Paul Michael Levesque
(born July 27, 1969 in Nashua, New Hampshire) is
an American professional wrestler, best known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley
or Triple H
. He is a 10-time World Champion: 5-time
WWE Champion and 5-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Triple H was originally packaged as the WWF heel Hunter Hearst Helmsley,
a spoiled rich kid from Greenwich, Connecticut whose name invoked both the
family of publisher William Randolph Hearst and "The Queen of Mean," Leona
Helmsley. Along with fellow Clique member Shawn Michaels and Chyna, he formed
one of the most popular stables in wrestling history, D-Generation X in 1997.
Around the same time, he shortened his alias to Triple H (a reference to the
character's initials, HHH). This was the beginning of The Game's rise to become
one of the most successful professional wrestlers ever.
During Triple H's WWE career, he has held a number of titles, including the
WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, the European Championship,
and (with partner Stone Cold Steve Austin) the WWF Tag Team Championship. He is
only the second of five wrestlers to have held all four of those titles, the
first being Shawn Michaels. This is sometimes referred to as being a Grand Slam
Champion. He also won the 1997 King of the Ring tournament and the 2002 Royal
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Triple H was taught to wrestle by legendary wrestling heel Killer Kowalski.
In 1994 he joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW), wrestling there as a heel
under the names Terra Ryzing and Jean-Paul Levesque. He left in
1995 for WCW's rival organization, the WWF (now WWE).
Triple H started off his WWE career as the Connecticut Blue-Blood, Hunter
Hearst Helmsley. He was not a very popular wrestler whose most notable
accomplishment was being squashed by The Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania XII.
Hunter was best known backstage as one of the members of the Clique, a group of
wrestlers including Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman and Scott Hall who
worked exclusively together and were known for influencing Vince McMahon and the
WWF Creative team. Because of his connections with the Clique, he was in line to
win the 1996 King of the Ring, but was eventually suspended and buried after the
MSG incident where the Clique broke kayfabe after a Shawn Michaels/Diesel match
to say goodbye to the departing Nash and Hall.
His push resumed in 1997, where he was named 1997 King of the Ring. Later
that year, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and bodyguard Chyna formed D-Generation X.
DX became known for pushing the envelope, as Shawn and Hunter made risque
promos, developing the catchphrase and hand motion "Suck It", and sarcastically
deriding Bret Hart and Canada. After WrestleMania XIV, Shawn Michaels was forced
into retirement due to a back injury, and Triple H took over the leadership
position in DX. He introduced the returning X-Pac the night after Wrestlemania
and joined forces with the New Age Outlaws.
Triple H led the "DX Army" throughout 1998; this was the first time he had
performed as a face in WWE and he quickly became one of its most popular
wrestlers. It was during this time that Triple H began feuding with the leader
of the Nation of Domination and rising WWF heel The Rock. This rivalry
eventually lead to a feud over the Intercontinental Championship. Triple H
defeated The Rock in a ladder match at SummerSlam 1998 to capture the title.
Triple H would not hold the Intercontinental title long, being sidelined with a
knee injury he suffered in the ladder match. When The Rock won the World
Championship at the Survivor Series in 1998, the rivalry between the two
continued but became more of a gang war as DX fought Mr. McMahon's Corporation
stable, of which Rock was the crown jewel.
As 1999 began, Triple H began to re-evaluate his position in the WWE. He
longed for a shot at the WWF Championship, however due to his inferior
popularity compared to Stone Cold Steve Austin he knew that the fans would never
want to see him take on another fan favorite. Triple H received a shot at the
WWF Championship on the January 25, 1999 edition on RAW in an "I Quit" match
against The Rock, but was forced to quit or see his aide Chyna chokeslammed by
Kane. Chyna would attack Triple H after the match and join The Corporation. At
WrestleMania XV Triple H wrestled as a face for the last time in several months
when he beat Kane with the aid of Chyna, who was thought to have rejoined DX.
Later on he betrayed his long-time friend and fellow DX member X-Pac by helping
a heel Shane McMahon retain the European Championship, thus turning heel and
taking Chyna with him. This decision earned him the hatred of the fans, and
helped push Triple H further in the direction of the WWE Championship. Triple H
joined the Corporation, however this placed him in the same boat as The Rock, a
long-time Corporate member. Unable to get along, The Rock took Triple H's place
as a face and quickly became one of the hottest superstars in WWE history.
Meanwhile Triple H worked hard to get closer to the WWE Championship. Along
with turning heel, Triple H got rid of his old "DX" look and took on the look he
has to this day, which included the taping of his fists, new shorter wrestling
trunks and the shortening of his hair. Triple H was changing his image and his
personality as he fought to get a World title shot. During mid-1999, Triple H
was "groomed" for the World title. Eventually, with the death of the "Corporate
Ministry" (the group which was created out of a merger of the Corporation and
the Undertaker's Ministry), Triple H found himself closer to the WWE
Championship. After numerous failed attempts, at SummerSlam 1999 Triple H, along
with Mankind would challenge then-WWE Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin. In a
match which featured Governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura as the special guest
referee, Triple H lost to Mankind who became World Champion for the third time.
The following night on RAW, Triple H threatened to break Jim Ross's
arm if Mankind refused to give him a title shot that night. Mankind gave Triple
H a shot and that night Triple H won his first WWE Championship. After winning
the title Triple H then "interviewed" Jim Ross to see "What Ross thought of
him." JR's reply was that he thought Triple H was a, "No good, drunken S.O.B."
Triple H replied by beating JR to the ground. From then onwards, Triple H would
feud with the biggest WWE superstars to date. The Rock, Mick Foley, Steve
Austin, Vince McMahon, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle and many, many more. He would
earn the hatred of fans around the world due to his dirty, under-handed tactics,
including the use of his trademark sledgehammer and scheming nature such as
forcing Mick Foley out of the WWF. He would also dub himself "The Game",
implying that he was at the top of the wrestling world.
Triple H started out 2000 with little credibility as WWF champion. His feud
with Vince McMahon failed to set the world on fire and even outraged fans after
McMahon won the title from Triple H during an episode of Smackdown. However, the
short-lived feud started the Hunter Hearst Helmsley-Stephanie McMahon storyline
that would carry the WWF throughout the next couple of years, when Triple H
married Stephanie McMahon in a storyline that had him sabotaging the wedding of
McMahon and Test.
Some fans had considered Triple H a transitional champion until The Rock
regained the title. His feud with Mick Foley changed that line of thinking, with
Triple H winning a Street Fight at the Royal Rumble and a Hell in a Cell match
at No Way Out that sent Foley into retirement. By the time Triple H shockingly
pinned The Rock at WrestleMania 2000 (becoming the first heel to walk out of
WrestleMania as champion), he was the hottest character in the WWF and the heel
equivalent to Stone Cold and The Rock, being able to get a enormous heat for his
entrance and promos.
Although he was had become of the most hated wrestlers in the WWF, this was
not always the case. In the year 2000, Kurt Angle was making advances towards
his storyline wife, Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley and because of Triple H and his
anger towards Angle, the fans took his side and cheered for him to destroy
Angle. After Triple H disposed of Angle, he continued to hear the cheers during
his feud with Chris Benoit, but in November 2000, he turned heel again when he
was revealed to be the man behind "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's accident one year
prior. In 2001, Triple H feuded with Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Undertaker
and would later team with Austin to capture the WWF Tag Team Titles.
The most difficult moment of Triple H's career occurred during a match on a
live broadcast of Monday Night RAW on May 21, 2001 when he suffered a legitimate
and career-threatening injury. A misstep caused him to suffer a tear in his left
quadricep muscle. Despite his inability to place any weight on his leg, Triple H
was able to complete the match, something that his fans and fellow wrestlers saw
as an admirable display of dedication to the business. He even allowed one of
his opponents in the match, Chris Jericho, to place him in his standard
finishing maneuver, the "Walls of Jericho", a move that places considerable
stress on the quadriceps. The tear required an operation, which was performed by
famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, in Birmingham. The rigorous
rehabilitation process kept him out of action for over seven months.
Return to wrestling
Triple H returned to RAW on January 7, 2002 at Madison Square Garden,
receiving an tremendous ovation. He ended up winning that year's Royal Rumble
and would win the WWE Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania X8 over Chris
Jericho. After he dropped the title to Hulk Hogan at Backlash, he became
exclusive to the SmackDown! roster due to the WWE Draft Lottery. About
three months later, he would defect to RAW. On July 22, 2002 Triple H
turned heel once again by turning on his long time friend Shawn Michaels by
pedigreeing him in the middle of the ring during a fake DX reunion. He also
smashed Michaels's face through a car window. These events led to the beginning
of a heated rivalry between the former partners.
Prior to September 2, 2002, WWE recognized had only one World Champion for
both RAW and SmackDown! However, after that year's SummerSlam,
champion Brock Lesnar inked a (storyline) deal to become exclusive to
SmackDown!, leaving RAW without a champion. RAW General
Manager Eric Bischoff would then award the first World Heavyweight Championship
to Triple H in the form of the old WCW Championship belt, and gave it to Triple
H. Since that time, Shawn Michaels, Chris Benoit, Randy Orton, Goldberg and
Batista have all held the championship (often won from Triple H). With the
exception of Benoit and Batista, all have lost it relatively quickly (also often
to Triple H).
In January 2003, Triple H formed Evolution with Ric Flair, Randy
Orton, and Batista. Its purpose was to include the greatest wrestlers of the
past (Flair), present (HHH), and future (Orton and Batista), and to support
Triple H as the World Heavyweight Champion, with other members interfering in
matches on his behalf. On a house show in February, both Batista and Randy Orton
suffered injuries, setting the Evolution angle back four months when Randy Orton
returned. Batista returned in October, and was little more than Evolution's
muscle, whereas Orton was supposed to be the successor to Triple H.
Eventually, Triple H kicked Orton out of the group after winning the World
Heavyweight Championship from Chris Benoit at SummerSlam 2004. Triple H then won
the title back only a month later. The feud continued, but the fans resented
Orton as a babyface. The original plan was for Randy Orton to wrestle Triple H
at WrestleMania 21, but because Batista had gained significant amounts of
popularity in late 2004, he was the one chosen to feud with Triple H up until
and after WrestleMania.
Batista won the 2005 Royal Rumble, then turned on Triple H and the next month
after learning of Triple H's attempts to trick him into jumping to SmackDown!
so Triple H would not have to defend his title against him at WrestleMania 21.
Batista defeated Triple H at WrestleMania 21 and became the World Heavyweight
Champion. With only Flair and Triple H remaining, Evolution was for the most
Triple H lost the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21, in which
he was defeated by Batista. In a subsequent broadcast, Triple H suffered a
stinger (minor but painful nerve damage to the head and neck) after a botched
legdrop from Rosey. This injury would not cause him to lose any ring time and he
would still be able to compete at Backlash in his scheduled rematch against
At Backlash, Triple H lost to Batista again. The following night on RAW,
Triple H was entered into a tournament to decide the new number one contender
for the World title, only to be eliminated by Chris Benoit, who received a bit
of help from Batista. The next week, Triple H announced that he was leaving
RAW for a while because he knew Batista could not survive as champion
without him. On the May 23 edition of RAW, Triple H returned after
Batista's victory over the 'Gold Rush' Tournament winner, Edge. Following a low
blow from Ric Flair, Triple H attacked Batista with his sledgehammer. He then
challenged the bloody Batista to a Hell in a Cell match for the World
Heavyweight Championship to which he agreed, to be held at Vengeance. Prior to
Vengeance, Triple H was undefeated in the Hell in a Cell match. This time, he
lost to Batista following a spinebuster onto the steel steps (which had been
brought into the ring) and a Batista Bomb.
Following his final loss to Batista, Triple H put his wrestling career on
hiatus and underwent a lengthy orientation process at WWE Headquarters in
Stamford, Connecticut intended to broaden his understanding of the corporate
side of WWE in preparation for a future executive position. He returned to
RAW on October 3, 2005, as part of WWE Homecoming. He teamed up with his
good friend and idol, Ric Flair (who had turned face during Triple H's absence),
to take Chris Masters and Carlito. Triple H's team won, but Triple H turned on
Flair after the match, beating him to a bloody pulp with a sledgehammer and
dragging him around the backstage area asking him, "What were you thinking?!",
thus completely dissolving Evolution. The next week, Triple H explain the reason
why he attacked Flair was because he believed that Flair was now a shell of what
he once was and he had to end Flair's career because of this. At Taboo Tuesday,
Flair defeated Triple H in a bloody steel cage match
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Prior to his relationship with Stephanie McMahon, Levesque had previously
been in a relationship with Chyna that mirrored their in-ring partnership.
Following his first WWF championship run, Triple H was put into a program with
Stephanie McMahon that culminated in Triple H 'marrying' McMahon. During the
program, in which Triple H and spoiled-brat Stephanie were the most over heels
in the WWF, Levesque and McMahon became personally involved in real life. On
October 25, 2003, long after the couple had divorced in the storylines, the
couple married for real. His father was his best man at his wedding to
Now Stephanie McMahon's husband, many speculate that once father-in-law Vince
McMahon retires, Levesque and Stephanie will assume creative control of World
Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. Stephanie McMahon is currently in charge of
writing the SmackDown! program, while Triple H is often consulted by the
McMahons about storylines.
Levesque is one of the most controversial figures in the history of the
business. Many pundits have criticized him for using backstage politics to hog
screen time, retain titles, elevate his friends, and generally hold down
talented workers who might otherwise deserve to share the limelight with him.
The Clique, including good real-life friends Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Kevin
Nash, and Sean Waltman, was notorious for this in the late 1990s, and Levesque's
influence continued after the departures of Waltman, Hall, and Nash from the WWF.
This view has only increased since he became the real-life son-in-law of WWE
promoter Vince McMahon, which at one time was merely part of his gimmick.
Recently, former D-Generation X member Billy Gunn has given an interview, now
part of the popular "shoot" RF Video series, in which he claims having
personally witnessed much of this controversial behavior.
At the same time, his career is filled with notable performances against a
wide variety of opponents. All else aside, he consistently draws one of the
biggest crowd reactions (whether cheers or boos) in any arena he performs in, a
mark of high success in the pro wrestling world.
Television, films and books
Levesque has appeared as Triple H on MADtv and Saturday Night Live. Levesque
played a role in the movie Blade: Trinity, as a vampire enforcer named
Jarko Grimwood. Some speculate that Triple H will be the next performer to jump
ship to Hollywood in the footsteps of The Rock. Triple H has disputed this in
interviews, however, saying that he will always be a professional wrestler
first, and (if offered more acting roles) actor second.
He is scheduled to star in the WWE-produced movie entitled Jornada del
Levesque is rumored to be in consideration as a replacement for Arnold
Schwarzenegger in a possible revival of the Conan the Barbarian movie
In late 2004, Triple H released a book entitled Making the Game: Triple
H's Approach to a Better Body. Mostly devoted to bodybuilding advice, the
book also includes some autobiographical information, memoirs, and opinions.
Levesque was featured in the August 14, 2005 episode of MTV's Punk'd. He was
led to believe that he had ruined a wedding by hitting the bride in the face
with a door and damaging her nose.
The book The Death of WCW was dedicated to him and Stephanie, but this is
likely due to author R.D. Reynolds's disdain for both.
- "I am that - damn - good!"
- "I am...the Game!"
- "Game over."
- The Game
- The Cerebral Assassin
- Hunter (from "Hunter Hearst Hemsley")
Finishing and signature moves
- The Pedigree (double underhook facebuster)
- Indian deathlock
- Jumping high knee
- Running neckbreaker
- Facebreaker knee smash (back body drop counter)
- Signature weapon: Sledgehammer
Previous managers and valets
- Ric Flair
- Curt Hennig
- Mr. Hughes
- Vince McMahon
- Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley
- Shawn Michaels
- Trish Stratus
- When Triple H uses a sledgehammer as a weapon, it is in fact a real
sledgehammer, and not a prop as is widely believed. Triple H covers the head of
the sledgehammer with his hand just before it strikes his opponent. On one
occasion when Triple H did use a fake sledgehammer he accidentally
injured his opponent, The Undertaker.
- While wrestling as "Terra Ryzing" in World Championship Wrestling, Levesque
was given only five minutes to create his new character, that of "the French
guy" (WCW officials realised that his surname sounded French). Levesque created
the character of "Jean-Paul Levesque", and was asked to speak "with a French
accent" as he could not speak French).
- He is a longtime Motörhead fan. His theme song was recorded by the band, as
is Evolution's theme song.
- Levesque faced Mick Foley in his two "retirement matches" in 2000 at No Way
Out 2000 and WrestleMania XVI. He claims that his bloody street fight with Foley
at the 2000 Royal Rumble "made Triple H the superstar that he is today."
Championships and accomplishments
|WWE Championship Reigns
Fifth. Was known as WWE
after it had been merged
with World title
|World Heavyweight Championship Reigns
RAW GM Eric Bischoff
* Championship was made
a controversial match on
the November 29, 2004 edition of RAW.
|WWE Intercontinental Championship Reigns
Title vacated due to injury
Belt was abandoned when it was merged with
the World Heavyweight
on October 20th 2002.
|Royal Rumble Winners
|King of the Ring winners
- 1997 King of the Ring winner
- 2002 Royal Rumble winner
- Second Grand Slam Champion
- Former World Tag Team Champion with Stone Cold Steve Austin
- Former IWF Heavyweight Champion
- Former IWF Tag Team Champion with Perry Saturn
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) ranked him # 139 of the 500 best
singles wrestlers during the "PWI Years" in 2003. Is ranked 4th in 2005 PWI top
- He also won several PWI Awards. He won Most Hated Wrestler in 2003 and 2004.
He was involved in the Match of the Year in 2004 (vs. Chris Benoit and Shawn
Michaels) and the Feud of the Year in 2000 (vs. Kurt Angle) and in 2004 (vs.
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