"The Game." "The King of Kings." "The Cerebral Assassin."
13-time World Champion. Future Hall of Famer.
And most importantly to the IWC, husband of one Stephanie McMahon.
All of the above names refer to one man: Paul "Triple H" Levesque. A man who, in my opinion, has been a victim of hate from the IWC that borders on the ridiculous at times.
I will say this now.
If you are going to comment on this article with a negative view of HHH, please be logical with your reasons for disliking him. I will delete any trolling/immature comments.
A bit of background info is always useful. Triple H began his pro wrestling career on March 12, 1992, at the age of 22, in the IWF (Killer Kowalski's promotion).
In 1994, he joined WCW, and left after a one-year stint in 1995 after being denied a singles push. Hunter joined the WWF, debuting on the April 30, 1995, episode of WWF Wrestling Challenge.
Prior to his in-ring debut, vignettes built him up as the decidedly heel "Connecticut Blueblood" Hunter Hearst Helmsley (What did you think HHH stood for?). He was heavily pushed for the first few months of his burgeoning career, but his popularity stalled in 1996, and the future World Champion was put into a feud with Duke "The Dumpster" Droese.
HHH was a known member of "The Kliq," a backstage gang that also featured "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, Kevin "Diesel" Nash, Scott "Razor Ramon" Hall and Sean "X-Pac/123 Kid" Waltman.
This group featured in the infamous "MSG Incident," which caused Vince McMahon to lower his future son-in-law's prospects from King of the Ring elect to "jobber to the stars."
In 1997, the man now known as Triple H would form the controversial group D-Generation X along with Shawn Michaels and enforcers Rick Rude and Joan "Chyna" Laurer, who at this point was Triple H's girlfriend. DX feuded with the Hart Foundation until Bret's unceremonious split with WWF and the following out of the door of the rest of the Foundation bar Owen.
In 1998, following WrestleMania XIV, Shawn Michaels was forced to take a break. Triple H increased the size of DX by re-introducing X-Pac and aligning with the New Age Outlaws.
After a while, DX split and Triple H completed his transformation into "The Game," winning his first world title in 1999.
Backstage, Triple H had split with Chyna, and began dating Stephanie McMahon. They married in 2003.
A full four years after Hunter had began winning world titles.
Since that point, Triple H has been accused of nepotism, burying new stars and pure selfishness.
As stated, Triple H began a main event run over a year before he began dating Stephanie, and four years before they married. He was incredibly over as a heel, and had four WWF championships prior to his marriage.
Many also pick a bone with the fact that, upon the introduction of the World Heavyweight Championship in 2002, Triple H was handed the belt without "earning" it. The fact was, though, Triple H was the most over heel at that point in the company.
Would it not make sense for the heel GM Eric Bischoff to just give the title to top heel Triple H?
As far as burying new stars goes, the only stars Triple H has "buried"—with the aid of St. HBK I might add—were the Spirit Squad. Now if the IWC could adjust their view for a moment (i.e. heads out of the collective ass), the Spirit Squad was going nowhere.
They were a comedy act WWE attempted to make into serious competitors, by throwing the Tag Titles on them. This failed, so WWE squeezed the mileage out the five stooges before attempting to turn one (Kenny) into a star and stumbling upon one (Nicky/Dolph Ziggler) very rough diamond.
People argue Triple H buried Booker T at WrestleMania XIX. However, at this point, Booker's infamous attitude and ego (he believed he was the biggest guy in the business) was running wild.
It's not uncommon for a senior guy to take said egotist down a notch in this situation.
This match is also not the complete burial it was made out to be by HHH's critics. Trips took advantage at the beginning of the match by slamming Booker's knee into the steps, thus weakening the babyface, and giving the heel an unfair advantage.
The claims of selfishness border on insanity and blind hatred. Triple H puts over the stars of the future, and some could argue beating Triple H is a plaudit in kayfabe.
Triple H is routinely claimed by Michael Cole, and by Jim Ross before him, as one of the best in the game. Therefore, it wouldn't make sense for him to lose to every up-an-comer.
Look at the list of people HHH has put over: Sheamus, a former two-time WWE Champion.
John Cena, for years the top guy in WWE. Batista, multiple time world champion. Randy Orton, top babyface and sure-fire Hall of Famer.
These, among many others, have benefited from "The Game". And you can be damn sure in his final in-ring years that Triple H will be trying to secure the company he will one day take over.