The D-Generation X duo of Shawn Michaels and Triple H got a lot of heat from the city of Stamford when DX “vandalized” WWE’s Titan Towers in 2006. That’s according to Bruce Prichard on his podcast.
WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard was talking about 2006 when D-Generation re-formed for the first time since 1998. While the duo of Michaels and Triple H were older and (somewhat) wiser by 2006, they still did a lot of comedy bits. At the time, they were feuding with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and his son Shane McMahon, which led to many matches that year.
On the August 21, 2006 episode of Raw, D-Generation X vandalized WWE’s main office (known as Titan Towers) with the infamous green DX logo appearing on the building.
Bruce Prichard talked about the memorable DX skit on his Something To Wrestle podcast [first available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com] while noting a lot of the ideas came from Shawn and Triple H themselves. Prichard noted that WWE got some heat for lighting up Titan Towers late at night, which did not make Stamford city officials happy:
“We actually painted the WWE jet in the actual hangar. We had to get the entire hangar so that we didn’t disrupt any other planes or anything else. We had a vision. I had a vision, Hunter had a vision, Shawn had a vision of what we wanted to do. And then, there was Vince’s vision. I don’t know that he was able to explain his vision very well to us. Instead, we got a lot of ‘This is what we’ll do, ya okay. You guys seem to have a grasp on it, go and do it.’”
“So we did our vision what the three of us thought, went on and did the stuff inside the plane and everything. The office was another story because that was a lot of fun, it got heat with all the lights and everything in the area. We did it after a show, we went up there late at night and shot it. That got a lot of heat from the town in the immediate vicinity because of the bright lights that were shining up in the building. We had permits, we had everything, everybody knew what we were doing.”
“The plane thing, when Shawn and Hunter went into the plane and cut their promo, it was a DX promo. It was a goof and it was meant to be a goof. Vince wanted it more specific and more poignant. We were like, ‘This isn’t serious!’ We looked at DX in a way that threw the eyes of here guys that aren’t in their 20s anymore that it was basically a spoof on a spoof to let you know, hey folks, we’re not taking ourselves too seriously. We’re having fun here. Don’t take this as serious, but when it comes time to kick somebody’s ass, we’ve got to kick somebody’s ass. It was sophomoric hijinks, that’s what it was intended to be from my viewpoint.”
These days, Michaels is one of the men helping WWE’s NXT 2.0 and NXT UK brands. As for Triple H, he is recovering after undergoing surgery for a “cardiac event” recently.