Ranking Triple H's 19 WrestleMania Matches - From Worst To Best

Retrace The Game's steps from quality midcard hand to iconic main event Superstar.

Triple H will headline yet another WrestleMania extravaganza on April 3 when he defends the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns in the main event of the company's spring classic. It is not the first time he has set foot in the squared circle in such a high-profile situation. In fact, over the course of his celebrated career he has competed in the last match on the 'Mania card six times, has been involved in championship bouts nine times, and battled at the Showcase of the Immortals a whopping nineteen times, including eight straight. There is a sense of importance that comes with all of his championship defenses, his heated grudge matches are often the most anticipated on the card and his victories and defeats are some of the most buzzed about of the year. One of the final remnants of the celebrated Attitude Era, he has a connection with fans that cannot be denied and a aura of credibility that cannot be manufactured in some creative meeting. As he prepares for yet another go-round at the Show of Shows, let's journey through nineteen years of (mostly) iconic matches and retrace The Game's steps from quality midcard hand to iconic Superstar with these, every one of his 'Mania bouts ranked from worst to best, with their in-ring quality the determining factor.

19. Hunter Hearst Helmsley Vs. The Ultimate Warrior (WrestleMania XII)

Triple H's first opportunity to compete at WrestleMania came in 1996 at the twelfth installment of the sports entertainment spectacular against the returning Ultimate Warrior. As such, there was no debate about who would be leaving the victor, but there were plenty of questions as to why the young Hunter Hearst Helmsley was put in the match. He was seen as a potential breakout star, a wrestler on a hot streak after somehow miraculously getting good matches out of limited opponents such as Henry Godwinn and Duke Droese. Having him defeated in such grand fashion would kill his heat and potentially unravel all of the work that had been put into his ascension. Worse yet, Warrior did not just beat him but he squashed him in short order, and to make matters worse for Hunter, Warrior completely no-sold his Pedigree finisher, threatening its credibility for the foreseeable future. Then Triple H went and got himself in the doghouse, the infamous Curtain Call in Madison Square Garden just over a month later dooming him to jobs and midcard purgatory for the next year. All of those ingredients add up to make a WrestleMania experience and a year that The Game would rather forget.

Erik Beaston is a freelance pro wrestling writer who likes long walks in the park, dandelions and has not quite figured out that this introduction is not for Match.com. He resides in Parts Unknown, where he hosts weekly cookouts with Kane, The Ultimate Warrior, Papa Shango and The Boogeyman. Be jealous.