Triple H has been part of WWE for more than two decades and in that time he has worked at just about every level in the company. Whilst The Game has seemingly hung up his wrestling boots for now and has taken on the role as "The Godfather" of NXT, the former 14-time World Champion is in good enough shape to return to the ring as and when needed.
During The Game's younger days when he was part of D-Generation X alongside Shawn Michaels, the two men managed to rub a lot of WWE stars the wrong way. Triple H has since become a well-respected member of the company but his new role means that he has had a few issues with some current and former WWE stars in the past as well.
Whilst Triple H has many friends in the company, others have had major disagreements with The King of Kings throughout the course of his career.
#5 WWE Legend The Rock
As noted above, Triple H was once a newcomer in WWE and throughout his time working alongside Shawn Michaels in DX, he became something of a joker backstage.
Whilst the heat between Shawn Michaels and The Rock has been well documented and is the main reason why the two men never had a chance to feud, there were also issues between The Rock and The Game.
Bret Hart spoke about how Triple H and Shawn Michaels would bully The Rock in the early 1990s on a recent episode of his Confessions with the Hitman Podcast.
"Triple H was the same. He was always out to get The Rock. Shawn was out to get him and they just worked on him, and worked on him, and worked on him. And I left. [The Rock] was still in the doghouse with those guys. They wanted him [out] as bad as they wanted me out. Like, they were after him. And, for me, maybe a year later, he started getting his break and he started to take off in WWE and I’m so glad he overcame their petty bulls–t.”
By all accounts, Triple H and The Rock managed to put their issues behind them, whilst there is still seemingly a grudge being held between The Rock and The Heartbreak Kid.
#4 Former WWE star Lio Rush
Lio Rush was one of several WWE stars who were released from the company back in April as part of the budget cuts following the COVID-19 pandemic. Rush had been sent back to NXT ahead of his departure and was able to reveal in an interview with Sportskeeda that his release came down to a miscommunication with Triple H.
The former WWE star also noted that he had butted heads with Triple H numerous times throughout his time in WWE and the two men disagreed on a number of things.
“I don’t know if it ended on good terms or not. I feel like me and Hunter clashed heads a lot, you know. We were always in a disagreement as far as what the plan was for me and how he saw me as a character or how he saw me as an asset to the brand. I feel like we were just always disagreeing all the time and it sucked because obviously I looked up to Triple H when I was a kid and stuff like that.
"It was weird to try and break that separation from being an admirer of his. But now at the same time, I’m an employee of his and he’s my boss. It was hard for me to separate the two and it was kind of disappointing everytime I had a conversation with him. The lack of communication leading up to the initial release was with Hunter. I was having some back and forth conversations with him, and then out of nowhere he just stopped. For weeks it just stopped. That’s how I knew that something was weird, something wasn’t right.”
Rush has recently been in the news because he could be teasing a move to WWE's rivals AEW to face Darby Allin for the TNT Championship after a comment he made on Twitter started many online rumors.
#3 Former WWE star Vickie Guerrero
Vickie Guerrero came to WWE following the death of her husband Eddie Guerrero back in 2005. After becoming part of a personal storyline with Rey Mysterio and her nephew Chavo, Guerrero was able to climb through the ranks in the company and later became General Manager.
Guerrero also worked with some of the bigger names in the company at that time, including Edge, The Undertaker, Dolph Ziggler, and John Cena. Guerrero made the decision to leave WWE back in 2014, even though she has since returned to be part of the Women's Royal Rumble match.
Whilst talking to Jim Ross on JR's Grilling Podcast, Conrad Thompson revealed that during her time in WWE Guerrero was never close to Triple H.
“Vickie has gone on record as saying she respected Stephanie as her boss but she had no relationship whatsoever with Triple H. She’s indicated she felt it was personal and she always felt closer to Vince than Hunter [Triple H].”
It appears that the former WWE star thought that her issues with Triple H were personal but she had a working relationship with Vince McMahon and his daughter Stephanie.
#2 Former WWE star Rob Van Dam
Rob Van Dam was seen as the human highlight reel for a reason and is still in incredible shape at almost 50 years old. The former WWE star was able to reach the top of the mountain in WWE back in 2006 when he became both ECW and WWE Champion before both titles were quickly taken away from him following controversy.
RVD was a well-liked WWE star throughout his time in the company so much so that former WWE star Paul London revealed that Triple H was actually jealous of him. The two men reportedly had some backstage heat in the early days but that seemed to turn into envy when RVD became successful.
"That is another reason I'm pretty sure I won't be returning there any time soon. Hunter was pretty obviously jealous of certain individuals. I'm not saying he was jealous of me. I could tell he was envious of (Rob) Van Dam. He was extremely envious of Rob's success. He was jealous of Van Dam's personality. He was jealous that people gravitated towards Rob, because people liked being around Rob because he was very positive. The most glaring was the work rate. Hunter has had the same matches his whole career. If the guy is so damn tough, why does he need a sledgehammer. How do you justify this guying be a bad ass if he always has a weapon. Hunter is like that nerd that throws out a joke expecting the room to start laughing and ends up laughing at his own joke."
Rob Van Dam left WWE back in 2007 and has since worked for IMPACT Wrestling, earlier this year RVD did reveal that he turned down an offer for Triple H to help him with his promos whilst wrestling for WWE.
#1 Former WWE star CM Punk
CM Punk and Triple H had an interesting rivalry when the self-proclaimed "Best in the World" was still contracted to the company, which broke kayfabe a number of times to show how deeply personal it had become.
As part of CM Punk's infamous pipebomb back in 2011, he referred to Triple H as Vince McMahon's "doofus son-in-law" which wouldn't have gone down too well backstage.
Following Punk's departure from WWE back in 2014, the former World Champion went on to speak openly about his reasons for walking away and even spoke about the fact that he had never had "good vibes" from Triple H.
Punk also went on to note that Triple H called him two days before his wedding and he didn't answer but he did text him back and tell him that he was getting married in two days and would call him following his honeymoon. Punk then received a letter from the company on his wedding day informing him that he was fired.
It was later noted by PWInsider that one of the main reasons for Punk's departure was because he didn't want to wrestle Triple H at WrestleMania 30. This was something that reportedly offended The Game.
There's a feeling within WWE that while Triple H probably won't admit it publicly, he's probably offended that CM Punk didn't want to work with him at WrestleMania XXX. WWE officials, including Triple H himself, see being able to work with him as a big deal.
Triple H was later worked into a feud with Daniel Bryan and defeated by the former World Champion at WrestleMania 30 instead.