Triple H is arguably the most polarizing figure in wrestling history. Fans either seem to absolutely love him or despise what he represents. The infusion of the internet wrestling community with the world wide web growing started a new boom of wrestling rumors and stories being shared. Triple H may also be at the top of the list when it comes to the most scandalous and controversial stories about backstage gossip. Many wrestlers in the business and fans watching believe he has used, and in some cases, abused his power and influence within the WWE in negative ways.
Whether it was due to his friendship with Shawn Michaels, his romantic relationship with now-wife Stephanie McMahon or his powerful position in the company as the man who controls the future of the wrestling business, Triple H has always been involved in controversial decisions. There’s a large list of wrestlers who have negative things to say about him but it’s hard to decipher which are genuine. The New Age Outlaws had harsh words to share about their former D-Generation X leader when leaving WWE and filming shoot interviews but today both men have been re-hired and are once again friends with Triple H. It goes to show you that some wrestlers play up their hatred of him for attention.
Currently as a part time wrestler working just one or two matches per year, Triple H has transitioned into the business side as he will likely be replacing Vince McMahon as the man in charge sooner or later with his wife Stephanie by his side. The most universally loved thing Triple H has done in recent years is the introduction of NXT as an alternate product and a developmental system molding the future stars. While loved by many and hated by even more, Triple H is one of the more fascinating stories in pro wrestling and we’re about to look at 15 little known facts about the man we all know and have a strong opinion about.
14 Friend of Floyd Mayweather
Another polarizing figure in sports happens to be boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Always outspoken and controversial, Mayweather likes to become friends with other rich and powerful people in the entertainment industry. The most powerful man in wrestling may be Triple H, so it only makes sense the two are buddies. Triple H once accompanied Mayweather to the ring for a big fight along with pop singer Justin Bieber and rapper 50 Cent – the world’s weirdest entourage. The public support of Mayweather by Triple H on social media has actually caused ESPN host and Mayweather enemy Michelle Beadle to rant about HHH and state she’s no longer supporting WWE.
13 Reginald DuPont Helmsley
On Chris Jericho’s podcast, Triple H revealed that the original name WWE had for him entering the company was Reginald DuPont Helmsley. Vince McMahon loved his French aristocrat gimmick in WCW but wanted it to be changed to an American. Brainstorming new names for the character, J.J. Dillon informed him that his new was going to be Reginald. Citing wanting to have better initials for not wanting the dud of a name, it was changed to Hunter Hearst Helmsley. If the name never changed, he would never have become Triple H. It’s almost impossible to imagine a scenario in which he becomes as popular as “Reginald.” At least it would have given The Rock more comedic material.
12 Responsible for Kevin Owens Having a WWE job
Kevin Owens has become one of the fastest rising stars in WWE this year and that’s mostly due to Triple H giving him the opportunity. Owens recently stated in an interview that after his WWE tryout, there was a vote to decide if he would get hired and it came down to Triple H saying yes as the deciding vote. Seeing something special in the unconventional wrestler, Triple H not only hired him but instantly pushed him in NXT and on the main roster. Taking a chance on Owens shows a side of Triple H’s vision for the future of using anyone he thinks he can make the company money.
11 Going to War With ROH
Ring of Honor is a smaller wrestling promotion that have carved out a niche for success as well as developing future WWE talent such as CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Cesaro. With the introduction of NXT based off its intent and style, the two promotions are competing for the same audience and Triple H is apparently trying to push ROH off the road. On multiple occasions this year, WWE has booked NXT shows on the same night and time in the same city as ROH and have destroyed them in attendance every time. Triple H has claimed this is all a coincidence but there’s too much smoke to not invoke fire.
10 Loves William Regal
One of the wrestlers to benefit most from Triple H’s powerful position in WWE is William Regal. The veteran was getting a rare push in 2008 including a small feud with then established superstar main eventer Triple H before becoming King of the Ring and eventually General Manager. Rumors stated this was due to Triple H looking out for him but Regal was suspended for violating the WWE Wellness Policy, thus ending the push. Years later, Regal is once again taken care of by Triple H by being the on-air GM for NXT and the behind the scenes talent scout for the company as they look to hire new talent.
9 Turned Down a Big WCW Contract
Triple H had a very forgettable run in WCW as Jean-Paul Levesque but he managed to show flashes of potential in the few opportunities he was given. On a recent podcast, Ric Flair shared that at the time, Levesque turned down a $250,000 deal to re-sign with WCW by going to WWE with hopes of being spotlighted. For an unestablished wrestler to be offered a contract worth that much was very rare and it took a lot of confidence to turn it down. If he stayed in WCW, it's more than likely he would never been used right or become a star in wrestling.
8 Randy Savage Wanted to Bury Him
When word leaked in the WCW locker room that Triple H was turning down a great contract to go work for the competition, Randy Savage was livid and wanted to work Jean-Paul Levesque’s last match in the company by beating him in 30 seconds. Ric Flair claims he liked and saw potential in the future Triple H, so he talked Savage out of burying him right before he went to WWE. With the match idea changed, Savage instead worked a 20 minute match with Arn Anderson that night. Even though the politics surrounding it would have made for a weird memory today, it still would have been cool to have a Savage vs. Triple H match in the library.
7 Hated Goldberg
When the two were in different companies in high profile positions, Triple H disliked what Bill Goldberg represented as a wrestler. Goldberg entered the industry by luck, was given a top spot quickly and was booked to become “the guy” despite working reckless. Triple H publicly buried Goldberg for the first time when talking to wrestlers training on the original version of WWE Tough Enough. One of the guys had a Goldberg poster in the Tough Enough house and Triple H verbally destroyed Goldberg in front of them. Years later, the two would work against each other in WWE with Hunter getting the first pin fall victory over Goldberg in WWE. Goldberg believes that match, and his overall booking, was weak due to Triple H’s influence.
6 Hated The Rock
One of the best rivalries of the Attitude Era was also a rivalry backstage as Triple H and The Rock did not particularly like each other. Bret Hart revealed in his book that Shawn Michaels and Triple H would try to bury The Rock early in his WWE career, viewing him as a threat due to his can’t miss potential. After The Rock went into acting, Triple H would take some shots at him in interviews claiming he was offered similar jobs but turned them down for love of pro wrestling. The two seem to be on much better terms now as they work together during The Rock’s rare WWE appearances and are rumored to potentially be having a match at WrestleMania 32.
5 A Hug Could Have Ruined His Career
As a member of the powerful Kliq faction with Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash, Triple H was instantly a controversial figure in wrestling when joining WWE and buddying up with the top stars at the time. In Scott Hall and Kevin Nash’s last night with WWE before joining WCW, all four men broke kayfabe to hug in the ring and Triple H was the only one punished for it, as he had less power. His push was halted and he was to be humbled for his role in the controversy. This would have ended most wrestlers future chances at succeeding but Triple H persevered and made it a small chapter in his career.
4 Relationship With Stephanie McMahon Started Off as an Affair
Before dating Stephanie McMahon, Triple H was involved in a public relationship with Chyna. Entering a storyline as Stephanie’s now television husband to feud with Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie actually fell in love, in real life, at the same time. Chyna claimed she found out by finding a love letter by Stephanie to Triple H, confronted Vince about it, to which he responded “I guess the jig is up.” Shortly after, Chyna was released by WWE and all of their futures changed forever. Triple H and Stephanie became the most powerful couple in the wrestling industry and Chyna became one of the saddest train wreck stories.
3 The Undertaker Played a Role in him Marrying Stephanie
When Triple H started to date Stephanie McMahon, many in the locker room began to grow resentful of him because it meant he would become more powerful than the rest of the boys. With stress and pressure mounting, Triple H looked for advice from The Undertaker. Known for being the leader of the locker room, Taker would speak out and lay down the law if someone was doing something wrong. During the discussion, Triple H claims The Undertaker showed support and gave him the professional okay to continue dating her, citing it was no one’s business but theirs. If the relationship fell apart due to Triple H’s fear of being outcast by his peers, many things would be different today.
2 Wanted John Cena Fired
Currently the top star in WWE and one of the biggest legends of all time, John Cena struggled early in his WWE career and Triple H was one of his doubters. Cena has admitted that during his first year in the company, while portraying a bland babyface before his run as a heel rapper, Triple H was one of many that wanted him fired due to his unimpressive work. In a few WWE produced DVD documentaries and interview sections over the years, Triple H has freely stated that he used to think Cena was a terrible wrestler before evolving into the star he is now.
1 Partially Responsible for The Montreal Screwjob
The Montreal Screwjob is definitely the most controversial moment in WWE history. We all know the story of Bret Hart refusing to drop the belt to Shawn Michaels in Canada, saying he’d lose to anyone else, anywhere else. As Michaels closest and possibly only friend left in WWE at the time, Triple H fueled the flames by suggesting Michaels should also refuse to take the loss on the night, since it was one of Hart’s final nights with the company. Obviously the screwjob happened with Hart losing without his consent and the three people to know about the plan were Vince McMahon, Michaels and Triple H.
1. Repaired WWE's Relationship with Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior
Ever since entering the business side of things, Triple H has achieved some amazing accomplishments, whether it is the growth of NXT or helping create new talent. One of the most underrated feats he’s accomplished has been finding ways to repair broken relationships with the company. Bruno Sammartino and Vince McMahon have been at odds for decades, but thanks to Triple H, he returned and accepted a Hall of Fame spot. The same story goes for The Ultimate Warrior, who had an even uglier falling out with WWE, Vince McMahon and even Triple H himself. The two men talked it over to where Warrior felt comfortable entering the WWE HOF just a few days before unfortunately passing away.
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