One of the first rivalries that Hunter Hearst Helmsley had in the WWF was with Henry Godwinn, as the Connecticut blueblood couldn't have anything less in common with the Arkansas hog farmer. In one 1995 match, the two battled in an Arkansas Hog Pen match, with Triple H won but then was dumped into the slop.
It's all about The Game... and how you play it.
Triple H (a/k/a Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jean-Paul Levesque and Terra Ryzing) has been a fixture on the national wrestling scene since the mid-1990's. As a result, he's had time to make his fair share of enemies along the way.
Much like the Top 50 Rivalries for Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Sting and Stone Cold Steve Austin, we're basing this on storyline rivalries The Cerebral Assassin had with wrestlers and non-wrestlers alike, not speculating on what may have happened backstage. Although, in some cases, Triple H may have made similar enemies because of his off-screen power.
In counting down the Top 50 Triple H Rivalries, we looked at the following criteria:
How prominent was the rivarly?
What type of stage(s) did it play out on?
How memorable were the matches and/or segments?
How much did the rivalry do to advance either person's career?
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One of the most frequent challengers to Triple H's first WWF World Title in early 2000 was Rikishi, who challenged The Game to matches on Raw and SmackDown without capturing the championship. The two were partners in crime at one point when they conspired to run over "Stone Cold" Steve Austin the previous year.
In 2007, Umaga was acting as an enforcer of sorts to the McMahon Family, so it made sense that when Triple H won the WWE Championship at No Mercy, Umaga got an immediate title shot (as in that very same night). Later, the two captained teams at the Survivor Series, with The Game (and Jeff Hardy) surviving.
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Although they were buddies for most of their careers - first through The Kliq and then DX - X-Pac and Triple H aren't without their own sordid history. At WrestleMania XV, The Game turned on his former partner and aligned himself with Shane McMahon, setting off a brief feud over rights to the DX name.