Triple H: 7 Fun Facts About WWE's King of Kings
Few things in the WWE gets the WWE Universe on its collective feet faster than hearing "IT'S TIME TO PLAY THE GAME" over the stadium speakers.
Triple H is one of the most influential professional wrestlers to ever set foot in a WWE ring and, once again, he's found himself in the middle of a heated feud during the Road to WrestleMania 29.
This April, as Triple H looks to exact his revenge on Brock Lesnar, he'll be putting on his usual terrifying, butt-kicking front.
However, everything about Triple H isn't all seriousness and spitting water. A lot of things about Triple H are incredibly interesting and, in most cases, awesome.
Here are seven fun facts about the cerebral assassin.
1. He Wasn't Always Triple H
As few people recall, Triple H started out his career in the WCW. His time there was short-lived, just around a year, and in that time he wasn't Triple H, Hunter Hearst Helmsley or even Jean-Paul Levesque. No. He was Terra Ryzing...Get it? Because he terrorized people...
Mr. Ryzing started out in the WCW as Terror Risin' but had it changed to Terra Ryzing because Terror Risin' was just ridiculous.
Who knew that the ridiculously named WCW youngster would go on to become a ridiculously named older guy who's done everything in the WWE?
2. He's Not Actually the COO
Maybe this one is just interesting to the naive fans out there like me, but when the WWE said Triple H was the new COO on air, I assumed that was the case.
It is not.
Triple H is actually the Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events. According to the WWE Corporate page, it seems like there isn't actually a COO.
The Cerebral Assassin has taken on much more from the corporate side of things in the last few years, but his position is much different from what we see on TV.
3. He's a Man
Triple H's gender isn't the focus of this slide.
However, the fun fact is simply this: Triple H is a man.
He's faced and overcome a laundry list of injuries in his long career in the WWE, some of them more impressive than others.
For example, in the video seen above Triple H was laying on the mat during an elimination chamber match. Rob Van Dam climbed one of the pods and performed his "Five-Star Frog Splash" onto H.
As Van Dam came down he landed on Triple H's throat, bruising the superstar's trachea and making it very difficult for him to breathe for the rest of the contest.
Another impressive injured performance by H came in 2001 on Monday Night Raw. Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin were defending the Tag Team Championship against Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit. At one point in the match Austin was caught in the Walls of Jericho and Triple H rushed in to save his partner. He made the save but at the same time pulled his quadricep muscle completely off the bone.
To be even more manly, Triple H finished the match. To reach a Burt Reynolds level of manliness Triple H allowed Chris Jericho to put him in the Walls of Jericho, a move that specifically targets the quads and lower back, on the announce table to end the match.
Triple H has fought injury time and time again, but unlike other superstars who get injured Triple H has taken some of the worst in-match injuries and made it through the contest.
The dude is a man.
4. He Holds One of the Shortest Title Reigns in History
When most people think of Triple H they think of a dominant force in the squared circle. In most cases, that's pretty accurate.
On one night in 2007 he wasn't the champion everyone has come to know and love. At No Mercy in 2007 Triple H racked up the fifth shortest title reign in WWE history which started in the first match of the night and ended in the main event.
Triple H challenged and defeated Randy Orton for the Championship in the first match of the night. He then went on to battle Umaga in his already scheduled singles match, which he won and then took on Randy Orton again in the main event, which he lost.
Triple H had three matches, one of 11 minutes, one over six minutes and ended with a 20-plus minute Last Man Standing match.
Even though Trips had one of the top-five shortest title reigns in history, he managed to look impressive throughout.
5. He Hugged Himself out of Becoming King of the Ring
The Kliq was a group of some of the biggest names in professional wrestling who had so much pull that they were said to frequently have an effect on decisions made by Vince McMahon and the WWE Creative team.
Triple H, along with Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels and Sean Waltman, were all members of the exclusive backstage group.
This would eventually come back to bite Triple H in the nether regions.
As Triple H was getting one of his first big pushes in his WWF career, he was in line to win the 1996 King of the Ring tournament, an honor that wrestlers have used as launching points for their careers.
Triple H would never win that tournament all because of one hug.
During an event at Madison Square Garden in 1996 a heel-ish Hunter Hearst Helmsley took on Razor Ramon, a face early in the night. Later HBK, a face, took on Diesel, another heel, in a steel cage. After the match Ramon and Helmsley came down to congratulate their other friends, which is a big no-no according to storylines and faces and heels.
The match would be the last WWE match for Hall and Nash, so after the match, in the steel cage, all four members stood in the ring, hugging and holding their arms up for the crowd.
The out of character hugs infuriated the Chairman, which led to him giving Stone Cold the go ahead to win the 1996 King of the Ring tournament.
6. He's the Strongest Link
Remember "The Weakest Link?" Of course you do. Mean English lady belittling Americans who get answers incorrectly? Ring any bells?
Either way, it was a solid game show.
Before it made the transition from primetime game show to an every afternoon game show, The Weakest Link had charity shows featuring celebrities competing for their favorite charities.
In 2001 the WWE had their night.
WWE Superstars and Divas faced off on the game show until it eventually came down to Triple H and his real-life wife Stephanie McMahon in a super ultra mega face-off!
Triple H would outwit his wife and ended up winning $48,500 for his charity.
Brains and Brawn. Impressive.
7. He's Really Good in the Ring
Triple H is really good in the ring. Like REALLY good. That may not strike anyone as a "Fun Fact" but don't you fear, we've got facts to support it.
How good is Triple H in the ring?
I think we can all agree that the Undertaker is one of the best workers in WWE history. Whether you think he's overrated or not, he's put on some of the most memorable matches in WWE history.
Using Dave Meltzer's match rating scale from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, a "two star" match is considered average. Anything that's rated four or above is considered an exceptional match.
Undertaker has wrestled 21 matches that have been rated a four or better. One of the best workers in the business has had 21 amazing matches!
Triple H has 25 matches that were rated at least a four, including four matches that scored a 4.75 on Meltzer's scale.
Triple H has been in the business for less time than Taker, but has put on four more exceptional matches.
Also, just for fun, his overall record? 382-278-68, with 77 of those wins coming at pay-per-views and an 0-1 record with WCW.
There you have it, seven fun facts about The Game himself.
Triple H has done just about everything during his career. He's had a couple ridiculous names, he's not actually a COO, he's fought through some insane injuries, he had one of the shortest title reigns and impressive nights in WWE history, a hug killed his opportunity at winning King of the Ring, he won the WWF version of The Weakest Link and he's statistically better than the Undertaker.
Triple H has had a ton of success in professional wrestling, but all of that will be tossed to the side on the Road to WrestleMania 29 as he prepares for his epic rematch against Brock Lesnar.
Enjoy fun facts about your favorite WWE Superstars? Check out the rest of the WWE Curious Facts series: The Undertaker, Randy Orton, Brock Lesnar, The Rock, CM Punk, John Cena, The Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Daniel Bryan, Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow, Ryback, Antonio Cesaro