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D-Generation X to Headline WWE's 2019 Hall of Fame Class

WWE - D-Generation X in 1998

Legendary "Attitude Era" faction D-Generation X is set to headline WWE's 2019 Hall of Fame class, and will be inducted during WrestleMania weekend. Over the course of their long existence in various forms, D-Generation X has always had one question for WWE fans: "Are you ready?" That's a question to which the WWE faithful have always responded with an enthusiastic yes. Of course, anyone in the crowd who wasn't "down with that," would be instructed to "suck it," a phrase rarely allowed in today's family-friendly WWE.

That's one reason that D-Generation X has never really worked well in the PG-era of WWE, despite Triple H and Shawn Michaels' valiant attempts to keep the DX brand alive. Outside of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock, no one epitomized the WWE's "Attitude Era" of the late 1990s and early 2000s quite like DX, as the freedom afforded them by the then-WWF's more adult direction allowed HHH, HBK, and Chyna (and later X-Pac, Road Dogg, and Billy Gunn) to indulge in lots of bad language, sexual innuendos, and crude humor with zero apologies.

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Now, as first reported by ESPN and later confirmed by WWE, both major incarnations of D-Generation X are set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame the day before WrestleMania XXXV. Included in the induction will be original founding members Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Chyna, along with X-Pac and the New Age Outlaws, who joined the group after Michaels was forced into temporary retirement due to injury from 1998-2002.

Modern Day WWE D-Generation X Reunion Photo

Notably, this group induction for D-Generation X will make Shawn Michaels only the second person to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice. The first was "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, who went in individually in 2008 right before his retirement match with Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV, and then was inducted again as part of the Four Horsemen in 2012. Of course, it's certain that at least Triple H will someday join them as a two-time inductee, as he's yet to be inducted for his individual achievements.

Many fans will likely see this as a way for WWE to induct the late Chyna into the Hall of Fame without putting her in her own spotlight, and that may well be part of WWE's reasoning. Fans have demanded Chyna go in for years now, but WWE has expressed reluctance due to Chyna's brief career as an adult film star. While Sunny - who also appeared in an adult film - is in the Hall of Fame, her induction came before her dalliance into pornography, so it's not really the same situation. While Chyna certainly deserves an individual induction, for now, this may be the best WWE is willing to offer.

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Source: ESPN

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