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The Game-Changer: Triple H Is On Top of the World

Paul 'Triple H' Levesque makes one thing clear: it's good to be on top.

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On paper, Paul Levesque appears to be just another busy businessman with a family living in the burbs. He’s 46 years old, wears a suit to the office, works late hours, lives in Connecticut, and is happily married with three kids. He even finds the time to exercise. But Levesque isn’t your ordinary paper-pushing number cruncher. At 6'4", 255 pounds, he’s kind of a big deal—literally—that’s because Levesque, World Wrestling Entertainment’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative, is also Triple H, former WWE World Heavyweight ChampionWe spoke with the King of Kings covering topics that include his upcoming title bout, dealing with prematch jitters, his family life, retirement, and craving macaroni and cheese.

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MF: What are your prematch rituals to get pumped up?

When you get to WrestleMania, with more than 90,000 people, there’s nothing you need to do to get excited. For me, it’s trying to keep calm. That overexcitement, that overadrenaline is what wears you out during the day. Usually you’re extremely nervous right up until the point you’re about to go through the curtain, and then you just get into performance mode. I’ve had younger talent say to me, “I’m sure you don’t get nervous anymore.” If you get to a point in your career when you’re not nervous anymore, you should start thinking about doing something else, because you have stopped caring.

HHH: How has your workout routine changed as you’ve aged?

When I was younger it was about getting into the gym and lifting heavy and training from a bodybuilder’s standpoint. As long as the look was there it was all good. As I have gotten older, I realized it’s all about athletics, health, and feeling good; the look just comes along with it. 

Are your daily workouts different from when you’re preparing for a match?

From a strength component not necessarily, other than I probably pick up the pace and add a little more volume. I add in a lot of cardio and then I start boxing two days a week. I can’t do the stairclimber or elliptical. It’s mind-numbingly boring to me.

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