In April of 2016, the world lost its ninth wonder when former WWE Superstar Chyna passed away at the young age of 46. Three years later, she was inducted into the 2019 class of the WWE Hall of Fame alongside Road Dogg, Sean Waltman, Triple H, and Billy Gunn as part of D-Generation X.
Ahead of DX’s 25th anniversary celebration on the October 10th season premiere of WWE Raw, Sean Waltman made it clear that he wanted to honor Chyna as part of the event, and fans were delighted to see that he opened the main event segment by calling her the “secret ingredient to the DX recipe.”
Road Dogg Detailed How Sean Waltman’s Tribute To Chyna Came About
Speaking on his Oh… You Didn’t Know? podcast (available early via AdFreeShows), Road Dogg spoke about the D-Generation X anniversary celebration on the season premiere of WWE Raw. During the episode, he detailed how Sean Waltman insisted that Chyna be mentioned, and that Triple H and Shawn Michaels may not have been aware that the tribute was coming.
“He and I spoke a lot about everything the night before and all day. He said, ‘Somebody should mention her. I’ll do it.’ I said, ‘I think you should do it anyway, dude. It’s only right that you do.’ He felt the same way and he was going in first, so he knocked it out. I don’t know if Hunter and Shawn knew he was going to do that.”
Another member absent from the DX reunion was Billy Gunn, who is currently signed to All Elite Wrestling. A recent report detailed how Tony Khan was nearly ready to work out a deal for Daddy Ass to appear on Monday Night Raw, but negotiations fell through. Road Dogg detailed the difficulty in introducing the group without his fellow New Age Outlaw, as his name is a vital part of their catchphrase.
“The hard part, to me, was going to be ‘What do I do when I get to Billy in my promo and he isn’t there? How do I do this?’ It’s probably more important to bring up Chyna because of her passing and everything, but for me, it was like ‘Billy’s not here.'”