Why Is WWE Superstar Triple H Called The King of Kings? The Mystery Behind His Nicknames

Published 12/24/2020, 8:18 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 11: WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque speaks at a WWE news conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was announced that WWE wrestler Braun Strowman will face heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury and WWE champion Brock Lesnar will take on former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at the WWE’s Crown Jewel event at Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 31. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Triple H has created a legacy over the years. A multi-time World Champion and a prominent executive, he is not going to stop anytime soon. However, wrestling fans often wonder – what is the reason behind his name? Or other nicknames like the Game or Cerebral Assassin?

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We have searched and learned the mystery behind his names. Paul Levesque was not always the ‘Game’ that he is today, neither did he start his career in WWE.

After training in Killer Kowalski’s wrestling school, Levesque went on to WCW as a villain named ‘Terror Risin.’ His ring name was soon modified to ‘Terra Ryzing,’ which he used until mid-1994. Then he got the new name of Jean-Paul Lévesque, a French aristocrat.

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However, he was in talks with Vince McMahon and left WCW for WWF in 1995. With a new company, Levesque’s career was restarted, and he needed a new name.

“Vince liked what I was doing and the character, but he wanted me to be American,” he explained in an episode of the Talk is Jericho. He even met a group of writers to discuss his new name.

“They had asked me to think up a bunch of names to give some input on it and I had a whole bunch of names in mind…and J.J. (Dillon) called me in the room and said, ‘We’ve got your name. You’re going to be Reginald DuPont Helmsley’ and I was like, ‘Holy cow! Here I am in the bad name category again!'”

Triple H explains how he came up with his name

“I was trying to come up with something that you could make initials out of,” he explained. Also, it would have been easier for the young fans to remember a small name.

“The next thing I heard, J.J. called me up and said, ‘Hey, we went with a little bit of your suggestions and you’re going to be Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Three H’s.’ and I was like, ‘Okay…I can work with that a little bit.’

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However, it was his old friend Shawn Michaels that started using the Triple H name from the very first day!

“So we went with that and then Shawn (Michaels) started calling me ‘Triple H’ from day one,” Triple H concluded.

After a while in the Attitude Era, Triple H completely discarded the aristocrat gimmick and got in with the anti-authority Degeneration-X. In the wake of the Ruthless Aggression Era, Triple H dubbed himself as “The Game, “implying that he had become “the game.”

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Eminent WWE commentator, Jim Ross, called him the “Cerebral Assasin” due to the mind games he used against his opponents. His other name, “King of Kings,” came as a part of his theme song by Motorhead.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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