WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg has claimed that TNA was willing to pay WWE $1 Million to make an inter-promotional D-Generation X happen.
Road Dogg Brian James is best known as one-half of The New Age Outlaws alongside Billy Gunn. The duo were recruited to D-Generation X by Triple H following the departure of Shawn Michaels after WrestleMania 14 and became a key part of the faction for the following few years.
By 2005, both men had left WWE and joined TNA – now IMPACT Wrestling – where they reunited as the Vodoo Kin Mafia, a nudge at WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s initials VKM. During this time, they called out the newly revived D-Generation X in WWE, consisting of Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Eventually, this led to the ‘$1 Million Challenge’ where Road Dogg and Billy Gunn put up the money to challenge Michaels and Triple H to a match. However, WWE ignored the challenge and Road Dogg and Gunn simply declared themselves the winner of the ‘war’.
Now, speaking on his ‘Oh… You Didn’t Know’ podcast, Road Dogg has claimed that he heard TNA were genuinely willing to put up the cash for the match to happen.
“What I’ve been told, and to this day, I don’t know if it is any different, [TNA] was going to give a million dollars if we would have a match with those guys. They were going to pay a million dollars to have a match and if you were a millionaire, multi-multi-multi millionaire and somebody told you if you do this, we might get a match with the other company and what if we cross breed our products? You could sell a millionaire on that pretty easily.
“I would go like, okay, crap, if you’re telling me that might happen, okay, I’m down. I think Dixie was down, there were a million dollars on the line, and I never really thought we would have it, but if they were willing to give the money, maybe something would happen here. All that may be phony baloney, and I was behind the scenes so I don’t know the truth but that’s what they told me, hey, we’re going to give them a million bucks if they do this.”
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