Triple H

Triple H

Triple H, Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon (Hollywood Walk Of Fame)

Paul Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969) is an American professional wrestler and actor, better known by the ring name Triple H, an abbreviation of his former ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He currently wrestles for the Raw brand of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

Before joining WWE, Levesque began his wrestling career with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1993, wrestling under the ring name Terra Ryzing. He changed his ring name to Jean-Paul Lévesque before joining WWE in 1995, which was then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

Since joining WWE, he has become an 11-time world champion: a six-time WWE Champion and a five-time World Heavyweight Champion. In addition, he won the 1997 King of the Ring, the 2002 Royal Rumble, and was the second Grand Slam Champion.

He married Stephanie McMahon in 2003, becoming the son-in-law of WWE chairman Vince McMahon. Outside of wrestling, Levesque has made numerous guest appearances in film and on television. He is starring in the upcoming WWE Film Journey of Death.

Early life

Although tall and skinny for his age, he participated in both basketball and baseball. He was also a fan of professional wrestling. In his youth, his favorite wrestler was Ric Flair.

At the age of 14, he became aware of bodybuilding. After graduating high school in 1987, he entered several body building competitions. Levesque was crowned Teenage Mr. New Hampshire at the age of 19. During this time, he met Ted Arcidi and began to consider a career in professional wrestling.


Early career

Levesque enrolled at Killer Kowalski's wrestling school in 1992 after it was recommended to him by Ted Arcidi. He joined the Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF), which used trainees from Kowalski's school in their promotion. Here, he became the IWF Heavyweight Champion and an IWF Tag Team Champion with fellow Kowalski trainee, Perry Saturn. It was in the IWF that Levesque started using the name Terra Ryzing.


King of Kings (2007-present)

Triple H made his in-ring return at SummerSlam 2007, defeating King Booker. Upon his return he won the WWE Championship at No Mercy 2007 after beating the newly named Champion, Randy Orton who had been awarded the title less than twenty minutes earlier, making him an 11-time World Champion. In the same event, Triple H also defeated Umaga in his first title defense after Mr. McMahon declared his already-scheduled bout with Umaga a title match. McMahon then announced Orton would receive a title rematch in a Last Man Standing match in the final match of the event; which Orton won after an RKO, thus ending Triple H's sixth reign. Triple H's title reign at No Mercy is the fourth shortest reign in WWE history, only lasting through the duration of the event. In the RAW Elimination Chamber at No Way Out, Triple H earned himself a Championship match at WrestleMania XXIV, by outlasting five other men.



His commercial appearances include ads in May 2006 for Miller Lite where he debates "Man Laws" with the likes of Burt Reynolds, Eddie Griffin and Jerome Bettis. That same month, he also appeared in a commercial for USA Network with Anthony Michael Hall, which cross-promoted RAW and Hall's show, The Dead Zone. Hall's character, a psychic, touches Triple H while he lounges beside a pool and has a vision of him falling asleep in the sun, and fellow wrestler John Cena slapping Triple H's sunburned back and leaving a handprint. He has also appeared in commercials for bodybuilding supplements such as Stacker 2 and YJ Stinger. Levesque also appeared in a Wendy's commercial holding up a Triple Classic Burger calling it the "Triple H Burger".


Levesque appeared in the movie Blade: Trinity, as a vampire enforcer named Jarko Grimwood. He is also starring in the upcoming WWE Film Journey of Death.

Levesque has also appeared in several WWE Home Video releases, including Triple H: The Game and Triple H: That Damn Good in 2002, D-Generation-X, a reissue of the VHS version, in 2006, and The New and Improved DX in 2007. A new DVD featuring the highlights of his career, Triple H: King of Kings is scheduled to be released in 2008.

Guest appearances

Levesque was featured in the August 14, 2005 episode of MTV's Punk'd in which he was led to believe that he had ruined a wedding by hitting the bride in the face with a door and damaging her nose until Ashton Kutcher and Stacy Keibler showed up. His television appearances also include guest appearances as Triple H on MADtv and Saturday Night Live, as a professional wrestler character named "The Disciplinarian" on an episode of The Drew Carey Show, as a character on an episode of The Bernie Mac Show and winning the WWF Edition of The Weakest Link in which he and Stephanie McMahon were the final two contestants.Levesque has also been a guest announcer for the Mr. Olympia competition.

Personal life

Before marrying Stephanie McMahon, Levesque was in a relationship with Joanie Laurer (who appeared as Chyna). They dated for four years from 1996 until 2000. Levesque married Stephanie McMahon on October 25, 2003. He and Stephanie welcomed their first child, a baby girl named Aurora Rose Levesque, into the world on July 24, 2006.

He has a sister named Lynn, and he is an uncle to her two children: Peter and Nayssa. Levesque is also an uncle to brother-in-law Shane McMahon's two sons: Declan and Kenyon. His in-laws are Vince and Linda McMahon.

In late 2004, Levesque released a book entitled Making the Game: Triple H's Approach to a Better Body. Mostly devoted to bodybuilding advice, the book also includes some autobiographical information, memoirs, and opinions.

Levesque is a fan of the metal band Motörhead.

In a November 14, 2006 interview with rapper The Game, it was revealed that Levesque is involved in a lawsuit with him over the rights to the name, "The Game".

On February 13, 2008, announced that Levesque and his wife Stephanie, are expecting a second child in the summer of 2008. (Credit: Wikipedia).




Triple H steps back in the ring $10,500 poorer, by Phil Speer 12th Aug 2002




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