For the past 15 years, Triple H has had a rather fascinating wrestling career to the say the least. His slow rise to prominence in sports entertainment has been laced in several ups and downs, successes and pitfalls, and above all else, a life story fitting for a true student of The Game. From "terra ryzing" the land of WCW to bringing his snobby elitist character to WWE to finding his own Kliq, then becoming the company's resident degenerate, then becoming one of the company's top stars, and all the way to becoming one of the company's biggest backstage voices in power. That little summary doesn't do the life and career of Triple H much justice, but it certainly puts into perspective everything he's gone through both in and out of the ring that led him to being both a 14-time World Champion and the current Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative of WWE. In more ways than one, this man is one of the top guys of WWE. However, naturally, one doesn't get to the top of their profession without running into some controversy along the way. That sort of controversy has led to some crazy stories involving Triple H over the years.
When people try to think of crazy stories involving Triple H, the first one that normally comes to mind is the now infamous Curtain Call (which will mark its 21 year anniversary this May) between himself, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Shawn Michaels from 1996. Since it's such an obvious one, it won't be included on the list. Admit it, The Curtain Call has been talked to death by now and what more can be said about it? Especially when Triple H's long spanning career has enough unbelievable stories, highlights, and moments from behind the scenes that deserve just as much (if not more) attention than that night fateful night. The stories that you will read about on this list regarding the insane shenanigans that Triple H partook in behind the scenes include some of the most jaw dropping and baffling instances to ever take place in the wrestling world overall.
14 15. His First Pedigree Led To A Lawsuit
For decades now, the Pedigree has been revered as one of the most brutal finishers in WWE and the first time he did it on television proved to be dire, in more ways than one. Triple H debuted the move on the June 1st, 1996 episode of Superstars against a jobber by the name of Marty Garner. With the Pedigree being a brand new move on WWE soil, Garner wasn't sure what to expect when he was told to take it. If anything, he expected a double underhook suplex and planned to sell the move as such. Unfortunately, when he jumped for what he believed to be a suplex, his neck took a bad landing when he was spiked into the mat. For the injuries that his neck suffered that night, he immediately sued WWE and the two parties reached a settlement out of court. For all of the controversy that came out of Triple H debuting the finisher, The Game is lucky that he was never told to stop doing the move afterwards for safety precautions.
13 14. Almost Legitimately Fought Daniel Bryan
We all remember the year long feud between Triple H and Daniel Bryan that led to their match-up at WrestleMania XXX, but what not many people know is that these two fought as often backstage as they did in front of the cameras. In fact, in one instance, they nearly came to physical blows backstage. On the June 17th, 2013 edition of Monday Night Raw, Bryan squared off with Randy Orton in a No DQ match that Bryan was slotted to win and, at that point, it would've been the biggest win of his WWE career yet. Early on, Bryan suffered a stinger in the match. Not a serious injury, but he was momentarily knocked loopy. Medical staff ran to ringside to check on Bryan and in the ref's headset, Triple H made the call to stop the match. Orton was declared the winner via referee stoppage. Coming from a mentality that a wrestler should keep wrestling in a match no matter what happens to them—he did finish a match after detaching his retina while in ROH after all—Bryan was furious when he made his way backstage. Though he didn't actually fight Trips backstage, the two did have a verbal shouting match. Bryan has since admitted that he was in the wrong in this instance and Triple H did the right thing to look out for Bryan's safety.
12 13. Scott Steiner and Steroids
Over the years, Scott Steiner and Triple H have both been accused of using steroids in their life, but one day back when Steiner still worked for WWE, the legitimacy of his physique was put into question by WWE brass. In a 2010 interview with CANOE, Steiner told a short story about how the backstage brass (he didn't name anyone specifically) had asked him to take a drug/steroid test. Feeling insulted and ballsy as ever, Steiner told them point blank that if they want him to take a test so badly, then he wanted them to ask the same of Triple H. In fact, Steiner suggested that Triple H should pick him up in a limo so the two can go take their tests together. Needless to say, no one in WWE ever asked Steiner to take a drug test again for as long as he remained in the company.
11 12. "Pull The Plug" On Ryback
As many of us know by now, there are several instances during his WWE career which served as a catalyst for Ryback deciding to walk away from the company. One of those key moments would be a bittersweet confrontation with Triple H which changed his perspective on the business forever. As he recalled on a December 12th, 2016 episode of his podcast, Conversation with the Big Guy, he was healing from a third ankle surgery in 2010 when Triple H approached him and told Ryback that "Eventually, we're gonna have to pull the plug on you." This could have been just a bad hospital joke or, as those savvy to wrestling insider terms may know, "pull the plug" is backstage slang for ending a push. In either case, Ryback took it wholly personally. Ryback said that he never felt more letdown in his life than when Triple H made that comment to him. Ryback said, in his own words, that this interaction "lit a f*****g fire" under him and made him realize that he was in fact working for "the f*****g Devil."
10 11. The Montreal Screwjob Was His Idea
To this day, much about the infamous Montreal Screwjob is still shrouded in mystery. Fans are still trying to figure out exactly whose idea it was to begin with. There have been several conflicting reports where everyone from Gerald Brisco to Vince Russo have been cited as coming up with the plan to screw Bret. One of the names that have popped up over the years which actually sounds legitimate is Triple H. Shawn Michaels mentioned in his book, Heartbreak & Triumph, that it was Triple H who came up with the screwjob idea. If not the idea itself, then Triple H apparently was the first to suggest that Bret needed to be screwed. The story goes that after Michaels, Vince McMahon, and his cronies were spending weeks wracking their brains on how to get the title off Bret, Triple H piped up and said what everyone else was thinking. "F**k him," he retorted. "If he doesn't want to do business, we'll do business for him." Given Triple H's history with coming off as a cutthroat businessman, it isn't that far fetched to believe that Trips planted the seeds for the Screwjob.
9 10. "Am I F*****g Going Over?"
There is much debate whether or not this instance actually happened, but the fact that it actually could have happened is what makes it a crazy story worth mentioning. This is a story originally told by an anonymous former WWE writer and reported by Powerslam's Matthew Randazzo. The WWE writer in question recalled the first time that he ever delivered a script to Triple H personally. He reported to the McMahon dressing room to find the prodigal son-in-law. After handing Trips the script, he flipped the pages without reading it or giving the script a serious glance. All he did was ask the writer point blank, "Am I f*****g going over?" After the writer told The Game he would be winning the match, he politely handed the script back to the writer, said "That's all I needed to know," and walked away. A similar instance occurred months later, only Triple H grew furious upon being told he would lose by DQ, but keep his title. After tearing out the page where he was penned to lose, he slammed the door in the writer's face and miraculously, the finish was changed the next day for Triple H to win clean. Whether this story is real or not, it is certainly a story that several members of the IWC found amusing enough to turn into a bonafide wrestling meme for Triple H.
8 9. He Got Punked By RVD
Despite being portrayed on television as a dominant badass unfazed by the credentials of those around him, Triple H has often been cited in shoot interviews as an insecure individual in real life. No one has made larger claim to this idea than Paul London. During a shoot interview, he recalled a time when himself and some other wrestlers—including Trips and Rob Van Dam—were present during a writer's meeting and Triple H thought it wise to make a wise crack about RVD's smoking habit. In London's mind, Trips came off like an insecure bully who needed validation from those around him. While no one thought the joke was funny despite The Cerebral Assassin forcing himself to laugh at his own joke, The Whole F'n Show wasn't going to take that comment lying down. An agitated Van Dam approached Trips after the meeting and asked "Are we friends? Do you think we have a relationship where you can make jokes about me like that?" Triple H would retreat and cower away.
7 8. Pummeled A Fan Trying to Attack Stone Cold
It is unanimously understood that even if wrestlers are opposing each other as characters, they will always have each other's back in dire situations. The bond among wrestlers in the locker room is a sacred one that is upheld among the entire roster. For proof, look no further than this moment when Triple H protected Stone Cold from a crazy fan. After wrestling each other at a house show in Germany in April 1998, a fan would leap into the ring and start stomping away at a defenseless Austin on the ground. It didn't take long before Triple H was able to intervene by slamming the fan into the mat and started pummeling away at the man until security broke it up and escorted the German out of the arena. Some may view Triple H's punishment as harsh, but that's the price a fan pays for entering a ring with trained athletes and starting an unprovoked attack.
6 7. 2 Cold Scorpio Wanted To Fight Triple H
In a 2016 interview with Hannibal TV, 2 Cold Scorpio recalled a time when he was in a car with wrestlers driving to a show from Montreal to Ottawa. With Sycho Sid driving, he was so tall that he struggled to drive with the sun roof open because the sun shined so bright in his eyes. After taking his eyes off the road to close the sun roof, he loses control of the car and drifts off to the side of the road. Sid turned the wheel too hard and the car ended up flipping into a ditch. Thankfully, everyone in the car lived and only had minor injuries. According to Scorpio, as he and his fellow wrestlers tried to pick their luggage out the dirt, Triple H and Chyna drove by without helping and when they got to the arena, they were cracking jokes about Scorpio. When Scorpio caught wind of this after leaving the hospital, he was furious and wanted to legitimately fight Triple H. Ironically, when it was time for a tv taping, Scorpio was booked to wrestle Trips. Knowing that their encounter would turn into a full on fight if they ever got in the right, Scorpio explained his story to Vince McMahon and McMahon gave him the night off. The next day, Chyna called Scorpio to apologize for acting rude the other day. Then, both her and Trips sent an apology card to Scorpio. From then on, they were all on good terms.
5 6. He Wanted To Fire Edge in 2005
When The Rated R Superstar, Edge, retired in 2011, he hung up his boots as a former 11-time World Champion. It is somewhat of a miracle that Edge found so much success in WWE considering that things would have been a lot more different if Triple H was in higher power in 2005. Being an avid proponent for upholding to an unspoken code among the locker room, Triple H was one of the outspoken backstage personalities who lobbied for Edge to be fired for disrespecting the locker room code. If Triple H had as much backstage power as he does now, Edge would've been gone, but since he didn't, Vince McMahon opted to fire Matt Hardy instead. Thanks to the outcry from outraged fans, Hardy got his job back regardless, but one has to wonder just how successful Edge would've been if Trips had his way in 2005.
4 5. Wanted Taker's Blessing to Date Stephanie McMahon
During the late 90s and heading into the year 2000, some actual sparks started to fly between Triple H and Stephanie McMahon the more that they played an on-screen couple for WWE television. Trips was considering making a move on the boss' daughter to take her on a real date away from the cameras, but he was having some anxieties about it. He worried about what Vince McMahon would think and he was paranoid about what the boys in the locker room would think. When he needed advice on what to do, he went directly to the locker room leader, The Undertaker. After talking about it for a bit, Taker asked if Trips was sure he thought this girl was special enough to take a gamble on. When Triple H reassured that she was, Undertaker told Trips that his relationship with Steph was nobody's business but their own. He then reminded Trips what people would think of their relationship. "The day everybody finds out about this, you will become the piece of sh_t that only got to where he got because he was banging the boss' daughter. And there will always be an asterisk next to your career and everything you do going forward and that it was all given to you for no reason. But you know who you are and how hard you work. You have nothing to prove to anybody—to me, to Vince, to anybody—about your passion and all the other things for the business. Go for it." And so Triple H went for it. A few years later, Undertaker was one of the groomsmen for Triple H's marriage to Stephanie.
Within a year of Kurt Angle's debut year in WWE, he quickly rose through the ranks of the company and was able to easily get the hang of the WWE wrestling style. He impressed people backstage so much that the top brass of the company started prepping him for a WWE Championship run. However, Triple H tried to intervene in these developments during a creative meeting by pointing out Angle's size and claiming that the Olympic Gold Medalist was too small of a wrestler to get such a big push. That's when backstage creative consultant and wrestling legend, Pat Patterson, stood up for Angle and retorted by telling Triple H that in a legitimate fight, Angle would mop the floor with Triple H. Patterson even dared Trips to shoot wrestle Angle to see who would really come out on top. Needless to say, Trips kept his mouth shut for the rest of the meeting. Angle defeated The Rock to win his first WWE Championship at No Mercy 2000. Angle even went on to successfully defend the title against Triple H at Royal Rumble 2001. How's that for karma?
3 3. Goldberg vs Triple H at an Airport
Triple H and Goldberg had a series of matches against each other in 2003, but before that, the two nearly came to an actual altercation when the two were still in separate companies. On December 1999, back when Goldberg was still the top dog of WCW and Triple H was quickly rising to the top of WWE, a segment was filmed for Nitro where Goldberg dismantled Bret Hart's limo after chasing him to the back. Goldberg punched out one of the limo's windows and injured his hand. He was on the shelf for 5 months. As the legend goes, Triple H had openly criticized Goldberg for injuring himself for no reason and when word got back to Goldberg, he wasn't happy in the slightest. The two happened to run into each other at an airport and Goldberg wanted to tear Triple H apart on the spot. Before the two could come to blows, Triple H called for airport security to escort Goldberg off the premises. Neither party has confirmed this story, but seeing as Goldberg admitted at a 2015 Comic Con Q & A that he wanted to rip Triple H's head off, there must be some sort of animosity between them.
2 2. His Throat Was Crushed At Survivor Series 2002
WWE love to emphasize just how much of a legit badass that Triple H can be by reminding us of the time in 2001 when he tore his quad during a tag team match on Raw and continued the match for another 10, but what they don't talk about enough is his incident at Survivor Series 2002. The main event saw Trips defending his World Heavyweight Championship in the very first Elimination Chamber match and the inaugural Chamber match certainly lived up to the word "grueling." In one of the more famous spots, Rob Van Dam hit his signature Five Star Frog Splash from the top of the chamber pod, but RVD's knee ended up landing smack dab on Triple H's throat. Taking that move crushed his larynx. Despite the agonizing pain that The Game was in, he endured it and continued the match for another half hour. It is insane to imagine having to carry on in a match like a professional after being inflicted by a devastating injury.
1 1. He Filmed The Katie Vick Skit At A Real Funeral Home Next To A Real Funeral
In what is remembered as perhaps the most bizarre segment in wrestling history, Triple H flocked to a funeral home where he used a mannequin to reenact an alleged sex scene between Kane and his deceased girlfriend, Katie Vick. What makes the segment even more bizarre is to watch it while knowing how the scene was actually filmed. As Triple H explained in a 2008 interview with Opie & Anthony, the WWE crew went to a real funeral home to film the skit opposed to going to something akin to a film set. Making things even more awkward is knowing that this was filmed as a funeral was taking place next door. So while a family was in mourning in the next room, Triple H stripped himself down to a skin colored thong, climbed inside of a coffin on top of a plastic dummy, and "screwed [its] brains out." All while Vince McMahon coached his son in law from the sidelines, yelling "Goddammit! Do it harder! Make more noise and stuff! This has gotta be over the top!" Needless to say, the funeral director had to pop his head in every once in a while to tell the cast and crew to pipe down out of respect for the dead.
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