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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages. TheSportster proudly brings to you the greatest sports content in the WOOOOOORLD! We have 15 recent pictures of our favorite D-Generation X members so if you enjoy breaking the rules and feeling the anti-authoritarian love, then this list is for you. D-Generation X was started by Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Chyna in August of 1997 but after WrestleMania XIV, Michaels left the business so Triple H decided to bring in an army.
The DX-Army would sweep through the WWE Universe and even landed on the shores of WCW. Their style and charisma made for great television and they'll go down as one of the best stables in the history of the industry. With the exception of the late Chyna, every member of DX is still involved in wrestling in one way or another.
We all know Triple H wants HBK down in NXT and it could be a permanent stay, but do you know what the other guys have been up to recently? Enjoy or we've got to two words for ya!
15 Like Father, Like Son
Oh, you didn’t know? Well, you better call somebody and let everyone know Gunn has a son in the industry. Austin Sopp or Austin Gunn, which ever you prefer, started his wrestling career this year and his proud father has let everyone know about it on social media. Billy even posted his son’s first match on his Facebook account for everyone to watch.
He may not be as tall as his dad but if Austin has the charisma and the athletic ability to make it in the industry then there's no reason he won’t have success. It also doesn’t hurt that Billy has countless connections in the professional wrestling. Now if only Road Dogg had a son, then maybe we could have seen New Age Outlaws 2.0.
Billy Gunn’s son Austin is ready for the ring but we doubt Road Dogg’s granddaughter is. Brian James is getting a lot of heat for the failed Battleground PPV hosted by SmackDown Live but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have time to post on Twitter. As the top backstage producer for the program, Dogg doesn’t sit back on social media but actually engages with fans and critics.
This tweet wasn’t about wrestling politics but was about his granddaughter’s first birthday in July. You may be looking at a future Women’s Champion in the WWE but Dogg needs to teach her how to take a clean bump first. With the epic #GRANDOGG, we’re pretty surprised the name hasn’t caught on more. Only time will tell if Dogg can right the ship on SmackDown Live but at least he has a lot of love in the family.
13 Captain X-Pac?
Sean Waltman, or better known as X-Pac, isn’t trying out for a guest appearance in a Star Trek movie but he definitely would have made a great side kick to Captain Kirk. No offense to X-Pac, but one of his main roles in DX was being a sidekick to Triple H. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and he did win several single and Tag Titles while a member of the notorious stable.
X-Pac started dabbling in professional podcasts and radio in 2014. In this image, he hosts episode #135 of The Tomorrow Show with Kevin Undergaro. The former champion speaks about the O.J. Simpson trial, the suicide of Linkin Parks’ Chester Bennington, and of course, wrestling. Not only does Waltman enjoy what he’s doing, he also enjoys a good wine from time to time.
12 Catching Up With The Fans
Mr. WrestleMania does make appearances and this picture came in June at Frank & Son’s Collectible Show. We doubt HBK needs the money, maybe he does, but it’s pretty cool that he still wants to connect with the fans. For $75 you could have gotten an individual autographed or photo op with the legend himself.
If you go on his Twitter page, you’ll notice a lot of photos are with him meeting fans from every generation. With possibly becoming more involved in NXT as a coach or producer, HBK would be a great addition to the brand. He did train Daniel Bryan who became a legend despite criticism for his size. Maybe he can do what he did for Daniel Bryan for someone in NXT. Only time will tell.
11 With The Boys In Hollywood
That’s Billy Gunn with his two sons, Colten (left) and Austin (far right), at the CWFHollywood WrestleCenter. Championship Wrestling From Hollywood is a California based wrestling company that appears on KDOC-TV since 2010. You can also watch their content online. Gunn is 53 years old and still wrestles on the indie circuit today. In June, he worked five of Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore events.
His opponents included Jack Swagger, Bull James, and The Young Bucks. His last match came in NJPW when he faced Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Title. Gunn was let go as an NXT coach for being caught with illegal substances for a fitness competition a few years ago but the man can still wrestle on the biggest stages in the industry.
10 Backstage Shenanigans
Only in the WWE can you have one of your producer’s give the camera the “Suck It” pose. Anyone else still get goosebumps the night after WrestleMania XIV? With Shawn Michaels taking a long hiatus from wrestling, Triple H was left with the reigns, so what did he do? He restocked the army and created a great stable.
It was awesome to see X-Pac return after his fling with the WCW and then the WWE Universe witnessed the New Age Outlaws joining DX. The mix of talent, personalities, and styles was a great blend for the stable and it truly is one of the greatest of all-time. When these three get together, you know it’s going to be a good time wherever they are.
9 The Champions Are Here
Fans have been craving for Shawn Michaels to have one more match in the ring. Although it won’t likely happen, stranger things of played out in the WWE. He isn’t wrestling but the leader and founding member of DX have been making a lot of moves in the entertainment industry as of late. He has recently played key roles in two movies, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and Pure Country Pure Heart, and has been making the media rounds for both films.
This photo is when Michael met outstanding UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt on Good Day New York earlier this year. If anyone can get HBK back into shape for one last match, Garbrandt and his crew definitely can. Just don’t expect Michaels fighting in an octagon like CM Punk.
8 From Wrestlers To Producers
It’s comforting to know that actual professional wrestlers who had success are at the front lines in the production department. It’s a known fact many in the WWE Universe hate non-wrestler and WWE VP Kevin Dunn for some of the decisions he has made. As a member of WWE’s Board of Directors and one of the longest tenured employees in the company, we doubt he leaves unless there is a freak scandal.
At least we have Triple H and Road Dogg who have spearheaded the production for WWE’s NXT and SmackDown Live respectively. We don’t know which product they're watching in this image, but we rather see these two in those chairs than someone that doesn’t even know what a Canadian Destroyer is. Although Triple H has been in the production process for a while, Dogg became a producer in 2015.
7 What Triple H Watches
We showed you Road Dogg and Triple H looking at some monitors but we figured we give you a glimpse as to what they’re actually watching. We all know Triple H has one distinctive bald head so try not to pay too much attention to him but focus on the monitors. Triple H and the WWE shared this photo involving a recent NXT match with Kassius Ohno and who appears to be Hideo Itami.
With three monitors and several different angles, Triple H can see every positive and negative of the match. When Triple H was first announced as the head guy for NXT in 2012, he received his fair share of criticism, but we doubt anyone thought it would turn out this well for him and the brand.
6 A Potential Hollywood Star
Directed by Damon Santostefano, Pure County Pure Heart follows teenage sisters Ada and Piper when they discover a letter connected to their late father. Their father sadly died while fighting in Iraq and the letter sends them on a journey to find out about the man they never got to know.
We don’t know what role HBK plays in the films but he’s joined by Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Kaitlyn Bausch, and the loveable music legend Willie Nelson. The film may not be a blockbuster hit but we’re glad to see HBK back in the entertainment business even if he isn’t knocking wrestlers out with his Sweet Chin Music. This film is still in post-production but should be released by the end of 2017 if you’re interested in watching it.
5 Still Working The Indie Scene
Although he’s 45 years old and has a lot of wear and tear on the body, X-Pac still works the indie circuit. This photo was taken recently at one of the shows and you can tell he still tries to keep his body in shape. X-Pac has worked several matches this year, including teaming up with Moose at Preston City Wrestling Tribute to the Troops in June.
He has also worked for Fighting Evolution Wrestling, All Pro Wrestling, Scott County Wrestling, and Metroplex Wrestling. Besides losing a 30 man battle royal, X-Pac has gone undefeated and even won the MPX Tag Team Championship with Jerome Daniels. We doubt he'll ever have a full-time job as a wrestler with the WWE again but it would be cool to see the Lightweight give some life to the 205 Division.
4 When Stables Collide
You see all that energy surrounding these four warriors of the ring? We don’t want to get them too close to each other, they might set off a nuclear chain reaction that rips our universe into shreds. It’s always a welcome sight to see The Kliq together. Whether it’s backstage or in the ring, these guys always make the fans pop. Just imagine if Kevin Nash and Scott Hall didn’t jump ship for WCW and stayed in the WWE. DX’s stable would be up to the brim in talent.
You could also make the case that if Nash and Hall didn’t jump ship and form nWo, then DX would have never of been created to counter their ratings. You can't change the past so the history that we know is what it is, but it’s always fun to speculate.
3 NJPW & The Gunn
As we mentioned earlier, Billy Gunn is still active on the indie circuit. This also includes a huge match with Japanese legend and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. For some reason, NJPW thought it would be a great idea to have the former DX member face one of their biggest stars at their G1 Special in Long Beach, California.
That match was okay and many fans, as well as people in the company, thought Tanahashi should have faced a bigger and more important member on the roster. It was the first time NJPW held their own event on United States soil so maybe they were trying to tap into the old fan base from the Attitude Era. Regardless of the outcome, it was good to see Gunn have a big match once again, the crowd however, thought otherwise.
2 Shawn's New Job
Yup, HBK is the latest to transition slowly into his new role behind the scenes. After moving his family to the Florida area, it was evident Shawn was working on something with NXT. It now seems as though that's coming to fruition as HBK's been posting multiple pics of late working the gorilla position with the head-set on. Alongside Steve Corino in this shot, Shawn even as another picture next to high up NXT worker, Matt Bloom.
Talent such as Roderick Strong have also praised Shawn for his involvement backstage as of late. Looks like HBK is starting to blossom as a regular behind the scenes with NXT. This is exciting news, and something the brand can only benefit from giving his decades and decades of excellence.
1 A Future Champion?
Taken during the tapings of WWE’s May Young Classic which features 32 female competitors from around the world, this is a very big sign that the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Ronda Rousey, could eventually end up in the WWE. If she's no longer competing in the UFC and Hollywood isn’t calling her to make movies our television ads, then we wouldn’t be surprised if she takes the money and joins the company.
She did lose twice in her career, but that doesn’t mean she still can’t be booked as a tough S.O.B. With several of her MMA friends in the tournament, you know she’s just itching to have some kind of role with the company. Don’t forget, the WWE and UFC have a working relationship because of Brock Lesnar so communication and permission wouldn’t be a problem for The Game.