The wrestling world has been given its collective reaction to the sad news that Triple H has confirmed his retirement from the ring due to his heart issues.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN’s First Take, Triple H has announced that his in-ring career is over. The Game revealed just how bad his heart issues had been during the interview, saying they stemmed from viral pneumonia:
“From the viral pneumonia, I had fluid in my lungs, fluid around my heart. They followed up on it, did an EKG. Basically, the way your heart pumps out, it’s 55 to 65 percent of your injection fracture is a good number. I was at 30 (percent).
I had a quick text message saying, ‘don’t take time, pack a bag, we’ll head to the emergency room. I’ll fill you in on the way.’ By the time I got to the emergency room, my ejection fracture had gone down to 22 (percent). I was in heart failure. Bad. By the next morning, as they figured that out in the evening, the next morning as I was setting in to get an MRI done and about to go in for a heart cap, my ejection fracture was down to 12 (percent). I was nose-diving and at the one-yard line of where you don’t want to be.
For your family and your future, when they tell you it’s 99%, it gets real. We have three young girls; 15, 13, and 11 (years old). Suddenly, I come home and I’m a little bit sick, and their dad, who is strong, always, suddenly is in the hospital. I don’t know if they understood the consequences of it, but there are moments in there when they are putting you out for stuff and you think, ‘is this it? Do you wake up again?’
That’s tough to swallow. It makes you think differently about life. It doesn’t make you any less driven with the things you do, but it certainly makes you appreciate the things you have; your friends and your family.”
Triple H then confirmed the sad news that the wrestling world was dreading, that he won’t be able to lace up his boots again:
“For me, as far as in-ring, I’m done. I will never wrestle again. I have a defibrillator in my chest, which it’s not a good idea for me zapped on live TV.”
Now the wrestling world has taken to social media to pay tribute to the 14-time world champion and the man responsible for so many successful WWE careers through his role in NXT.
— “EL IDOLO” ANDRADE (@AndradeElIdolo) March 25, 2022
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@AliWWE) March 25, 2022
— RheaRipley_WWE (@RheaRipley_WWE) March 25, 2022
— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) March 25, 2022
Triple H it was an honor to have shared the ring with you. Thank you for the wealth of knowledge you have given to me over the years. Enjoy the extra time you will now have with your girls. #ThankYouTripleHpic.twitter.com/GL5FsadoJJ
— The Miz (@mikethemiz) March 25, 2022
I will forever cherish this moment from you!
This simple gesture gave me confirmation that I was finally walking in my purpose. You changed my life.
Thank you for giving me a chance, for believing in me, & for all of your contributions inside & outside of the ring! @TripleHpic.twitter.com/5416Azy1tx
— Bianca Belair (@BiancaBelairWWE) March 25, 2022
The National Wrestling Alliance would like to send congratulations to Triple H for his incredible in-ring run in professional wrestling.
— NWA (@nwa) March 25, 2022
The man who came up with the concept of “Alexa’s playground” so talented in and out of the ring 💪🏻Thank you for everything @TripleH what an incredible in-ring career 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 #ThankYouTripleHhttps://t.co/bfjgPsE6S9
— Lexi Kaufman (@AlexaBliss_WWE) March 25, 2022
— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) March 26, 2022
Just Landed & Wanted To Finish My Thoughts. After Being Put Under In 4 Different Surgeries In 7 Weeks, I Totally Understand The Fear & Anxiety Of Being Put To Sleep & Not Waking Up. You’ve Had One Of The Greatest Careers! Your Legacy Will Live On Forever! Much Respect! @TripleHpic.twitter.com/soaX9UOZZC
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) March 25, 2022
— Hurricane Helms (@ShaneHelmsCom) March 26, 2022
— 紫雷イオ、Io Shirai (@shirai_io) March 26, 2022
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) March 25, 2022
— Beth Copeland (@TheBethPhoenix) March 25, 2022