WWE Legend Triple H Announces Retirement From In-Ring Competition, Details Heart Failure Scare

Triple H was a 14-time World Champion during his legendary career.

Triple H built a career in WWE that spanned several decades. He is one of the best professional wrestlers of his time but that has officially come to an end. Speaking with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s First Take, Triple H announced his retirement from in-ring action.

Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, made his debut in 1995. His last televised match came on June 7, 2019 when he took on Randy Orton in Saudi Arabia. During his career, Triple H became a 14-time World Champion.

On ESPN, Levesque explained how he went into heart failure in September following a battle with viral pneumonia.

“I will never wrestle again,” Levesque said. “First of all, I have a defibrillator in my chest, which, you know, probably not a good idea for me to get zapped on live TV.”

Doctors told Levesque that he was not close to full strength and that he was in “bad” heart failure. This is what led to the decision to hang it u in the ring for good.

“I was nose-diving and sort of at the 1-yard line of where you don’t want to be really, for your family and your future,” Levesque said Friday. “There’s moments in there when they’re putting you out for stuff and you think, ‘Is this it? Do you wake up from this?’ That’s tough to swallow and makes you think differently.”

Triple H was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019 along with his former group, D-Generation-X. He was known for his work alongside Shawn Michaels terrorizing the WWE. Triple H also saw plenty of success as an individual known as “The Game.”

Triple H was a staple of the company during the Attitude Era and Ruthless Aggression Era. He won the WWE Championship nine times, World Heavyweight Championship five times, and Intercontinental Championship five times. During his career, Levesque also held the World Tag Team title, along with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and European title.

Levesque still acts as an executive Vice President with WWE. He is married to Stephanie McMahon, who is WWE’s chief brand office and daughter of Vince McMahon.

Triple H was known for his shredded physique, athleticism, and personality on the microphone. He will remain a part of the WWE and will forever have a legacy known as one of the top personalities the company has ever had.

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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation, NJ.com, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.