Triple H has had a storied career like no other professional wrestler in history.
He went from a French aristocrat, believe it or not, to one of the top Superstars in WWE history. From there, he’s now been the king of NXT while also learning from Vince McMahon how to run the company when his time as the main boss runs up. Triple H has done a lot to change the industry, and he’s no doubt a huge reason why the WWE is where it is today.
He’s revolutionized his character over time, going from that French aristocrat to a member of D-Generation X, to The King of Kings, to the leader of Evolution, to The Game, and eventually part of The Authority. Triple H has made so much incredible history during his career, and you know he’s got a lot more to add.
Here is a look at some of the 15 things that Triple H can say that no other wrestler can ever say they did.
15. Had Shawn Michaels Lay Down For Him
The Game and Shawn Michaels have had a relationship like no other in the WWE. They formed D-Generation X which essentially helped put WWE over WCW in the Monday Night War for good. While HBK was struggling with drugs and alcohol addictions in the ’90s, Triple H stood by him and helped him become the born-again Christian we know today.
That being said, during his Heartbreak Kid gimmick in the ’90s, Michaels infamously said this:
“The Heart Break Kid lays down for absolutely nobody.”
Except Triple H.
On the December 11, 1997 edition of Raw, Michaels laid down and allowed Triple H to pin him to become the new European Champion. A big promise by Michaels only applied to somebody not named Triple H. Go figure.
14. Took a Bump from Ronda Rousey
There’s a good chance that this all changes, because Ronda Rousey has hinted about a career in the WWE when her UFC career ends. Which, by the way, she said is coming up pretty soon. But for now, Triple H is the only wrestler who can say the most famous woman’s fighter in the world got a shot on him.
During WrestleMania 31, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H came out and cut a promo to denounce the fans. That’s when The Rock made his signature appearance at WrestleMania. Stephanie told Rock he had no right to hit a woman, so he brought Rousey from the front row seats and into the ring.
The Rock started throwing punches at Triple H, only for Rousey to flip him over her and out of the ring. She then grabbed Stephanie and applied an Arm Bar, only to let her go.
13. Married Stephanie McMahon
For every dollar Stephanie McMahon is worth, there’s a man who has every dream of marrying her. She’s absolutely beautiful, worth millions and millions and is a dedicated mother of three and does so much charity outside of the ring. She’s simply one in, well, a million.
That being said, Triple H is the ONLY person who has (and hopefully) will be married to the Billion Dollar Princess. The two began a relationship during the late ’90s when she started appearing on-screen. They tied the knot in 2003 and have had three daughters together. Their relationship has stayed increasingly strong, as both learn to run the company when Vince McMahon moves on.
12. First World Heavyweight Champion In WWE
The World Heavyweight Championship has been held by many icons: Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista, The Undertaker, John Cena, Big Show and others. But if anything, it’s Triple H who actually fits the description of being the World Heavyweight Champion of the WWE.
While WWE has long had their own top title, the World Heavyweight Championship was not only active in NWA but WCW as well. Therefore, when the belt was introduced to the WWE audience by Eric Bischoff, it was literally handed to Triple H.
11. Faced Sting in his WWE Debut
Everyone is all familiar with this.
Sting was the greatest Superstar in the history of WCW, but he was the only big draw from that company that had never fought in WWE. Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, Randy Savage, and Ric Flair had all been in WWE before and/or after joining WCW. Even Goldberg and Eric Bischoff came to the WWE after WCW was bought out by Vince McMahon.
But Sting wasn’t happy about WWE’s plans for him, so he refused to sign and went to TNA. It wouldn’t be until Survivor Series 2014 where he actually made his debut. Sting and Triple H would then face off at WrestleMania 31, a winning effort for Triple H.
Though fans wanted to see Sting face The Undertaker, Triple H made a lot of sense. DX and the nWo came out to bring a nostalgic feeling. The Game would prevail, and he was a great fit to be the person who fought Sting in his first WWE match.
10. Starred In A Vampire Movie With Wesley Snipes
I remember being nine years old when Blade: Trinity came out. The movies didn’t bother me one bit. I was a huge fan of the Blade movie series and couldn’t wait to see the World Heavyweight Champion star in this movie.
Triple H starred as Jarko Grimwood, and evil vampire who ends up being killed off by Ryan Reynolds. Sorry if I provided a spoiler, but I did just save two hours of your life by having to watch this disappointing movie. Triple H’s movie role wasn’t as big as I was expected. For crying out loud, Wesley Snipes’ Blade character didn’t even kill him off!
Even though the movie was a disappointment, Triple H managed to star in a movie against one of the coolest action movie stars in all of Hollywood. At the end of the day, can any other wrestler even say that?
9. Faced and Fought with HBK Inside Hell in a Cell
Triple H made his legacy by going undefeated in Hell in a Cell matches until Batista pinned him in 2005 with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line. He is also the only Superstar ever who fought Shawn Michaels inside Hell in a Cell…AND teamed up with him inside the steel structure.
At Bad Blood 2004, Triple H and Michaels fought in an epic match that lasted 47 minutes, with The Game emerging victorious. The two would then fight together as DX against Shane McMahon, Vince McMahon, and Big Show at Unforgiven 2006.
DX would end up victorious, winning the Three-on-Two Handicap match. The next time we’d see these two together inside a Hell in a Cell was at WrestleMania XXVIII, when Michaels was the special guest referee in a match between The Game an Undertaker.
8. First to Pin Goldberg in WWE
Goldberg didn’t need long to get over with the WCW crowd. He “went” 173-0 to kickoff his professional wrestling career. When WCW was bought out by Vince McMahon, Goldberg made the jump to WWE. He first appeared on the March 31, 2003 episode of Monday Night Raw.
He would emerge victorious in matches against The Rock, Christian, and others. But his first official loss in the WWE came against Triple H at SummerSlam 2003, inside an Elimination Chamber.
It was a six-man Elimination Chamber with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line. With Goldberg preparing to finish off The Game, Ric Flair handed over a sledgehammer to his Evolution boss. This allowed Triple H to hit Goldberg with it and pin him to successfully defend his championship. Triple H made history as he became the first guy to pin Goldberg in WWE.
7. Had Motorhead Write Three Songs For Him
Most wrestlers keep one or two themes throughout their careers. Some wrestlers change it up all the time to the point where it gets boring. Triple H is one of the few wrestlers who has had multiple iconic entrance themes. That is thanks in large part to the English rock band of Motorhead.
“King of Kings,” was used during promos in the mid-2000s. It’s been used a lot more whenever he’s entered in the ring as The Authority figure. This isn’t heard all that often, which is a shame. It’s one of the greatest entrance themes I’ve ever heard.
Motorhead also wrote “Line in the Sand,” which was used as the theme for Triple H’s faction, Evolution. Any time you heard this song, you saw four future Hall of Famers come out at once: Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista.
And of course, “The Game,” has become one of the most iconic and epic wrestling themes ever used. It’s the one Triple H has used most as his entrance music for nearly two decades. You even hear it at pro sporting events frequently.
6. Won the First WrestleMania Main Event Post-Attitude Era
There are plenty of great debates as to when the Attitude Era truly ended. But once WCW was bought out by WWE, that’s when the company moved on from DX and much of the vulgar and adult-oriented product.
From our eyes, we hereby declare that the Attitude Era concluded at WrestleMania X-seven. As we said, WWE was dropping some of the qualities of the Attitude Era and trying to put more of an emphasis on wrestling itself. It was truly at WrestleMania X8 that shifted towards a new era of professional wrestling.
At the SkyDome in Toronto, Triple H faced Chris Jericho for the WWE Undisputed Championship in the main event. In one of the greatest WrestleManias ever, Triple H would beat Y2J to become the new champion.
5. Faced The Undertaker Three Times at WrestleMania
Facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania has become one of the biggest honors in sports entertainment for just about any wrestler. A match with The Deadman on the Grandest Stage of Them All has become one of the greatest traditions in the history of professional wrestling.
Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, and other legends have faced The Undertaker at WrestleMania, but only Triple H has the honors of facing him three times on the grandest stage. He faced Undertaker at WrestleMania X-Seven in Houston, where The Undertaker moved to 9-0. They wouldn’t meet at WrestleMania for 10 years. This time, ‘Taker moved to 19-0 at WrestleMania XXVII in one of the greatest matches in recent memory. But it got even better the following year at WrestleMania XXVIII.
With Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee, the two slugged it out inside a Hell in a Cell. The Undertaker kicked out from a Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music and Triple H Pedigree, in one of the most epic moments in recent memory. He’d later pin The Game to move to 20-0.
4. Only Member of the Kliq That Didn’t Join nWo
The Kliq was a faction that consisted of Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman, better remembered as X-Pac. They dominated WWE in the ’90s, becoming five of the company’s top stars while also controlling a lot of the power backstage.
Everyone remembers the infamous MSG Curtain Call, where Michaels and Triple H broke character to embrace Hall and Nash, who were on their way to WCW. As we all know, those two men became part of the villainous nWo alliance in WCW. X-Pac would later jump ship and become one of the many Superstars to join the nWo, revealing his allegiance to them during a 1996 episode of Nitro.
Then when the nWo was reformed in WWE (after WCW was bought out), Kevin Nash introduced Shawn Michaels on a 2002 edition of Raw.
3. First Person Who Caused Kane To Show His Face to the World
Though fans don’t have a good view of Kane anymore (a past-his-prime giant who’s nothing exciting) he really was one of the top Superstars of the Attitude Era. His allegiance/rivalry with The Undertaker was easily one of the most iconic, and everybody has some love for The Brothers of Destruction tag team.
Kane wore a mask to cover up his face, even though we got to see what he looked like in the mid ’90s during his Isaac Yankem dentist gimmick.
But Kane lost a World Heavyweight Championship match against Triple H on June 23, 2003. The stipulation was that if he had lost, he would have to take off his mask and reveal his face. Evolution interfered on Triple H’s behalf and helped him win the match. With that, Kane showed the world what he looked like.
2. Created An Independent Promotion Within a Global Company
Triple H entered WWE as a little-known mid-card wrestler who failed in WCW. It wouldn’t take long for him to become one of the company’s top stars. But nobody would believe you if you told them 20 years ago that he was going to create an epic promotion in the WWE. But oh, he did.
As we all know, NXT is a promotion within the WWE, where Triple H finds some of the up-and-coming talents around the world and tries to build them into mega stars. It’s safe to say he’s succeeded. Just look at how Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Enzo and Cass, Bayley, and Sasha Banks have done.
1. Spends the Holidays With the Boss
For some people, they don’t ever dream of spending holidays with their boss. They go to work and simply listen to their boss, but they’d prefer to spend their personal lives away from them.
I’m certainly not one of those people. My boss at TheSportster is my new best friend.
Any who, it’s a different case for Mr. McMahon. Any wrestler could only dream of being on his good side to the point where they can spend so much time together outside of the ring. Triple H, the son-in-law of Vince, gets that special privilege.
It’s not only because he’s taken great care of Vince’s daughter, but he’s changed the wrestling industry, has built NXT, and is already co-running the business with his father-in-law. Triple H and Vince are spending countless time together figuring out the best direction of the company.
Any other Superstar can only dream of it.
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