Triple H will go down in wrestling history as one of the most controversial figures of all-time. Triple H’s early WWE career saw him develop heat backstage for his role in The Kliq, as Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman allowed Triple H to join their group of friends backstage and pulled the strings in the locker room. If that part of his career didn’t create enough drama, Triple H entered a relationship with Vince McMahon’s daughter Stephanie McMahon and now holds plenty of power backstage.
Everyone developed their own opinion of Triple H as a human being. His in-ring work and wrestling intelligence can’t be debated. His body of work shows he would have become a legend in the industry regardless of his power. However, his power behind the scenes also sees him receive a great deal of negative feedback. These up and down factors have all made him a fascinating figure to follow throughout his career. It feels like everything about Triple H is well known, but there are still some interesting gems. We’ll examine them now with fifteen stories you may not know about Triple H.
15 Suggested Idea For Montreal Screwjob
Several former employees have tried to take credit for coming up with the idea for the infamous, "Montreal Screwjob." However, Triple H is the one that actually threw it out there in a conversation with Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels. Bret Hart refused to lose the WWE Championship to Michaels in Canada on his final contracted date before heading to WCW.
14 Didn't Believe In Daniel Bryan
Everyone gives Triple H credit for his ability to find great talent today. His signings for NXT, and the new stars created on the main roster because of it, have seen fans show Triple H some love. This wasn’t always the case, however, one of the popular rising talents for WWE at the time was Daniel Bryan and Triple H initially wasn't a fan.
13 Brought Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior Back To The WWE Family
Triple H has had personal wars with several wrestlers throughout his career. That makes it more interesting to realize that he has become a peacemaker in recent years. Two wrestlers in particular held a grudge against the WWE for their bitter falling outs and those two were Bruno Sammartino and The Ultimate Warrior. Both men viewed Vince McMahon as an enemy and showed no signs of making peace with the company.
12 Once Believed John Cena Sucked
John Cena is unquestionably the biggest WWE star of the past decade. WWE has struggled to find someone to surpass him as the face of the company. The day he retires will be one of the toughest days in WWE history. Although Cena seems untouchable today, he didn’t always have the support of the top voices and one person definitely disliked his work.
11 Walked Floyd Mayweather To The Ring With 50 Cent And Justin Bieber
An absolutely bizarre visual in Triple H’s career saw him appear side-by-side with musicians 50 Cent and Justin Bieber to walk boxer Floyd Mayweather to the ring for one of his fights. Mayweather developed a friendship with Triple H when he worked for the WWE in 2007. Triple H being an intelligent businessman likely made sure to keep that connection strong.
10 Ric Flair Stopped Randy Savage From Burying Him
Triple H's stint in WCW is forgotten these days. The company never viewed him as anything special and he was regarded as a lower-card performer. Utilizing his wrestling intelligence to understand the climate, Triple H chose to leave WCW for a smaller contract but bigger opportunity with the WWE.
9 Almost Ended Relationship With Stephanie
The controversy surrounding Triple H and Stephanie's relationship became a big problem real fast. Triple H especially dealt with the brunt of the criticism. Everyone started to judge him under a microscope. Fans, critics and even the wrestlers in his own locker room thought less of him assuming he was trying to get the perks that came with dating the boss’ daughter.
8 His Groomsmen Were All Wrestlers
Triple H is viewed as one of the most passionate wrestlers of all time. You’d be hard pressed to find someone that has spent as much time in their life dedicated to the wrestling industry. It only made sense that all of Triple H’s close friends are wrestlers. The wedding between Triple H and Stephanie McMahon was an event of wrestling royalty.
7 Doesn't Have A Close Relationship With Shane McMahon
Shane McMahon and Triple H were once close enough for Triple H to have Shane be in his wedding party. That didn’t last the test of time as the brothers-in-law have not allegedly remained close over the years. Shane’s mystery disappearance from the WWE for many years is rumored to have been due to frustration with Vince McMahon picking Stephanie and Triple H to succeed him over Shane.
6 Backstage Feud With Kevin Dunn
Outside of the members of the McMahon family including Triple H, Kevin Dunn is the most powerful person in the WWE. Dunn is the Vice President of Television Production and is regarded as Vince McMahon's right hand man. In fact, they go all the way back to their dads Vince McMahon Sr. and Dennis Dunn working together in the early days of the WWE.
5 Failed Horribly At Acting Career
Triple H has tried to play it off like he had more loyalty to the wrestling business than The Rock and turned down many of the similar acting opportunities presented to him. This is clearly inaccurate as he took a big role with the hopes of more coming his way. Triple H played Jarko Grimwood in Blade: Trinity, a popular film series at the time.
4 Forgave Members Of DX For Trashing Him
One great thing about Triple H, especially now in his current position of power, is the fact that he doesn’t hold grudges if it’s not good for business. Three of his D-Generation X friends all trashed him in shoot interviews calling him every name in the book. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn were the most vocal trying to discredit Triple H by saying he slept his way to the top. X-Pac insulted him when dating Triple H’s ex, Chyna.
3 Hated CM Punk From Day One
Some people just don’t get along in life. They can share similar passions, work together and have the same goals, but the genuine disdain between them will always remain. That was the story for Triple H and CM Punk in the WWE. Triple H allegedly mocked Punk during his early days in the company for his unique look and in-ring style. Punk remembered this and always held a grudge.
2 Wanted To Wrestle In ECW
A recent secret about Triple H to surface shocked the wrestling community. Former WWE backstage writer and producer Bruce Prichard has a podcast and is revealing new tidbits from past years. One of his stories featured Triple H frequently asking if he could wrestle for ECW during WWE’s working relationship with them. Don’t get it wrong. Triple H never wanted to leave WWE.
1 Every Wrestler He Mentors Becomes A Star
The most shocking thing about Triple H’s career is listing all of the names he's mentored and realizing how successful they all are. Randy Orton and Batista each credit Triple H’s teaching for helping them grow as performers in the Evolution faction. Both men went on to become legends and likely future WWE Hall of Famers. The inception of NXT with Triple H in charge has led to a slew of new names learning from The Game.
Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor are three of the current stars Triple H has most tried to help with their career progression from smaller promotions to the WWE. All three men are huge players in WWE right now. Almost all of the NXT stars to come to the main roster having inherited Triple H’s knowledge are better off for it. His wrestling intelligence of Triple H has seen all of his protégés blossom into huge stars.
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