Triple H announced his retirement from in-ring competition in an interview with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take.”
As a 14-time World Champion, Triple H is one of the most decorated Superstars in WWE history. From co-founding the iconic D-Generation X to shepherding future main-eventers Randy Orton and Batista toward WWE greatness in Evolution, The Game was always at the forefront of sports-entertainment.
The full conversation will be featured on “Stephen A’s World” later tonight on ESPN+.
In an interview with ESPN, Triple H highlighted that he was retiring from in-ring wrestling owing to his recent heart issues and that he had been given a defibrillator in his chest after having been hospitalized earlier. During the interview, the Kings of Kings said,
“I had viral pneumonia. My lungs were inflamed, and as the next couple of days went on and I got home, it got increasingly worse. My wife [WWE executive Stephanie McMahon] saw some blood and stuff that I was coughing up, and I went and got checked, and it was coming from the viral pneumonia, but I had fluid in my lungs. I had some fluid around my heart so they followed up on it and did an EKG and Echo and everything.
Basically, the way your heart pumps out 55-60 percent of your ejection fraction is a good number. I was at 30 percent. I got a quick text message saying don’t take time, pack a bag real quick and head to the emergency room and I’ll fill you in on the way. So, by the time I got to the emergency room, my ejection fraction had gone down to 22 percent, which, ya know, I was in heart failure.”
I wish Triple H All the best for his Hall of Fame worthy Career. He was my absolute favorite growing up and his knowledge of Wrestling both on screen and behind the scene is probably the best in the world. Thank you Triple H. Thank you HHH