The days of Triple H being the marmite of professional wrestling may be over, but the man still divides opinion like no other in the business. This is nothing new, and it has been this way from the moment Hunter Hearst Helmsley swaggered onto the stage, way back in 1995.
Some view Hunter as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, a man who deserves his place in the upper echelons of the industry and a first-ballot Hall of Famer in the future.
Many remember him for his incredible feuds with Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Steve Austin and others, his wonderful big-time matches and his willingness to try to create new stars on the biggest stages, as with Chris Benoit and Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania.
Others will think of him as the ultimate wrestling politician, taking the shovel to anyone he sees as a threat to his position, the man who took the legs out of CM Punk and consistently buried performers far more talented than him. Some believe he married into the position he is in and therefore isn’t entirely deserving of his influence or power.
Regardless of which side of that fence you find yourself on, Triple H is a powerful man in WWE who has made a lot of decisions and wielded a sledgehammer of influence. Here are six things WWE fans have Triple H to thank for.
Starting with a kayfabe point, Hunter Hearst Helmsley made his WrestleMania debut way back at WrestleMania XII, where the Connecticut Blue Blood came up short in record-quick time against a returning Ultimate Warrior. It was a fairly inauspicious start for the future Game, with Warrior no-selling his Pedigree finisher.
Whilst the match was nothing to write home about, it was notable for the on-screen debut of Hunter’s valet that night. This was the first appearance of Sable, the latest in a line of beautiful women accompanying Helmsley to the ring.
Their partnership wouldn’t last long, however, as Sable’s real-life then-husband Marc Mero would save her from the violent clutches of HHH after the match. Sable would go on to become one of the most popular female performers in WWE history, not to mention becoming Mrs Brock Lesnar, and it all began on the arm of Hunter Hearst Helmsley.