Induction: The Complete DX Invasion – What do you mean this didn’t win the Monday Night Wars?

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WWF, 1998

As the Death of WCW panel at Starrcast approaches, it’s important to consider what actually killed WCW.

Was it poor booking?

Low ratings and buyrates caused by the poor booking?

Huge financial losses caused by reckless spending and the low ratings and buyrates, caused by the poor booking?

Or was it something as simple and totally unrelated as AOL Time Warner taking over Turner Broadcasting…

…selling WCW off due to its huge financial losses…

…and abruptly cancelling the shows due to their low ratings…

…making the company practically worthless because no network in its right mind would air such an expensive, low-rated show? The world may never know.

But one thing we know didn’t kill WCW was D-Generation X’s “invasion” in the spring of 1998.

Of course, WWE folklore has so exaggerated the events of April 27th, 1998 that newer fans can be forgiven for thinking DX literally fired shots and defeated WCW in an actual military conflict.

In reality, the whole thing was just a silly stunt that served as an excuse for DX to make a lot of dick jokes. But that was like Shakespeare compared to what DX would have in store in the weeks to come (setting aside that Shakespeare also included a lot of dick jokes to begin with).

The degenerates kicked off their “invasion” by firing this not-too-convincing shot from the missile launcher, courtesy of an obvious camera cut-away and about half a cigarette’s worth of smoke.

If anything, the pitiful discharge from DX’s phallic cannon suggested that Triple H was impotent.

After hanging out with the fans waiting around hours before Nitro (and, free tickets or not, that takes a pretty dedicated fan base)…

…and confusing the Norfolk Scope event staff…

….DX tried rolling into the arena’s parking garage. Incredibly, one of their friends from the rival promotion came out for a photo op with the faction, leading to his prompt dismissal by that stuffy, repressive organization.

No, sorry, that’s what happened when the Bullet Club showed up outside of a WWE show last year.

Back in 1998 at the Norfolk Scope, WCW security simply closed the gates.

In the absence of an actual invasion of WCW, DX did the next best thing by standing around like chumps…

…and pretending to talk to the wrestling personalities on the other side…

(not unlike the various psychic mediums profiled on this site over the years).

It’s a good thing they never got into the arena, too, as DX was far outnumbered with only five members compared to WCW’s massive roster, which they flew out to every Nitro…

…and which, more importantly, included Meng.

Getting shut out of WCW’s arena meant DX could declare a hollow “victory,” but it also meant that the segment was left without a climax, as Triple H shockingly did not mention in all his talk of “cocking” guns and “blowing” WCW out of the water.

Far from representing the WWF in the Monday Night Wars, DX made it clear that they were representing only their faction, invading WCW in an effort to “free” their Kliq buddies Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, who weren’t having fun anymore after making boatloads of money at the top of the promotion. Hence the “POWCW” armbands.

That way, if the invasion backfired and DX got beaten up or otherwise embarrassed, WWF could spin it as if that was what was supposed to happen to those silly heels.

It’s sort of like when they booked LT to beat Bam Bam Bigelow while insisting that Bigelow represented Ted DiBiase’s Corporation and certainly not the WWF. In this case, rather than the Corporation vs. the NFL, it was DX (and not the WWF) vs. “Dubya-C-Dubya”, as Triple H made a point of pronouncing it. This, despite Jim Ross being the only announcer in either promotion who pronounced it anything like that.

Speaking of Jim Ross, he and Michael Cole were definitely not impressed with DX’s antics…

…writing the stunt off as just the kind of self-indulgent waste of time you’d expect from a bunch of jack-offs who spent entire segments calling each other jack-offs.

The WWF felt DX had so much momentum from the stunt that they jobbed them out to the Harris Twins that very night.

So no, DX riding a tank to a WCW event was not a turning point in the Monday Night Wars, any more than DX’s tank was a tank.

Tanks tend not to have four wheels, tires, or look exactly like a Jeep.

At least WCW could tell the difference.

Anyway, it’s fair to say that DX’s assault on WCW is definitely an overrated moment in the Attitude Era. “But this isn’t WrestleOverrated.com,” you might protest. “This is WrestleCrap.”

Indeed it is, and if you wanted to see some bona fide crap, you would just have to keep tuning in to Raw over the coming weeks. As you know, the Norfolk Scope incident was just the first salvo, and there were more, much stupider incidents to come.

Oh, you didn’t know?

Two weeks after their first strike on WCW, DX was at it again to show how lame the competition was. (They would have done it the very next week, but Raw was taped)

This time, the boys in neon green went down to Atlanta, straight to WCW’s offices, where they encountered one security guard trying to do his job…

…and one guy shooting his own footage, which never saw the light of day.

The stunt ended abruptly when, we were told, the folks in the WCW office called the police, claiming they were under attack by a militia.

Well, DX did have that *tank*, after all.

No footage of this incident was ever shown, so we have to take the participants’ word for it. “I’m not kidding, 100 cop cars came with riot squads”, said Triple H, whose buddy Shawn Michaels was once beaten up by nine thugs outside a Syracuse night club.

Eager to raise some more heck, DX went over to the CNN Tower in hopes of getting a meeting with Ted Turner. This venture went nowhere, probably because no one at CNN was aware that Ted Turner owned a wrestling company.

All in all, DX posed with some more fans in the food court…

…shook hands with some security guards, and met precisely zero people affiliated with WCW.

They then declared yet another victory via the wonders of computer graphics. Not only did they pretend-spray-paint a slogan on the building…

…they ultimately blew the whole thing up with a missile, presumably killing all the friendly DX fans and security guards they had just met. Jeez, no wonder they were still heels.

Surprisingly, President Trump has yet to retweet the footage of his Small Business Administrator’s son-in-law blowing up Fake News headquarters.

If you ever had the misconception that DX was edgy, have a look at their hijinks from two weeks later. For DX to defeat WCW once and for all, they would need to take the fight to the skies. To that end, they gathered at a small airport, from which Triple H embarked on a mission that was absolutely top secret – either because it was really important or because it was unbelievably dumb.

Cut to stock footage of a fighter pilot, supposedly Triple H, doing barrel-rolls, all while Hunter cleverly mused about his “joystick” (meaning penis) and how he’s in the “cockpit” (meaning penis… pit) like the coolest MF’er in the biz.

An airsick HHH smoothly transitioned from dick jokes to puke jokes, wondering where the barf bag was. But then he no-sold vomiting

Then it was time to do some sky-writing!

Sky-writing in a jet fighter!

Sky-writing in a jet fighter that took off from a small, private airport!

The naughty DX leader wrote a whole slew of rude slogans for everyone in whatever city WCW Nitro was being held in that week.

Cut to an out-of-context shot of some people pointing!

Man, WCW must have felt like such a dork right then!

In one final act of domination, HHH used a missile to finish off “Dubya-C-Dubya”, as Vince insisted it be pronounced every single time because he hates the fact that he was born and raised in the South.

Well, Hunter wouldn’t blast WCW as a whole, or even that night’s Nitro, but rather some unnamed, unseen “WCW officials”.

Locking onto these invisible targets, Trips claimed to launch a 500 megaton bomb, over 33,000 times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima. My, that sounds devastating! What kind of bomb was it?

Napalm?

Uranium?

Hydrogen?

No, poop! It was a poop bomb!

“WCW officials… are now covered in s***”, Triple H explains. “Or maybe they’re just full of it!” Killer play on words there! The only thing that would have made it better was if, you know, there ever actually were WCW officials covered in poop.

Whoa! Maybe DX really did kill WCW!

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A wrestling fan ever since the days of Wrestlemania IX, Art graduated from college in the same building where Art Donovan called King of the Ring 1994. He also runs the "How Much Does This Guy Weigh?" blog, where he reviews New Generation-Era Monday Night Raws. Follow him on Twitter @Art0Donnell. Email at: art@wrestlecrap.com
25 Responses to "Induction: The Complete DX Invasion – What do you mean this didn’t win the Monday Night Wars?"
  1. #OPC says:

    Wait, has whatever event that Bischoff pic at the end came from been inducted?

  2. Chris V says:

    I couldn’t stand DX at this point. I loved DX when it was Michaels, Triple, H, and Chyna. After that, they just annoyed me week after week.
    I don’t remember any of this after the initial “invasion”. I’m guessing I flipped over to Nitro everytime I saw DX show up for another skit on RAW. If so, that was good planning on my part, because that just looks like it got painful to watch.
    I almost believe that you made all of that up, as it’s almost too hard to believe this stuff actually aired on a professionally produced TV show. One that lots of people actually watched.

    Man, the Attitude Era really was horrid, outside of the main event scene. Yeah, Austin and the Undertaker and Man Kind made for great television. There was just so much bad stuff filling up the remainder of the show though. WWF really was the exact opposite of WCW.
    WCW had some amazing wrestling matches filling up the undercard, and then the main event scene was just painful to sit though.

    • Tremz says:

      1998 WWF’s main event combined with WCW’s midcard and ECW’s booking would have been untouchable.

      It’s easy to forget, though, that 1998 was actually an improvement business-wise for WCW from the year before. That just makes their collapse even more noteworthy. No one single person was responsible for that, either – it was a collective self-destruction.

    • Philip says:

      Agreed. Watching the Attitude Era stuff back on the Network is just embarrassing. I mean I was a teenager at the time so I thought it was the coolest thing in the world, but looking back at it with adult eyes I just can’t see why. The fact that it’s all available on the Network just highlights how much better Ruthless Aggression was.

  3. C Boz says:

    I definitely would call this WrestleCrap:

    – Jeep posing as a tank
    – Fake skywriting from a jet fighter
    – Phallic ‘jokes’ galore (curiously from the generally homophobic arc of professional wrestling at that time)
    – Pretending to blow up the rival organization (yeah, really)
    – Vince’s favorite condiment – poop
    – Involves Sean Waltman with facial hair
    – Heck, involves DX period

    If anything from a wrestling show involves skyward trajectories, it should feature Mike Davis (RIP) collecting moon rocks.

    And a great induction, especially because allows me to type for the second week in a row…

    TO HAKU!!!!!!

  4. E-Squared says:

    Now that I think about it, has the “Voodoo Kin Mafia invading WWE” angle been inducted? I could have sworn that it was, but I could be wrong. Believe me, this “DX invading WCW” angle was MILES BETTER, even though it was cheesy looking back. Then again, a lot of things in the wrestling world are cheesy.

    • Alfonzo Tyson says:

      No VKM hasn’t been inducted yet (Roxxi Leveaux has been), but it needs to be.

      While we’re at it, DX’s second run when they were acting like over-aged frat boys hanging out with Hornswaggle should be inducted as well!

      • Thomas Moffatt says:

        The Search For Shawn Michaels needs to be inducted. We in Desperadoes and Lost in Cleveland territory there…

    • Tremz says:

      I don’t think it has, I just ran a search in the archives for ‘voodoo’ and only found two inductions with that as a keyword (Akeem and Papa Shango) and a search on the newer site doesn’t turn up anything. That needs to be inducted at some point. TNA’s turned a corner in terms of quality so now would be a good time to catch up on their stupidity over the years in the hopes that they don’t go down the same avenue again.

    • RD Reynolds says:

      Yeah, VKM induction is overdue for sure. We wrote about it in the 10th Anniversary edition of DOWCW, but really need to do that whole mess on this here site.

  5. Unknown says:

    Hey, at least this inspired a Rewriting the Book from Jed Shaffer…

  6. Christopher Haydu says:

    I remember the skits where Dx actually visited the Scope and WCW headquarters. I never saw the other skits. I think if they’d just ended it with Dx actually showing up at WCW shows and their headquarters it would’ve been fine. The stock footage of explosions and war footage just made it look silly.

    My real question is about Shawn Michaels and Syracuse. Did that actually happen or was it just a lie told by Shawn to get out of dropping the belt to Shane Douglas? For over twenty years I’ve heard about it, but I’ve never heard anybody argue that it was a lie. Did Shawn really have that much power backstage that he could just lie like that to avoid doing a job and not get fired or demoted? I know Kevin Nash was champion, but 1995 must have been worse than everyone thinks it was for Vince to put up with that kind of nonsense from Shawn. In any other instance, guys who won’t job the title when they’re told to are buried immediately.

    So, was Shawn Michaels crying wolf?

    • Art0Donnell says:

      Shawn was beaten up by one army corproal while his two friends kept Bulldog and Kid from leaving their car. All three wrestlers were impaired, especially Shawn.

      As for whether the injuries were severe enough to keep Shawn from wrestling Douglas and dropping the belt, we’ll never know.

  7. Tremz says:

    To be fair to Trump, CNN was still somewhat of a real news channel back in those days.

  8. Rustox says:

    I recall my buddy showing me this one time like it was really cool, and all I remember was it being really corny and terrible. The only part I remember enjoying was how Billy Gunn and Road Dogg kept talking about going to Sam’s Club to buy a huge bag if corn dogs.

    It never even showed if they bought any corn dogs…

  9. jerm says:

    That Tank/Jeep joke was layers deep.

  10. Thomas Moffatt says:

    I really did loathe DX. They struck me as being far more corporate than the ‘Corporation’ what with their merchandise, catchpharses, crappy paraphernalia and scripted acts of rebellion/being dicks…

  11. CF says:

    “The ’90s sucked.”
    [Randy “The Ram” Robinson]

    And stuff like this is why.

    • Cuthbert says:

      Except it’s an amazing set of clips, and The Wrestler really was a pretty shit movie. Probably not the best thing to quote from.

  12. Al Boondy says:

    Just imagine what would happen nowadays if someone were to make a wrestling skit where someone bombed a rival’s building … Even if they were crappy effects like that CNN tower one, I don’t think that stuff would fly (no pun intended).

  13. Cuthbert says:

    Sorry, man. This is just 100% wrong from start to finish. There was never any confusion about what it was at the time, nor has there been any confusion at any point since. It was utter perfection and still holds up today.

  14. KatieVictoriasSecret says:

    “Just to be clear, we went down there with no clue what we were doing.” somehow says it all, doesn’t it?

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