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Old 06-03-2012, 11:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Plans for D-Generation X before Shawn Michaels was injured ???

Now as far as stables go in WWE i don't think there has ever been a better one than the original incarnation of D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Rick Rude and Chyna and whilst i found the second incarnation to be entertaining at times i didn't like D-Generation X as babyfaces during their 1998 run. What i wanted to know though was if anyone knew what the plans were for the group before Shawn Michaels was injured at The Royal Rumble in his Casket match with The Undertaker.

As anyone who was watching around that time will know is Shawn Michaels and Triple H struck up a bit of an alliance with The New Age Outlaws and this carried through into the Austin/Michaels feud heading into WrestleMania 14. What i wanted to know was if anyone knew if The New Age Outlaws were set to join D-Generation X prior to Shawn Michaels injury to pack the group out more which would have made sense as it doesn't take a genius to work out Shawn Michaels was set to be top heel through at least 1998. I have no doubt Sean Waltman would have joined the group alongside Shawn Michaels and Triple H due to his close friendship with them in The Clique and as a five man stable D-Generation X could have been as strong as any stable in history.
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've wondered about this too. I don't think the Outlaws - DX alliance really picked up until after Shawn's injury, if I recall correctly. I know the Outlaws helped DX take out the Road Warriors in December 1997, but it wasn't til post Royal Rumble that it became more frequent. Like DX giving a 'pep talk' to the Outlaws after the Dumpster Dive, and the match involvement at No Way Out 1998.

But yes, it is very intriguing thinking about what 1998 could have been like with a healthy Michaels. Curious to see where DX would have went, if Michaels would have remained the top heel and leader of DX or if there would be an eventual split. HBK - Triple H - and X-Pac does sound pretty badass though.
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Old 06-03-2012, 02:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've wondered about this too. I don't think the Outlaws - DX alliance really picked up until after Shawn's injury, if I recall correctly. I know the Outlaws helped DX take out the Road Warriors in December 1997, but it wasn't til post Royal Rumble that it became more frequent. Like DX giving a 'pep talk' to the Outlaws after the Dumpster Dive, and the match involvement at No Way Out 1998.

But yes, it is very intriguing thinking about what 1998 could have been like with a healthy Michaels. Curious to see where DX would have went, if Michaels would have remained the top heel and leader of DX or if there would be an eventual split. HBK - Triple H - and X-Pac does sound pretty badass though.
The New Age Outlaws helping Shawn Michaels and Triple H against The Road Warriors was when their alliance began and then it carried over into 1998 and immediately after The Royal Rumble but at that point WWE didn't know the extent of Shawn Michaels back injury. I think it was actually two weeks after The Royal Rumble that WWE knew the full extent of Shawn Michaels back injury and by then the alliance had become more frequent with Shawn Michaels and Triple H telling The New Age Outlaws to make an impact or something to that extent which is what led to them pushing Mick Foley and Terry Funk off the stage in a dumpster.

I've just always been curious to know if anyone knew if WWE planned to fill out D-Generation X by putting The New Age Outlaws in as well because it would explain why Billy Gunn and The Road Dogg hated Shawn Michaels as outside of that brief alliance they had no real reason to. In their shoot interview The New Age Outlaws claimed that Shawn Michaels and Triple H were using the heat that The New Age Outlaws had created to get themselves over as heels which is very wrong but maybe there was a plan to put them together properly. Of course once the split happened i'm sure it would have been Shawn Michaels who turned face and went against a Triple H led D-Generation X with Sean Waltman and The New Age Outlaws as the stable but then where would The Nation and more importantly The Rock have gone from there in 1998.
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I doubt the Outlaws would've "officially joined" DX if Shawn hadn't gotten hurt. DX had several "associates" through its original run that would give them backup. In addition to the Outlaws, Los Boricuas also aided DX on a number of occasions, first helping assault Undertaker at the Rumble and then with Savio Vega replacing the injured HBK at No Way Out.

Waltman no doubt would've joined, but personally I don't think the Outlaws would have.
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I doubt the Outlaws would've "officially joined" DX if Shawn hadn't gotten hurt. DX had several "associates" through its original run that would give them backup. In addition to the Outlaws, Los Boricuas also aided DX on a number of occasions, first helping assault Undertaker at the Rumble and then with Savio Vega replacing the injured HBK at No Way Out.

Waltman no doubt would've joined, but personally I don't think the Outlaws would have.
I forgot all about the Boricuas helping out DX too. That makes it look more like the Outlaws joining wasn't really a big possibility until after HBK was injured.
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I personally think that X - Pac would have joined, Outlaws would have stayed away from D-X, done their own thing and dominate the tag team division like they were doing around than. With later on down the road, Triple H and Shawn feuding over leadership, I know HHH wasn't really ready for it and was still around mid card or upper mid card at best early 98' but by the end of it I think HHH and Shawn would have interacted a bit against one another.
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No idea if the WWE had plans but I would imagine D-X would have maybe aligned with Vince. Post WM, it seemed that turning Foley heel was a kind of "last resort" as they had no top heels for Austin to feud with.
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I have no doubt the NAO would have joined DX regardless. Its a simple stable pattern: two solo guys and a tag team. DX already had 2 solo acts and they needed a tag team, which the NAO fit in perfectly. It seems they were sizing them up for an "official" DX position later on in the meantime imo.

DX had plenty of satellite characters they interacted with, even feuding w/ other heels (Hart Foundation) and most groups during that time had 5 active members, DX only had two, if you add the NAO that's four, so X-Pac was also coming in regardless.
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I have no doubt the NAO would have joined DX regardless. Its a simple stable pattern: two solo guys and a tag team. DX already had 2 solo acts and they needed a tag team, which the NAO fit in perfectly. It seems they were sizing them up for an "official" DX position later on in the meantime imo.

DX had plenty of satellite characters they interacted with, even feuding w/ other heels (Hart Foundation) and most groups during that time had 5 active members, DX only had two, if you add the NAO that's four, so X-Pac was also coming in regardless.
That's kind of what i tend to believe as like was said already it seemed like WWE simply turned Mick Foley heel for a while because there was no one else to feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin through Unforgiven and Over The Edge which i tend to believe would have been Shawn Michaels had he not been injured. After losing at WrestleMania 14 it would be feasible that Shawn Michaels brought in The New Age Outlaws and Sean Waltman to fill out D-Generation X in their war with Stone Cold Steve Austin to bring the WWE title back to the group and after three straight PPV losses to Stone Cold Steve Austin it could also have been the starting point for a power struggle between Shawn Michaels and Triple H for leadership of the group.
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That's kind of what i tend to believe as like was said already it seemed like WWE simply turned Mick Foley heel for a while because there was no one else to feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin through Unforgiven and Over The Edge which i tend to believe would have been Shawn Michaels had he not been injured. After losing at WrestleMania 14 it would be feasible that Shawn Michaels brought in The New Age Outlaws and Sean Waltman to fill out D-Generation X in their war with Stone Cold Steve Austin to bring the WWE title back to the group and after
three straight PPV losses to Stone Cold Steve Austin it could also have been the starting point for a power struggle between Shawn Michaels and Triple H for leadership of the group.


Would their still be a feud with the Nation of Domination? Would the Rock have become what he became with Shawn still in the WWE?

Would Shawn be feuding with Austin as a heel, and Triple H feuding with The Rock as a face?
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