In the history of the WWE, there have been a handful of truly great icons. Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Steve Austin and others have shaped entire eras of wrestling with their talent both in the ring and in front of cameras. Many who have reached the pinnacle of the sport quickly fell into the shadows and weren’t heard from again, while others struggled to keep up with the changing eras and were swept away. Think back on the superstars that couldn’t quite hit the highs that it seemed they were destined for:
While each of these had hugely successful careers, they can’t come close to the legend that one man has carved out over the past twenty years. Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Triple H has made the moves from young gun to superstar, legend to executive, boyfriend to son-in-law while barely breaking a sweat.
Here are 12 things you may not know about Triple H:
1. He was named Mr. Teenage New Hampshire at 19 - In high school, Triple H began his career as a bodybuilder and worked at a Gold’s Gym in Nashua. In 1988, at the tender age of 19, he won his first competition being crowned Mr. Teenage New Hampshire.
2. The first name he wrestled under was ‘Terra Ryzing’ - At his first wrestling event for the International Wrestling Federation he debuted under this name, even winning the IWF Championship in 1992. He kept this name even through his WCW debut.
3. He trained with Killer Kowalski - The legendary wrestling trainer took Helmsley under his wing even before the IWF and enrolled in his school. Here he’d meet future partners Chyna and Perry Saturn.
4. He was a French Canadian for a while in WCW - In 1994 he switched to ‘Jean-Paul Lévesque’, and spoke with a French accent - a play on his real name of Paul Michael Lévesque. He still can’t speak French.
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