WWE Legend Triple H Announces Retirement, end of an era
WWE legend Paul Levesque/Triple H has announced his retirement from wrestling. Shared by the WWE on social media and on ESPN‘s First Take with Stephen A. Smith, The 14-time world champion had teased his retirement on his social media when he said he would update fans on his health and future in the interview. The news unfortunately was the end of an era as an icon in the wrestling circuit announced he had reached the end of his impressive career.
During the interview Triple H told Smith:
“As far as in-ring, which I get [asked] a lot, I’m done. I won’t ever wrestle again. First of all I have a defibrillator in my chest; it’s probably not a good idea for me to get zapped on live TV.”
The news of his sudden health scare echoed through the wrestling world last year and very little was known other than the WWE calling it a “cardiac event,” and that Triple H had undergone a procedure with a full recovery expected. Triple H shared more on what happened when he said that towards the end of a twelve-day road trip, he began to feel sick and was diagnosed with viral pneumonia. At one point his wife and WWE chief brand officer, Stephanie McMahon saw him coughing up blood and it was revealed that fluid had built up around his lungs and heart. This led to heart failure due in part to the arterial blockage known as the “widow maker”.
Triple H debuted in 1990 and inevitably rose to fame as a heel and went on to become co-founder of the extremely popular D-Generation X wrestling stable alongside other popular in-ring faces Shawn Michaels, Chyna, and Rick Rude. Triple H has not only held the world-championship belt 14 times, but has also been a five-time Intercontinental champion, three-time tag team champion, two-time unified WWE tag team champion, and two-time European champion. He will remain as the COO for the WWE.
Triple H has shared the ring with some of the greatest wrestlers in our generation such as Michaels, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Randy Orton, and Dave Bautista just to name a few. He may no longer be stepping in the ring to exchange blows but the “Cerebral Assassin” will still bring his experience, heart, and love for the sport to the WWE as the Chief Operating Officer. Thanks for all the great years of entertainment, Paul.