"The Game" belongs on this list based solely on his dominant World Heavyweight Championship reign of 2002-03. During that time, he outlasted the competition and brought stability to a company that was transforming on a week-to-week basis.
The end of the Attitude Era brought with it the death of WCW and ECW. Steve Austin wrestled his final match at WrestleMania XIX in April of 2003 and The Rock had finished up as a full-time performer the year before. In an attempt to fill their spots on the roster WWE brought in several recognizable stars from WCW, including Scott Steiner and Goldberg.
Triple H was the one consistent, the one elite performer the company could rely on to always be there, to not walk out or leave for Hollywood, and Vince McMahon recognized this. The entire Monday Night Raw brand was booked with him as the centerpiece, always in the title picture and never looking too weak.
At a time of great unknown, McMahon stuck with the one star he knew he could trust. While many are quick to reference politics and Triple H's real-life relationship with the boss' daughter Stephanie as the reason he always managed to end up in the main event, his ascension came down to a lack of other Superstars that had the same relationship with fans that Triple H did.
That is not to say The Cerebral Assassin did not benefit from familial relationships and backstage power plays, of course.
But Triple H worked hard to carry the Raw brand and he did so against wrestlers of all styles. One month he would defend against an unorthodox, high-flying competitor such as Rob Van Dam, and the next he would paired with the monstrous Kane.
The company lined up Steiner, Van Dam, Booker T, Kevin Nash and Goldberg and Triple H knocked them down. Was it always good for business? Maybe, maybe not. But it was the safest route to go at a time when the future of the industry was, at best, cloudy.
The Game would finally lose the title on September 21, 2003 at Unforgiven when he was pinned by Goldberg in the night's main event.
Triple H is an eight-time WWE champion, a five-time World Heavyweight champion, a two-time European champion, a five-time Intercontinental champion, a WWE Tag Team champion and a two-time World Tag Team Heavyweight champion.
He was the 1997 King of the Ring and WWE's second Grand Slam champion, a title given to those Superstars who captured the WWE, Intercontinental, European and Tag Team titles.
More importantly, he was the cornerstone of a company in transition.