Triple H Announces Retirement from In-Ring Competition During ESPN Interview

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Recently, Triple H, real name Paul Levesque, sat down for an interview with Stephen A. Smith of ESPN. This was Triple H’s first public appearance since news broke regarding his cardiac event late last year. While an image of him made the internet this past November, the current the Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development of WWE had not made any public appearances. During the aforementioned interview, Triple H announced his retirement from in-ring competition; he will remain the company behind the scenes as an executive, though specific details regarding his return are unknown.

Triple H Retires From In-Ring Competition

What to Know Following Official Announcement

This past September, it was reported that Triple H underwent surgery following a cardiac event stemming from genetic heart tissue. Fruther details followed, with Dave Meltzer detailing that the incident was, “very, very, very serious.” During his interview with Smith, Triple H detailed the incident, saying that his lungs had been inflamed. From there, his condition worsened, his wife Stephanie McMahon seeing blood from viral pneumonia. He was then sent to the emergency room, his injection fracture decreasing to the point of heart failure. He was then given an MRI, said injection fracture worsening. From there, Triple H formally announced his in-ring retirement, declaring that he would not step back into the ring and that he had a defibrillator in his chest.

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