WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has lifted the lid on who was behind one of the most enduring gestures in wrestling history – DX’s crotch chop.
WWE has announced that they will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of iconic group D-Generation X on the October 10th edition of Monday Night Raw in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The group was formed officially in October 1997 when Michaels joined forces with Triple H, Chyna, and the group’s insurance policy, ‘Ravishing’ Ric Rude. This iteration remained until WrestleMania 14 when Michaels had his final match for our years, losing to Stone Cold Steve Austin in the main event.
The following night, Sean Waltman (X-Pac) and the New Age Outlaws joined Triple H and Chyna in the group and it really took off in terms of its popularity.
Speaking in an interview with The New York Post, Shawn Michaels reflected on the group’s notorious crotch chop and says it started life behind the scenes, courtesy of Waltman:
“The first place I remember seeing it was Sean Waltman, who was then known as 1-2-3 Kid and later X-Pac, doing it over in the UK. Then all of a sudden, we were doing it as a group, to each other, kind of thinking it was funny.”
“It was sort of a witty way and tell somebody where they could go or they didn’t like your answer to something — a bunch of buddies ribbing each other.”
“From a television standpoint, as we started to do DX, it just felt kind of natural. A lot of things that we did on TV as DX were things we were doing as friends behind the scenes long before we ever brought it to TV.”