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Triple H

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LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 19: WWE wrestler Triple H poses in the ring after the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 19, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Intro:


Paul Levesque was born on July 27, 1969 in New Hampshire. At the age of 14, Triple H got involved in bodybuilding. He was informed of Killer Kowalski’s school by his work out partner, Ted Arcidi. Ted had a brief wrestling career and was at one time the bench press record holder. Triple H was trained by Killer Kowalski and made his pro debut in 1992. He is currently married to Stephanie McMahon and is the son-in-law of Vince McMahon.

WCW:


Triple H started his career as Terra Ryzing. After a brief run in the indies, he made it to WCW. He did not wrestle much on TV and was only in one PPV match under his new gimmick, Jean Paul LeVesque. He signed with the WWF in spite of having to work more dates for less money.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley:


In April 1995, he made his WWF debut as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. His gimmick was being a rich snob from Connecticut. He quickly developed a friendship with The Clique. He was part of the infamous MSG curtain call (broke kay-fabe by celebrating in the ring with his enemies Kevin Nash and Scott Hall). All the heat from the incident fell on him and he was punished by not winning the 1996 King of the Ring. In his place, Steve Austin won the tournament and made his infamous Austin 3:16 speech that night.

The Punishment is Over:


By the end of 1996, Triple H was the Intercontinental Champion. In 1997, he formed D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels and his eventual girlfriend Chyna. After Shawn retired, he became the leader of the group which now included Billy Gunn, the Road Dogg, and X-Pac. The group was known for their juvenile actions. Triple H suffered a knee injury in 1998 and when he returned, he left the group and joined the Corporation.

The McMahon-Helmsley Era:


In the fall of 1999, Triple H became the WWE Champion. His first feud was with Vince McMahon and in a surprise move he married Stephanie McMahon. Their group ran roughshod over the WWE for several months. In 2001, he formed the two man power trip with Steve Austin. During a tag team match, he suffered a torn quad. Despite the pain, he continued the match. He had to miss nine months of action because of the injury.

The Triumphant Return:


He returned to the ring at the Royal Rumble and won the WWE title from Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 18. A few months later, the brand split occurred and he was crowned the first World Heavyweight Champion. On October 25, 2003, he married Stephanie McMahon in real life.

Evolution & D-Generation X:


In January 2003, Triple H led a new group called Evolution. The other members were Ric Flair, Batista, and Randy Orton. The group controlled RAW for almost two years before Triple H had turned on all its members one by one. In 2004, he wrote a fitness book called Making the Game. In 2006, Triple H reunited with Shawn Michaels as D-Generation X and their first feud was with Vince McMahon.

WWF/E Title History:


WWE Title
8/23/99 - Mankind
9/26/99 Unforgiven - won vacant title in the 6 Pack Challenge also featuring The Rock, Davey Boy Smith, Kane, Mankind, & The Big Show
1/3/00 - The Big Show
5/21/00 Judgement Day - The Rock
3/17/02 WrestleMania 18 - Chris Jericho
10/7/07 No Mercy - Randy Orton
4/27/08 Backlash - beat Champion Randy Orton, John Cena, and JBL
2/15/09 No Way Out - beat Champion Edge, Undertaker, Big Show, Jeff Hardy, & Vladimir Kozlov in an Elimination Chamber Match

World Heavyweight Championship
9/2/02 - first champion by order of Eric Bischoff
12/15/02 Armageddon - Shawn Michaels
12/14/03 Armageddon - Goldberg
9/12/04 Unforgiven - Randy Orton
1/9/05 New Years Revolution - won vacant title in Elimination Chamber match also featuring Randy Orton, Batista, Chris Jericho, Edge, & Chris Benoit

World Tag Team Title
4/29/01 Backlash - with Steve Austin beat Kane & The Undertaker

Unified Tag Team Championship
12/13/09 TLC - with Shawn Michaels beat Big Show & Chris Jericho in a TLC Match

Intercontinental Championship
10/21/96 - Marc Mero
10/30/98 SummerSlam 98 - The Rock
4/5/01 - Chris Jericho
4/16/01 - Jeff Hardy
10/20/02 No Mercy - Kane (title was retired for several years after this match)

European Title
12/22/97 - Shawn Michaels

Sources include: Making the Game by Triple H and PWI Almanac

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