The McMahon-Helmsley Era truly began on October 25, 2003, when Paul Levesque, famously known as Triple H, married Stephanie McMahon at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Sleepy Hollow, New York. Triple H’s father was the best man, and the ceremony was described as understated, yet classy.
Professional wrestling insiders viewed the marriage of Triple H and Stephanie as a real power union. Triple H was already influential in production meetings and creative discussions. His status as Vince McMahon’s son-in-law would make his role even more significant. Although most acquaintances believed it was a marriage based on love and commitment, the political dimensions were undeniable as Triple H was poised to remain a WWE powerbroker long after his days as an active wrestler are over.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon became well-acquainted during the storyline leading to the formation of the McMahon-Helmsley Era in 1999. The storyline brought Triple H and Stephanie closer together, and their relationship blossomed.
Among those in attendance at the wedding were Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Undertaker, Kurt Angle, William Regal, Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Mick Foley, Sgt Slaughter, Arnold Skaaland and Killer Kowalski.
Nearly 100 onlookers gathered near the church to see all the professional wrestling celebrities. State troopers and other police officers ensured the crowd remained at a safe distance and didn’t get out of control.