WWE legend told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that he has a defibrillator in his chest after suffering heart failure in September and has retired from competition in the ring.
WASHINGTON – World Wrestling Entertainment star Triple H, whose real name is Paul Levesque, has announced that he has retired from competition in the ring after suffering “heart failure” last year.
Levesque made the announcement during an interview with Stephen A. Smith of ESPN. Clips of his discussion were released on Friday morning in which WWE legend revealed that he had a defibrillator implanted in his chest after what was previously described as a “cardiac event” in September 2021.
Levesque, 52, explained that he was currently suffering from viral pneumonia, which was getting worse and worse, and that he had finally started coughing up blood. Doctors found that he had fluid in his lungs and fluid around his heart.
“I was in heart failure, bad,” Levesque described to Smith. “I was diving and like in the line of a yard … where you don’t want to be.”
“There are times in there when you’re thrown out of things and you think ‘is this’, ‘do you wake up from this? It’s hard to swallow,'” Levesque said of his time in hospital.
The WWE previously stated that Levesque’s “heart event” had been caused by a “genetic heart problem.”
Levesque is currently the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Global Talent Development at WWE. He fought for years as Triple H – short for Hunter Hearst Helmsley – and was a 14-time world champion. In recent years, he has made sporadic appearances in the ring. He last fought in a match against Randy Orton in January 2021.
Now he says that was his last professional wrestling match.
“As for the ring … I’m done. I’ll never fight again,” Levesque said during an ESPN interview.
The full 15-minute interview aired Friday night on ESPN +.
After ESPN shared a preview of the interview, Stephen A. Smith explained that Levesque is still recovering and only around 50% of himself.
“He got to a point where he thought it was over and he was pretty close,” Smith said.
WWE legend Triple H announces retirement from wrestling
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