Stephanie Marie McMahon-Levesque
(born September 24, 1976 in Hartford,
Connecticut) is the daughter of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Chairman
Vince McMahon and WWE CEO Linda McMahon. She is the wife of Paul Levesque
(Triple H) and the sister of Shane McMahon. She is Senior Vice President of
Creative Writing for WWE.
McMahon-Levesque regularly appeared on WWE television between 1999 and 2003,
and has made several appearances since then. She is both a former WWE Women's
Champion and a former SmackDown! General Manager.
World Wrestling Federation
Stephanie first appeared on WWF programming as part of a Roddy Piper vignette
in her early teens. After that, she modeled some of the WWF merchandise. In
early 1999, she became involved in an onscreen storyline involving her father,
Vince McMahon, and The Undertaker. The Undertaker stalked and abducted Stephanie
and "married" her in the middle of the ring in a "Unholy Wedding" ceremony
performed by Paul Bearer, but Stephanie was saved by Austin. He did this to
torment Vince, or so it seemed but later it was revealed that Vince and The
Undertaker had been in cahoots the entire time. Stephanie and her mother Linda
sided with Vince's nemesis "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Vince responded by having
the Undertaker kidnap Stephanie a second time.
Stephanie began a relationship with wrestler Test which led to a heated feud
between Test and her brother, Shane, who viewed Test as not being good enough
for Stephanie. After Test defeated Shane at SummerSlam 1999 in a "love her or
leave her" Greenwich Streetfight, Shane stopped objecting and went out of his
way for his sister and for Test, proving to them he was on their side. Stephanie
and Test went on to team together in a match on September 20, 1999, with the
couple defeating Jeff Jarrett and Debra. The couple were eventually engaged, but
their original wedding date had to be postponed after The British Bulldog
accidentally hit Stephanie with a thrown trash can, giving her a concussion and
amnesia. A later date was set, but during the in-ring ceremony, Triple H showed
a video which revealed that he had drugged Stephanie and taken her to Las Vegas,
Nevada where they were married in a drive-through ceremony. This effectively
ended the relationship between her and Test. Stephanie abhorred Triple H at
first, but eventually sided with him, turning on Vince in the process by
slapping him in the face.
||5 ft 8 ½ in (174 cm)
||135 lb (61 kg)
||September 24, 1976
||September 20, 1999
In 2000, with Vince McMahon absent as a result of injuries inflicted upon him
by Triple H at the 1999 Armageddon event, Triple H and Stephanie became the
onscreen owners of WWE, a period known as the "McMahon-Helmsley Era" and
dominated by the McMahon-Helmsley Faction. Triple H held the WWF Championship
and Stephanie held the WWF Women's Championship after several interferences and
a DDT from Tori against her opponent, defending champion Jacqueline. Stephanie
reconciled with her father and brother at WrestleMania 2000 when they helped
Triple H defend his title against The Rock, leaving Linda McMahon as the only
face in the McMahon family. Linda and Stephanie would exchange slaps throughout
the summer of 2000. Throughout 2000, Stephanie would use heel wrestlers to try
and eliminate her enemies: The Rock, Chris Jericho and Lita. Jericho in
particular enraged Stephanie by calling her a "Filthy, dirty, disgusting,
brutal, skanky, bottom-feeding trash bag ho," leading to a series of matches
between him and Triple H. Stephanie lost the WWF's Women's Championship to Lita
in the RAW main event on August 21, 2000
In late 2000, a love triangle storyline began featuring Stephanie, Triple H
and Kurt Angle. The storyline was never satisfactorily resolved, with Stephanie
remaining Triple H's onscreen wife. Stephanie and Triple H were separated in
early 2001 when Triple H was badly injured.
The internal disputes between the McMahons led to Shane siding with his
mother against Stephanie and Vince. Linda was in a comatose state due to the
stress of being asked for a divorce by Vince, and Vince took the opportunity to
have a public affair with Trish Stratus. Stephanie briefly feuded with Stratus,
defeating her at No Way Out 2001, but eventually both settled their differences
and sided with Vince. Over the next few weeks, Vince made it clear that he
favored Stephanie over Stratus, even allowing Stephanie to cover Stratus with
mud using a mop in the middle of the ring. At WrestleMania X-Seven, Shane
defeated Vince in a Street Fight. During the course of the match, Stratus
slapped Vince and chased Stephanie from ringside, apparently upset with Vince's
constant misogynistic treatment of her.
Stephanie later "betrayed" Vince on July 9, 2001 by revealing that she had
purchased ECW and intended to bankrupt the WWF (in reality, the ownership of ECW
assets at this time was highly disputed), along with Shane, who had become the
onscreen owner of WCW. She was made unemployed when her wrestlers were defeated
by the WWF at the 2001 Survivor Series, as she had sold her "WWF stock" to Ric
Flair. The night after The Alliance was defeated, Shane and Stephanie came to
the ring to confront Vince. While Shane earned Vince's trust by admitting that
he had lost and then leaving quietly, Stephanie tried to say that Shane put her
up to it, and it was all his fault. In the end, she was dragged from the
building by security personnel.
Stephanie returned in 2002 when Triple H made a comeback as a face, but the
couple began having problems. The couple "divorced" after Stephanie (falsely)
claimed to be pregnant in order to trick Triple H into renewing their marital
vows. The split was acrimonious to say the least; Triple H literally complied
with the "fifty-fifty" divorce settlement by giving Stephanie the front half of
her Corvette and Stephanie claimed that Triple H had abused his bulldog Lucy, in
order to gain custody to spite him. Lucy was later run-over by a limousine, much
to the distress of Triple H.
In order to gain revenge upon Triple H, Stephanie began foiling his attempts
to become the WWF Undisputed Champion. After Triple H won the Royal Rumble,
Stephanie appointed herself special guest referee in a match between Kurt Angle
and Triple H at No Way Out 2002 with Triple H's WrestleMania title shot on the
line. Though Angle won thanks to Stephanie's somewhat suspect officiating,
Triple H defeated him the next night to regain his title shot. Stephanie then
aligned herself with current champion and former enemy, Chris Jericho. Despite
Stephanie's best efforts, Jericho lost to Triple H at WrestleMania X8 on March
17. McMahon also received a pedigree from her "ex" during the contest. On the
March 25th episode of RAW, Jericho and Stephanie lost to Triple H in a
Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed Title, with the stipulation that, if
Stephanie was pinned, she would be forced to leave the WWF.
World Wrestling Entertainment
On July 18, 2002 Stephanie returned to the WWF (renamed WWE following a
lawsuit from the World Wildlife Fund) as the general manager of SmackDown!.
She stole talents such as Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar, The
Undertaker, Matt Hardy and Crash Holly from the RAW brand, but in return
lost Triple H, Chris Jericho, Christian, Lance Storm, Test, Stacy Keibler, Rico,
Gregory Helms, Randy Orton, Batista, and Al Snow. She feuded with RAW
General Manager Eric Bischoff throughout 2002, though the enemies inexplicably
shared a kiss at a Halloween party at which Stephanie was dressed as a witch and
Bischoff was disguised as her father. Stephanie was given credit for the return
of the WWE United States Championship and for the creation of the WWE Tag Team
Championship. She was also credited with signing Hulk Hogan back to SmackDown!,
which caused friction between herself and her father in the storyline that
Stephanie was involved in an amusing segment with Triple H at the RAW 10th
Anniversary show, where the two were winners of the "Shut Up and Kiss Me" award.
Stephanie jokingly stated that "where else can you get drugged up at your own
wedding, marry a loser, fake a pregnancy, get divorced and then make a comeback
to head up the greatest wrestling show on TV today, SmackDown?"
Stephanie was ousted from her position after losing an "I Quit" match to her
father, Vince McMahon on October 19, 2003 at No Mercy. Vince was a heel once
again; though he originally had been the one to appoint Stephanie as the General
Manager, he began to resent her growing independence as well as her attempts to
stop him from pursuing an affair with Sable and decided that he wanted her to
quit. Stephanie did not say "I Quit", but lost when her mother, Linda, at
ringside threw in a towel on her behalf (mimicking the 1994 Survivor Series WWF
Championship match between Bret Hart and Bob Backlund where Hart's late mother
Helen, at the behest of his brother Owen, threw in the towel when Bret was
trapped in Backlund's crossface chicken wing). She was succeeded by Paul Heyman.
On March 13, 2004, Stephanie attended the WWE Hall of Fame induction
ceremony, and on September 23, she appeared on the fifth year anniversary
episode of SmackDown! and talked about her favorite SmackDown!
Stephanie returned to WWE on October 3, 2005 at WWE Homecoming, when she
confronted "Stone Cold" Steve Austin after he had stunned her father and
brother. She slapped Austin, but was then herself stunned. She appeared on
RAW for two weeks thereafter, and was involved in the firing of Austin's
friend, RAW announcer Jim Ross and the booking of a match between Ross's
replacement, Coach, and Austin at Taboo Tuesday, with Ross's WWE future on the
line. However, the match was cancelled after Austin suffered a minor injury
that, combined with his unwillingness to job to Coach, led to him no-showing the
subsequent episode of RAW.
Stephanie had nasal surgery to help her breathing several days before the
Eddie Guerrero RAW tribute show that prevented her from appearing in
person. She returned to RAW on December 5 as a witness in the mock trial
of Eric Bischoff, and claimed that Bischoff had "violated" her by kissing her
three years earlier.
A visibly pregnant Stephanie McMahon returned on the March 6, 2006 episode of
RAW, approaching Shawn Michaels backstage and claiming to have abdominal pains.
When Michaels left to get her some water, Stephanie added some powder to his
water, causing him to become groggy during his match against Shane McMahon later
in the night, which he lost as a result. Stephanie also appeared at the WWE Hall
of Fame induction ceremony on April 1, 2006 and in a backstage vignette with her
immediate family at WrestleMania 22.
In addition to her on-air character, Stephanie, like others in Vince
McMahon's immediate family, is deeply involved in the business operations of
WWE. She began her backstage work as a model for merchandise items before
progressing to working in the WWF advertising department. In November 2000, she
became one of the individuals chiefly responsible for the creative direction
taken by the television programming and was named Vice President of Creative
Writing in July 2003, which was more of a promotion in name only as her duties
remained basically the same as before. She was promoted to Senior Vice President
of Creative Writing in 2006. She oversees the hiring of scriptwriters,
supervises the writing team, and is involved in the long-term booking of WWE.
Her other responsibilities, not related to her position as leader of the writing
team, include having a voice in the hiring and firing of employees and helping
to produce and direct RAW, SmackDown!, and pay-per-view events.
The efforts of the creative team have often been criticized. Stephanie has
been accused of favoring her husband Triple H, and storylines in recent years
have contained elements of necrophilia and rape (notably the Katie Vick
storyline, which included Triple H) among other unsavory subjects.
Stephanie is a graduate of Greenwich High School and Boston University, as is
her brother Shane McMahon. She holds a degree in Communications.
On October 25, 2003, she married Paul Levesque (better known by his ring
name, Triple H) at the St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Sleepy Hollow, New
York and now goes by the name Stephanie McMahon-Levesque. The two began dating
during the "McMahon/Helmsley" storyline. On the McMahon DVD, Vince
McMahon admitted that he had indirectly tried to get Stephanie to date a man
"like" Triple H.
Stephanie has appeared on the Howard Stern show, Jimmy Kimmel Live,
the Opie and Anthony show and The Weakest Link. On August 14th,
2005, Stephanie (misspelled as "Stephani") appeared on the season five finale of
MTV's Punk'd, where she assisted the prank played on Triple H.
By her own admission (on an episode of the Howard Stern Show), Stephanie got
breast implants in the summer of 2001. Her fuller figure was the subject of
jokes on the part of Chris Jericho as well as The Rock for several weeks after
she returned to television later that year.
Her entrance theme is currently "All Grown Up" by Jacki-O. She has used her
theme since her introduction as General Manager of Smackdown! in the summer of
2002. She previously used Triple-H's old theme "My Time" and briefly "Bodies" by
Drowning Pool during the Alliance storyline.
Stephanie and Triple H have one dog, an English Mastiff named Bluto.
Stephanie took motorcycle riding courses along with Triple H a few years ago
when he was preparing for his role in Jornada del Muerte. They own a 2006 Harley
Davidson Fat Boy and in the past owned a 2004 Custom Iron Horse, bought from Ric
On January 8, 2006, WWE announced that Stephanie and Triple H were expecting
their first child, due on July 27, 2006. The public announcement (the first
legit acknowledgement of their real-life marriage) contradicted WWE storylines,
in which Stephanie's and Triple H's marriage ended in 2002. Stephanie continued
to work and travel with WWE throughout her pregnancy, giving birth to an 8 lb, 7
oz (3.8 kg) baby girl, Aurora Rose Levesque, on July 24, 2006. The birth was
announced live on RAW by Todd Grisham.
Championships and accomplishments
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Woman of the Year Award (2000)
- PWI Feud of the Year, versus Eric Bischoff (2002)
|WWF Women's Championship
|General Manager of SmackDown!
|July 18, 2002
- October 19, 2003
- Bitch Slap
- Catfight Spear
- Low Blow
- Hair-pull Slam