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Wrestling World Reacts To Triple H’s Retirement

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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.