Much like the world of comic books, the WWE universe exists within a perpetually retconned history. WWE's mythology is imminently pliable to the whims of corporate market testing and changing social attitudes. Due to WWE’s ever-changing look and tone, their Hall of Fame remains an interesting case study in the company’s ethics and aesthetics.
First established in 1993, the politics of the Hall of Fame sparks debate amongst fans and industry die-hards every year. And this year is no different, with the announcement of the induction of immensely popular Attitude Era stable, D-Generation X, the question of WWE’s historicity has once again been posed by fans.
What seems like a relatively innocuous decision is actually rife with complexities. With their tradition of erasing superstars who had been perceived as traitorous, will WWE totally scotomize Chyna’s legacy from the ceremony?
D-Generation X, a group formed in 1997, were the bratty bad-guys of the Attitude Era. Catalyzed by the reunion of Triple H (aka Paul Levesque, the company’s current Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative) and legendary grappler Shawn Michaels, the anti-authoritarian gang of catchphrase-generating vulgarians would go on to recruit foul-mouthed personalities like Rick Rude, X-Pac, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn. Standing out starkly amongst the other members was Chyna, a towering, hyper-muscular Amazonian introduced initially as an imposing bodyguard for Triple H, with whom she was frequently (out of kayfabe) romantically linked.