Oh please, Triple H was in the same position as The Rock, they gave him a shitty gimmick that didn't work(English Character) to which they attempted to keep him down when he has a new gimmick that's more reflective of himself. the man had to work hard and constantly evolve with pop culture and keep his gimmick fresh which ultimately led to his success during the Attitude era, and it wasn't because he "leeched off" Austin(who he outdrew in 2000) or Rock, because he was wrestling them while he was floundering before his success in '99, but because he was a draw and had a great character.
Required Triple H, he had Chyna, and that Triple H Chyna duo along with Shawn Michaels was what made DX successful, Shawn wasn't doing promos by himself, it was a team effort, their jokes and segments were co-dependent.
DX after Shawn? Triple H took charge, without him the group would've been pure comedy, yes Triple H did do alot of comedic aspects, but he was the leader and had the serious role, stuff like invading WCW, their trip in Manhattan, "The Crock", and etc wouldn't have worked without Triple H.
Then the crazy part is that they say Shawn Michaels and Stephanie made him success, Really?
Shawn Michaels buried Triple H in december of 1998, called him a mid-carder for life.
He wasn't even dating Stephanie Mcmahon when he and The Rock were drawing the highest rated segments in the summer of '99, when he had that promo calling himself The Game.
The WWF booked him poorly, they turned him heel when he was the leader of DX, when DX was at their peak, to become a lackey in the Corporation where they simply put him with Rock again(and no this wasn't planned, Rock was supposed to be a heel, but was the top draw since late 1998 and his stock was reaching peaks by spring of 1999, they turned him face and booked this feud again on the fly).
What happened when DX was running without Triple H and Chyna in 1999? they floundered.
Triple H escaped the hold back, grew out his beard, trimmed his hair, took an MMA look, cut the Game promo and drew the highest rated segments of the summer of 1999 with The Rock to the point where they had to make him the WWF champion, they ruined it as he should've won it at Summerslam 1999.
They then took away Chyna, and Russo left. DX was reunited where they worked without Russo and an updated Triple H. Triple H was doing awesome, Problem?
Now in Late 1999, Smackdown was doing better then Raw, as it was the new show, the writers gave it the most attention and it became the Triple H and Rock show.
Triple H was booked poorly as was most in late 1999, they had him lose the title to Vince Mcmahon, lose the title to the Big Show, the WWF was not doing as well creatively as it was earlier in the year.
Come late 1999 we head into Wrestlemania 2000 season, things pick up for everyone, Mankind, Rock, Triple H etc, Triple H and Stephanie marry, Mankind is fired storyline, Rock's quest to the WWF championship(no longer in tag division)
Now everything is good, from this point on the writing is well, people consider this to be when Triple H got over, truth is he was over, people were having the signs and he was being talked about, problem was the WWF was in a creative flounder in late 1999, especially in September and October.
So 2000 and on Triple H is the top draw behind The Rock, he's doing so well and drawing so huge that they turn him face against Kurt Angle, but back to a heel in order to get Austin over with the "who ran down Austin?" storyline.
Triple H was always amazing and the writers made it possible for him to show it from late 1999-Early 2001. He was at his peak from late 1999-2001, every week he was doing great, this is his best time period. that was The Game.
The problems start in Spring of 2001, this guy is drawing huge as a heel, getting huge pops when he started Raw Is War every week with his 20 minute promos in Early 2001. Now logically this would be the guy who goes against heel Austin, but they poorly booked him again and made him Austin's lackey, which no one wanted, they cheered the man over Austin at No Way Out for crying out loud.
He gets injured people miss him, he returns, gets the loudest pop of 2002, he's once again the top guy after Rock.
They book Triple H and Stephanie breaking up well, problem?
They messed it up by aligning Jericho with Stephanie. it should've been Angle, Triple H/Kurt Angle/Stephanie love triangle drew some of the highest rated segments in 2000, in fact I believe one night in 2000 it was the highest rated(this one I will need to check again), it made perfect sense, Jericho worked better as a babyface.
Jericho works better when he's the babyface and Triple H is the heel, Triple H works best as a babyface against Kurt Angle and it would've made more sense.
Kurt Angle should've been the first undisputed champion, it matches his gimmick, he most hated rival was Triple H, would make most sense with Stephanie.
Another problem was Rock/Hogan, Triple H is a huge draw but there's no way he was outdrawing Rock/Hogan at Wrestlemania 18, that match had to go last, even Triple H has stated he wanted it last, but the WWF didn't do it.
Hogan has a nostalgia run takes the belt from Triple H as soon as he won it, this damaged him very much, it left him in horrible feuds until Shawn Michaels.
However this was ruined as well when Triple H dropped his 1999-2002 gimmick, shaved his face, became Ric Flair tribute with Flair as his manager, and we were left with no top babyfaces for Triple H to work with(You can't have success as a heel without a great babyface, likewise you can't have success as a face without a great heel)
Triple H can't be blamed for 2003, it was clear they were building him up for Goldberg, if it wasn't for that he would've lost the title like he always used to, but since they wanted Goldberg he had to hold it for so long. Also Triple H's gimmick wasn't the same anymore, the 1999-2002 made him beloved, it is crazy because in the beginning of 2002 he was beloved, by the end of 2002 when he stripped all the 1999-2002 gimmick off, he was getting huge heat(maybe he did this on purpose or maybe the bookers did this)
you have alot of valid points only thing wrong with your statement is you have should have or should have been, what if never happens, and even if you arte right the wwe is to blame not triple h but none the less perception is reality so, im not taking away anything from triple h always been a fan but i try to stay objective