“Oh, you didn’t know?!” Thanks to the weekly in-ring proclamations by “Road Dogg” Jesse James and Billy Gunn, the WWE Universe was always well-informed during The Attitude Era. A former “roadie” and a “Smoking Gunn,” respectively, Road Dogg and Gunn reinvented themselves as the rough-and-tumble New Age Outlaws after joining forces on Shotgun Saturday Night in 1997.
The pair would gain notoriety after defeating Legion of Doom for the World Tag Team Titles on the Nov. 24, 1997, clinging to their titles by bending the rules in a manner befitting their “outlaws” moniker. It was this gleeful disregard for the rules that cemented The New Age Outlaws as the most influential tag team of The Attitude Era.
Not long after controversially and memorably locking Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie in a dumpster and tossing it off the entrance ramp, The New Age Outlaws were welcomed into a new iteration of DX on March 30, 1998. This all-new DX roster — consisting of Gunn, Road Dogg, X-Pac and Triple H — brought a true sense of fun to Monday nights, hilariously lampooning rival factions such as The Nation of Domination and The Corporation. Perhaps The New Age Outlaws’ most memorable DX moment, though, was when the rebellious faction — equipped with an army tank — invaded WCW’s live Monday Nitro television broadcast and brought a new, literal meaning to “The Monday Night War.”