Bruce Prichard emphasizes Sean Waltman's key role in D-Generation X

Wrestling's landscape shifted post-WrestleMania with Waltman's bold move

by Noman Rasool
Bruce Prichard emphasizes Sean Waltman's key role in D-Generation X

The tumultuous world of wrestling witnessed a paradigm shift after WrestleMania 14. With Shawn Michaels nursing a back injury, Triple H and Chyna stood as the only remnants of D-Generation X (DX) in WWE. However, things were about to take an unexpected turn.

Triple H reintroduced one of his closest allies, Sean Waltman. A familiar face to WWE aficionados as the 1-2-3 Kid, and to WCW fans as Syxx (or Syxx-Pac), Waltman was poised to make a profound impact. Seizing the moment, Waltman, microphone in hand, launched into what many consider the most compelling promo of his illustrious career.

He unabashedly lashed out at WCW, affirming his allegiance to WWE and, more specifically, DX. Such a move was momentous, given that while several stars had transitioned from WWE to WCW, the reverse was less common, especially concerning marquee names.

Waltman's assertive return to WWE, paired with his unequivocal criticism of WCW, infused WWE with a fresh coolness. This resurgence coincided with the ascendancy of Steve Austin as the WWE Champion and The Rock's meteoric rise, marking a phase when WWE was steadily reclaiming its dominance over WCW.

Prichard Reflects on Waltman's Impact

Bruce Prichard, in a recent edition of his "Something to Wrestle" podcast, offered an in-depth commentary on Sean Waltman's trajectory, particularly emphasizing his post-WrestleMania 14 Raw promo.

Prichard mused, “This was where we laid down the gauntlet. This was WWE asserting, 'If it's a battle you want, then it's a battle you'll get.' " He further elaborated on Waltman's incorporation into DX, attributing the group's subsequent success not merely to Waltman but also to the innovative strategies employed and the dynamic presentations of DX.

Yet, Waltman's achievements don't stop there. A testament to his enduring legacy, he boasts two WWE Hall of Fame rings. In 2019, he was immortalized alongside DX luminaries such as Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Billy Gunn, Road Dogg, and the legendary Chyna.

A year later, the New World Order's induction was announced, although the actual ceremony, due to the pandemic, was delayed until 2021. Waltman shared this honor with iconic figures like Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall.

While a solo induction celebrating Waltman's individual contributions to WWE remains uncertain, one thing is clear: with two Hall of Fame rings already adorning his fingers, Sean "X-Pac" Waltman's legacy is undeniably etched in wrestling history.

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