- Triple H
COO TRIPLE H GETS BRUTALLY HONEST IN A SERIES OF SIT-DOWN
INTERVIEWS WITH MICHAEL COLE
H, Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman
McMahon and Shane McMahon (Hollywood Walk Of Fame)
Weight: 255 lbs.
From: Greenwich, Conn.
Signature Move: Pedigree
Career Highlights: WWE Champion; World Heavyweight
Champion; Intercontinental Champion; Unified WWE Tag
Team Champion; World Tag Team Champion; European Champion;
1997 King of the Ring; 2002 Royal Rumble Match winner;
WWE Chief Operating Officer
The King of Kings, a nickname with no hint of exaggeration
considering that Triple H is essentially WWE royalty.
From his days as a Greenwich snob, to his era-defining
run as a co-founder of D-Generation X, to the time
he spent shepherding future main eventers Randy Orton
and Batista toward WWE greatness in Evolution, Triple
H hasnt just existed on the cutting edge, hes
been the one sharpening the blade.
13-time World Champion, The Game has clashed with
a litany of ring legends to seize the throne as The
King of Kings. The Rock, Stone Cold Steve
Austin, Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker,
John Cena, even WWE Chairman Vince McMahon
each mowed down by the sledgehammer-wielding fist
of The Cerebral Assassin. He has methodically and
systematically usurped sports-entertainment, capturing
every major WWE championship (multiple times), the
King of the Ring crown, a Royal Rumble Match victory
(2002) and the marquee spot at WrestleMania on several
occasions, all throughout a career that spans nearly
The Games role within WWE shifted from active
competition, he used his squared circle acumen to
nab the title of Chief Operating Officer and steer
WWE toward some its most exciting and controversial
moments in 2011. A bitter, personal rivalry with anti-authority
crusader CM Punk tested Triple Hs resolve, and
a mutiny by the whole Raw roster made it clear that
even the combined power of an entire locker room couldnt
keep him down. Both situations necessitated The Cerebral
Assassins return to the ring and, during each
encounter not to mention his five-star classic
bout against The Phenom at WrestleMania XXVII
he demonstrated that, whether in a suit or trunks,
he can still compete at the most elite level without
missing a beat.
WrestleMania XXVIII, after four years of battles between
Triple H, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, the trio
participated in a post-bout curtain call that truly
signified The End of an Era. Triple Hs passion
for the squared circle burns hot and ensures that,
no matter his role in WWE, those who choose to play
The Game should be prepared to play by his rules.
The Cerebral Assassin has had to deal with Brock Lesnar
breaking those rules at every turn since the freakish
brutes return to WWE on the night after WrestleMania
XXVIII. The WWE COO also couldn't escape the taunts
of Lesnar's representative, Paul Heyman, who has slapped
Triple H with lawsuits and insulted his family.
months after a heated confrontation with Lesnar where
he broke The Game's arm, The King of Kings finally
came face-to-face with Lesnar at The 25th Anniversary
of SummerSlam. And despite mustering up a tenacious
and valiant effort, The Game learned a painful lesson
in helplessness as he was unable to overpower the
beastly competitor. After the match, a humbled Triple
H refused medical treatment it was revealed
the following morning that Lesnar had again broken
his arm and apologized to the capacity crowd
that counted on him to get Lesnar under control.
Cerebral Assassin selected The Grandest Stage of Them
All to settle his differences with Brock, though.
After signing the match contract, Paul Heyman revealed
that the match between The Game and Brock Lesnar would
not only be No Holds Barred, but The Cerebral Assassin
would also be putting his career on the line.
Shawn Michaels in his corner, The Game weathered everything
Lesnar threw at him, from steel chairs to the metal
ring steps, Triple H absorbed every blow and stood
tall, taking out The Anomaly with a Pedigree on the
steel steps. With Brock Lesnar defeated, Triple H's
legendary in-ring career remained intact.
soon arose between Triple H, his wife Stephanie McMahon
and his father-in-law Mr. McMahon, primarily regarding
Daniel Bryan's bid to become WWE Champion. Though
Mr. McMahon did not support the bearded wonder's quest,
Triple H appeared to be firmly in his corner. In order
to ensure a fair bid for the title, The Game made
himself special referee for Bryan's match against
John Cena at SummerSlam.
Bryan defeated Cena, Triple H did the unthinkable,
leveling the new champion long enough for Randy Orton
to successfully cash in his Money in the Bank contract.
Why he aided Orton, a longtime rival once responsible
for unspeakable atrocities toward his family, to claim
the WWE Championship is anyones guess. But it
appears that Triple H has rewritten WWEs future
into a vision of his own choosing.
Raw following SummerSlam, The Game, Mr. McMahon and
Stephanie McMahon appeared to all be on the same page
regarding what happened to Daniel Bryan and Randy
Orton as WWE Champion. Together they welcomed The
Viper as the face of WWE and humilated the former
champion after calling him out to talk. By order of
Triple H, The Shield and Randy Orton attacked a helpless
Bryan as the entire WWE locker room watched
anyone aiding the bearded former WWE Champion would
humiliation of Daniel Bryan was only The Cerebral
Assassin's first order of business. Asserting his
power as COO, Triple H fired Cody Rhodes after the
son of WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes was unable to
defeat the WWE Champion on Raw. He then forced Daniel
Bryan to battle Big Show a match that The World's
Largest Athlete was ordered to compete in by both
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Leaving the contest,
The Game forced Big Show to watch as Daniel Bryan
suffered a Triple Powerbomb at the hands of The Shield
before Stephanie McMahon ordered the giant to deliver
a KO Punch.
Daniel Bryan's victory at Night of Champions, Triple
H pointed out that WWE official Scott Armstrong made
a fast count, thereby negating Bryan's championship
win. As a result, The Game held the WWE Title in abeyance
and fired Armstrong for allegedly conspiring with
H and Stephanie McMahon began to publicly embarrassed
Big Show on numerous occasions, turning The Worlds
Largest Athlete into an unwitting weapon at their
hed had enough of the abuse, Big Show vowed
to knock out The Game on the Sept. 30 Raw. Before
he had the opportunity, police officers intervened,
leading to Stephanie stepping in and vouching for
Big Show. She explained the duress hed been
under and callously called attention to marital problems
Big Show is apparently suffering from at home.
abuse by Triple H and Stephanie reared its ugly head
at WWE Battleground when Big Show interrupted the
bout between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton for the
vacant WWE Title and proceeded to knock out the two
Superstars and an official for good measure.
next night on Raw, Big Show was fired for his actions
at WWE Battleground, but retaliated by living up to
his word and knocking out Triple H!
Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969) is an American
professional wrestler and actor, better known by the
ring name Triple H, an abbreviation of his former
ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He currently wrestles
for the Raw brand of World Wrestling Entertainment
joining WWE, Levesque began his wrestling career with
World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1993, wrestling
under the ring name Terra Ryzing. He changed his ring
name to Jean-Paul Lévesque before joining WWE
in 1995, which was then known as the World Wrestling
joining WWE, he has become an 11-time world champion:
a six-time WWE Champion and a five-time World Heavyweight
Champion. In addition, he won the 1997 King of the
Ring, the 2002 Royal Rumble, and was the second Grand
married Stephanie McMahon in 2003, becoming the son-in-law
of WWE chairman Vince McMahon. Outside of wrestling,
Levesque has made numerous guest appearances in film
and on television. He is starring in the upcoming
WWE Film Journey of Death.
tall and skinny for his age, he participated in both
basketball and baseball. He was also a fan of professional
wrestling. In his youth, his favorite wrestler was
the age of 14, he became aware of bodybuilding. After
graduating high school in 1987, he entered several
body building competitions. Levesque was crowned Teenage
Mr. New Hampshire at the age of 19. During this time,
he met Ted Arcidi and began to consider a career in
enrolled at Killer Kowalski's wrestling school in
1992 after it was recommended to him by Ted Arcidi.
He joined the Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF),
which used trainees from Kowalski's school in their
promotion. Here, he became the IWF Heavyweight Champion
and an IWF Tag Team Champion with fellow Kowalski
trainee, Perry Saturn. It was in the IWF that Levesque
started using the name Terra Ryzing.
of Kings (2007-present)
H made his in-ring return at SummerSlam 2007, defeating
King Booker. Upon his return he won the WWE Championship
at No Mercy 2007 after beating the newly named Champion,
Randy Orton who had been awarded the title less than
twenty minutes earlier, making him an 11-time World
Champion. 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. 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, thus ending Triple H's sixth reign. Triple H's
title reign at No Mercy is the fourth shortest reign
in WWE history, only lasting through the duration
of the event. In the RAW Elimination Chamber at No
Way Out, Triple H earned himself a Championship match
at WrestleMania XXIV, by outlasting five other men.
commercial appearances include ads in May 2006 for
Miller Lite where he debates "Man Laws"
with the likes of Burt Reynolds, Eddie Griffin and
Jerome Bettis. That same month, he also appeared in
a commercial for USA Network with Anthony Michael
Hall, which cross-promoted RAW and Hall's show, The
Dead Zone. Hall's character, a psychic, touches Triple
H while he lounges beside a pool and has a vision
of him falling asleep in the sun, and fellow wrestler
John Cena slapping Triple H's sunburned back and leaving
a handprint. He has also appeared in commercials for
bodybuilding supplements such as Stacker 2 and YJ
Stinger. Levesque also appeared in a Wendy's commercial
holding up a Triple Classic Burger calling it the
"Triple H Burger".
appeared in the movie Blade: Trinity, as a vampire
enforcer named Jarko Grimwood. He is also starring
in the upcoming WWE Film Journey of Death.
has also appeared in several WWE Home Video releases,
including Triple H: The Game and Triple H: That Damn
Good in 2002, D-Generation-X, a reissue of the VHS
version, in 2006, and The New and Improved DX in 2007.
A new DVD featuring the highlights of his career,
Triple H: King of Kings is scheduled to be released
was featured in the August 14, 2005 episode of MTV's
Punk'd in which 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 until Ashton Kutcher
and Stacy Keibler showed up. His television appearances
also include guest appearances as Triple H on MADtv
and Saturday Night Live, as a professional wrestler
character named "The Disciplinarian" on
an episode of The Drew Carey Show, as a character
on an episode of The Bernie Mac Show and winning the
WWF Edition of The Weakest Link in which he and Stephanie
McMahon were the final two contestants.Levesque has
also been a guest announcer for the Mr. Olympia competition.
marrying Stephanie McMahon, Levesque was in a relationship
with Joanie Laurer (who appeared as Chyna). They dated
for four years from 1996 until 2000. Levesque married
Stephanie McMahon on October 25, 2003. He and Stephanie
welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Aurora
Rose Levesque, into the world on July 24, 2006.
has a sister named Lynn, and he is an uncle to her
two children: Peter and Nayssa. Levesque is also an
uncle to brother-in-law Shane McMahon's two sons:
Declan and Kenyon. His in-laws are Vince and Linda
late 2004, Levesque 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.
is a fan of the metal band Motörhead.
a November 14, 2006 interview with rapper The Game,
it was revealed that Levesque is involved in a lawsuit
with him over the rights to the name, "The Game".
February 13, 2008, WWE.com announced that Levesque
and his wife Stephanie, are expecting a second child
in the summer of 2008. (Credit:
H steps back in the ring $10,500 poorer, by Phil Speer
12th Aug 2002