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WWE Icon Triple H Announces Retirement To Stephen A. Smith

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One of the biggest stars from the “Attitude Era” of WWE reveals he will no longer be in the ring following an illness that almost took his life.

He faced many battles during his illustrious career in the ring against the likes of legendary stars such as The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Hulk Hogan, but his latest battle almost took his life.In recent years, HHH has transitioned into a powerful position behind the scenes as an executive.
Although he is 52 years old, not too many expected to hear the news that they heard today on Stephen A. Smith’s show. Pro wrestlers such as Goldberg and Sting have wrestled into their 50’s and some felt Triple H would at least have a retirement match to end his career.
Those expectations were dashed in an interview conducted on ESPN.  In the clip down below, Triple H revealed that he went through a bad case of pneumonia that had him coughing up blood. In fact, it was so bad that his heart was failing, and as a result, he had to get a defibrillator in his chest. With that being said, Triple H is now understandably done with in-ring competition.

“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,” Triple H explained. “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 won’t—I would never wrestle again. First, I have a defibrillator in my chest. Which, it’s probably not a good idea for me to get zapped on live TV.”

It was a legendary career that saw multiple championships in different divisions. He was also apart of some of the greatest groups in history such as DX. What is more important, is he is here to live life after wrestling with his children and wife.

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