19 years ago last week, the WWE put on one of their most questionable segments of the Attitude Era, when D-Generation X came out in black face to mock the Nation of Domination. Former Nation member, D'Lo Brown, recently discussed the angle with Sports Illustrated, calling it one of the greatest segments of all time.
"It was one of the most iconic segments of the 'Attitude Era,' in my opinion, and it's right up there with anything Steve Austin and Vince did," said Brown. "DX, as babyfaces, were getting under the skin of the heels. It connected on so many levels, and it's my favorite segment of all time. People think it was a 'gotcha' type of segment where they took a piss on us without us even knowing, but we were as much a part of that as they were. To this day, I still tell Road Dogg that I owe him royalties. He played D'Lo better than I played D'Lo."
Despite the fact that the angle clearly crossed the line, Brown says it was never personal.
"We were only focused on what could ignite the feud between the two factions," explained Brown. "This worked, and the people loved it. Plus, it gave us, as heels, something to fire back on and a reason to get more aggressive and get back at DX. Trust me, it was never personal."
Brown also weighed in on his hopes for bringing factions back into modern wrestling.
"Factions are a thread of wrestling," said Brown. "Heels are better in numbers, and you can look at how the Four Horsemen did it. They come at you as singles or a tag and can go after any title they want. Factions are an essential part of wrestling, and I really wish they would come back because they add so much to storylines."
Brown is now stationed in Las Vegas, Nevada, working for a fantasy camp called Fantasy Slam.0comments
"I'm working with Sinn Bodhi, who is a real good friend of mine, on a project called Fantasy Slam," said Brown. "It's an interesting concept and gives the wrestling fan the life of a pro wrestler. You can do interviews, have a match, and walk in the steps of your favorite star. You train with guys like Ricky 'The Dragon' Steamboat, Al Snow, and Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, and they mentor you throughout the process. It's a unique process and I want the world to know about it."