On the 20th anniversary of Monday Night Raw this past Monday night, we were treated to seeing who would be the first announced superstar to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013. We were all please to see it would be the hardcore legend Mick Foley. With this announcement, more buzz began to stir up once again, of the additional possibilities of who could be next to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The next rumored announcement is what generated the most buzz around the internet. Word has been passed around that the group Degeneration-X would be inducted into this years hall of fame.
“Why now?” is what you’re probably asking yourself and it makes sense as to why now is the time, since the infamous “Curtain Call” incident from 1996 occurred in Madison Square Garden, home of the 2013 Hall of Fame induction ceremony Since the curtain call is basically the genesis of the DX, then yes this would be a more than appropriate time to make this happen. However, Degeneration-X as a whole should not be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
I know those words probably should never be uttered, but I have some issues with DX going into the Hall of Fame, if this rumor is to be true. When you look at DX as a whole, yes, their stable overall was highly regarded as an unbelievable group that gave us some of the best moments in history. But when you individualize the group, they do not stack up as being Hall of Fame worthy. Are we OK with Billy Gunn being in the WWE Hall of Fame before the likes of “Macho Man/King” Randy Savage and Owen Hart? When you take DX away from Billy Gunn he doesn’t exactly scream top tier worthy. Granted he has held multiple tag titles, but the majority of that was with Road Dogg and when he held them with Bart Gunn, it was a forgettable era. Not his fault, I know, but even as a singles wrestler when he was “The One” Billy Gunn or even “Rockabilly”…need I say more? X-Pac as well can somewhat fall into this questionable category. Yes, his best years were with DX, however flopped as a member of the Million Dollar Corporation, X-Factor and WWE’s version of the nWo. The Road Dogg Jesse James may be the only one in that group closest to being HOF worthy, since he carried much of the weight of the group when Triple H parted from the group. Also, from a historic standpoint, Road Dogg should be inducted with the Armstrong Family an extension of his father’s induction. Many people may have forgotten this, but Ravishing Rick Rude was a member of DX as well in 1997. Rick Rude’s induction into the hall of fame should not be lump summed in a group, but as an individual since his personal accomplishments are linear to both Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
But it’s not only the men whom you have to take into consideration, but also the women of DX. The first obvious one being Chyna. If DX gets inducted into the Hall of Fame, then Chyna should be inducted as well. Despite her current endeavors one thing that you cannot ignore is that the “9th Wonder of the World” was one of the charter members of the group and help propel the group into stardom. Arguably you can say that Chyna was the sole reason behind DX’s and even WWE’s mainstream success in the mid to late 90’s. During the WWE Attitude Era, when you’d play word association with WWE, normally your top five would include the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind, The Undertaker and Chyna. With that in mind, should she not be inducted? Is it fair to leave her out? Its a great chance that she will be left out of the groups induction since her terms are not the best with the McMahon family. In addition, her current career choice is not so much the best since she is a fixture in adult films now. How about the other DX female member, Torre? Don’t remember her? Right, exactly what I thought. So she’s hall of fame worthy?
It is without question that both Triple H and Shawn Michaels’ placement in the Hall of Fame is evident. While Shawn has already been inducted, Triple H is a sure thing when it comes to being a first ballot hall of famer with the WWE. Their contribution is without question but DX being inducted into the Hall of Fame before Triple H as an individual makes the induction just a bit more questionable. Are they as a group deserving of this? Or is this just WWE’s way of having an excuse to move some more merchandise If this rumor is true, expect to see the DX DVD be re-released to the public and for WWE.com to be “DX-Raided” with all of their merchandise flooding the WWE Shopzone section. If this rumored induction is just to push a few T-shirts, then men like Honky Tonk Man, Dean Malenko, King Kong Bundy and even The Undertaker have to be just thrilled.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports