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Sean Waltman Reveals Origin Behind X-Pac Name

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Throughout his career, Sean Waltman has gone by many names. However, he is arguably best known for his time as X-Pac. During a recent interview, Waltman would reveal the origin behind the legendary name.

Conversing with Chris Van Vliet, Waltman discussed his career at length. A two-time WWE Hall of Famer, Waltman began his venture into professional wrestling all the way back in 1989, debuting as The Lightning Kid. He would make his way to the World Wrestling Federation under the same name, but was soon renamed The Kamikaze Kid. From here, he would be named The Cannonball Kid, The Kid and finally, The 1-2-3 Kid.

Throughout the remainder of his career, Waltman would perform under several names. From Syxx in WCW to Syxx-Pac in TNA, Sean would ultimately become best known as D-Generation X member, X-Pac.

During his conversation with Van Vliet, Sean Waltman would reveal that he created the name when discussing a new alias with WWE CEO, Vince McMahon:

“It’s just a name I made up. So when I came to WCW, Eric Bischoff named me Syxx. People were like what does that mean. Well one plus two plus three equals six. I still don’t really know the answer to that. I don’t remember Eric ever confirming where he got it from.

But everyone asked me did I ever think I would have a name to do with numbers. But long story short, Hulk would call me six pack, after a six pack of beer. Then the guys from the younger generation changed it to Pac. So it was six-PAC. When I left, Vince was trying to figure out a name for me. He knew I didn’t want to be called kid anymore. He goes ‘Well what if we called you The Man?’ This was before Becky Lynch by the way. I’m like [sucks teeth] I’m not really feeling it, man. But he would throw out ideas, and if you weren’t a fan of it, you wouldn’t hurt his feelings.”

As X-Pac, Waltman would be etched in pro wrestling history as a key member of D-Generation X and the Monday Night Wars. In 2016, Sean would venture into podcasting, with his show being a mix of his most popular names, ‘X-Pac, 1, 2, 360’. X-Pac would retire from professional wrestling in 2019, however in a recent interview with Inside The Ropes, Waltman revealed he may return for a few more matches.

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Credit for Interview: Insight with Chris Van Vliet