Game of Thrones: The Top 10 Kings of the Ring

#4 Triple H – 1997

WWE’s current COO was a noted rising star from as early as his debut in 1995, and was one of the favorites heading into the 1996 King of the Ring Tournament. But following an incident at a live event at Madison Square Garden where he and Shawn Michaels bid farewell to close friends Diesel and Razor Ramon, Triple H stumbled badly and suffered a first-round loss.

The man who would become The Game struggled to regain his footing, and was unable to find significant success until capturing the Intercontinental Championship in October 1996. The following year, the Greenwich, Conn. snob had another opportunity to show the WWE Universe he was royalty, and defeated Mankind in the tournament final to capture the crown. Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy emerged as one of Triple H's greatest rivals, and their intense battles over the course of three years helped define both Superstars' careers.

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The robe and crown seemed to suit the Connecticut blueblood well, but he soon ditched the royal garb to form D-Generation X with Shawn Michaels, and became one of the Attitude Era's centerpieces. The Game's successes since becoming King are well documented. He is one of the most dominant and decorated Superstars of all time, winning 13 World Championships, and adopting the ultimate moniker, The King of Kings. Now running day-to-day operations at WWE's corporate headquarters, it can be argued that no King did as much with their tournament victory as Triple H. – Z.L.