The Power Trip
|The Power Trip|
with Stephanie McMahon
|Name(s)||The McMahon Alliance
The Two-Man Power Trip
The Power Trip
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
|Kurt Angle, William Regal, Rikishi, Rhyno, Edge and Christian|
|Debut||April 2, 2001|
|Disbanded||July 22, 2001|
The Power Trip was a professional wrestling tag team and stable in the World Wrestling Federation in 2001, consisting of Steve Austin and Triple H (collectively known as The Two-Man Power Trip) and also Vince McMahon to complete the stable, with the group usually accompanied by Stephanie McMahon mostly in Triple H's corner. Some considered it as an extension of the much larger McMahon-Helmsley Faction formed in the previous year. A few other heel wrestlers, such as William Regal, Rikishi (who turned against the group), Kurt Angle, and Stephanie's "pet" Rhyno were also affiliated with the group.
At WrestleMania X-Seven, Steve Austin took on The Rock for the WWF Championship in a face vs. face match. During the match, Vince McMahon interfered, which eventually led to Austin attacking The Rock with a steel chair to win the WWF Championship and in the process aligning himself with his long-time enemy. The next night on Raw is War, there would be a rematch between the Rock and Stone Cold, this time in a Steel Cage match. Triple H would get involved in the picture when he demanded to know why Vince aligned himself with Austin, claiming that he took out Austin (referring to his previous feud with Austin that had ended only a month prior) for him. Vince arrogantly replied with "Austin was a winner at WrestleMania... you weren't," which led Triple H to leave the arena in frustration.
Later that night, during the Austin-Rock match, Triple H entered the cage with his sledgehammer with the crowd believing that he would help The Rock. This was not the case, however; Triple H, along with Austin, attacked The Rock. Stone Cold showed a new, more vicious side to him as he would attack wrestlers like Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane), Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff) and even Lita with the steel chair. The two, who did not christen themselves under any name, were called "The McMahon Alliance" for a brief time before being officially known as "The Two-Man Power Trip" (or "The Power Trip" for short). On the episode of Smackdown following Wrestlemania, Austin assaulted his long-time friend Jim Ross after Jim Ross told Austin his opinion of his alliance with Triple H and Vince McMahon. Later that night, Triple H defeated Chris Jericho to win the Intercontinental Championship. (During this time Triple H actually won the Intercontinental Championship twice; a week after defeating Jericho he was defeated by Jeff Hardy for the belt, but Triple H quickly regained the title on the following Raw. The reigns were his third and fourth overall.) Austin would go on to be named Most Hated Wrestler of 2001 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
Gaining all of the gold 
While holding both major singles titles, The Two-Man Power Trip (which Triple H and Austin had become known as) began feuding with the reigning tag team champions, the Brothers of Destruction. The two teams faced off at Backlash, with Austin and Triple H putting their titles on the line against the WWF Tag Team Championships. The Power Trip won the match after Triple H hit Kane with his sledgehammer and pinned him, and as such were in control of all three of the WWF's major championships. They became just the second team ever to simultaneously hold all of the WWF's three primary titles (after Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash, who were WWF Intercontinental Champion and WWF Champion, respectively, when they won the tag titles for one day on September 24, 1995).
At Judgment Day 2001, Austin accidentally hit Triple H with a steel chair during his chain match with Kane, causing Triple H to lose his Intercontinental Championship. Triple H did not return the favor, however; instead, he helped Austin retain his title against the Undertaker in the main event.
The end of the Power Trip 
The next night on Raw, the Two-Man Power Trip faced Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho with the tag titles on the line. In this match, Triple H suffered a legitimate and career-threatening injury when he misstepped, causing him to suffer a tear in his left quadriceps. Despite his inability to place any weight on his leg, Triple H was able to complete the match. Near the end of the match, Jericho tried to pin Austin, but Triple H got in the ring and tried to hit Jericho with the sledgehammer. Jericho avoided the blow and the sledgehammer instead hit Austin in the chest, a situation Jericho and Benoit took advantage of to win the match and the titles.
Austin and McMahon would continue this line. Austin would turn on Triple H, claiming that Triple H disrespected him and that he deserved to be on the shelf with his injury (before the Tag Team match, Triple H had spoken to Austin about teamwork, which Austin felt was disrespectful). Austin made no attempt to win back the tag titles himself, but he did interfere in a match between Benoit and Jericho against The Dudley Boyz, costing them their titles, before meeting them at the 2001 King Of The Ring.
Austin and McMahon's version of the Power Trip was given a comedic side, with Austin being a little too "attached" to McMahon by hugging him and buying him gifts. Kurt Angle also got involved, though he was not an official member of The Power Trip stable. Austin was annoyed with Angle's presence and they would constantly bicker, to McMahon's exasperation. Angle later admitted that both he and Austin were injured at that point and were unable to wrestle, thereby resulting in non-wrestling performances with McMahon to entertain the crowds.
In July 2001, the Invasion storyline began, featuring WCW wrestlers "invading" WWF programming. The Power Trip, still nominally heels, teased a return to facedom, as in the face of the Invasion, both face and heel WWF wrestlers were seen as standing against the "true" bad guys, WCW. As the feud with WCW escalated, and as ECW entered the Invasion storyline as well, McMahon pleaded with Austin to bring back the "old Stone Cold," the one who was brutal and violent, as opposed to the "new Stone Cold," in order to lead the fight against WCW and ECW. Austin, however, was heartbroken, thinking that McMahon did not appreciate his friendship and left the arena. Several attempts to console Austin failed and Austin found himself in a bar drinking on his own while the WCW–ECW "Alliance" took over and overpowered WWF. Austin finally became angry and attacked Alliance members with a pool cue. Austin was perceived as a face, and The Power Trip combination of Kurt Angle and Steve Austin were not only established but also became a serious duo rather than comic relief. This changed however when Austin betrayed Kurt Angle and assisted The Alliance to win the Inaugural Brawl of WWF Invasion on July 22. Austin's betrayal of the WWF would lead to the return of The Rock and the end of the Power Trip.
- Triple H's finishing moves
- Pedigree (Double underhook facebuster)
- "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's finishing moves
- Stone Cold Stunner – innovated
Championships and accomplishments 
- World Wrestling Federation
- "Power Trip Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Stone Cold vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "RAW results – April 2, 2001". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Stone Cold & Triple H def. Undertaker and Kane to become new World Tag Team Champions". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Two-Man Power Trip's first World Tag Team Championship reign". WWE. 2001-04-29. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "In Your House 3 results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Judgment Day 2001 official results". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Undertaker in a No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Championship". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "RAW results – May 21, 2001". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "SmackDown! results – June 21, 2001". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "King of the Ring 2001 results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- ""Stone Cold" Steve Austin at Online World of Wrestling".
- "WWE Championship official title history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Stone Cold Steve Austin's fifth WWE Championship reign". WWE. 2001-04-01. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "WWE Intercontinental Championship official title history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Triple H's third Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "Triple H's fourth Intercontinental Championship reign". WWE. 2001-04-16. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- "World Tag Team Championship official title history". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22.
- Power Trip's Online World of Wrestling profile
- Stone Cold's WWE profile
- Triple H's WWE profile
- Mr. McMahon's WWE profile