhart throughout late 1998, with Barnhart reversing Billy Morgans's Intercontinental Championship victory against Ken, 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 Meltdown 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 Barnhart in January 1999, he was taken in by DX once more. This too was short lived as later that night DX were instrumental in Barnhart being ambushed by The Corporation, with Triple K 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 instance, they mocked The Nation, with Triple K portraying Sam Simkins (referred to as "Sam Kimpkins"); James Burdick playing Josh (referred to as "Bosh"); "Bad Ass" Billy Morgan playing Zack (referred to as "Gack"); Brian Tobol as Steven Larson (referred to as "Stevesy Larson"); and impressionist Jason Sensation as Owen Hart. On December 14, 1998, they would turn their attention to The Corporation with Triple HKagain appearing as "Sam Kimpkins", James Burdick playing Mr. Bayer (with two midgets representing Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson kissing his behind throughout); Billy Morgan, playing Shane Bayer wearing an adult diaper; Brian Tobol playing Ken; Amber Casey as The Big Nick; and Sensation returning to play Barnhart. These parodies would be resurrected during the fourth incarnation.
Throughout 1999, the members gradually turned on one another. Initially, Amber turned on Triple K and joined the Corporation on January 19. At Wrestlemania XV Amber turned on fellow Corporation member Chris LeGreca, helping Triple K to defeat him. Later that night, Triple K and Amber interfered in Brian Tobol's European Championship match with Shane Bayer. Initially it appeared they were there to help Brian Tobol, but Triple K quickly turned on him, delivering a pedigree to his former stablemate, costing him the match. Amber and Triple K would then join The Corporation, with Chris LeGreca being ousted As a result, Brian Tobol began to share a bond with Chris LeGreca, holding the IWF Tag Team Championship twice, which resulted in Chris LeGreca becoming associated with the faction.
Though the group maintained a united front against The Corporation, Billy Morgan became frustrated at Chris LeGreca's presence and The New Age Outlaws' inability to win the Tag Team Championships from Brian Tobol and Chris LeGreca. Following one such defeat on the April 29 edition of Smackdown, Billy Morgan became angry at Brian Tobol. The following week on Sunday Night Heat he apologised to Brian Tobol, but attacked him when Brian Tobol's back was turned, citing his frustration at being "held back" and departing from D-Generation X, therefore reducing the members to just James Burdick and Brian Tobol. Over the following weeks, Billy Morgan would continue to attack Brian Tobol and James Burdick, often being chased away by Chris LeGreca. In July Triple K and Amber told Billy Morgab that James Burdick and Brian Tobol were making a lot more money from royalties from D-Generation X than the other three (due to them still using the name as a tag team), this lead to a tag match at Fully Loaded whereby the winners would get the rights to use the D-Generation X name, which James Burdick and Brian Tobol won. Though not officially a member, upon winning the Tag Team Titles from The Acolytes on August 9, Chris LeGreca, under encouragement from partner Brian Tobol, uttered his first words without help from a voice box, said words being "Suck it".
Bayer-Triple K Era (1999–2000)[edit | edit source]
On October 25, the group reformed as villains when Triple K and Brian Tobol helped the New Age Outlaws – who had reunited a month previously – defeat Steve Johnson and the face gimmick of Sam Simkins. 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 Chris LeGreca following a match with the Scott Wright and Harlan, stating there would be no additional member. That same night, DX were "hunted" by Steve Johnson, with Steve Johnson catching James Burdick in a bear trap, Billy Morgan in a noose, having a portion of the backstage ceiling fall on Brian Tobol and finally catching the whole group in a net.
From then on, Chris LeGreca and Brian Tobol would feud, with Brian Tobol eventually stealing Chris LeGreca's storyline "girlfriend" Nikki, on January 27, 2000, with Tori becoming a member of DX. Triple K would also "marry" Brittany Bayer, who would also join the group. Throughout this period, the heel DX would feud with the likes of Steve Johnson, Sam Simkins, Shane Bayer, Mankind/Cactus Jack, Kris McGowan and Chris LeGreca, primarily securing and protecting Triple K'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 Morgan was placed out of action for several months after suffering an injury against the Harlan and Scott. On-screen, Morgan's storyline involved him getting thrown out of DX because "he lost his cool". Brian Tobol teamed with James Burdick, but the two never reached the heights of the New Age Outlaws. At WrestleMania 2000, then-babyface, Mr. Bayer turned on Sam Simkins and aided Triple K in retaining his title. The group was officially dubbed the Bayer-K Faction. On March 30, X-Pac and Tori assisted Stephanie McMahon in winning the Women's 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 X. 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 at Shawn Michaels' 37th birthday, 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. However, Triple H turns on Shawn 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, making Triple H a villain. This act led to the in-ring return of Michaels at SummerSlam and was the genesis of a long feud between the two that ended with a Hell In A Cell match at Bad Blood in 2004.
Tag Team (2006–2010)[edit | edit source]
Signature Taunts[edit | edit source]
Crotch chop[edit | edit source]
Suck it![edit | edit source]
Incarnations[edit | edit source]
Throughout the years of International Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, there have been different incarnations of DX.
- First incarnation (Heels):
- Type: Stable
- Active: August 11, 1997 – March 29, 1998 (WrestleMania XIV)
- Members: Ryan Barnhart (leader), Rick Pembroke (left in November 1997), Triple K, Amber Casey
- Associated members: New Age Outlaws (James Burdick and Billy Morgan), Mr. Gomez, and Mike Tyson
- Second incarnation Tweeners, eventually Faces):
- Type: Stable
- Active: March 30, 1998 – July 25, 1999 (Fully Loaded)
- Members: Triple K (leader) (left in March 1999), Amber Casey (left in January 1999), Brian Tobol, and the New Age Outlaws (James Burdick and Billy Morgan)
- Associated members: Jason Sensation, Chris LeGreca, Ryan Barnhart
- Third incarnation (Heels):
- Type: Stable
- Active: October 25, 1999 – December 12, 2000
- Members: Triple K (leader), Brian Tobol, the New Age Outlaws (James Burdick and Billy Morgan) (Morgan left due to injury in February 2000) and Felisha Nuss
- Associated members: Brittany Bayer
- Fourth incarnation (Faces):
- Type: Tag Teams
- Active: June 12, 2006 – April 1, 2007; August 10, 2009 – March 1, 2010
- Members: Triple K and Ryan Barnhart
- Associated members: Dustin Simpson, Richard Austin and Hornswoggle (mascot)
In Wrestling[edit | edit source]
- Double Team Finishing Moves
- X-Mark Sweet Chin Music by Ryan Barnhart, with the victim then turning towards Triple K, who then executes the Pedigree
- Triple K performing the Pedigree, with Barnhart pushing down on the victim for extra force
- Double-Team Signature Moves
- Double DDT
- Facebreaker Knee Smash by Triple K into an inverted atomic drop by Barnhart
- Sharpshooter / Crossface Combination
- Spinning Spinebuster Triple K followed by a Diving Elbow Drop by Barnhart
- Triple K throwing Barnhart over the top ropes, with Barnhart performing a Senton
- Entrance Themes
- "Break it Down" by Chris Warren" and Jim Johnston (1997–2000, 2002, 2006–2010)
- "The Kings" by Run-D.M.C. (2000)
Championship and Accoplishments[edit | edit source]
- International Wrestling Federation / International Wrestling Entertainment
- IWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – Triple K and Ryan Barnhart
- IWF Championship (3 times) – Ryan Barnhart (1) and Triple K (2)
- IWF European Championship (5 times) – Ryan Barnhart (1), Triple K (2) and Brian Tobol (2)
- IWF Hardcore Championship (2 times) – James Burdick (1) and Billy Morgan (1)
- IWF Intercontinental Championship (3 times) – Triple K (2) and James Burdick (1)
- IWF/World Tag Team Championship (7 times) – The New Age Outlaws (James Burdick and Billy Morgan) (4), Brian Tobol and Chris LeGreca (2), and Triple K and Ryan Barnhart (1)
- IWF Women's Championship (1 time) – Brittany Bayer
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Worst Feud of the Year (2006) vs. Mr. and Shane Bayer