Triple H

  • Born: 07/27/1969 in Nashua, New Hampshire
  • Birthname: Paul Michael Levesque
  • Height & Weight: 6'4", 255 Ib
Titles Won:
  • WWF/E Championship (9 times)
  • World Heavyweight Championship (5 times)
  • WWF/E Intercontinental Championship (5 times)
  • King of the Ring (1997)
  • Royal Rumble (2002), (2016)
  • Second WWE Grand Slam Champion
  • Seventh WWE Triple Crown Champion
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2019) – as part of D-Generation X

Levesque, under the ring name Terra Ryzing, began his professional wrestling career in 1992 with the International Wrestling Federation (IWF). In 1994, he joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he was soon repackaged as a French-Canadian aristocrat named Jean-Paul Lévesque.

In 1995, Levesque moved to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), where he became Hunter Hearst Helmsley and later Triple H. In 1997, he co-founded the influential D-Generation X stable, which became a major element of the WWF’s “Attitude Era”. After winning his first WWF Championship and beginning a storyline marriage with Stephanie McMahon in 1999, Triple H became a fixture of the company’s main event scene.[5][8] According to the Pro Wrestling Torch, he was “widely regarded as the best wrestler in North America” by the turn of the millennium.

After legitimately marrying Stephanie McMahon in 2003, Levesque became a member of the McMahon family, which maintains majority ownership of WWE. Since 2011, he has curtailed his in-ring appearances as he has taken on a greater behind-the-scenes role within WWE. Over the course of his career, Levesque has held a total of 25 championships including nine reigns as WWF/WWE Champion and five as WWE’s World Heavyweight Champion.

In addition, he was also the winner of the 1997 King of the Ring tournament and the 2002 and 2016 Royal Rumbles. His total of 14 world championships is the third-most all-time (recognized by WWE) behind only Ric Flair (16) and John Cena (16). He has headlined WrestleMania, WWE’s flagship pay-per-view, seven times. In 2019, Levesque was announced as an inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the D-Generation X group induction.

In September 2021, WWE reported that Levesque underwent a procedure at Yale New Haven Hospital following a “cardiac event” caused by a genetic heart issue. Two months later, unnamed inside sources told wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer that the incident was “very, very, very serious”. During an appearance on First Take on March 25, 2022, Levesque gave his first interview since being hospitalized.

He revealed that he had viral pneumonia and inflamed lungs, which worsened over time. He said that his wife noticed he was coughing up blood, so he went to the hospital, where doctors discovered fluid in his lungs and around his heart; they informed him that his heart was working at a fraction of its full strength, and that he was in a “bad” state of heart failure. He also said there were moments where he thought he would die and confirmed that the event forced him to retire from wrestling:

“I was nose-diving and sort of at the one-yard line of where you don’t want to be really, for your family and your future. There’s moments in there when they’re putting you out for stuff and you think, ‘Is this it? Do you wake up from this?’ That’s tough to swallow and makes you think differently. I will never wrestle again. First of all, I have a defibrillator in my chest, which, you know, probably not a good idea for me to get zapped on live TV.”

Notable Matches

vs. Steve Austin at No Way Out 2001

vs. The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 28

vs. Cactus Jack at Royal Rumble 2000

vs. Cactus Jack at No Way Out 2000

vs. Shawn Michaels vs Chris Benoit at Wrestlemania XX

w/ Steve Austin vs. Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho on Raw, May 21st 2001

vs. Shawn Michaels on Raw, December 2003

Notable Feuds

vs. The Rock

vs. Steve Austin

vs. Vince McMahon

vs. Mick Foley

vs. Chris Jericho

vs. Shawn Michaels

vs. Chris Benoit

vs. Kurt Angle

vs. The Undertaker

vs. Kane

vs. Ric Flair

vs. Randy Orton

vs. Edge

vs. Daniel Bryan

vs. Batista

Other Notable Achievements

World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Stone Cold Steve Austin (1) and Shawn Michaels (1)

WWE Tag Team Championship – with Shawn Michaels

WWF European Championship (2 times)

IWF Heavyweight Championship