D-Generation X is one of the most acclaimed factions in WWE history and as it turns out, they owe their name to Shane McMahon.
Speaking to Loudwire on their Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction? series, one of the founding fathers of DX, Triple H revealed that the first time he ever heard the moniker was when his future brother-in-law I was trying to explain by the group and their risque antics were clicking with the audience.
"I believe the name came from Shane. The first time I ever heard it was from Shane. Bret [Hart] had said we were nothing but a bunch of degenerates, right? Like, we were just losers, a bunch of degenerates, but [Bret] had said this backstage," Hunter began. "But Shane was saying to somebody these guys represent, like, they're young and this is kids today, they're like Generation X, man. They are that thing. He combined the two and he's like 'it's like degenerates, But they're generation X or D-Generation X.' And that's that was the first time I ever heard it and then we flipped it into a promo."
Obviously, Shane McMahon's phrasing worked out perfectly and the group would run roughshod for years to come in WWE's Attitude Era. Shane McMahon is also credited with coming up with the Diesel moniker for Kevin Nash.
D-Generation X was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019 taking their final step from outlaw renegades all the way to an immortalized portion of the WWE legacy.
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