WWE has made its first announcement on who will be the first official entrants into the 2019 Hall of Fame class. Arguably the most popular and controversial faction in WWE, D-Generation X will go in as a group into the Hall of Fame, scheduled for April 6 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
ESPN confirmed that the list of names to be inducted in this group will include Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, and Chyna.
Triple H commented on this achievement during the conversation with ESPN.
“I think it’s the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together. Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful. It’s a funny thing, because DX was something that, before Kevin [Nash] and Scott [Hall] left, at the time we all talked about using ‘The Kliq’ as it was – kind of morphing that into television, since it was so out there anyway. But things worked out the way they did – they left, and the timing was right.”
— Paul Levesque, a.k.a. Triple H
He added that, despite their departure, Shawn Michaels and himself still wanted to move forward with it. Vince gave the green light, and D-Generation X was formed. To add a unique element to the group, Chyna was brought in as the female enforcer, and this decision was made because Triple H stated that it was “completely different” and the “timing was right.”
Despite the jagged relationship that Chyna — whose real name is Joanie Laurer — had with WWE following her departure in 2001, even keeping her from being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Triple H admitted that not only does she “100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” but she “should probably be more than once” as both an individual and group induction.
Chyna’s Hall of Fame induction has been something lobbied by her representative via social media for quite some time, even starting a hashtag of #LetChynaIn.
After the announcement of DX headlining the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame class, representatives of Chyna posted a tweet showing their excitement and appreciation.
In addition to breaking barriers in inter-gender and women’s wrestling during the Attitude Era, Chyna was also able to win the Intercontinental Championship on two occasions and is still the only woman to have ever done so. The “Ninth Wonder of the World” will be inducted posthumously, as she passed away in 2016 at the young age of 46.