A very noteworthy development quietly took place this week in WWE as Sean “X-Pac” Waltman’s WWE Legends Contract was officially executed. Why is this of note? The signing of Waltman now means that the original core of DeGeneration X (minus Chyna) is back under WWE contract.
On March 30, 1998, nearly 15 years ago, Hunter Hearst Helmsley named himself leader of DX (Shawn Michaels was taken out with what was believed to be a career-ending back injury) and added The New Age Outlaws and X-Pac to the group. It was the same group that went on to declare war on World Championship Wrestling and ultimately helped the WWF become the top pro wrestling promotion in the world.
Here’s a look at DX today:
- Triple H (WWE executive, part-time talent)
- Shawn Michaels (WWE ambassador, under contract)
- Road Dogg (WWE producer, occasional wrestler)
- Billy Gunn (NXT trainer, occasional wrestler)
- Sean Waltman (under a WWE Legends contract)
A lot has been said about Triple H, the master of backstage politics, and I’m sure much more will be written about Paul Levesque, the WWE boss. However, there is one thing I will always respect him for and that’s the fact he’s a guy that looks out for his friends no matter how much money he’s made or success he’s endured. In a business that’s dog-eat-dog, everyone from themselves, this is truly worth noting.