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Playing The Game: Ranking Triple H's Characters Throughout His Career

The world is always changing. Everyone goes through it, it's life. However, how many of you can say your personality and character has changed 15 times? Well, that's what a wrestler might go through during their career. In pro wrestling, many superstars, over the entirety of their career, will go through a drastic character and personality change in order to keep them interesting and refreshing. Anything from their outfits, hair, move set, entrance theme and personality all might be modified when a character change is in order.

For this article, we'll be focusing on the character changes for one of the most successful and popular superstars to ever grace the squared circle, Triple H. Hunter has been a professional wrestler since 1992 and continues to put on his ring gear in 2016. 20 plus years of bumps and bruises in the ring can take a toll on ones body. Apparently not for The Game. It almost seems as if he will be wrestling forever. However, he as well as many others, has had his fair share of character changes over the course of his career. Some good and some bad, but that's all part of evolving. Its a needed process that's always best for business.

With that said, here is a complete ranking of all Triple H's characters from worst to best.

14 14. Terra Ryzing (1994)

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13 13. Jean-Paul Levesque (1994-1995)

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12 12. McMahon-Helmsley Faction

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The McMahon-Helmsley Faction was a villainous stable that came together in 1999 with the goal of protecting Triple H from losing the WWE title. Triple H earned a shot at the title after showing a clip during the marriage ceremony between Test and Stephanie McMahon of Hunter marrying a drugged Stephanie McMahon in a chapel in Las Vegas.

11 11. The COO

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At the age of 40, Triple H's career as a full time wrestler would come to an end in 2010. Since then we seen him lace up his boots a few times a year, with matches against Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler and Roman Reigns. He's had a hell of a career in pro wrestling, but the end of his full time career started a new chapter in his life, as the current COO of WWE.

10 10. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (1995) 

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9 9. D-Generates Reuniting (2006)

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8 8. The Cerebral Assassin

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In January 2000, Triple H solidified himself as the "The Cerebral Assassin," which implied that he was simply smarter and more opportunistic than other wrestlers. Good ol' Jim Ross gave Triple H this nickname after Triple Hs character changed from a degenerate to someone who would destroy all his opponents on his way to the top of the mountain.

7 7. Family First (2009)

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During 2009, Triple H was in a heated rivalry with former evolution member Randy Orton. Orton was a red hot heel that rebelled against any orders from the chairman Vince McMahon. What really set the tone to this rivalry was Orton planting a DDT on The Game's wife, Stephanie McMahon, which led to the first on-screen evidence that the pair were married in real life.

6 6. A Hero Never Forgotten (2002 Return)

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Before Triple H was sidelined with a torn quadricep muscle back in in 2001, he was arguably the most hated heel in the WWE. He would later return to the ring in January 2002, having possibly the most emotional moment in WWE history. The crowd greeted Triple H with one of the loudest pops any sSperstar has ever received. The crowd certainly did not forget who he was, but it seems as if they did forget all the terrible things he did (in character, of course).

It was then a natural turn for Triple H to embark on a babyface journey where he would win the 2002 Royal Rumble and later capture the WWE Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania X8. It was the perfect character story, with The Game returning, conquering the rumble and capturing the gold. His first true babyface run.

5 5. D-Generate 97-99 

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Are you ready? After getting rid of the snobby, etiquette-obsessed gentleman character, Triple H joined forces with The Heartbreak kid, Shawn Michaels. The two were real life friends who combined to deliver one of the most entertaining factions of all time. The two really set the tone for The Attitude Era, with their rebellious antics and pranks. Michaels would start out as the leader of the group, but after losing the title to "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV, Michaels would take time off with an injury leaving Triple H as the new leader of the duo.

4 4. Leader of The Authority 

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We didn't think Triple H could get any more heat as a heel, but we were wrong. His work as the leader of The Authority might be some of his best work in years. Triple H would solidify his character after screwing Daniel Bryan out of the WWE Championship by hitting him with a Pedigree at the 2013 edition of SummerSlam. This is where the slogan "best for business" really took off, as The Game invested in Randy Orton as a better look for the company.

3 3. Triple H's Raw 

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Whenever new fans think about the World Heavyweight Championship, they'll likely think about Triple H, as he completely owned Raw from 2002-2005 with the title. During that time period, even if he wasn't the World Champion, Triple H was still the focal point on TV. For three years, he feuded with the top babyfaces including Shawn Michaels, Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Kane, Chris Benoit and many more. One common thing about all of them was that the WWE refused to allow any of them to go over om Triple H. Even if he lost the title, he would still have it back in his arms by the end of the feud.

2 2. The King of Kings 

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The King of Kings character came into play around the end of 2005. Triple H returned from an injury and would continue being a full blown heel after turning on his long time partner Ric Flair. Early on in 2006, Triple H would spend over an hour in the Royal Rumble, but would eventually get eliminated by the man that would go on to win, Rey Mysterio. As per-usual, Triple H found himself in the main event of WrestleMania, challenging as the number one contender for the WWE Championship. With Cena champion at the time, Triple H would bring his King of Kings character to life, introducing a new theme and a bad ass Conan the Barbarian style costume at WrestleMania 22.

1 1. The Game

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To this very day, Triple H still goes by The Game. Originally a gimmick that was supposed to be given to Owen Hart, Triple H was obsessed with being the best and most of all being the World Champion, and would do whatever it takes to reach the top of the mountain. Triple H would solidify the success of The Game character after capturing the WWE title on an episode of Raw in August 1999.

He eventually shed his DX gimmick and started calling himself The Game. In an interview with Jim Ross he stated, "I am The Game, I am that damn good." Triple H was proving that he's best at what he does and he would never take second place.

This gimmick would end temporally after he suffered a torn quad injury, but The Game character would live on forever.

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