History Wrestling / TripleH

17th Apr '17 3:37:40 PM Xtifr
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'''Triple H''', or Hunter Hearst Helmsley if you prefer (''[[TropeNamers not]]'' [[DoNotCallMePaul Paul Levesque]]), is one of Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s longest tenured performers. He is a nine-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]], and has been part of some of the biggest angles and matches in the company's history. Currently, he is the [[{{Kayfabe}} on-screen]] Chief Operating Officer. In real life, he works in the backstage area of the business, as Executive Vice President of Talent Development and Relations, as well as a "Senior Advisor" to Vince [=McMahon=], and his position as Development EVP means that the developmental show Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} is a major focus of his.

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'''Triple H''', Triple H, or Hunter Hearst Helmsley if you prefer (''[[TropeNamers not]]'' [[DoNotCallMePaul Paul Levesque]]), is one of Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s longest tenured performers. He is a nine-time [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]], and has been part of some of the biggest angles and matches in the company's history. Currently, he is the [[{{Kayfabe}} on-screen]] Chief Operating Officer. In real life, he works in the backstage area of the business, as Executive Vice President of Talent Development and Relations, as well as a "Senior Advisor" to Vince [=McMahon=], and his position as Development EVP means that the developmental show Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} is a major focus of his.




As usual, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_H That Other Wiki]] has a nice, long article on his career.
15th Mar '17 7:03:36 PM jdgs
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** Wrestling/CMPunk. If you believe Punk's explanation of why he left WWE (see [[http://youtu.be/WP5aG1w8k4c episode 226 of Colt Cabana's podcast]]), WWE expected him to shut up, get paid, and be happy; there were plenty of workers lined up behind him who are good company men. But Punk is highly opinionated, dangerously smart, knows how to save his bucks so he's not interested in money (insofar as receiving ''equal'' pay goes), and could give a rat's ass about authority. When he singled out Triple H for mismanaging his career, he [[ItsPersonal made it personal]] and Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Triple H were '''livid''' over being crapped on in full view of the IWC.

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** Wrestling/CMPunk. If you believe [[RealLifeWritesThePlot In real life]]. According to Punk's explanation of why he left WWE (see [[http://youtu.be/WP5aG1w8k4c episode 226 of Colt Cabana's podcast]]), WWE expected him to shut up, get paid, and be happy; there were plenty of workers lined up behind him who are good company men. But Punk is highly opinionated, dangerously smart, knows how to save his bucks so he's not interested in money (insofar as receiving ''equal'' pay goes), and could couldn't give a rat's ass about authority. When he singled out Triple H for mismanaging his career, he [[ItsPersonal made it personal]] and Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Triple H were '''livid''' over being crapped on in full view of the IWC. Their hatred actually showed a bit too much when they had feuds on TV, to the point that both men would get carried away on the heat of their promos so much, they would start arguing about their real life problems on the ring.
*** It is worth noticing though, that Hunter has gone on record to say he's willing to bury the hatchet (at least publicily) with Punk if he's willing to come back, as he believes it would be what's (legit) best for business.
** Wrestling/BretHart. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot In real life as well]]. Bret might actually hate Hunter more than he did Shawn, who he has long since buried the hatchet with. It's a mutual feeling, if a little less obvious or more ignored on Hunter's end. With Bret, you can't trust him to give an unbiased view about something if it involves Hunter in any capacity.



** Wrestling/BretHart. Bret might actually hate Hunter more than he did Shawn, who he has long since buried the hatchet with. It's a mutual feeling, if a little less obvious or more ignored on Hunter's end. With Bret, you can't trust him to give an unbiased view about something if it involves Hunter in any capacity.
17th Sep '16 9:16:13 PM tsstevens
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* MontrealScrewjob: He was involved: knew about it, part of meetings on it. So Shawn's story goes, Triple H said that how Bret was acting is not right, it isn't fair, and addressed the earlier Alundra Blayze incident before Shawn said just take the belt off him, double cross and screw Bret. Later references would place Haitch as more of the instigator, saying if Bret would not do business they would do business for him.
17th Sep '16 7:12:16 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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* TheArtifact: The name "Triple H" comes from his original gimmick in the WWE where he was a snooty blueblood known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The name of his finishing move, the Pedigree, is likewise an artifact of his original gimmick. He's also still billed as from Greenwich, Connecticut (though he now actually lives there). Presumably, "Hunter Hearst Helmsley" is [[CanonName still his kayfabe "real name"]], since other wrestlers who are friendly with him in a given storyline will sometimes call him "Hunter", and he is even sometimes called this backstage.

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* TheArtifact: The name "Triple H" comes from his original gimmick in the WWE where he was a snooty blueblood known as Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The name of his finishing move, the Pedigree, is likewise an artifact of his original gimmick. He's also still billed as from Greenwich, Connecticut (though he now actually lives there). Presumably, "Hunter Hearst Helmsley" is [[CanonName still his kayfabe "real name"]], since other wrestlers who are friendly with him in a given storyline will sometimes call him "Hunter", and he is even sometimes called this backstage. Hell, when he does something the fans love (such as when he revealed the new Cruiserweight Championship belt at the climax of the Wrestling/WWECruiserweightClassic Tournament) the crowd start cheering ''"Thank you Hunter!" *clap clap clapclapclap*''
3rd Sep '16 5:22:24 PM JamesAustin
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* TenMinuteRetirement: After his 2012 feud with Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Wrestling/PaulHeyman had repeatedly warned him he was past his prime, though after losing to Lesnar he actually started to wonder if the JerkassHasAPoint and stated he had a lot of thinking to do. Shortly after Lesnar returned to harass his father in law in 2013 however, HHH showed up to make the save.



* AnythingThatMoves: In the original DX, this was a pretty important part of his character. The biggest example was his immortal response when asked if he spoke Spanish like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}:
-->'''Wrestling/JimRoss:''' Didn't know you were bilingual.\\
'''Triple H:''' I'm bi a lot of things, but lingual isn't one of them. [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud Wait, did I mean to say that?]]\\
'''Jim Ross:''' Probably not, but we're live.



* BadBoss: Particularly after ''[=SummerSlam=] 2013''

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* BadBoss: Particularly after instaurating his "Best for Business" policy after ''[=SummerSlam=] 2013''2013'', which in short means "screw the faces over and piss off the crowd."
* BaldOfEvil: Triple H cut his hair to a close crew cut once his real-life responsibilities backstage increased, and consolidated into this when he turned heel at ''[=SummerSlam=] 2013''.



* TheCorrupter[=/=]ManipulativeBastard: Played this role towards Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Seth Rollins, in entirely different contexts.

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* TheCorrupter[=/=]ManipulativeBastard: TheCorrupter: Played this role towards Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Seth Rollins, in entirely different contexts.



* DepravedBisexual[=/=]AnythingThatMoves: In the original DX, this was a pretty important part of his character. He also kissed Shawn Michaels a bunch of times and gave this immortal response when asked if he spoke Spanish like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}:

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* DepravedBisexual[=/=]AnythingThatMoves: DepravedBisexual: In the original DX, this was a pretty important part of his character. He also kissed Shawn Michaels a bunch of times and gave this immortal response when asked if he spoke Spanish like Wrestling/{{Chyna}}:



* DragonWithAnAgenda[=/=]EvilerThanThou: From getting Vince to give him WWF title shots instead of Undertaker, to reforming [[Wrestling/DGenerationX the DX Army]] as {{Jerkass}} {{heel}}s, all the way up to the infamous [[UnwantedSpouse early days]] [[TheCorrupter of his]] [[UnholyMatrimony marriage to]] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, his [[TakeOverTheWorld takeover of the WWF]] saw him become such a great example of this he turned ''his own [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic bosses]]'' into THE GOOD GUYS and their once-innocent daughter/sister into a hypocritical shrew by his actions alone.

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* DragonWithAnAgenda[=/=]EvilerThanThou: DragonWithAnAgenda: From getting Vince to give him WWF title shots instead of Undertaker, to reforming [[Wrestling/DGenerationX the DX Army]] as {{Jerkass}} {{heel}}s, all the way up to the infamous [[UnwantedSpouse early days]] [[TheCorrupter of his]] [[UnholyMatrimony marriage to]] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, his [[TakeOverTheWorld takeover of the WWF]] saw him become such a great example of this he turned ''his own [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic bosses]]'' into THE GOOD GUYS and their once-innocent daughter/sister into a hypocritical shrew by his actions alone.



* EpicFail: His insistence that his WWE Undisputed Championship match against Wrestling/ChrisJericho going after the far more anticipated Wrestling/HulkHogan vs The Rock match at ''[=WrestleMania=] X8''. Interest was so low that people, absolutely drained by the preceding "dream match", actually started leaving during the match. After winning the Championship, he lost it immediately to the now revitalized Hogan at the next pay-per-view. It took years for him to admit he was in the wrong.

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* EpicFail: His insistence that his WWE Undisputed Championship match against Wrestling/ChrisJericho going after EvilerThanThou: From getting Vince to give him WWF title shots instead of Undertaker, to reforming [[Wrestling/DGenerationX the far more anticipated Wrestling/HulkHogan vs The Rock match at ''[=WrestleMania=] X8''. Interest was so low that people, absolutely drained by DX Army]] as {{Jerkass}} {{heel}}s, all the preceding "dream match", actually started leaving during the match. After winning the Championship, he lost it immediately way up to the now revitalized Hogan at infamous [[UnwantedSpouse early days]] [[TheCorrupter of his]] [[UnholyMatrimony marriage to]] Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, his [[TakeOverTheWorld takeover of the next pay-per-view. It took years for WWF]] saw him to admit become such a great example of this he was in the wrong.turned ''his own [[HollywoodSatanism Satanic bosses]]'' into THE GOOD GUYS and their once-innocent daughter/sister into a hypocritical shrew by his actions alone.



** His ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' entrance looked like he was channeling [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shao Kahn]]
** His occasional use of "Bow Down To The King" as entrance music, which has since become the entrance theme for The Authority.

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** His ''[=WrestleMania=] XXX'' entrance looked like he was channeling [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shao Kahn]]
Kahn]].
** His occasional use of "Bow Down To The King" "King of Kings" ("Bow down to the / bow dow to the King!") as entrance music, which has since become the entrance theme for The Authority.



* [[GirlPosse Guy Posse]]:
** From 2003 to 2005 he was accompanied most of the time by Evolution, a clique of three snobbish Superstars (Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, and Wrestling/RandyOrton, to be precise) who interfered in Hunter's matches, bullied face Superstars, and were known as much for their custom-made suits, Rolex watches, private jets, and sexual escapades as for their wrestling skills. The idea for Evolution came from Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, a similarly-themed clique led by Flair in [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and then WCW in the 1980s and '90s.

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* [[GirlPosse Guy Posse]]:
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Posse]]: From 2003 to 2005 he was accompanied most of the time by Evolution, a clique of three snobbish Superstars (Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/{{Batista}}, and Wrestling/RandyOrton, to be precise) who interfered in Hunter's matches, bullied face Superstars, and were known as much for their custom-made suits, Rolex watches, private jets, and sexual escapades as for their wrestling skills. The idea for Evolution came from Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, a similarly-themed clique led by Flair in [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] and then WCW in the 1980s and '90s.



* ImportantHaircut[=/=]BaldOfEvil: Triple H cut his hair to a close crew cut once his responsibilities backstage increased. Because his on-screen debut with short hair was during the 2012 Slammy Awards, he lampshaded it by noting that at the 1997 Slammys he had won Best Hair.

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* ImportantHaircut[=/=]BaldOfEvil: ImportantHaircut: Triple H cut his hair to a close crew cut once his responsibilities backstage increased. Because his on-screen debut with short hair was during the 2012 Slammy Awards, he lampshaded it by noting that at the 1997 Slammys he had won Best Hair.



* JokerImmunity: Being Vince [=McMahon=]'s [[RealLifeRelative son-in-law]] gave him this. The only way this will be revoked is if he has a rather nasty divorce from Stephanie. He still has to wait for the ultimate immunity his father-in-law has though.
* KarmaHoudini: Like many heel wrestlers before and after him, his nasty deeds as a heel would get no comeuppance once he made a HeelFaceTurn. One time though, it was actually averted when he found himself in a Survivor Series team in which his teammates were former rivals of his and all of them reminded him of their previous feuds. All Triple H could do after that was say a meek "My bad."

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* JokerImmunity: Being Vince [=McMahon=]'s [[RealLifeRelative son-in-law]] gave him this. The Since turning heel while being COO of the company and only way this will be revoked is if doing part-time appearances, he has a rather nasty divorce from Stephanie. He still has seems to wait for have inherited the ultimate immunity one his father-in-law has though.
old [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon pops-in-law]] has.
* KarmaHoudini: Like many heel wrestlers before and after him, his nasty deeds as a heel would get no comeuppance once he made a HeelFaceTurn. One time though, it was actually averted when he found himself in a Survivor Series ''Survivor Series'' team in which his teammates were former rivals of his and all of them reminded him of their previous feuds. All Triple H could do after that was say a meek "My bad."



* ManOfWealthAndTaste[=/=]UpperClassTwit: Connecticut Blueblood and Evolution variants.

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* ManOfWealthAndTaste[=/=]UpperClassTwit: Connecticut Blueblood ManipulativeBastard: Played this role towards Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Seth Rollins, in entirely different contexts.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: As the "Connecticut Blueblood" (an upper-class {{heel}}) and as part of
Evolution variants.(where, taking a page from the Four Horsemen, delivered beatings to the faces and then bragged about it while in fine suits).



* ReaLLifeWritesThePlot: or rather, [[InvertedTrope The Plot Wrote Real Life]]. Triple H was originally billed from Greenwich, Connecticut as part of his "Connecticut Blueblood" gimmick. He has since long dropped the Blueblood gimmick, but he has now married into the McMahon family and lives with his wife Stephanie in Greenwich.



* TenMinuteRetirement: After his 2012 feud with Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Wrestling/PaulHeyman had repeatedly warned him he was past his prime, though after losing to Lesnar he actually started to wonder if [[JerkassHasAPoint the little weasel actually had a point]] and stated he had a lot of thinking to do. Shortly after Lesnar returned to harass his father in law in 2013 however, HHH showed up to make the save.



* UnkemptBeauty:
** His DX look, jeans and t-shirt with ruffled hair, earns him more fangirl love than his [=McMahon=]-Helmsley SharpDressedMan, though it could just be the Shawn Michaels-related HoYay, and not being a heel. Or ''both''.

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* UnkemptBeauty:
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UnkemptBeauty: His DX look, jeans and t-shirt with ruffled hair, earns him more fangirl love than his [=McMahon=]-Helmsley SharpDressedMan, though it could just be the Shawn Michaels-related HoYay, and not being a heel. Or ''both''.



** The Undertaker as well. He actually stated that the reason he wanted to face the Undertaker at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'' is because they are the last two prominent wrestlers from the pre-Attitude Era days and he felt the need to put on one more era-defining match before they both retire.
*** During the buildup to ''[=WrestleMania=] XVIII'', [[https://youtu.be/N90tRd0CzUs Triple H went so far as to cut a promo of some of the Undertaker's biggest moments]] to remember the man he was at his height, rather than 'Taker needing to be helped up the ramp after their match at XVII.

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** The Undertaker as well. He actually stated that the reason he wanted to face the Undertaker at ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVII'' 28'' is because they are the last two prominent wrestlers from the pre-Attitude Era days and he felt the need to put on one more era-defining match before they both retire.
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retire. During the buildup to ''[=WrestleMania=] XVIII'', said match, [[https://youtu.be/N90tRd0CzUs Triple H went so far as to cut a promo of some of the Undertaker's biggest moments]] to remember the man he was at his height, rather than the 'Taker needing to be helped up the ramp after their match at XVII.''[=WrestleMania=] 27''.



** Conspired to do the same to Batista - instead earned the Animal as an enemy and lost his title.
** Did so to ShawnMichaels. Several times.

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** Conspired to do the same to Batista Wrestling/{{Batista}} - instead earned the Animal as an enemy and lost his title.
** Did so to ShawnMichaels.Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. Several times.



** [[spoiler: Appears to have done this to Wrestling/SethRollins as well, directly screwing him in favor of Wrestling/KevinOwens to put the WWE Universal Title on the latter for reasons unknown.]]

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** [[spoiler: Appears to have done this to Wrestling/SethRollins as well, directly screwing him in favor of Wrestling/KevinOwens [[Wrestling/KevinSteen Kevin Owens]] to put the WWE Universal Title Championship on the latter for reasons unknown.]]
3rd Sep '16 10:21:06 AM HumanTorch2
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Married (yes, for real - {{Kayfabe}} made things kinda weird here, we know) to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. Pop star / actress [[{{Music/Jojo}} Joanna "Jojo" Levesque]] is his neice[[note]][[{{NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer}} Yeah, you read that right]][[/note]].

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Married (yes, for real - {{Kayfabe}} made things kinda weird here, we know) to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. Pop star / actress [[{{Music/Jojo}} Joanna "Jojo" Levesque]] is his neice[[note]][[{{NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer}} Yeah, you read that right]][[/note]].
3rd Sep '16 10:20:15 AM HumanTorch2
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Married (yes, for real - {{Kayfabe}} made things kinda weird here, we know) to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO Wrestling/VinceMcMahon.

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Married (yes, for real - {{Kayfabe}} made things kinda weird here, we know) to Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon, the daughter of WWE chairman/CEO Wrestling/VinceMcMahon.
Wrestling/VinceMcMahon. Pop star / actress [[{{Music/Jojo}} Joanna "Jojo" Levesque]] is his neice[[note]][[{{NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer}} Yeah, you read that right]][[/note]].
3rd Sep '16 9:36:28 AM ironballs16
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*** During the buildup to ''[=WrestleMania=] XVIII'', [[https://youtu.be/N90tRd0CzUs Triple H went so far as to cut a promo of some of the Undertaker's biggest moments]] to remember the man he was at his height, rather than 'Taker needing to be helped up the ramp after their match at XVII.
3rd Sep '16 12:31:10 AM xXwindsofchangeXx
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** [[spoiler: Appears to have done this to Wrestling/SethRollins as well, directly screwing him in favor of Wrestling/KevinOwens to put the WWE Universal Title on the latter for reasons unknown.]]
2nd Sep '16 2:43:55 AM mugiwara
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* ReaLLifeWritesThePlot: or rather, [[InvertedTrope The Plot Wrote Real Life]]. Triple H was originally billed from Greenwich, Connecticut as part of his "Connecticut Blueblood" gimmick. He has since long dropped the Blueblood gimmick, but he has now married into the McMahon family and lives with his wife Stephanie in Greenwich.
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