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Paul Michael Levesque, better known by his ring moniker Triple H, is a professional wrestler, actor, and business executive from the United States. He is presently signed to WWE and serves as the company’s Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy Development and COO. He is also the NXT creator and executive producer.

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Early life

Paul Michael Levesque, better known as Triple H, was born on July 27, 1969, in Nashua, New Hampshire. His first wrestling match occurred in 1974, and it involved Chief Jay Strongbow. At Nashua South High School, he participated in baseball and basketball.

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He began bodybuilding at the age of 14 in order to resemble the professional wrestlers he saw on television. After graduating from high school in 1987, he continued to compete in bodybuilding competitions. In 1988, he was crowned Mr. Teenage New Hampshire. He was 19 years old.

He was the manager of a gym in Nashua when he met world champion Ted Arcidid, who was working for the WWE at the time. Triple H persuaded him to introduce him to Killer Kowalski, a former wrestler who was running a pro wrestling school in Massachusetts at the time. Levesque relocated to Malden, Massachusetts in 1992 to attend Killer Kowalski’s school. Chyna, a future WWF legend, was one of his classmates.

Career

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Under the ring name Terra Ryzing, Triple H made his professional debut in 1992 against Flying Tony Roy. Tony Roy was defeated. He won the IWF Heavyweight Championship in July 1992 when he defeated Mad Dog Richard. Levesque signed a one-year contract with World Championship Wrestling in 1994.

He faced a villain named Terror Risin’ in his first televised match. Keith Cole was defeated. He quickly changed his ring name to Terra Ryzing, which he kept for a few months until re-branding himself as Jean-Paul Levesque. As part of his character’s gimmick, he was asked to talk with a French accent.

Triple H meets Vince McMahone

Triple H met with Vince McMahon to discuss jumping to his league, but McMahon wasn’t interested in him at that time. However, not long after McMahon watched Levesque’s match at Starrcade, he was suitably impressed to make him an offer and Levesque left for the WWE in January 1995. Triple H made his WWE debut as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. 

He appeared in taped vignettes, talking about how to use proper etiquette. Helmsley made his WWF pay-per-view debut at SummerSlam, where he defeated Bob Holly.

In 1996, his career took a turn for the worse, beginning with a feud with Duke “The Dumpster” Droese following a loss in the 1996 Royal Rumble Free for All. Helmsley won the 1997 King of the Ring tournament when he defeated Mankind in the finals. D-Generation X was created later that year by Shawn Michaels, Helmsley, Chyna, and Rick Rude (DX). This group was known for pushing the boundaries. This stable was a key component of the 1990s’ “Attitude Era” During this time, his ring moniker was abbreviated to Triple H.

Triple H has headlined several major WWE pay-per-view events, including closing WrestleMania, the company’s main annual event, seven times (tied for the most with Hulk Hogan).

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By January 2000, Triple H had called himself “The Game,” meaning that he was at the pinnacle of the wrestling industry, and was called “The Cerebral Assassin.” Triple H defeated Big Show to win his third WWF Championship on the January 3 episode of Raw Is War. In May 20011, he tore a quad muscle, which nearly ruined his career.

He had been unemployed for eight months. In 2002, he returned to the ring. On January 7, 2002, at Madison Square Garden, Triple H made his return to Raw. He won the Royal Rumble and was given an Undisputed WWF Championship match at WrestleMania X8, which he won by defeating Chris Jericho.

Triple H founded the Evolution stable alongside Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista in February 2003. Triple H and Flair faced off against Rob Van Dam and Kane for the World Tag Team Championship, but they were defeated. From 2003 to 2004, the group was pushed on Raw, and their power peaked after Armageddon when every member of Evolution left the pay-per-view with a title.

For the majority of 2003, Triple H held the World Heavyweight Championship, which he successfully defended against Booker T at WrestleMania XIX in an angle with racist overtones.

After 280 days, he lost the title to Goldberg at Unforgiven in September 2003, in a bout with the stipulation that if Goldberg lost, he would have to retire.

Records

In his career, Triple H has won a number of championships, including:

  • 5-time Intercontinental Champion
  • 3-time world tag team champion
  • 2-time European Champion
  • 14-time world champion
  • 2-time Royal Rumble winner
  • King of the Ring

These days, Triple H works behind the scenes at WWE, where he founded the developmental division NXT and gained recognition for his financial savvy in professional wrestling.

Personal life

Levesque was in a relationship with fellow wrestler Joan “Chyna” Laurer from 1996 to 2000. When Levesque began dating Stephanie McMahon in 2000, what began as an on-screen fictional marriage became a real-life romance. On October 25, 2003, they married in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Aurora Rose Levesque (born in 2006), Murphy Claire Levesque (born in 2008), and Vaughn Evelyn Levesque (born in 2010) are their three daughters (born in 2010).

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Making the Game: Triple H’s Approach to a Better Body was published by Levesque in 2004. It is primarily about bodybuilding instruction, but it also contains some autobiographical information, memories, and thoughts.

In the 1990s, when partying with wrestlers such as Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash, who were well known for their alcohol and drug usage, Levesque was automatically the designated driver. He is a huge fan of the English rock band Motörhead, who have performed three distinct entrance themes for him throughout the course of his career, and was close friends with the band’s leader Lemmy until his death in December 2015.

During the early 2000s, he had Lemmy-inspired facial hair and spoke at Lemmy’s burial on January 9, 2016. NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is among his other close friends. He is a fan of the English football club West Ham United FC.

Rеаl Nаmе/Full NаmеPaul Michael Levesque
Nісk Nаmе/Сеlеbrаtеd NаmеTriple H
Віrth РlасеNashua, New Hampshire, United States
Dаtе оf Віrth/ВіrthdауJuly 27, 1969
Аgе/Ноw Оld51 years old
Неіght/Ноw ТаllIn Centimetres – 203 cm
In Feet and Inches – 6′ 2″
WеіghtIn Kilograms – 116 Kg
In Pounds – 255 lbs
Раrеntѕ NаmеFather – Paul Levesque Sr.
Mother – Patricia Levesque
ЅіblіngѕLynn Levesque
NаtіоnаlіtуAmerican
Маrіtаl ЅtаtuѕMarried
GіrlfrіеndStephanie McMahon
Кіdѕ/Сhіldrеn NаmеVaughn Evelyn Levesque, Aurora Rose Levesque
Murphy Claire Levesque
РrоfеѕѕіоnBusiness Executive, Professional Wrestle and Actor
Nеt Wоrth$170 million
Lаѕt UрdаtеdЈuly 2021

Controversies

In 1996, a video of Triple H performing his move, the Pedigree, on a wrestler named Marty Garner went viral.
Garner mistook the Pedigree for a double under hook suplex and misaligned his body, resulting in a catastrophic neck injury.
He filed a lawsuit against WWE, and the case was settled out of court. Garner, interestingly, returned to WWE in 2006.

Triple H was a participant in the controversial Curtain Call event. Wrestlers have competed as ‘heels’ (villains) or ‘babyfaces’ (heroes), and such characterizations were taken seriously in the mid-1990s. Wrestlers would never do anything to jeopardise kayfabe. In 1996, however, four friends, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall, who were playing opposing characters, hugged each other in front of the audience, breaking the custom for the first time in WWE history.

Booker T joining WWE following WCW’s takeover was a huge boost for McMahon, and he quickly went up the ranks before being attacked by Evolution. Triple H racially attacked him and brought up his criminal history before booking the two in a WrestleMania match that Booker lost in 23 seconds. Booker fought back and earned the titles of King of the Ring and King of the World.

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