In July 1992, he defeated Mad Dog Richard to win the IWF Heavyweight Championship.In his first televised match, Levesque debuted as a villain named Terror Risin', defeating Keith Cole.In 1997, he co-founded the influential D-Generation X stable, which became a major element of the WWF's "Attitude Era".

During this period, his ring name was shortened to simply Triple H, even though he would still be referred for a while as Helmsley from time to time and Hunter for the rest of his career.

Even after the DX versus Hart Foundation storyline ended, he continued to feud with the sole remaining Hart family member Owen over the European Championship.

Helmsley held the title for nearly four months before dropping it to Rocky Maivia on the February 13, 1997 special episode of Monday Night Raw, called Thursday Raw Thursday.

Later that year, Shawn Michaels, Helmsley, Chyna and Rick Rude formed D-Generation X (DX).

Eventually, after numerous attempts, Levesque persuaded Arcidi to introduce him to former wrestler Killer Kowalski, who ran a professional wrestling school in Malden, Massachusetts.

In early 1992, Levesque began to train as a professional wrestler at Killer Kowalski's school in Malden, Massachusetts.

He has headlined Wrestle Mania, WWE's flagship pay-per-view, a record seven times, tied with Hulk Hogan.

Following his graduation in 1987, Levesque continued to enter bodybuilding competitions—having taken up bodybuilding at the age of 14 because he wanted to look like the professional wrestlers he saw on television—and won the 1988 Mr.

This stable became known for pushing the envelope, as Michaels and Helmsley made risqué promos—using the catchphrase "Suck It" and a "crotch chop" hand motion—and sarcastically derided Bret Hart and Canada.