Triple H has always been one of the most powerful and influential men in the wrestling business. Everyone knows that the perks of marrying Stephanie McMahon have led to his position as a potential successor to Vince McMahon that will ultimately run the WWE one day. However, it often gets lost in the shuffle that Triple H found his way to power in different forms through the years. Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman befriended him when he joined the WWE by forming The Kliq together. The Kliq used the star power of Michaels, Hall and Nash to get away with anything they wanted, such as hurting the careers of other wrestlers.
Following the end of The Kliq, Triple H rebounded by working his way up the rankings as a singles star. His influence grew as he entered a relationship with Stephanie. Many wrestlers to work with Triple H had more momentum or a story that should have led to them looking good at the end of a feud with him. It ended up damaging them and wasting their popularity. We’ll look at what happened with Triple H’s classic burials along with the journeys of what each wrestler have gone to do today. Can you rebound from a Triple H burial? Find out now.
15. Sting: WWE Ambassador
Wrestling fans waited many years to witness Sting finally step foot in the WWE. As the final icon from WCW to work for WWE, Sting entered in 2014 with a huge storyline against Triple H. Sting served as a vigilante arriving to stop Triple H from abusing power in his heel authority figure role. Everyone expected Sting to get the big win his WWE debut at WrestleMania 31.
Triple H ridiculously got the win over Sting to ruin the big moment. It was meant to signify WWE defeating WCW one more time in the war that ended fourteen years prior. Sting wrestled another match for the WWE, losing to Seth Rollins before retiring from in-ring competition. His amazing career would be celebrated at the 2016 WWE Hall of Fame. Sting still works for the WWE as an ambassador making appearances and promoting the company.
14. Rob Van Dam: Occasional Indie Wrestler/Standup Comedian
Rob Van Dam instantly became a massive star for the WWE following the end of the Monday Night Wars. WWE purchasing both WCW and ECW monopolized the industry. Van Dam wasn’t excited about going to the WWE, but he knew it was the only realistic step to take after ECW went out of business. His debut came during the WWE versus WCW feud to add ECW to the mix as WCW’s counterpart.
No one could have predicted RVD of all people would have been the breakout star of a WWE against WCW storyline, but it happened. His momentum continued to rise with Van Dam being a beloved favorite in 2002. A huge match against Triple H ended in disappointing fashion when the popular star lost and went back down to the mid-card. The WWE never utilized RVD to the best of his abilities with that being a turning point. Van Dam still wrestles very occasionally on the independent circuit and performs standup comedy at local clubs.
13. The Miz: WWE Star
Triple H’s burying continued when he transitioned away from being a full-time wrestler into an authority figure. Triple H needlessly humiliated one of his wrestlers in a non-televised segment. The Miz was coming off the heels of losing his WWE Championship months earlier and ranted in the ring about his stretch of bad luck. Triple H entered the ring and casually hit him with the Pedigree.
It’s easy to say that was just a dark segment, but it was done in such a humorous way that it exposed Miz as being significantly below Triple H. Miz’s career went downhill for quite some time as a forgotten and irrelevant member of the WWE roster. 2016 saw his rebirth as a top tier heel with his real life wife, Maryse, by his side. Miz is currently one of the most impressive stars on WWE television and a major reason for the success of SmackDown Live.
12. Zack Ryder: Injured WWE Star
A similar situation to The Miz incident saw Zack Ryder get buried by Triple H during a dark segment. Ryder was at the height of his popularity as a fan favorite thanks to his internet presence with a hilarious video series on YouTube. Triple H interrupted Ryder and hit him with a Pedigree for no reason at all. This was far worse than The Miz example, as Ryder was also a face.
The concept was that Ryder would mark out after the Pedigree, due to the excitement of taking a move from one of the legends he grew up watching. It just made him look like a fool and many things like that hurt him in the long run. Ryder is currently still a member of the WWE roster teaming with Mojo Rawley on SmackDown Live as the Hype Bros. An injury has him on the shelf as he’s expected to miss the majority of 2017.
11. Kane: WWE Star
Triple H’s reign of terror took place for a few years on the Raw brand following the first brand split. Raw would feature Triple H at the top of the card for the majority of his time there and he was usually the World Champion. Many of the popular faces saw their momentum sacrificed to add heat to Triple H’s heel reign.
This happened to Kane on a couple of occasions. Kane started to evolve into a very popular fan favorite worthy of being World Champion in 2002-2003. Triple H defeated Kane multiple times and unmasked him to turn him heel. Despite being buried, Kane has managed to remain employed by WWE all these years. The legend is still an active member of the SmackDown Live roster as a highly respected veteran and future WWE Hall of Famer.