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Triple H
Triple H at the 2010 Tribute to the Troops
Ring name(s) Hunter Hearst Helmsley (HHH)[1]
The Game
The King of Kings
Jean-Paul Levesque[1]
Terra Ryzing[2]
Triple H[3]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[1][3]
Billed weight 265 lb (120 kg)[3]
Born July 27, 1969 (1969-07-27) (age 52)[1][4]
Nashua, New Hampshire[1][2][4]
Resides Greenwich, Connecticut[1]
Billed from Greenwich, Connecticut[1][3]
Trained by Killer Kowalski[2]
Debut March 12, 1992

Paul Michael Levesque[2] (born July 27, 1969)[2] is an American professional wrestler, actor and WWE executive, better known by his ring name Triple H, an abbreviation of his former ring name, Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He is the Senior Advisor to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, and wrestles on the Raw brand.

Before joining WWE, Levesque began his wrestling career with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994, wrestling under the ring name Terra Ryzing and later as Jean-Paul Lévesque.[2] Levesque joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1995 with the on-screen persona of wealthy sophisticate Hunter Hearst Helmsley.[1] He later abbreviated his name to Triple H and adopted an alternative image in the stable D-Generation X (DX). After the dissolution of DX, Triple H was pushed as a main event wrestler, winning several singles championships.[3] As part of a storyline, Triple H married Stephanie McMahon, who later became his real-life spouse. In 2003, Triple H formed another stable known as Evolution,[3] and in 2006 and 2009, reformed DX with Shawn Michaels.[5]

Overall, Levesque has won 23 championships in WWE, including thirteen World Championships, having won the WWE Championship eight times, and the World Heavyweight Championship five times (Triple H is also recognized as the first World Heavyweight Champion under WWE's lineage).[6][7] In addition, Levesque won the 1997 King of the Ring, the 2002 Royal Rumble, and was the second Grand Slam Championship winner.[3]

Outside wrestling, Levesque has made numerous guest appearances in film and on television.

Wrestling career[]

Early career[]

Levesque was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. In his youth, he was a fan of professional wrestling and his favorite wrestler was Ric Flair. Levesque became aware of bodybuilding at the age of fourteen; after graduating from high school in 1987, Levesque entered several bodybuilding competitions.[8] He was crowned Teenage Mr. New Hampshire at the age of nineteen. During this time, he met Ted Arcidi and began to consider a career in professional wrestling.[4][8] Levesque enrolled at Killer Kowalski's wrestling school in 1992 after it was recommended to him by Arcidi.[4][8] He made his in-ring debut on November 1 of the same year wrestling against Flying Tony Roy.[9] Levesque joined the Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF), which used trainees from Kowalski's school in their promotion. Here, he became the IWF Heavyweight Champion and started using the name Terra Ryzing.[2]

World Championship Wrestling (1994-1995)[]

In early 1994, Levesque signed a one year contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW).[4][10] In his first televised match, He wrestled as a villain and defeated Brian Armstrong.[1] He continued using the name Terra Ryzing until mid-1994, when he was renamed Jean-Paul Lévesque.[1][11] This gimmick referred to his surname's French origins and he was asked to speak with a French accent, as he could not speak French.[12] During this time, he began using his finishing maneveur, the Pedigree.

Levesque had a brief storyline feud with Alex Wright that ended at Starrcade 1994[1] with Wright pinning him.[13] Between late 1994 and early 1995, Levesque briefly teamed with Lord Steven Regal, whose snobby British persona was a good match with his similar persona.[11] The team was short-lived, however, as Lévesque left for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in January 1995 after WCW turned down his request to be pushed as a singles competitor.

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (1995–present)[]

The Connecticut Blueblood (1995–1997)[]

As a continuation of his gimmick in WCW, Levesque started his WWF career as the "Connecticut Blueblood" Hunter Hearst Helmsley.[12] Levesque appeared in taped vignettes, in which he talked about how to use proper etiquette, up until his wrestling debut on the April 30, 1995 episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge.[14]

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Hunter Hearst Helmsley in 1996.

Although he was heavily pushed in the first few months after his debut, Levesque's career stalled during 1996, starting off with being mired in a feud with Duke "The Dumpster" Droese following a loss in the Free For All at the 1996 Royal Rumble.[15][16] Up until that event, his angle included appearing on television each week with a different female valet (which included Playboy Playmates Shae Marks and Tylyn John).[1] Sable was his valet at WrestleMania XII, and after his loss to Ultimate Warrior,[17] as part of the storyline, he took his aggressions out on her. The debuting Marc Mero—her real-life husband—came to her rescue, starting a feud between the two wrestlers.[18]

On May 28, 1996, Helmsley appeared on WWF Superstars against Marty Garner.[19] When Levesque attempted to perform the Pedigree, Garner mistook the maneuver for a double underhook suplex and tried to jump up with the move, causing him to land squarely on top of his head and suffer neck damage.[19] Garner sued the WWF, eventually settling out of court and later discussed the incident in an appearance on The Montel Williams Show.

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The MSG Incident.

Levesque was known backstage as one of the members of The Kliq, a group of wrestlers including Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Sean Waltman and Scott Hall, who were known for influencing Vince McMahon and the WWF creative team.[15] He was scheduled to win the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, but was demoted from championship contender to "jobber to the stars" after the Madison Square Garden Incident, in which the Kliq broke character after a match to say goodbye to the departing Nash and Hall.[20] Despite the punishment, Helmsley did have several successes following the MSG Incident. Mr. Perfect became his manager and he won the WWF Intercontinental Championship for the first time on October 21, 1996, defeating Marc Mero.[18][20] When Mr. Perfect left the WWF, his departure was explained to be a result of Helmsley turning his back on his manager as soon as he won the Intercontinental Championship. Levesque held the belt for nearly four months before dropping it to Rocky Maivia on the February 13, 1997 special edition of Monday Night raw, called Thursday Raw Thursday.[21] For a very brief time, Helmsley was accompanied by Mr. Hughes, who was his storyline bodyguard.[22] After losing the Intercontinental title, he feuded with Goldust, defeating him at WrestleMania 13.[23] During their feud, Chyna debuted as his new bodyguard.[24]

D-Generation X (1997–1999)[]

Main article: D-Generation X

Helmsley's push resumed in 1997, when he won the 1997 King of the Ring tournament by defeating Mankind in the finals.[20][25] Later that year, Shawn Michaels, Helmsley, Chyna and Rick Rude formed D-Generation X (DX). This stable later became known for pushing the envelope, as Michaels and Helmsley made risqué promos—spawning the catchphrase "Suck It", using a "crotch chop" hand motion,[26] and sarcastically deriding Bret Hart and Canada. By that point, Helmsley had fully dropped the "blueblood snob" gimmick, appearing in T-shirts and leather. During this period, his ring name was shortened to simply Triple H.[20] Even after the DX versus Hart Foundation storyline ended, Helmsley continued to feud with the sole remaining member Owen Hart over the WWF European Championship. This ended in a match between the two at WrestleMania XIV, with the stipulation that Chyna had to be handcuffed to then-Commissioner Sgt. Slaughter. Helmsley won after Chyna threw powder into Slaughter's eyes, momentarily "blinding" him and allowing her to interfere in the match.

After WrestleMania, Michaels was forced into temporary retirement due to a legitimate back injury sustained at the Royal Rumble,[27] with Triple H taking over the leadership position in DX,[20] claiming that his now-former associate had "dropped the ball". He introduced the returning X-Pac the night after WrestleMania and joined forces with the New Age Outlaws.[20][28] As 1998 went along, D-Generation X became more popular, turning the group from villains to fan favorites. It was also during this time that Triple H began a feud with the leader of the Nation of Domination and rising WWF villain, The Rock.[8] This storyline rivalry eventually led to a feud over the Intercontinental Championship, which Triple H won in a ladder match at SummerSlam.[8] He did not hold the title long, however, as he was sidelined with a legitimate knee injury.[8] When The Rock won the WWF Championship at Survivor Series,[29] the rivalry between the two continued, as DX fought The Corporation stable, of which The Rock was the main star. Triple H received a shot at the WWF Championship on the January 25, 1999 edition of Raw in an "I Quit" match against The Rock, but the match ended when Triple H was forced to quit or see his aide Chyna chokeslammed by Kane.[8] This began a new angle for Triple H, as Chyna betrayed him by attacking him after the match and joining The Corporation.[8]

As part of the storyline, at WrestleMania XV, Triple H beat Kane with the aid of Chyna, who was thought to have rejoined DX.[8] Later on in the night, he betrayed his long-time friend and fellow DX member X-Pac by helping Shane McMahon retain the European Championship and joined The Corporation.[8] After Triple H's villain turn in early 1999, he moved away from his DX look, taping his fists for matches, sporting new and shorter wrestling trunks, and adopting a shorter hairstyle.[8] Levesque's gimmick changed as he fought to earn a WWF title shot.[8] After numerous failed attempts at winning the championship, Triple H and Mankind challenged WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin to a Triple Threat match at SummerSlam, which featured Jesse "The Body" Ventura as the special guest referee. Mankind won the match by pinning Austin.[30] The following night on Raw, Triple H defeated Mankind to win his first WWF Championship.[8]

Triple H dropped the WWF Championship to Vince McMahon on the September 16, 1999 edition of SmackDown! before regaining it at Unforgiven in a Six-Pack Challenge that included Davey Boy Smith, Big Show, Kane, The Rock, and Mankind. He defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin at No Mercy before dropping the title to Big Show at Survivor Series. Triple H then continued his feud with Vince McMahon by marrying his daughter, Stephanie McMahon. He then defeated McMahon at Armageddon. As a result of the feud, an angle with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon began which carried the WWF throughout the next seventeen months; together they were known as the "McMahon-Helmsley Faction".[31]

McMahon-Helmsley Era (2000–2001)[]

By January 2000, Triple H dubbed himself "The Game," implying that he was at the top of the wrestling world, and was nicknamed "The Cerebral Assassin" by Jim Ross. On the January 3 edition of Raw is War, Triple H defeated The Big Show to win his third WWF championship.[32]

Triple H feuded with Mick Foley in early 2000. They both fought at the Royal Rumble in a Street Fight Match for the WWF Championship, which Triple won after doing two pedigrees on Foley. The storyline would come to an end at No Way Out in a Hell in a Cell where if Mick Foley lost he would have to retire. Triple H retained his title at the PPV and thus ending Mick Foley's fifteen year career. Triple H pinned The Rock at WrestleMania 2000 to retain the title,[33] but lost it at Backlash to The Rock.[34] He regained it three weeks later, in an Iron Man match at Judgment Day,[35] only to lose it back to The Rock at King of the Ring.[36] Hunter then entered a storyline feud with Chris Jericho, which culminated in a Last Man Standing match at Fully Loaded.[36]

A later storyline feud between Triple H and Steve Austin started when it emerged that Triple H had paid off Rikishi to run down Austin at Survivor Series, causing him to take a year off. In reality, Austin's previous neck injuries started bothering him again, forcing him to have surgery. In 2000, Triple H and Austin had a match at Survivor Series that ended when Triple H tried to trick Austin into coming into the parking lot to run him over again, only to have Austin lift his car up with a forklift and flip the car onto its roof 10 feet high. Triple H returned a few weeks later and attacked Austin. The feud continued into 2001 and ended in a Three Stages of Hell match in which Helmsley defeated Austin. In 2001, Triple H also feuded with The Undertaker, who defeated him at WrestleMania X-Seven.[37] The night after WrestleMania, Triple H interfered in a steel cage match between Austin (who had just won the WWF Championship) and The Rock where he joined forces with Austin and double teamed on The Rock,[38] forming a tag team called The Two-Man Power Trip. Triple H then defeated Chris Jericho for his third Intercontinental Championship on the April 5 edition of SmackDown!,[39] and won it for a fourth time two weeks later by defeating Jeff Hardy. Triple H then became a tag team champion for the first time at Backlash when he and Austin defeated Kane and The Undertaker in a winner-take-all tag match.[40]

During the May 21, 2001 episode of Raw, he suffered a legitimate and career-threatening injury.[1][41] In the night's main event, he and Austin were defending the Tag Team Championship against Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit. At one point, Jericho had Austin trapped in the Walls of Jericho. Triple H ran in to break it up, but just as he did, he suffered a tear in his left quadriceps muscle,[1][41] causing it to come completely off the bone.[4] Despite his inability to place any weight on his leg, Triple H was able to complete the match.[4] He even allowed Jericho to put him in the Walls of Jericho, a move that places considerable stress on the quadriceps. The tear required an operation, which was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. This injury brought an abrupt end to the McMahon-Helmsley Era, as the rigorous rehabilitation process kept Triple H out of action for over eight months,[1][4] completely missing The Invasion storyline.

Return from injury and various feuds (2002)[]

Triple H returned to Raw as a fan favorite on January 7, 2002 at Madison Square Garden.[4] He won the Royal Rumble and received a WWF Undisputed Championship match at WrestleMania X8.[42] At WrestleMania X8, Triple H beat Chris Jericho for the Undisputed Championship.[1][42] After holding the title for a month, Helmsley dropped it to Hulk Hogan at Backlash.[42] Triple H then became exclusive to the SmackDown! roster due to the WWF Draft Lottery and continued to feud with Jericho, culminating in a Hell in a Cell match at Judgment Day. On June 6, Triple H defeated Hogan in a Number One Contenders match for the Undisputed Championship at the King of the Ring against The Undertaker but was unsuccessful at the event.

Triple H after winning the Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania X8

In the interim, between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania, the McMahon-Helmsley Faction was brought to an official on-screen conclusion. By the time he returned, Triple H's on-screen marriage to Stephanie McMahon was on the rocks, so Stephanie faked a pregnancy in order to get him back on her side.[43] When he learned that it was fake, he dumped her publicly on Raw when they were supposed to renew their wedding vows.[43] Stephanie aligned with Jericho afterward,[43] but she was forced to leave after losing a Triple Threat match on Raw the night after WrestleMania when she was pinned by Triple H.[44] The divorce, and thus the storyline, was finalized at Vengeance.[45]

Meanwhile, Shawn Michaels had made his return to WWE and joined the New World Order (nWo). Michaels and Kevin Nash planned to bring Triple H over to Raw in order to put him into the group. Vince McMahon, however, disbanded the nWo following several backstage complications and brought in Eric Bischoff as the Raw brand's new General manager. One of Bischoff's first intentions was to follow up on the nWo's plan and bring Triple H over to the Raw roster. Triple H did indeed go to the Raw brand, reuniting with Shawn Michaels, but on July 22, he turned on Michaels by performing a Pedigree on him during what was supposed to be a DX reunion, thus becoming a villain once again. The following week, Triple H smashed Michaels' face into a car window to prove that Michaels was "weak". These events led to the beginning of a long storyline rivalry between the former partners and an eventual "Unsanctioned Street Fight" at SummerSlam, in which Michaels came out of retirement to win. Afterwards, however, Triple H attacked him with a sledgehammer, and Michaels was carried out of the ring.[46]

Before September 2, 2002, WWE recognized only one champion for both the Raw and SmackDown! brands. After SummerSlam, champion Brock Lesnar became exclusive to SmackDown!, leaving Raw without a champion. Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff then awarded the World Heavyweight Championship to Triple H in the form of the old WCW Championship belt making him the first ever world heavyweight champion of the WWE brand.[47] Triple H retained his title against Rob Van Dam at Unforgiven when Ric Flair hit RVD with a sledgehammer, and against Kane at No Mercy in a title unification match in which Triple h won the Intercontinental Championship and unified it with his World Heavyweight Championship, but he eventually dropped the belt to Shawn Michaels in the first ever Elimination Chamber match at Survivor Series.[48] He defeated RVD for the title shot at Armageddon with Michaels as special referee. He regained the title from Michaels in a Three Stages of Hell match at Armageddon.[48]

Evolution (2003–2005)[]

Main article: Evolution (professional wrestling)
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Triple H before defending the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XX

In January 2003, Triple H formed a stable known as Evolution with Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista. Triple H and Ric Flair challenged RVD and Kane for the World Tag Team Titles, but they lost the match. The group was pushed on Raw from 2003 to 2004. The height of their dominance occurred after Armageddon when every member of Evolution left the pay-per-view holding a title.[49] Triple H held the World Heavyweight Championship for most of 2003 until Unforgiven, losing the title to Bill Goldberg. After a failed attempt to win back the title from Goldberg in a rematch at the Survivor Series, he finally regained the championship against Goldberg in a triple threat match at Armageddon which also involved Kane. At the 2004 Royal Rumble, Triple H and Shawn Michaels fought in a Last Man Standing match to a double countout, so Triple H retained the title as a result.[49] Triple H dropped the title to Chris Benoit at WrestleMania XX,[50] and he was unable to reclaim the belt from Benoit in subsequent rematches, including a rematch from WrestleMania between Triple H, Benoit, and Shawn Michaels at Backlash.[50]

He then ended his feud with Michaels, defeating him in a Hell in a Cell match at Bad Blood.[50] After another failed attempt, losing to Benoit at Vengeance, he focused on Eugene, beating him at SummerSlam.[51] Triple H then regained the title from former associate Randy Orton at Unforgiven.[52] Following a Triple Threat World Heavyweight title defense against Benoit and Edge on the November 29, 2004 episode of Raw, the World Heavyweight Championship became vacant for the first time.[53] At New Year's Revolution, Triple H won the Elimination Chamber to begin his tenth world title reign.[54] At WrestleMania 21, Triple H lost the championship to Batista,[55] and subsequently lost two rematches at Backlash and Vengeance.[56][57] After Vengeance, Triple H then took a hiatus from WWE due to suffering from minor neck problems.[9]

After a four month hiatus, Triple H returned to Raw on October 3, 2005 as part of WWE Homecoming. He teamed with fellow Evolution member Flair to defeat Chris Masters and Carlito. After the match, Triple H turned on Flair hitting him with a sledgehammer, sparking a feud between the duo.[58] Flair defeated Triple H in a Steel cage match at Taboo Tuesday for Flair's Intercontinental Championship.[59] Subsequently, Triple H defeated Flair in a non-title Last Man Standing match at Survivor Series to end their feud.[59]

Pursuit of the WWE Championship, DX reunion and injury (2006–2007)[]


DX striking their signature pose

Although Triple H failed to win the Royal Rumble match at Royal Rumble, another championship opportunity arose for Triple H in the Road to WrestleMania Tournament. He won the tournament, granting him a match for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 22. At WrestleMania, Triple H and John Cena fought in the main event for the title, which Triple H lost via submission.[60] Later that month at Backlash, Triple H was involved in another WWE Championship match, fighting Edge and Cena in a Triple Threat match, where he lost again. In an act of frustration, a bloodied Triple H used his sledgehammer to attack both Edge and Cena and then performed a number of DX crotch chops.[61] Triple H unsuccessfully attempted to win the WWE title from Cena on numerous occasions, blaming his shortcomings on Vince McMahon, which eventually lead to a feud between the McMahons and Triple H.

Shawn Michaels returned on the June 12 edition of Raw and soon reunited with Triple H to reform D-Generation X, turning Triple H into a fan favorite once again for the first time since 2002.[5] DX defeated the Spirit Squad at Vengeance in a 5-on-2 handicap match.[62] They continued their feud with Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and the Spirit Squad for several weeks. They then defeated the Spirit Squad again on the July 18, 2006 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event in a 5-on-2 Elimination match. They then again defeated the McMahons at SummerSlam, withstanding the attack of several handpicked WWE superstars by Vince McMahon.[61] At Unforgiven, D-Generation X overcame the odds once again, defeating The McMahons and ECW World Champion Big Show in a Hell in a Cell match. During the match, DX embarrassed Vince by shoving his face in between Big Show's buttocks, and DX won when Triple H broke a sledgehammer over the shoulders of Vince McMahon after Michaels performed Sweet Chin Music on him.[63]

At Cyber Sunday during DX's feud with Rated-RKO, special guest referee Eric Bischoff allowed the illegal use of a weapon to give Rated-RKO the win.[63] At Survivor Series, DX got their revenge when their team defeated Edge and Orton's team in an Elimination Match.[64] In January 2007, at New Year's Revolution, DX and Rated-RKO fought to a no-contest after Triple H suffered a legitimate torn right quadriceps (similar to the one he suffered in 2001 but in the other leg) fifteen minutes into the match.[65][66] Surgery was successfully performed on January 9, 2007 by Dr. James Andrews.[65]

King of Kings (2007–2009)[]

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Triple H performing his signature ring entrance pose on the middle rope following his 2007 comeback

Triple H made his return at SummerSlam, where he defeated King Booker.[67] After his return, he won the WWE Championship at No Mercy after beating the newly named Champion, Randy Orton, making Triple H an eleven-time world champion.[68] In the same event, Triple H also defeated Umaga in his first title defense after Mr. McMahon declared his already-scheduled bout with Umaga, a title match.[69] McMahon then announced, Orton would receive a title rematch in a Last Man Standing match in the final match of the event, which Orton won after an RKO onto the announcer's table, thus ending Triple H's sixth reign.[69] Triple H's title reign at No Mercy is the fifth shortest reign in WWE history, only lasting through the duration of the event.[69] In the Raw Elimination Chamber at No Way Out, Triple H gained a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XXIV, by outlasting five other men.[70] However, at WrestleMania XXIV, Randy Orton retained after punting Triple H and pinning John Cena following Triple H's Pedigree on Cena.[71] A month later, at Backlash, Triple H won the title in a Fatal Four-Way Elimination match against Orton, Cena, and John "Bradshaw" Layfield, tying the record for most WWE Championship reigns with The Rock.[72] Triple H then retained the title against Orton at Judgment Day in a Steel Cage match and again at One Night Stand in a Last Man Standing match.[73][74] Orton suffered a legitimate collarbone injury during the match, thus ending the feud prematurely.[75]

On June 23, 2008 edition of Raw, Triple H was drafted to the SmackDown brand as a part of the 2008 WWE Draft, in the process making the WWE Championship exclusive to SmackDown.[76] After several successful title defenses against Edge, The Great Khali, and Jeff Hardy, Triple H ultimately lost his title to Edge at the 2008 Survivor Series pay-per-view. He then engaged himself in a feud against Vladimir Kozlov.[77] After qualifying for the Elimination Chamber match at the No Way Out pay-per-view, Triple H won the match to win his eighth WWE Championship, surpassing the record originally set by The Rock at seven reigns.

Feud with Randy Orton and The Legacy (2009)[]

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Triple H after retaining the WWE Championship against Randy Orton at The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania

On the February 16, 2009 episode of Raw, Triple H made an appearance aiding Stephanie and Shane McMahon, after they were attacked by Randy Orton.[78] On the February 20 episode of SmackDown, Triple H was interviewed by Jim Ross, in the interview, footage was shown highlighting the events that occurred on the February 16 episode of monday night raw. Ross asked Triple H how he felt seeing that footage, in response, he broke character (after 5 years of marriage) by admitting that Vince McMahon is his father-in-law, that Shane is his brother-in-law, and that Stephanie is his wife, thus creating a rivalry between Triple H and Orton. On the February 23 episode of monday night raw, Triple H confronted Orton, before attacking him, Ted DiBiase, and Cody Rhodes (a group known as The Legacy) with a sledgehammer and chasing them from the arena.[79] Weeks later, it was announced that Triple H would defend the WWE championship against Orton at WrestleMania XXV.[80] At the event, Triple H defeated Orton to retain the title.Triple H would later face Orton and legacy in a six man tag team match with Shane Mcmahnon and Batista for the WWE championship at WWE Backlash. Triple H lost the title after trying to stop Batista from hitting Cody Rhodes with a chair then being hit with a RKO by Orton followed by the running punt to the head. Having Orton win the WWE championship and being put out of action for six weeks.

DX reunion (2009-2010)[]


Triple H with Shawn Michaels (right) and Hornswoggle (bottom) during a televised Raw event.

On the August 10 episode of Raw, video segments aired in which Triple H met with Michaels at an office cafeteria in Texas where Shawn was working as a chef; throughout the segments, Triple H would try to convince Michaels return to WWE from hiatus. After several incidents during the segments (including a grease grill burgers on the fire and Shawn shouting at a little girl), Michaels agreed to team with Triple H to face The Legacy at SummerSlam, quitting from his chef job in the process. On the August 17 episode of Raw, Triple H reunited with Shawn Michaels to reform DX,[81] and defeated Legacy at SummerSlam.[82] At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 13, DX defeated Chris Jericho and The Big Show to win the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match.[83] On the February 8, 2010 episode of Raw, DX lost the Unified Tag Team Championship to the team of The Miz and Big Show.

Feud with Sheamus,and injury (2010-Present)[]

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Triple H WrestleMania XXVI entrance

On February 21, Triple H participated in the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, although he was unsuccessful. He was attacked by Sheamus a few weeks later, after Sheamus blamed Triple H for costing him the WWE Championship. This set up a match between the two at WrestleMania XXVI, where Triple H came up victorious.[84][85] The night after Wrestlemania, Triple H was attacked by Sheamus while trying to give a farewell speech for Shawn Michaels' retirement. This would set up a rematch at Extreme Rules. At Extreme Rules, after Sheamus attacked Triple H at the start of the show, Sheamus went on to defeat him.[86] On the same night Triple H suffered a torn bicep muscle. WWE announced that Triple H will return on the WWE Fan Appreciation Event on October 30th in Hartford, Connecticut.[87] He defeated Alberto Del Rio in a singles match. Later on in the night, during the John Cena and Kane match The Nexus interfered then a few minutes later, the whole locker room (including Hunter) came to attack them.[88] At the 2010 Tribute to the Troops Triple H made a return for a DX Reunion after the show had ended.[89]

Personal life[]

Levesque dated fellow professional wrestler Joanie Laurer (who appeared in the WWE as Chyna),[31] from 1996 until 2000. Later in 2000, he started dating Stephanie McMahon and they married on October 25, 2003.[90] He and McMahon have three daughters.[91] On January 8, 2006, WWE announced that McMahon and Levesque were expecting their first child, due on July 27, 2006.[92] Stephanie McMahon 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, in July 2006.[93] The couple had their second child in July 2008, a daughter named Murphy Claire Levesque.[94]

He has a sister named Lynn.[4]

In late 2004, Levesque released a book entitled Making the Game: Triple H's Approach to a Better Body.[95] Mostly devoted to bodybuilding advice, the book also includes some autobiographical information, memoirs, and opinions.[96]

In 2010 Levesque's role as an executive senior adviser was officially formalized as he was given an office at WWE headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.[97]

In wrestling[]


Triple H prepares to execute the Pedigree on Chris Benoit


Triple H holding his signature sledgehammer

  • Signature moves
    • Abdominal stretch[99]
    • Backbreaker
    • Blatant choke[99]
    • Chop block[100]
    • Drop toe-hold
    • Facebreaker knee smash,[99][101] often as a back body drop counter
    • Figure four leglock[99]
    • Flowing DDT[99]
    • High knee strike[99]
    • Jumping knee drop, rarely from the second rope[99]
    • Mounted punches[99]
    • Running clothesline[99]
    • Running neckbreaker[99]
    • Sleeper hold[99]
    • Spinning spinebuster[99]
  • Managers
    • Chyna
    • Ric Flair
    • Mr. Hughes
    • Mr. Perfect
    • Stephanie McMahon–Helmsley
    • Vince McMahon
    • Shawn Michaels
    • Lord Steven Regal
    • Sable
    • Jeff Hardy
  • Nicknames
    • "The Connecticut Blueblood"[102]
    • "The Cerebral Assassin"[9]
    • "The Game"[1]
    • "The King of Kings"[9]
  • Entrance themes
    • "Blue Blood" by Jim Johnston (WWF; as Hunter Hearst Helmsley; 1995–1996)
    • "Symphony No. 9 (Fourth movement)" by Ludwig van Beethoven (WWF; 1996–1997)
    • "Break It Down" by The DX Band (WWF/E; used as part of D-Generation X; 1997–2000, 2006–2010)
    • "Corporate Player" by Jim Johnston (WWF; 1999)
    • "Higher Brain Pattern" by Jim Johnston [103] (WWF; 1999)
    • "No Chance in Hell" by Peter Busuker (WWF; used as part of The Corporation; 1999)
    • "My Time" by The DX Band (WWF; 1999–2001)
    • "The Kings" by Run-D.M.C. (WWF; used while a part of D-Generation X; 2000)
    • "The Game" by Drowning Pool (WWF/E; used for advertising promos; 2002–present)
    • "Line in the Sand" by Motörhead (WWE; used as part of Evolution; 2003–2005)
    • "King of Kings" by Motörhead (WWE; used for promos; 2006)
    • "The Game" by Motörhead (WWF/E; 2000–present)

Championships and accomplishments[]

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Triple H as the World Heavyweight Champion.

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Triple H as WWE Champion in 2008.

  • Independent Wrestling Federation
    • IWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[2]
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Feud of the Year (2000)[104] vs. Kurt Angle
    • PWI Feud of the Year (2004)[104] vs. Chris Benoit
    • PWI Match of the Year (2004)[105] vs. Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit at WrestleMania XX
    • PWI Most Hated Wrestler of the Year (2003–2005)[106]
    • PWI ranked him #1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2000[107] and 2009[108]
    • PWI ranked him #139 in the PWI Years in 2003[109]
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (2008)
    • PWI Most Hated of the Decade (2000–2009)
    • PWI Wrestler of the Decade (2000–2009)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter[118]
    • Feud of the Year (2000) vs. Mick Foley
    • Feud of the Year (2004) vs. Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit
    • Feud of the Year (2005) vs. Batista
    • Most Overrated (2002–2004, 2009)
    • Readers' Least Favorite Wrestler (2002, 2003)
    • Worst Feud of the Year (2002) vs. Kane
    • Worst Feud of the Year (2006) with Shawn Michaels vs. Vince and Shane McMahon
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2003) vs. Scott Steiner at No Way Out
    • Worst Worked Match of the Year (2008) vs. Vladimir Kozlov and Edge at Survivor Series
    • Wrestler of the Year (2000)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2005)

1Triple H's fifth reign was as WWF Undisputed Champion.

Lucha de Apuesta record[]

See also: Luchas de Apuestas
Wager Winner Loser Location Date Notes
Career Triple H Cactus Jack Hartford, Connecticut 02000-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr February 27, 2000 Title vs. Career Hell in a Cell match on No Way Out in 2000 between Cactus Jack's career and Triple H's WWF Championship.
Mask Triple H Kane New York 02003-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr June 23, 2003 Mask vs. Title match on Raw between Kane's mask and Triple H's WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Title Goldberg Triple H Hershey, Pennsylvania 02003-Template:MONTH-Template:0expr September 21, 2003 Title vs. Career match on Unforgiven in 2003 between Goldberg's career in the WWE and Triple H's WWE World Heavyweight Championship.


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Blade: Trinity Jarko Grimwood
2006 Relative Strangers Wrestler Uncredited
2011 The Chaperone Ray Bradstone
Inside Out AJ


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