Triple H set to receive sporting honor

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When it comes to WWE, there are few wrestlers and managers who have had the admirable longevity Triple H has had both in and out of the ring, during his time at the company.

The impressive tenure Triple H has had has enabled him to receive the honor of being inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame this Saturday at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Respected figure

Whether it is as the Degeneration-X leader, long-haired wrestling individual, or more recently, suited and booted leader of The Authority, however you best know The Game is sure to prove his hard-earned position within WWE.

There is little denying that Triple H has made his mark as one of the biggest stars and most important figures within sports entertainment history. 

Ahead of his induction, Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, took the time to speak to Muscle & Fitness about his achievements.

With regard to what makes WWE Superstars separate from other sporting stars, Levesque was doubtlessly the best person to ask, given his experience in the field:

"Our athletes are very well rounded and some of the best in the world physically, and they also have to have the ability to improvise and do theater at the same time...It’s a broader skill set."

When asked what his favorite career-moment was, the 45-year-old certainly had a lot to choose from. His answer therefore was unsurprising:

" I had a series of matches with Mick Foley in 2000 which was a big turning point in my career. Then, coming back from my quad injury in 2001, a lot of people were saying my career was over. A few years ago I wrestled the Undertaker at Wrestlemania with Shawn Michaels as guest referee. That was sort of a symbol of the end of the Attitude Era and our generation."

Authority Leader 

For many members of the WWE Universe, although he is a less prominent wrestler now, Triple H's dominance is certainly not less pronounced.

An experienced figure, he has a strong understanding of what is required of the WWE superstars who make up the roster as well as which professional wrestlers in particular deserve special accreditation.

When he was asked who he would choose to have inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame after him therefore, his reply was clear:

"Maybe Hogan. There’s a whole generation of guys my age who said their prayers and took their vitamins and that’s where they heard it first. He was an amazing athlete who transcended. One of the most recognizable people on the planet."

As for being of the most recognizable people on the planet, with reference to professional wrestling there is no denying that Triple H is one of the most respected and experienced people, has been so for a long time and will no doubt continue to be for many years to come. 

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