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WWE's Triple H through the years: From wrestler to executive

Triple H's career has been unlike any in the history of professional wrestling. Near the beginning of his WWE stint he was in the company's doghouse as a member of "The Kliq." Now he's a WWE executive vice president -- under his given name, Paul Levesque -- the supposed heir apparent to WWE honcho Vince McMahon and married to McMahon's daughter, Stephanie, a fellow WWE executive, while still getting in the ring for WWE's biggest events. Take a look at Triple H's transition from tights to business suit -- and back into tights -- through the years.

WWE's Triple H through the years: From wrestler to executive

Before he was WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple
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Before he was WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H, he was both Jean-Paul Levesque -- seen here in a 1994 promotional photo -- and Terra Ryzing in World Championship Wrestling.

Triple H came to WWE as
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Triple H came to WWE as "Greenwich Blueblood" Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He shows off his disdain for the common people in this 1995 promotional photo.

Hunter Hearst Helmsley -- the precursor to Triple
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Hunter Hearst Helmsley -- the precursor to Triple H -- shows off the WWF Intercontinental Title in this 1996 promotional photo.

Triple H and his bodyguard Chyna, shown here
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Triple H and his bodyguard Chyna, shown here in this 1998 promotional photo, had a relationship on- and off-camera at one point before he eventually married Stephanie McMahon.

From left, Chyna, Shawn Michaels and Triple H
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From left, Chyna, Shawn Michaels and Triple H show off Degeneration X in all its glory in this 1998 promotional photo.

Richard A. Grasso, center, chairman of the New
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Richard A. Grasso, center, chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, is joined by World Wrestling Federation wrestlers outside the stock exchange Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, after the WWF was listed on the NYSE. The wrestlers, from left, are Mick Foley, Triple H, Debra, Chyna, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

Triple H, shown here in a 2000 promotional
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Triple H, shown here in a 2000 promotional photo, showed he could carry the ball leading Degeneration X after Shawn Michaels left the WWF in 1998.

Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H
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Mick Foley, as Cactus Jack, faced Triple H in a street fight match for the WWF Championship at the Royal Rumble in 2000 at Madison Square Garden.

Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, left, jokes
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Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, left, jokes with professional wrestler "Triple H" during a team batting practice prior to a scheduled game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday June 27, 2002.

Ozzy Osbourne, right, with Triple H during a
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Ozzy Osbourne, right, with Triple H during a press conference to announce the Ozzfest 2002 line-up in Manhattan on March 21, 2002.

WWE Superstar Triple H and wife Stephanie McMahon
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WWE Superstar Triple H and wife Stephanie McMahon pose for photographers at the premiere of "Blade: Trinity" in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004. The pair married in 2003 after previously playing husband and wife on-camera.

World Wrestling Entertainment Wrestlers Kurt Angle, left and
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World Wrestling Entertainment Wrestlers Kurt Angle, left and Triple H attend a media conference announcing the all-star lineup of WWE WrestleMania XIX at ESPN Zone in Times Square March 18, 2003 in Manhattan.

From left, Stephanie McMahon, actor Ryan Reynolds, Triple
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From left, Stephanie McMahon, actor Ryan Reynolds, Triple H and musician Alanis Morissette at the premiere of "Blade Trinity" after a party held at the Level 7 club Hollywood and Highland on December 7, 2004 in Hollywood, California. Triple H played Jarko Grimwood in the 2004 movie.

WWE's Triple H puts New York City Mayor
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WWE's Triple H puts New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a headlock at the Knicks-Celtics game on March 9, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

WWE Superstars and Evolution members Triple H, Ric
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WWE Superstars and Evolution members Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista sit courtside at the New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics game on March 9, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.

Wrestler Triple H arrives at the Lions Gate
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Wrestler Triple H arrives at the Lions Gate Premiere of "See No Evil" at the Century Stadium Promenade 25 on May 8, 2006 in Orange, California.

WWE wrestler Triple H, left, and boxing promoter
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WWE wrestler Triple H, left, and boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya talk during the official weigh-in for boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 18, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and WWE wrestler
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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and WWE wrestler Triple H pose during the official weigh-in for Mayweather's fight against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 18, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Television host Nancy O'Dell, left, puts wrestler Triple
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Television host Nancy O'Dell, left, puts wrestler Triple H in a headlock at the World Wrestling Entertainment SummerSlam kick off party benefiting Betty's Battle in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. Betty's Battle was started by O'Dell, named after her mother who passed away from ALS.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon, left,
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World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Chairman Vince McMahon, left, and wrestler Triple H appear in the ring during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Triple H, left, and Randy Orton compete during
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Triple H, left, and Randy Orton compete during WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tag-team partners Triple H, left and Shawn Michaels
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Tag-team partners Triple H, left and Shawn Michaels pose during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Triple H attends the WrestleMania 25th anniversary press
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Triple H attends the WrestleMania 25th anniversary press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe on March 31, 2009 in Manhattan.

Triple H, a superstar wrestler with World Wrestling
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Triple H, a superstar wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment, poses with his FlexForce action figure, Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at the New York Toy Fair.

WWE Superstar Triple H celebrates his victory over
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WWE Superstar Triple H celebrates his victory over Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVI in Glendale, Ariz. on March 28, 2010.

Former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly, left, rings the
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Former WWE Diva Kelly Kelly, left, rings the opening bell with Triple H at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, marking 10 years of trading for their employer, World Wrestling Entertainment at the NYSE. (Oct. 27, 2010)

WWE Superstar Triple H and actress Ariel Winter
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WWE Superstar Triple H and actress Ariel Winter of "Modern Family" fame attend the WWE and The Creative Coalition's "Be a Star" SummerSlam Kickoff Party at The Andaz Hotel on August 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

In the 2011 movie

In the 2011 movie "The Chaperone," Triple H played an ex-con dad who had to save the day when some baddies from his past came after him during a field trip.

WWE Superstar Triple H kisses his wife Stephanie
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WWE Superstar Triple H kisses his wife Stephanie McMahon during a Wrestlemania XXVII press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2011 in Manhattan.

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, left, and
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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, left, and Undertaker carry out Triple H from the ring during Wrestlemania XXVIII in Sun Life Stadium. Undertaker defeated Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match with Michaels as guest referee, improving his record to 20-0 at WrestleMania in a match tabbed "End of an Era." (April 1, 2012)

TV personality Maria Menounos and WWE Superstar Triple
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TV personality Maria Menounos and WWE Superstar Triple H attend the WWE SummerSlam VIP Kick-Off Party at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 16, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

DJ Pauly D, left, and WWE Superstar Triple
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DJ Pauly D, left, and WWE Superstar Triple H attend the WWE SummerSlam VIP Kick-Off Party at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 16, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

WWE Superstar Triple H and actor Terry Crews
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WWE Superstar Triple H and actor Terry Crews attend the WWE SummerSlam VIP Kick-Off Party at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 16, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, left, and
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Jets chairman and CEO Woody Johnson, left, and Giants President and CEO John Mara have wrestling belts as WWE wrestler Triple H holds up their hands at MetLife Stadium. (Feb. 16, 2012)

A banner of WWE Superstar Triple H hangs
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A banner of WWE Superstar Triple H hangs outside the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., home of WWE's WrestleMania Axxess, a fan event leading up to WrestleMania XXIX. (April 5, 2013)

Triple H celebrates his victory against Brock Lesnar
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Triple H celebrates his victory against Brock Lesnar during WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (April 7, 2013)

WWE's Paul
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WWE's Paul "Triple H" Levesque on Aug. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

From left, John Cena, Paul 'Triple H' Levesque
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From left, John Cena, Paul 'Triple H' Levesque and Daniel Bryan attend WWE SummerSlam Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

Actress Vanessa Hudgens, professional wrestler Paul
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Actress Vanessa Hudgens, professional wrestler Paul "Triple H" Levesque and WWE executive Stephanie McMahon arrive at WWE and E! Entertainment's "Superstars For Hope" at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 15, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

Wrestlers Bruno Sammartino, left, and Triple H take
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Wrestlers Bruno Sammartino, left, and Triple H take a look at the progress during the third phase of Madison Square Garden's transformation on Sept. 13, 2013. Triple H helped bring Sammartino back into WWE's fold after Sammartino's long-time falling out with Vince McMahon.

WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and her
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WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and her husband, WWE personality Triple H, speak at a news conference announcing the WWE Network at the 2014 International CES at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on January 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Paul Levesque aka Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
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Paul Levesque aka Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are seen at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Daniel Bryan flies off the top rope for
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Daniel Bryan flies off the top rope for a flying dropkick on Triple H during their match at WrestleMania 30 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on April 6, 2014.

WWE wrestler Triple H and wife Stephanie McMahon
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WWE wrestler Triple H and wife Stephanie McMahon lift Scooby Doo in the air during the "Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery" New York premiere at Tribeca Cinemas on March 22, 2014 in New York City.

WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and her
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WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and her husband, WWE wrestler Triple H kiss during the "Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery" New York Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas on March 22, 2014 in New York City.

From left, Triple H, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels,
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From left, Triple H, Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, 2014 inductee Scott Hall, and Sean Waltman, are seen at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Triple H was punished following the "Curtain Call" incident at Madison Square Garden in 1996 in which members of The Kliq celebrated with each other after facing each other in a match -- breaking pro wrestling protocol.

Inductee Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, was inducted into the
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Inductee Arnold Schwarzenegger, left, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Triple H at the hall ceremony, on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in San Jose, Calif.

Dwyane
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Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson, left, confronts Triple H during WrestleMania 31 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on March 29, 2015. Triple H defeated Sting earlier in the evening, but during this encounter suffered a judo throw at the hands of The Rock's friend, Ronda Rousey.

WWE's Triple H was on hand for the
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WWE's Triple H was on hand for the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on August 22, 2015.

Triple H is introduced before wrestling with Sheamus,
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Triple H is introduced before wrestling with Sheamus, against Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in a tag team match during the WWE Road to WrestleMania tour at Madison Square Garden on Friday, March 25, 2016.

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