HHH - Wikipedia
Paul Michael Levesque born July 27, , better known by the ring name Triple H an abbreviation of his original WWE ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley , is an American business executive, professional wrestler , and actor. After winning his first WWF Championship and beginning a storyline marriage with Stephanie McMahon in , Triple H became a fixture of the company's main event scene. In addition, he was also the winner of the King of the Ring tournament and the and Royal Rumbles.
He attended Nashua South High School , where he played baseball and basketball. Teenage New Hampshire competition at the age of Eventually, after numerous attempts, Levesque persuaded Arcidi to introduce him to former wrestler Killer Kowalski , who ran a professional wrestling school in Malden, Massachusetts.
In early , Levesque began to train as a professional wrestler at Killer Kowalski 's school in Malden, Massachusetts. Seasons Beatings , where Helmsley was victorious. Although Helmsley was highly promoted in the first few months after his debut, his career stalled during , starting off with a feud with Duke "The Dumpster" Droese following a loss during the Free for All at Royal Rumble.
The debuting Marc Mero — her real-life husband — came to her rescue, starting a feud between the two wrestlers. Perfect became his manager and he won the Intercontinental Championship for the first time on October 21, , defeating Marc Mero. 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. Helmsley held the title for nearly four months before dropping it to Rocky Maivia on the February 13, special episode of Monday Night Raw , called Thursday Raw Thursday.
Hughes , who was his storyline bodyguard reminiscent of Ted DiBiase and Virgil. Helmsley was being highlighted again in , winning the King of the Ring tournament by defeating Mankind in the finals. By that point, Helmsley had fully dropped the "blueblood snob" gimmick, appearing in T-shirts and leather jackets.
During this period, his ring name was shortened to simply Triple H, even though he would still be referred for a while as Helmsley from time to time and Hunter for the rest of his career. Triple H 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 ,  with Triple H taking over the leadership position in DX,  claiming that his now-former associate had "dropped the ball".
During this time, he adopted an entrance gimmick of asking the crowd "Are you ready? I said, are you ready? In April, he started to move away from his DX look, taping his fists for matches, sporting new and shorter wrestling trunks and adopting a shorter hairstyle.
Mankind won the match by pinning Austin. McMahon on the September 16, episode of SmackDown! Triple H then continued his feud with Mr. By January , Triple H had dubbed himself "The Game", implying that he was on top of the wrestling world as in not merely the "best in the game", but that he was in fact "the game" and was nicknamed "The Cerebral Assassin" by Jim Ross "The Game" nickname was originally intended for Owen Hart , with Triple H adopting the nickname in honor of Owen.
Triple H feuded with Mick Foley in early After a brief run as a face that saw him defeating Chris Benoit at No Mercy ,   Triple H reverted to his heel persona and restarted his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin when it emerged that Triple H had paid off Rikishi to run down Austin at Survivor Series , causing him to take a year off. As Triple H was still Intercontinental Champion, the win made him a double champion.
During the May 21, episode of Raw Is War , he suffered a legitimate and career-threatening injury. At one point, Jericho had Austin trapped in the Walls of Jericho and Triple H ran in to break it up, but just as he did, he suffered a tear in his left quadriceps muscle ,   causing it to come completely off the bone. The tear required an operation, which was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. 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,   completely missing The Invasion storyline.
On the June 6, episode of SmackDown! By the time he returned, Triple H's on-screen marriage to Stephanie McMahon was faltering, so Stephanie faked a pregnancy in order to get him back on her side.
McMahon, however, disbanded the nWo following several backstage complications and brought in Eric Bischoff as the Raw 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 went to the Raw brand, reuniting with Michaels, but on July 22 he turned on Michaels by performing a Pedigree on him during what was supposed to be a DX reunion, turning heel 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. In the weeks preceding the match, Triple H claimed that, several years earlier, Kane had an unrequited relationship with a woman named Katie Vick. The angle was very unpopular with fans,  and was de-emphasized before the title match.
Triple H went on to defeat Kane at No Mercy, unifying the two titles. The group was pushed on Raw from to and the height of their dominance occurred after Armageddon , where every member of Evolution left the pay-per-view holding a title. He then ended his feud with Michaels, defeating him in a Hell in a Cell match at Bad Blood , which became the longest Hell in a Cell match in history.
He went on to defeat Eugene at SummerSlam. After the match, Triple H turned on Flair hitting Flair with a sledgehammer, sparking a feud between the duo.
Angered at his loss, a bloodied Triple H used his sledgehammer to attack both Edge and Cena and then performed a number of DX crotch chops. Shawn Michaels returned on the June 12 episode of Raw and soon reunited with Triple H to re-form D-Generation X, turning Triple H into a fan favorite once again for the first time since They then again defeated the McMahons at SummerSlam , withstanding the attack of several wrestlers who assaulted them before the match as directed by Mr.
However, at the start of the night, Triple H decided to challenge newly named WWE Champion Randy Orton, reigniting his rivalry with Orton that had been interrupted following his injury. Triple H won the match, winning his eleventh world championship and sixth WWE Championship,  and then defended his title against Umaga in his regularly scheduled match after Mr. McMahon declared the match to be for the WWE title.
At Survivor Series , Triple H was scheduled to defend the championship against Vladimir Kozlov and Jeff Hardy, but Hardy was kept out of the match after a scripted attack and injury. During the match, SmackDown general manager Vickie Guerrero announced that Edge had returned and introduced him into the contest. Hardy interfered and hit Triple H with a steel chair meant for Edge, thus costing him the title after a days reign and resulting in Edge winning his sixth world title.
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. At Night of Champions , he again lost a title match to Orton in a triple threat match also involving John Cena.
After several incidents including grease grill burgers on fire and Michaels shouting at a little girl , Michaels agreed to team with Triple H to face The Legacy at SummerSlam , superkicked the girl, and quit his chef job. On December 13 at TLC: Triple H agreed to it only if the charges were dropped, which Hornswoggle agreed to.
On the March 1 episode of Raw , they lost a rematch for the title. This was their last televised match before Michaels retired. While giving a farewell speech the next night, Sheamus attacked him and set up a rematch at Extreme Rules. Sheamus attacked Triple H at the start of the show, before later winning the match.
Triple H then took time off to recover from injuries. A week later, he attacked Sheamus with a Pedigree through a broadcast table in retaliation for Sheamus giving him a ten-month injury. Though a new champion was crowned, Triple H helped re-sign Punk and upheld both championship reigns.
Although he counted a pinfall for CM Punk to win, John Cena's leg was on the ropes, which would break the pin. He was replaced as general manager of Raw by Laurinaitis, who booked him in a tag team match against Miz and R-Truth at Vengeance. He returned on December 12, as part of the Slammy Awards.
On December 18, he defeated Nash at Tables, Ladders, and Chairs in sledgehammer ladder match , after attacking him with a sledgehammer. Triple H returned on the January 30, episode of Raw to evaluate Laurinaitis' performance as general manager. Before he could announce the decision, he was interrupted by the returning Undertaker. Triple H returned on the April 30 episode of Raw , when he refused to give in to Brock Lesnar 's unreasonable contract demands, resulting in Lesnar attacking him and storyline breaking his arm.
After he accosted Heyman, Heyman threatened another lawsuit against Triple H for assault and battery. On the August 27 episode of Raw , Triple H was supposed to address his potential retirement, but did not make a definitive decision. Triple H returned on the February 25, episode of Raw , brawling with Brock Lesnar after he attempted to attack Mr. The brawl resulted in Lesnar having his head split open and requiring 18 stitches. He suffered a storyline concussion and was deemed to have forfeited.
In response, Triple H stormed out the arena and vowed to return to the ring the next week on Raw. On the August 12 episode of Raw , Triple H announced that he would be the special guest referee of the SummerSlam main event: At the event, after Bryan won the match and the title, Triple H attacked Bryan with a Pedigree , allowing Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank and win the title, turning heel for the first time since Over the coming weeks he set up handicap matches against any wrestlers who questioned his decisions, such as Big Show and Dolph Ziggler , even firing Cody Rhodes in retaliation for the latter's insolence.
On the October 7 episode of Raw , after "firing" Big Show, Show knocked him out in retaliation and was carried out by officials out of the arena. Triple H assaulted Bryan after the match and later attempted to prevent Bryan from winning the title by interfering and recruiting Scott Armstrong as a crooked referee, but these attempts were unsuccessful as Bryan won the title by making Batista submit.
This led to Triple H announcing a five-on-five tag team elimination match for Survivor Series , with a team representing The Authority facing a team captained by Cena. McMahon announced that if Team Authority would lose, they would be removed from power.
On January 26, it was officially announced via WWE. After his match with Sting, he and Stephanie McMahon were later confronted by The Rock and Ronda Rousey during a promo regarding the record crowd at the event. Throughout , Triple H maintained his role as the leader of The Authority, and was involved in mediating issues between Seth Rollins and Kane. After Rollins suffered a legitimate severe knee injury at a live event , the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was vacated and it was announced that there would be a tournament to determine a new champion at Survivor Series.
Triple H came out and attempted to congratulate Reigns, but was instead hit with a spear. This allowed Sheamus to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and quickly defeat Reigns to win the championship, resulting in Sheamus aligning with The Authority.
The Authority made a rematch between Reigns and Sheamus for the title on the November 30 episode of Raw , with the stipulation that Dean Ambrose and The Usos would lose their Intercontinental Championship and WWE Tag Team Championship title shots if Reigns failed to win the match in under 5 minutes and 15 seconds which was the length Reigns' title reign at Survivor Series ; Reigns won by disqualification, allowing Ambrose and The Usos to keep their title shots.
After the match, Reigns "snapped" and viciously attacked Sheamus as well as Triple H, who had come to calm Reigns. Due to the injuries kayfabe suffered from Reigns, Triple H took a hiatus from television. After eliminating the defending champion, Roman Reigns, he then eliminated Dean Ambrose to secure his second Royal Rumble win and 14th world championship overall.