Triple H has been an absolute powerhouse in professional wrestling, inside and outside the squared circle for well over two decades. His rise to prominence began in the WWE, where he would acquire 14 world championships. He is now a part-time performer for the company, as well as a high-ranking corporate official as of 2010.
Triple H was born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he would dedicate himself to bodybuilding, culminating in being awarded the title of Mr. Teenage New Hampshire in 1988. His wrestling career began in 1992, wrestling on the East Coast independent scene until he was signed with World Championship Wrestling in 1994. In 1995, he transitioned to the WWE (then the WWF), and performed as Hunter Hearst Helmsley, later shortening his name to Triple H and becoming one of his company’s most valuable players.
When he is out of the ring, Triple H keeps active in the WWE’s corporate headquarters, located in Connecticut, as the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative. Even though he currently retains a more relaxed role within the company, he still sporadically engages in active competition, most recently starring in the main event of this year’s WrestleMania, where he would relinquish his most recent world championship.
The “king of kings” is also a family man, having married Stephanie McMahon in 2003, and later welcoming daughters into this world. It isn’t too hard to grasp the tremendous success which has followed him all throughout his tenure in WWE, especially considering he pulled off marrying his boss’ daughter. But after eight WrestleMania main events, 14 world championship reigns, and a top corporate position, how much moolah has “The Game” raked in over the years? Let’s look and see how well The Game is paid.
Triple H’s Net Worth as of 2019: $25 million
Triple H’s net worth rolls into a cool $25 million, which is $10 million less than John Cena and a whole $100 million less than Hollywood break-out Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In 2015, Triple H raked in a total of $3.1 million, with $1.7 million earned from his role as an on-screen character on WWE Raw, where he played a tyrannical authority figure alongside his wife. From a life of running the ropes, he now lives in luxury in a large estate in Weston, Connecticut, fitted with a sauna bath, an outside pool, and high-tech gymnasium. He also holds a personal collection of cars ranging from BMW to Mercedes-Benz.
1992 – 1997
In early 1992, Triple H began his professional wrestling career, performing as Terra Rising for Massachusetts-based promotion, International Wrestling Federation. It wouldn’t be long before, Triple H signed on to World Championship Wrestling, where he would make his first pay per view appearance at WCW Starrcade 1994 as Jean-Paul Lévesque. He would be released from WCW the following year, but immediately WWE acquired this free agent. He took the snobby, blue-blooded aristocrat of Hunter Hearst Helmsley and turned it into pure gold, winning the Intercontinental Championship during his second year with the company.
1997 – 2001
1997 was quite an eventful year for Triple H, as he both won the King of the Ring and later formed the infamous faction: D-Generation X. Led by professional wrestling icon Shawn Michaels, D-X was a group that rebelled against authorities, troubling censors and parents with their punk rock-reminiscent rule-breaking ways. In contrast to the cartoonish personas of the past, such as Doink the Clown or a patriotic good guy telling the world to “eat their vitamins and say their prayers,” D-X came out each week, telling the audience to “Suck it!” and the crowd just ate it up.
When Michaels initially stepped away from the ring in 1998, Triple H would step in and take over the latter’s role as rebellious leader of D-Generation X. Under his leadership, D-X was more popular than ever, taking in additional members: Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, and X-Pac. During this time, he would receive his second Intercontinental Championship during a classic encounter with The Rock at WWE SummerSlam 1998.
After D-X broke up, Triple H would find his greatest success as a professional wrestler, winning the WWE Championship for the first time on an August episode of Monday Night Raw against fellow wrestler Mankind. Over the course of a year, Triple H would rake in an additional three world championships. During this time, he would also develop an on-screen relationship with his future wife, Stephanie McMahon. Together, they ruled with an iron-fist over WWE.
After his reigns as WWE Champion, Triple H would team-up with former foe Stone Cold Steve Austin, collectively known as The Two-Man Power Trip. Together, they would win the World Tag Team Championship, and Triple H would pick up two additional reigns as Intercontinental Champion. But then, his luck would take a turn for the worse in a tag team match on a May 2001 episode of Raw Is War, as he suffered a left quadriceps tear, ripping his muscle right off the bone.
2002 – 2010
Despite a career-threatening injury, Triple H would return triumphantly at the 2002 Royal Rumble, winning the 30-man over-the-top battle royal and qualifying for a shot at the WWE Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania X8. He would go on to decisively defeat Chris Jericho at the “grandest stage of them all” to win the top prize in the industry.
Triple H’s reign as Undisputed Champion was short-lived, as he quickly dropped the belt a month later. Despite this disappointing loss, 2003 would, to many wrestling fans, be the year Triple H brought in the dominating, destructive faction of Evolution onto screens all around the world on Monday nights. This group would also feature a mentoring legend in the form of the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, as well as future stars in the form of Randy Orton and Batista.
Triple H would then spend the next few years dominating the main event scene, trading world title reigns with longtime friend Shawn Michaels, former WCW megastar Bill Goldberg, and up-and-coming stand-out Randy Orton. From 2002 to 2010, Triple H would win a world championship on eight separate occasions, his three WWE Championship reigns and five World Heavyweight Championship reigns. He would have epic encounters with John Cena and Batista, putting each performer over as an unstoppable beast, while also returning to his rebellious roots, reforming D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels in 2006 and 2009.
2010 – 2016
Beginning in 2010, his role within WWE took a more relaxed approach, he transitioned from working as a full-time performer to an office job in WWE headquarters as an Executive Senior Advisor. In 2011, his on-screen character began to reflect this change, as he began to refer to himself as the Chief Operating Officer, every time he appeared on WWE television. Officially, Triple H was promoted to Executive Vice President of Talent and Live Events in 2011. Since then, he has only wrestled on special occasions for certain pay per views or big-time events such as WrestleMania facing the likes of The Undertaker, Sting, and Daniel Bryan.
Triple H has taken part in many other forms of entertainment throughout his career, leading his talent to movies like Blade Trinity, Inside Out, The Chaperone and two WWE produced Scooby Doo cartoon films. He has guest starred in television series such as MADtv, The Bernie Mac Show, Pacific Blue and Robot Chicken. He is also a published author, writing a book called Making the Game: Triple H’s Approach to a Better Body, where he gave bodybuilding tips and shared personal experiences.
In 2012, Triple H focused towards building NXT, a developmental brand of WWE. Triple H is the founder and senior producer of NXT: a promising subdivision of WWE that has been able to sellout an arena of over 15,000 people, as is the case of NXT Takeover: Brooklyn in 2015 and 2016.
In 2013, Triple H would receive another promotion, where he drives the creative direction of WWE’s main content, as the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events, and Creative.
In 2016, Triple H would return to the ring in epic fashion, winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the 30-man Royal Rumble match. He would then go onto the main event of WrestleMania 32, where he would lose his championship to rising star Roman Reigns.
At WrestleMania 33, Triple H competed against yet another former member of The Shield, Seth Rollins. “The King of Kings” fell to Rollins in an epic encounter lasting over 25 minutes.
With such a stellar career, both inside the ring and behind the scenes, it is no wonder that Triple H has accumulated a cool $25 million in the bank. Triple H has paved a sparkling hall-of-fame quality career for himself, and considering the McMahon bloodline that he has married into, one can only imagine the future fortunes that will follow the “King of Kings.”
Not among the most active wrestlers on the roster, Triple H will look to further push the NXT brand and shift full-time into the corporate role in the near future.
Triple H returned to the ring alongside his wife Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34. The corporate couple took on the team of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle in a mixed tag match.
After losing the match at ‘Mania, Triple H set his sights on 16-time world champion John Cena, who he’ll be facing at the Greatest Royal Rumble.
After successful surgery of his injuries, this year Triple H might come back in the ring just in time for Wrestlemania 35.