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Triple H Had Been Scheduled To Compete At WrestleMania 38

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On the day that he announced his retirement from in-ring competition, Triple H has revealed that he was originally scheduled to compete at WrestleMania 38.

Triple H hadn’t wrestled at a WrestleMania since WrestleMania 35 where he defeated Batista in a match which saw his former partner in Evolution bring his career to a close.

After that appearance, The Game wrestled three more times, with his most recent match coming at a WWE live event in Japan where he teamed with Shinsuke Nakamura to defeat Robert Roode and Samoa Joe. But speaking in a new interview on March 25, Triple H confirmed that the match Tokyo, Japan would be his last.

Appearing on Stephen A’s World with Stephen A Smith, Triple H broke down the events that led him to undergo heart surgery. The Hall of Famer explained that he was initially suffering with viral pneumonia, before being diagnosed with heart failure.

He then confirmed that despite his recovery, he wouldn’t be returning to the ring after having a defibrillator fitted.

However, the 14-time World Champion did reveal that prior to his health scare, he had been scheduled to wrestle at WrestleMania 38.

“I was already at a place in my career, as far as the in-ring goes, where I was comfortable being done and finished. If the right thing came along, I hadn’t really said much, but if the right thing came along and they wanted me to do it…I had a conversation with Vince McMahon about doing something at WrestleMania this year in Dallas. We had talked about and there were plans for. Obviously, when this happened, it shut all that down. As far as the schedule, WWE is an intense place, it’s 24/7 and you’re running, running, running. It put things in perspective for me,”

Looking ahead to his WWE future, Triple H confirmed that he’s back in the office, although he has had to take a step back as his recovery continues.

“My foot is not off the gas. In some manner, I have to step back a little bit, I’m still in recovery and my endurance is not quite what it used to be before. I’m back in the office. I’m fully focused on recruiting and developing our talent for the future. Whether that’s at the Performance Center, finding the next young stud that’s out there, male or female, Gable Steveson, two-time NCAA Champion, Gold Medal at the Olympics, his next step is with WWE. With us, it’s finding that and creating that future. That’s the biggest focus for me. As we move forward from there, it’s making sure WWE is a success for generations to come,”

On September 8th 2021, WWE announced that Triple H had undergone heart surgery for what was described as a “cardiac event.” It was noted that the problems stemmed from a genetic heart issue.

As The Game recovered, Shawn Michaels assumed the helm of the newly revamped NXT 2.0.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.