- Name: Hunter Hearst Helmsley
- Real Name: Triple H
- Date of Birth: July 27, 1969
- Hometown: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States of America
- Height: 6'4
- Weight: 246 pounds
- WWE Debut: April 30, 1995
- Nicknames: "Triple H", "Connecticut Blueblood", "King of Kings"
- Finisher: Pedigree
- Career Highlights: 1-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, 1997 King of the Ring Winner
- Slammy Award Win: Best Hair Award (1997)
- Slammy Award Nominations: Best Threads Award (1996), WWF's Greatest Hit Award (1996), Most Embarrassing Moment Award for being dropped into the hog pen (1996), US West Match of the Year Award vs. Henry Godwinn in a Hog Pen match at In Your House 5: Season's Beatings (1996)
Hunter Hearst Helmsley is a cocky and rich snob hailing from Greenwich, Connecticut, United States of America. The Connecticut Blueblood has a get up of a rich and spoiled brat, who has grown up enjoying in money but that does not mean that he is a bad competitor. He is as impressive in the squared circle as outside the ring. He used to bring a new girl to ringside during his each match to assist him in winning matches. The rich snob has needed women even for his protection as Chyna became his female bodyguard in 1997. The man has achieved some success by winning the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the 1997 King of the Ring Tournament. He became a founding member of D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels.
World Wrestling Federation (1995 - 1997)
After wrestling in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) under the ring name Jean-Paul Levesque, Paul Levesque signed a contract with rival promotion World Wrestling Federation (WWF) under the ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley, a rich snob from Connecticut, Blueblood, United States of America. Helmsley debuted on WWF television on April 30, 1995 edition of Wrestling Challenge and competed in his first WWF match, defeating Buck Zumhoff in his first WWF match. He established himself as a heel by bragging about his rich background and cheating to win his matches.
After defeating local competitors, Helmsley made his pay-per-view debut at SummerSlam, defeating Bob Holly. At In Your House 4: Great White North, Helmsley defeated Fatu. The following night, on October 23 edition of Monday Night Raw, Helmsley participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Owen Hart won the Battle Royal. At Survivor Series, Helmsley was on King Mabel's The Royals, consisting of Jerry Lawler and Isaac Yankem DDS, against Undertaker's The Darkside, consisting of Fatu, Henry Godwinn and Savio Vega in a Survivor Series match. Helmsley was eliminated by Undertaker. The Darkside won. The entire Darkside survived the match.
Helmsley began a rivalry with Henry Godwinn, which culminated in an Arkansas Hog Pen match between the two, with Hillbilly Jim as the special guest referee, at In Your House 5: Season's Beatings, which Helmsley won. Entering 1996, Helmsley participated in his first Royal Rumble match as the #1 entrant. He lasted forty-eight minutes until he was eliminated by Diesel. Shawn Michaels won the 1996 Royal Rumble. Helmsley began a rivalry with Duke Droese, which culminated in a match between the two at In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage, which Helmsley won by cheating.
At WrestleMania XII, Helmsley made his WrestleMania debut in a losing effort against Ultimate Warrior. After the match, Helmsley insulted Sable, the girl that was his valet for the match, leading to the debuting Marc Mero fighting with Helmsley. Helmsley began a rivalry with Mero. He participated in the 1996 Kuwait Cup, defeating Bushwhacker Butch in the first round, Savio Vega in the quarter-final round and Undertaker by disqualification in the semi-final round after Undertaker used Helmsley's foreign object, but lost to Ahmed Johnson in the final round.
At May 19 house show in Madison Square Garden, Helmsley participated in the controversial MSG Incident, in which he appeared to hug Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, Diesel and 1-2-3 Kid, revealing that the five were members of The Clique, a backstage group that dominated the locker room to get the best treatment for themselves. This resulted in Helmsley becoming the only member of Clique to be punished for the incident as Diesel, Razor Ramon and 1-2-3 Kid left WWF. Shawn Michaels could not be punished because he was the WWF Champion and the most popular wrestler of WWF.
At In Your House 8: Beware of Dog, Helmsley lost to Marc Mero. On June 3 edition of Monday Night Raw, Helmsley lost to Jake Roberts in a King of the Ring qualification match. On September 6 edition of Monday Night Raw, Helmsley participated in a tournament for the vacated WWF Intercontinental Championship, losing to Sycho Sid in the quarter-final round. Helmsley began feuding with Mr. Perfect as Perfect would distract Helmsley by stealing his escorts during his matches. At In Your House 11: Buried Alive, Helmsley replaced Savio Vega and competed against Stone Cold Steve Austin in a losing effort.
On October 21 edition of Monday Night Raw, Helmsley received his first opportunity for the WWF Intercontinental Championship against longtime rival Marc Mero after attacking Mr. Perfect backstage as Helmsley was scheduled to compete against Perfect. Helmsley cheated to defeat Mero to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship after Perfect hit Mero with a steel chair, thus revealing the rivalry between Perfect and Helmsley to be a setup to give Helmsley, his first championship in WWF, thus ending Helmsley's bad days and beginning a bright future.
At Survivor Series, Helmsley, Crush, Goldust and Jerry Lawler competed against Marc Mero, Jake Roberts, Rocky Maivia and The Stalker in a Survivor Series match. Helmsley was eliminated by Mero. Mero, Roberts, Maivia and Stalker won. Maivia survived the match. At In Your House 12: It's Time, Helmsley defended the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Marc Mero. Helmsley retained the championship through count-out after Goldust appeared at ringside and brawled with Helmsley. As a result, Helmsley began a rivalry with Goldust.
Entering 1997, Helmsley appointed Mr. Hughes as his new bodyguard at Royal Rumble. He successfully defended the WWF Intercontinental Championship against Goldust after a distraction by Hughes. Later that night, Helmsley participated in the 1997 Royal Rumble match as the #12 entrant. He lasted six minutes until he was eliminated by Goldust. Stone Cold Steve Austin won the 1997 Royal Rumble. On February 3 edition of Monday Night Raw, Helmsley cheated to defeat Marc Mero to retain the WWF Intercontinental Championship and end the lengthy rivalry.
On February 13 edition of Thursday Night Raw, Helmsley lost the WWF Intercontinental Championship to Rocky Maivia. Helmsley's reign ended at 115 days. At In Your House 13: Final Four, Helmsley unsuccessfully challenged Maivia for the championship after Goldust distracted Helmsley. At February 23 house show, Helmsley participated in a tournament for the newly created WWF European Championship, losing to Bret Hart in the quarter-final round. Helmsley introduced Chyna as his new female bodyguard during a match against Hart.
At WrestleMania XII, Helmsley defeated Goldust. On March 31 edition of Raw is War, Helmsley lost to Goldust by disqualification. On April 21 edition of Raw is War, Helmsley received his first opportunity for the WWF Championship against Undertaker. Helmsley unsuccessfully challenged Undertaker for the championship by disqualification after Mankind tried to attack Undertaker with a blow torch. The following week, on April 28 edition of Raw is War, Goldust defeated Helmsley by count-out after Marlena threw salt into Chyna's eyes and Chyna accidentally lifted Helmsley.
At In Your House 15: A Cold Day In Hell, Helmsley defeated Flash Funk. The following night, on May 12 edition of Raw is War, Helmsley participated in the 1997 King of the Ring Tournament, losing to Ahmed Johnson by disqualification in the quarter-final round after Chyna attacked Johnson with a chair. Helmsley threatened WWF to enter him in the tournament because he was not told that he would be eliminated from the tournament on getting disqualified. The following week, on May 19 edition of Raw is War, Helmsley replaced Vader and defeated Crush in the quarter-final round. On June 2 edition of Raw is War, Goldust defeated Helmsley to end the rivalry.
At King of the Ring, Helmsley defeated Ahmed Johnson in the semi-final round of the 1997 King of the Ring Tournament after Chyna distracted Johnson, and defeated Mankind in the final round after Chyna attacked Mankind with a sceptor, to win the 1997 King of the Ring Tournament. As a result, Helmsley began a rivalry with Mankind. Helmsley began boasting on winning the tournament and proclaimed himself to be King of Kings, the best of all the King of the Ring winners. At In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede, Helmsley fought Mankind to a double count-out. At SummerSlam, Helmsley lost to Mankind in a Steel Cage match.
On August 9 edition of Saturday Night Shotgun, Helmsley participated in a Battle Royal. The Patriot won the Battle Royal. Helmsley and Chyna began assisting Shawn Michaels after he turned on Undertaker at SummerSlam. At Ground Zero: In Your House, Helmsley and Chyna attacked Michaels' opponent Undertaker to help Michaels in winning the match. At One Night Only, Helmsley defeated Mankind's alter ego Dude Love by cheating after assistance by Chyna. On September 22 edition of Raw is War, Mankind and Dude Love's newest replacement Cactus Jack defeated Helmsley in a Street Fight to end the rivalry.
Helmsley and his bodyguard Chyna formed an alliance with Shawn Michaels and his insurance policy Rick Rude and feuded with Michaels' rival Bret Hart's faction Hart Foundation. Hart made fun of Michaels and Helmsley and referred the group as degenerates, prompting Michaels and Helmsley naming their group D-Generation X. Michaels transformed Helmsley's career from a mid-carder to a main event competitor. He changed Helmsley from a rich snob to a cool rebel guy. Michaels shortened Helmsley's ring name to his abbreviation Triple H and gave birth to a new gimmick.
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