In the world of professional wrestling, there are moments that stand out as iconic, and then there are those that are downright legendary. One such legendary moment took place in 1998 when D-Generation X, a group of WWE superstars, decided to ‘invade’ their rival promotion, WCW. But what many might not know is the extent to which Vince McMahon, the chairman of WWE, went to ensure the safety of his talent during this audacious stunt.
In 1998, the wrestling world was abuzz with the rivalry between WWE (then WWF) and WCW. It was during this heated period that D-Generation X, comprising Triple H, Chyna, Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and X-Pac, made multiple visits to legitimate WCW tapings and live events.
These weren’t just casual visits; they were full-blown invasions, with the group arriving in their signature style, causing chaos and challenging WCW stars.
Vince McMahon: Commitment to the Bit
It’s one thing to plan such a daring segment, but it’s another to ensure that it goes off without a hitch. Vince McMahon, always one to go the extra mile for his business, was reportedly willing to ‘grease the palms’ of the local law enforcement to make sure nothing untoward happened to his superstars.
Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman, a member of D-Generation X, shed light on this during his appearance on the Insight with Chris Van Vliet podcast.
Waltman recalled the exhilaration of being part of such a groundbreaking segment and mentioned that while they did have to visit the police station, they were never handcuffed:
“We didn’t get handcuffed. We [DX] had to go to the station, but they let us stay in our van. When we went to the WCW offices, not the CNN tower, Vince had already paid off the local police. They were with us. We had to go out and technically get booked.”
A Night to Remember
One of the most memorable moments from these invasions occurred on April 27th, 1998. On this particular night, WWE’s RAW and WCW’s Nitro events were a mere 19 miles apart.
The proximity allowed D-Generation X to make their presence felt in a big way, further intensifying the rivalry between the two promotions.