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Playing The Game: How Triple H Became the Heir Apparent to the WWE Empire [Kindle Edition]

Michael Essany
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Playing The Game: How Triple H Became the Heir Apparent to the WWE Empire" is an explosive and compelling new account of Triple H's life, career, and ascension to power within World Wrestling Entertainment.

Bestselling author Michael Essany explores how Triple H worked his way into WWE chief Vince McMahon's inner circle.

This gripping, first of its kind look inside the WWE also addresses some of the biggest criticisms and controversies of Triple H's career, including his supposed sham of a marriage to Stephanie McMahon and Shawn Michaels' accusation that 'The Game' was behind the infamous Montreal screw job.

This completely unauthorized and unsanctioned work aims to separate rumor from reality and articulate why 'The Game' may ultimately be the best thing for WWE's future real-life corporate governance.


Chapter 1: Let ‘The Game’ Begin
Chapter 2: Ladder Match
Chapter 3: The Cerebral Assassin
Chapter 4: It’s All About ‘The Game’
Chapter 5: The Favorite Son
Chapter 6: Learning The Ropes
Chapter 7: Game Changer


Those who have worked with and for the multi-time WWE Champion say Paul Levesque – or “Triple H” as he’s known to the WWE Universe – is the smartest and most cunning mind in the history of professional wrestling.

Always one step ahead of his friends and two steps ahead of his enemies, Paul Levesque has long aspired to be more than just one of the greatest in-ring performers of his generation. “The Game,” as he’s universally recognized, wanted to become a larger than life titan of the industry he dominated as a performer for two decades.

While never publicly claiming such, it was clear that Levesque wanted to be the next Vince McMahon. But as a businessman widely considered to be keener and more shrewd than Hulk Hogan, Eric Bishoff, and Ted Turner, Levesque would not dare under any circumstances to compete against McMahon’s revered WWE – nor would he jump ship during the company’s mid-1990’s slump against Turner’s WCW.

Still, Levesque, some assert, knew he wanted to one day take over the WWE as soon as signed his first development contract with the lone superpower of professional wrestling. All it would take to make it happen was an artful strategy – one that would be concealed from public view thanks to WWE executives and fans concentrating their attention on Levesque’s undeniable star power and unparalleled professional wrestling prowess.

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  • File Size: 145 KB
  • Print Length: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Entertainment Publishing (December 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,735 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WWE powerhouse, Triple H April 30, 2013
By ryry1
Format:Kindle Edition
A powerhouse of exciting facts

From wrestler to actor, Triple H seems to excels at at all he does, so it was exciting to read the actual events leading to his success.

Expect to get the inside knowledge that lead Triple H amongst the greats like Vince McMohon, then get a backstage view into his personal life and the accomplishments and failures, some unsuccessfully hidden to the public.

Grab this title and understand the making of this legend beyond the WWE shows and performances and witness the behind the scenes triumphs that only made Triple H the superstar he is today.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars JUST GOOGLE TRIPLE H April 25, 2012
By pauls
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Nothing you cant read if you just googled triple H if you follow wrestling dont waste your money because everything in this short essay is public knowledge
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy January 15, 2012
By hakan
Format:Kindle Edition
This book (i loosely call it that) was a complete waste of money. Not only does the author not use any real sources but it is all his opinion with no fact to back it up. A waste of money
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing More Nothing Less January 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This short book gives a brief insight about the rise of HHH. If you are looking for a in depth story about how he has risen to the top look elsewhere. It has information that you can find by a quick google search. If you are a huge HHH fan you should read this but if you are a novice WWE fan like I am you can skip this and not miss a thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book October 27, 2013
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I have been watching him on tv for a long time learned things about his life that i didnt know,must read this book if you like him
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3.0 out of 5 stars triple h August 8, 2013
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ok i love love love triple h but this book was super short. it told some behind the scenes stuff but i was disappointed on how short it was . i read it in 2 hours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cerebral Assassin strikes again! July 29, 2013
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Triple H like his father in law is one of the great minds in regards to sports entertainment. Is he in love with his wife or the access to being married to her grants him. Love or a thirst for power only time will tell.
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More About the Author

Michael Essany is a former E! Entertainment Television host and producer widely recognizable for his appearances on Oprah, The Tonight Show, Access Hollywood, Today, ET, and Inside Edition.

Michael is also a bestselling author, columnist, and blogger whose work and accomplishments have been featured in the pages of Time, People, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Details, Maxim, and TV Guide.

Michael graduated Magna cum Laude from Valparaiso University in 2005 with a BA in Political Science. That same year, A&E Biography recognized Michael's work and inspirational achievements by naming him to their list of "America's Most Remarkable People."

Since 2008, Michael Essany has served as Vice President of Indiana Grain Company. Michael, his wife Christa, and their daughter Gianna reside just outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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