Before joining WWE, Levesque began his wrestling career in the northeast indy scene under the ring name Terra Ryzing which was given to him by Killer Kowalski, whom trained him.
Once he signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1993, he continued to use the ring name Terra Ryzing and later changed to Jean-Paul Lévesque.
Up until that event, his angle included appearing on television each week with a different female valet.
Sable was his valet at Wrestle Mania XII, and after his loss to Ultimate Warrior, as part of the storyline, he took his aggressions out on her.
He joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1995 with the on-screen persona of wealthy sophisticate Hunter Hearst Helmsley.