Triple H announces retirement, talks health issues

Mar 25, 2022 - by Marc Middleton

WWE Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development Paul “Triple H” Levesque appeared on ESPN’s First Take this morning for an interview with Stephen A. Smith. The full interview will air later tonight on “Stephen A’s World” via ESPN+.

Triple H issued the first significant update on his health since the cardiac event that he suffered last fall. He noted that he suffered a bout of pneumonia, which got worse and worse to the point of coughing up blood. His wife, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, suggested he get checked out, and doctors found fluid on his lungs and around his heart. Tests revealed that his Ejection Fraction, a measurement of the percentage of blood leaving your heart each time it pumps, was at 30 when the level should be around 50-60.

It was at that point he was told to pack a bag and go directly to the emergency room, but by the time he arrived there, the Fraction was down to around 20 and he was suffering from heart failure.

The level was down to 12 by the next morning, which is near death, and at that point doctors were planning a heart cauterization. He talked about how things “got really real” because of how bad his condition was, and the fact that he has a family at home. He had moments where he wondered if he would wake back up, and said everything made him think about life differently. Triple H became emotional when talking about how things like this make you appreciate life, friends and family more.

Triple H was then asked about his future. He announced that he is done with being an in-ring performer, which WWE has since officially announced. He stated that he’s done and will never wrestle another match as he now has a defibrillator in his chest. He joked that it’s probably not a good idea to “get zapped on live TV.”

Triple H did note that the issues were not related to COVID-19, but due to a genetic heart disorder.

If Triple H truly never wrestles again, his last bout would’ve been the Street Fight that ended in a No Contest against current RAW Tag Team Champion Randy Orton on the January 11, 2021 RAW. His last standard match came at the June 29, 2019 WWE live event in Tokyo, Japan, where he teamed with Shinsuke Nakamura to defeat Samoa Joe and Robert Roode.

There’s still no word on if, and when, Triple H might return to his daily duties with WWE talent and the WWE NXT brand, but we will keep you updated.

Stay tuned for more from Triple H and tonight’s full interview with Smith.

6 Responses

  1. art123guy says:

    “…which got worse and worse to the point of coughing up blood. His wife, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, suggested he get checked out…”

    Two things:
    1. If I’m coughing up blood, no one needs to ‘suggest’ that I go see a doctor. I’m there in a heart beat.
    2. If someone I love is coughing up blood, I’m not ‘suggesting’ they go to the doctor, I’m dragging them there.

    Makes ya wonder how smart HHH is and how much Stephanie loves him. On the other hand, maybe both realize a divorce is out of the question. HHH figures the only way out of the McMahon family is by bleeding to death and Stephanie would rather let HHH bleed to death than pay him alimony.

  2. Pisto75666 says:

    Men are sometimes stubborn about their health. Go figure.

    “Makes ya wonder how smart HHH is and how much Stephanie loves him. On the other hand, maybe both realize a divorce is out of the question. HHH figures the only way out of the McMahon family is by bleeding to death and Stephanie would rather let HHH bleed to death than pay him alimony.”

    Because everything is about money.

    Swear to god, you smarks are cancer. Wrestling was so much better before the Internet.

  3. dooman says:

    i didn’t even know or care he was away get well and stay away

  4. DB says:

    I’m glad he is better and hope his health continues to improve. It is a pity he didn’t get the final farewell match he wanted, maybe a cinematic one in the future should be planned to give him a proper send off.

  5. art123guy says:

    *sigh* Maybe I shoulda split my remarks into 2 different replies. One serious and one tongue planted firmly in cheek. (The second was tongue in cheek just to be clear.) I’m older than HHH and hate going to the doctor as well for check-ups. But as I said, if I’m throwing up blood, I’m on my way the doctor.

  6. Pete Haines says:

    How much does this guy weigh?

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