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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Bret Hart: Runs Loan Company
Bret Hart's burial from Triple H took place backstage rather than on screen. Triple H was a mid-carder during Hart’s reign as a main event star in the WWE. The relationship between Triple H and Shawn Michaels however led to Triple H having a beef with Hart. History has revealed that Triple H was actually the one to pitch the idea of The Montreal Screwjob to Michaels and Vince McMahon.
9 Daniel Bryan: SmackDown Live General Manager
Triple H has developed the reputation for helping the top independent wrestling talents by signing them to NXT and getting them ready for the main roster. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Finn Balor are just a few of the examples. This wasn’t always the case as Daniel Bryan would tell you from his time in the WWE. Triple H joined Vince McMahon in their belief that Bryan wasn’t worthy of being a 'top guy' or the face of the company.
8 Chris Jericho: WWE Star
Chris Jericho and Triple H butted heads from day one when Jericho joined the WWE. There was conflict between the WWE stars and wrestlers coming in from WCW during the Monday Night Wars. Triple H took it to another level by being rude to Jericho and making comments about him behind his back, which were revealed in Jericho’s book. The personal insults carried over to interviews where Triple H would clearly bury Jericho in front of the world.
7 Paul London: Lucha Underground Performer/Agent
One of the most transparent incidents of Triple H burying performers featured Paul London and Brian Kendrick being on the wrong end. London and Kendrick had a record breaking Tag Title reign on the SmackDown brand before moving over to Raw. A segment on Raw saw them make the save to help Triple H survive a beat down from three heels to even the odds.
6 Brian Kendrick: WWE Star
Brian Kendrick suffered the same fate as Paul London when Triple H hit those infamous Pedigrees to humiliate them in front of the wrestling world. Unlike London, Kendrick did not burn all of his bridges after leaving the WWE. Kendrick admitted disliking Triple H burying him with no rational behind it, but he kept his chances of returning to the company alive.
5 Kurt Angle: WWE Hall of Famer
Kurt Angle's rose early in his WWE career made him competition for Triple H instantly. Triple H already had to compete with Steve Austin and The Rock for the top spot in the WWE, and then Angle joined the mix by becoming a tremendous heel that may have surpassed Triple H. This led to jealousy on Triple H’s part when they worked a love triangle with Stephanie McMahon.
4 CM Punk: UFC Fighter
CM Punk is someone that Triple H hated from day one. Stories circulated the internet for years that Triple H would badmouth Punk for his look and nontraditional style early in his career. Punk overcame it to become a top performer in the WWE. His biggest success came when f cutting worked shoot promos against the people running the company, including Triple H.
3 Booker T: WWE Broadcaster/Wrestling School Trainer/Politician
A disheartening burial at the hands of Triple H came at WrestleMania XIX when he defeated Booker T. The storyline revolved around Triple H saying horrible things to Booker that bordered on being racist. It became uncomfortable to watch, but you still had hope knowing Booker would obviously get the win to overcome the evil heel. Triple H instead buried the popular face by getting a win he didn’t need or deserve at the time.
2 Scott Steiner: Occasional Indie Wrestler/Restaurant Owner
The unpredictable Scott Steiner has been involved in controversy for many years. Steiner has drama with too many wrestlers to name, but his beef with Triple H is definitely one of the most high profile ones. WWE signed Steiner with the intentions of a huge singles push after his run as Big Poppa Pump in WCW made him a big name.
1 Goldberg: WWE Star
Triple H and Bill Goldberg despised each other before even working together. The biggest difference between the two was that Triple H had a dream of being a wrestler all his life and Goldberg lucked into the position. Triple H said that when trashing Goldberg on national television by insulting contestants for owning a Goldberg poster during the Tough Enough reality show.
This continued when they worked together in 2003. Triple H got the upper hand against Goldberg, ruining any chance of Goldberg continuing his unbeatable character from WCW. Goldberg loathed working with Triple H and it ultimately made his initial WWE run a disappointment. A shocking return in 2016 changed that with fans rallying behind Goldberg as he defeated Brock Lesnar in 86 seconds. Triple H is now welcoming the addition of Goldberg’s star power for the WWE as the company enters WrestleMania 32 expecting Goldberg to be a major player.
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