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Triple H


        
      
      

Real Name - Paul Michael Levesque
Birthdate - 4/27/69
6'5" 265 lbs. - Bedford, MA

Athletic Background - Bodybuilding

Teacher(s) - Killer Kowalski; Jody Hamilton (Power Plant); Lord Steven Regal

Professional Background - Indies(`92-`94), WCW(`94-`95), WWF/WWE(`95-)

AliasesTerror Risin, Terra Ryzing, Jean-Paul Lévesque, Hunter Hearst Helmsley

Groups - DX [Degeneration-X], The Corporation, The Corporate Ministry

Peak Years - `97-`02



Finisher(s) - 
- Pedigree 
- Levesque Lock (Indian Deathlock)

Favorites -
- Spinebuster
- High Knee
- Running Neckbreaker
- Kneeling Knee Smash
- Lariat


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy

Place in History - The career of Triple H is a story of a smart guy who knew how to work his way to the top and stay there.  While some have criticized him over the years for sucking up to the Kliq (Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall), marrying Vince McMahon’s daughter Stephanie and regularly finding his way into top programs, he is a man with tremendous talent, vision and growing influence over the pro-wrestling.  Paul Levesque was dedicated to bodybuilding at a young age and that combined with his clean lifestyle allowed him to get over with men like Killer Kowalski and Vince McMahon who would be crucial and his climb up the ladder.  In WCW, he took up with Lord Steven Regal and developed into a talent that many saw as having a bright future.  The WWF is where he took on an arrogant heel persona as a the “American Blueblood” Hunter Hearst Helmsley.  Borrowing elements from Regal, Ric Flair and other self-consumed heels, he easily got over as a character.  Despite the limitations of the gimmick, he made friends with the top talent and learned how to play the game.  Following the departure of Hall and Nash and the infamous curtain call, Helmsley’s big push was given the Steve Austin and he toiled in the midcard with his bodyguard (real-life girlfriend) Chyna for a while longer.  When Shawn Michaels turned heel, Helmsley would take up with his real-life buddy and create the controversial DX (Degeneration-X) stable.  He morphed into a different type of heel, adding edgy material to his act, going as simply “Triple H” and altering his look.  When Michaels retired, Triple H stepped into his spot and was immediately pushed as a top star.  While people like Stone Cold and The Rock were quickly embraced by the fans, Triple H’s acceptance was a little slower.  He won the WWF Championship, he and Stephanie McMahon married and became the lead heels and he memorably “retired” Mick Foley in a feud that helped him finally reach that top spot.  From that point forward, Triple H maintained his spot as a top star, typically as a heel.  He formed Evolution with childhood hero Ric Flair and rising stars Randy Orton and Batista.  He turned and reformed DX with Shawn Michaels, this time as a campy babyface act opposite Vince and Shane McMahon.  Nagging knee injuries were slowing down “The Game” and it was becoming clear that his in-ring career was coming to an end.  Triple H continued to work top programs, but by 2010 he had largely transitioned to his Executive Senior Advisor position, where he oversees talent relations, development and recruitment.  The popular opinion has long been that when Vince McMahon retires or passes away, Paul and Stephanie Levesque will take the helm of the WWE and that the business is likely to change dramatically.
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