Hey, it's Svyato hitting you guys up with what was suppossed to be another impact article, but it did not meet the deadline because of the computer crashing so now it's going to be a tribute to good old Triple H. This article is also very important to me because it is my one hundreth article. I finally reached the big mark. Now only five hundred until I catch up to you Joe(laugh)! Anyways here is a tribute to the Cerebral Assassin, Triple H.
Triple H, We Couldn't Have Made It Here Without You!
What is impact on wrestling? Is it the many belts you hold? Is it how big you make your brand/company? Is it how big you are? Well the best person to ask is Triple H himself.
Triple H is one of the most well known wrestlers in the history of World Wrestling Entertainment/Federation. He has helped the business so much and has carried it on his shoulders when needed. He is a very credible champion. He is a superstar that can take it and despite his age is still able to wrestle at top form.
Triple H was trained by Killer Kowalski at Kowalski's wrestling school. Little did he know that he was training a future WWE Legend. There is no doubt that at this point Triple H will definitely find himself a spot in the Hall Of Fame. There is not a single person who can honestly say he won't after what he has done.
He then joined the Independant Wrestling Federation, which was a promotion with Kowalski's trainees. While in there he became the IWF Heavyewight Champion under the in ring name of Terra Ryzing.
WCW (World Wrestling Championship)
In 1994 Triple H signed a one year contract with World Championship Wrestling. In his first WCW match he defeated Brian Armstrong. He would wrestle under the name, Terra Ryzing until about midway through 1994. He then renamed himself Jean-Paul Levesque. This gimmick had him talking with a French accent, although not an enjoyable one. During this time the move named, Pedigree was born. He had a feud with Alex Wright that ended at Starrcade with Levesque getting pinned by the Wright. He would then tag up with Lord Steven Regal, who had a British persona. It's kind of weird to have Britian and France on the same side, isn't it? But it happened. It would be short lived though because in 1995 Triple H left WCW and made his way over to the World Wrestling Federation.
WWF/E (World Wrestling Federation later to be renamed World Wrestling Entertainment)
Triple H started his WWF career as the "Connecticut Blueblood," Hunter Hearst Hemsley. Leading up to his debut Hunter appeared in tapes talking about proper etiquette. On April 30th, 1995 he debuted on an episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge.
At first it seemed like the man was going to be heavily pushed, but things changed. His career was slowly starting of with a feud with Duke Droese. Following a loss in the Free For All at Royal Rumble, he had this angle where he would bring out a different female valet each week. At Wrestlemania 12 he faced the Ultimate Warrior, with his valet at the time being none other than Sable. He would lose the match and take his frustrations on Sable with it ending in the debut of Marc Mero. These two would go on to feud.
On May 28th, 1996 Trips appeared on WWF Superstars against Marty Garner. In that match when Triple H was setting up for a Pedigree, Garner confused it with the double underhook suplex and jumped causing him to land on his head as he suffered severe neck damage. Garner would later sue WWF for this incident. This however did not effect Triple h's career.
Backstage Triple H was part of The Kliq. They were known for influencing Vince McMahon's and the writing team. Other members include Shawn "Bret Hart Screwing" Michaels, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman.
Triple H was supposed to win the King Of The Ring in 1996, but because of the MSG Incident(where the Kliq broke character in an on screen segment) he was demoted to a jobber role. Triple H would still recieve success after that. He got the late, Mr. Perfect as a manager while winning the Intercontinental Championship gold by defeating Marc Mero. When Mr. Perfect left WWF they had this theroy, where the reason he left was due to Triple H turning his back on him after winning the gold. He held the title for about four months before dropping it to Rocky Maivia. After losing the belt Triple H feuded with Goldust where a certain diva by the name of Chyna debuted.
Triple H's push was back on schedule in 1997 when he defeated Mankind in the 1997 King Of The Ring Finals. Later on in that year a now historical group had been formed. Shawn Michaels, Chyna, Rick Rude and Trips formed D-Generation X! This group is well known for their signauture catch phrase, "Suck It!" (One of my favourites for sure.) By that time Triple H had changed his gimmick and gotten away from that blueblood one. In this period Triple H finally took on the name of Triple H, with it standing Hunter Hearst Helmsley at the moment. They had a solid feud with the Hart Foundation at the time. Even when the feud ended Triple H still feuded with Owen Hart over the WWF European Championship. The final chapter was at Wrestlemania with the stipulation that Chyna was unable to interfere because Sgt. Slaughter had her handcuffed. Triple H won that match when Chyna threw powder in Sgt. Slaughter's face and helped Trips win.
After Wrestlemania Shawn Michaels was side lined because of an injury at Royal Rumble. This allowed Triple H to take the leadership role in D Generation X! After Mania X-Pac would join the group as well. DX would slowly go from the villians to fan favourites. At this time Triple H was also feuding with rising WWF villan, The Rock(Leader of Nation of Domination).
The feud ended in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title between Rock and Triple H. It was won by Triple H at SummerSlam. He didn't hold the title long however as he got injured. Soon enough at Survivor Series Rock would capture the WWE Championship. This would mark the start of another Rock/Triple H rivalry. Triple H got a shot at the title on an edition of Monday Night Raw in an I Quit Match. However Triple H lost because if he did not quit, Chyna would've been chokeslammed by Kane and Trips did not allow that. However he was betrayed by Chyna immediately after so he shouldn't have done that.
At Wrestlemania 15 Triple H beat Kane with the aid of Chyna as she re-joined the group. Later on in the night Triple H betrayed X-Pac by helping Shane McMahon retain the European title and joining the Corporation. With his vilian turn Triple H changed his look. Triple H would keep fighting until he finally earned a shot at the title.
After losing again and again Triple H and Mankind challenged the champ, Austin to a Triple Threat at SummerSlam which had Jesse Ventura as Guest Referee. Mankind won the match, but no worries for The Game. The following Monday Night Raw would mark the first WWF Championship for Triple H as he beat Mankind and took his rightful seat at top the company.
Triple H dropped the title to Vince McMahon on SmackDown, but regained it at Unforgiven in a Six Pack Challenge. He beat Stone Cold at No Mercy to retain the title only to drop it to Big Show at Survivor Series. Triple H continued to feud with Vince McMahon by marrying Stephanie McMahon(who later became his wife in real life). They called themselves the McMahon-Helmsley Faction.
By 2000 Triple H called himself "The Game," saying that he is at the top of the wrestling world. He would later pick up a nickname from JR too. That nickname was "The Cerebral Assassin." On January 3rd Triple H defeated Big Show on Monday Night Raw to pick up his third WWF Championship.
Triple H feuded with Mick Foley in 2000 which ended with him retiring Mick Foley in a Hell In A Cell at No Way Out. At Wrestlemania 2000 Triple H defeated the Rock to retain the WWF Championship, but then dropped it back to Rock at Backlash. He regained it at Judgment Day in an Iron Man Match only to drop it to the Rock once again. Trips then entered a storyline with Chris Jericho which concluded with a brutal Last Man Standing Match at the PPV Fully Loaded.
Later a storyline developed with Triple H vs Austin after it was said that Triple H paid Rikishi to run Austin over at Survivor Series. They had a match where Triple H tried to take him into the parking lot for him to be run over again, but instead it was Triple h recieving the punishment. He would then come back two weeks later and attack the SOB. The feud made it's way into 2001. The match that finished it was a Three Stages of Hell Match which had Trips winning it.
In 2001 Triple H also feuded with Undertaker which had an amazing meeting between them at Wrestlemania 17. That is my personal favourite match of all time. God bless WWE.
The night after Mania Triple H got involved in a Cage Match between Stone Cold and The Rock which had him teaming up with Austin to take down The Rock. Austin and Triple H would form a tag team called The Two-Man Power Trip. Triple H would defeat Chris Jericho and Jeff Hardy for his fourth and fifth Intercontinental Titles. After that he became a tag team champ for the very first time when he and Austin knocked of the Brothers of Destruction(Kane and Undertaker).
During May 21st, 2001 Triple H suffered a major and career threatening injury. He and Stone Cold were defending the titles against Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho. Jericho had Austin in the Walls of Jericho and Triple H ran in to break it up, but as he did he suffered a tear in his quadriceps muscle. Despite this Triple H still finished the match. He would be out of action for a full 8 months though before returning to the ring.
Triple H returned to Raw as a fan favourite in MSG. He competed and won in the Royal Rumble which meant he got a title shot at Wrestlemania. The match at Wrestlemania 18 would be for the Undisputed Championship and it would be Chris "Y2J" Jericho Vs "The Game" Triple H. At Wrestlemania 18 Triple H would capture the Undispute Championship and become only the second champ in history. He would later drop the title to Hulk Hogan at Backlash. Triple H continued to feud with Chris Jericho which ended in a Hell In A Cell. He would then beat Hogan to become the No. 1 contender to the Undisputed Title only to lose in his attempt.
Between Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania time the McMahon-Hemsley era would end. t was taking a rough turn so Stephanie faked a pregnancy. When Triple H found out it was fake he dumped her on Monday Night Raw. A divorce would officially end it at Vengence. Oh and did I mention he Pedigreed her at Mania?
Meanwhile Shawn Michaels had made his return to the business and joined the nWo(New World Order). Vince did not like the idea so he brought in Eric Bischoff as Raw GM. Eric however did bring Triple H to Raw and had him join nWo. This was short lived though as Triple H betrayed Shawn Michaels by hitting the Pedigree on him. This meant he had turned heel again.
The following week Triple H smashed Shawn's face into a car. This eventually ended up with an meeting between the two at SummerSlam. Triple H eventually won when he got his favourite weapon, the sledgehammer. Shawn was carried out of the ring.
Before September 2nd the champions became exlcusive to each brand. Lesnar would be the champion for SmackDown leaving Raw without a champion. Bischoff would not let this happen as he brought back the World Heavyweight Championship and awarded it to Triple H. Triple H had many great title defense before finally dropping it to Shawn Michaels at the First Ever Elimination Chamber match in WWE history. Triple H won back the title from Shawn at Armageddon in a Three Stages of Hell match.
In 2003 Triple H formed one of the most well known groups in WWE history, Evolution. The group consisted of Ric Flair, Randy Orton, Batista, and of course Triple H himself. The gimmick of the group was that it was about change hense Evolution. Ric Flair represented the past, Triple H respresented the present, and Randy and Dave represented the future.
The group became big from 2003-2004 times. The height of their success was after Armageddon with all members leaving with belts(Triple H was World Champ, Orton was IC Champ, and Ric and Dave were tag champs). Triple H held the World Title for the most part of 2003 overcoming superstars like Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Booker T(or King Booker), RVD, Kane, and Bill Goldberg. At 2004 Royal Rumble Triple H fought Shawn Michaels to a draw which had Triple H retaining. Triple H would lose the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 20. Triple H would not be able to regain the title from Benoit despite several rematches. He then ended his feud with Michaels at Bad Blood.
Randy Orton would win the World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam 2004 becoming the youngest World Champion in history. That marked his exit from the Evolution group. At Unforgiven Triple H would regain the title after beating Randy Orton. Because of a Triple Threat between Benoit, Edge, and The Game the World Championship would become vacant(the match ended in a draw). Triple H would regain the title at New Year's Revolution in a Elimination Chamber Match. This would mark his 10th Reign as World Champion(WWE+WHC).
At 2005 Royal Rumble an Evolution's own, Batista would win the Rumble. He had a choice to either challenge the WWE Champion, John Bradshaw Layfield or go after his Evolution Leader and World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H. Despite Triple H's efforts to convince Dave to go after JBL, Batista decided to take a crack at the World Heavyweight Championship. He would capture the title at Wrestlemania 21(The Breakout Mania). He would then retain the title against Triple H two more times. Once at Backlash and the other in an unforgetable Hell In A Cell match at Vengeance.
Triple H took some time off because of neck problems after. Triple H returned to Raw at WWE Homecoming as he teamed with Ric Flair against Chris Masters and Carlito. After the match Triple H would attack Flair with a sledgehammer starting a feud between the two. Triple H would lose in a Steel Cage at Taboo Tuesday, but would beat Flair in their final meeting in a Last Man Standing Match at Survivor Series.
Although Triple H did not win the Royal Rumble another championship oppurtunity came up for Triple H. It worked out as Triple H became the No. 1 contender for John Cena's WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 22. However Triple H lost the match because of a tap out. At Backlash he got another chance at the title where he fought Cena and Edge in a Triple threat match. He would end up losing yet again. Out of frustration Triple H attacked Cena and Edge with his sledgehammer. Then he hit them up with some Suck it crotch chops.
Triple H would blame Vince McMahon for not winning the title which would start a feud with the McMahons. On June 12 Shawn Michaels returned to Raw and reformed DX with Tripl H making Triple H a face again. They defeated the Spirit Squad twice and then faced the McMahons at SummerSlam where they also took the win. At Unfrogiven DX would square off against ECW Champion, The Big Show and the McMahons in a Hell In A Cell match. They would win the match as well as shove Vince's head up Show's ass.
At Cyber Sunday during their feud with Rated RKO, they lost thanks to the guest referee Eric Bischoff helping them cheat. DX would get their revenge at Survivor Series as their team knocked off Rated RKO's in an elimination tag match. At New Year's Revolution DX and Rated RKO fougt to a draw which had Triple H go down with an injury. He would be okay and would return for SummerSlam's time.
At SummerSlam Triple H came back to the WWE defeating King Booker(Booker T). At No Mercy Triple H knocked off Randy Orton to capture his 11th World Championship. The same night Triple H would defend the title against former WWE superstar, Umaga as he retained his title. McMahon announced that Triple H would have to defend his title once more at the end of the evening against Randy in a Last Man Standing Match. He lost the match and the title.
At No Way Out he would beat 5 other men in an Elimination Chamber to go on to Wrestlemania and fight for the title. At Wrestlemania 24 it would be John Cena vs Randy Orton vs Triple H in a triple threat which was won by Orton after punting Triple H and pinning the Pedigreed John Cena. At Backlash Triple H would capture his 12th World Title after defeating Orton, Cena, and JBL in a Fatal Four Way for the title. Triple H would retain the title against Orton at Judgment Day and One Night Stand to keep the reign going.
As a part of the 2008 WWE draft Triple H got drafted to SmackDown taking the WWE Championship with him. After defeating many great superstars like Jeff Hardy, Edge, Khali(not so great) he would finally lose to the title to Edge at Survivor Series. He then had a short feud with the moscow mollar, Vladmir Kozlov. At No Way Out Triple H regained the WWE Championship in an Elimination to become a 13 time World Champion.
Then came the pre-Wrestlemania 25 feud with Orton. It all started one night when Shane was punted by Randy Orton and Stephanie was RKOed. Triple H came running out with a boiling red face. One of the most memorable moments of the build up was when Triple h would travel to Randy's house and tear it apart. The following Raw, Royal Rumble winner Randy Orton came out to make his choice about who he would face at Mania. At first he said that it would be the World Champion because Triple H won't be going to mania he will be going to jail. Triple H however came out and changed his choice. So instead of an Orton Vs Edge match we got a Triple H vs Orton match. At Wrestlmania 25 Triple H defeated Orton to retain his title. At Backlash Orton got his way though by beating pinning Triple H in a 6 man tag match after punting him in the skull. Triple H would be out of action for a short period of time.
Triple H would return on the Raw after Batista won the title and was injured to destroy Legacy. Despite numerous title shots Triple H would not recapture the WWE Championship. After that Legacy started getting involved with his matches too much so he and Shawn Michaels reunited DX once more and face Legacy at SummerSlam having DX get the win. At Breaking Point they would lose to Legacy in the First Ever Submissions Count Anywhere match. The next meeting between the two will be at Hell In A Cell inside a Cell with nowhere to run.
Overall I think Triple H has had an awesome career. There is no doubt that he will go down as one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history and in all that time he managed to entertain us. I do think some day Triple H will pass Ric Flair's record for most World Championships held, but until then he will settle for second. I thank you guys for reading and remind you that it's all about the game and how you play it!