WWE legend Triple H retires after heart surgery

WWE legend and 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Triple H is retiring from professional wrestling following recent heart surgery.

“I will never wrestle again,” said Paul Levesque, aka Triple H, during a Friday appearance on ESPN. First take. During his interview on the show, Levesque detailed how a battle with viral pneumonia eventually led doctors to discover he had fluid in his lungs and around his heart. His condition then led to heart failure since the organ was functioning at only a fraction of its normal strength.

“I was nose diving and kind of at the 1 yard line of where you really don’t want to be, for your family and your future,” Levesque said. “There are times in there where they kick you out for stuff and you think, ‘Is that it? Do you wake up from this? It’s hard to swallow and it makes you think differently.

Triple H retires from WWE competition at 52

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Levesque revealed that a defibrillator has since been inserted into his chest to help deal with the altered condition of his heart following last year’s failure. “First of all, I have a defibrillator in my chest, which, you know, is probably not a good idea for me to get zapped on live TV,” he said.

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As HopkinsMedicine.org explains, an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD), “responds to life-threatening irregular heart rhythms from the heart’s lower chambers with stimulation that corrects a rapid rhythm and promotes a normal heart rhythm, or shock ( defibrillation) which resets the heart rhythm to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.An ICD also records and stores information about your heart rhythm and the therapies delivered by the ICD for your doctor to review.

Levesque began his WWE run in 1995 as Greenwich, CT “blue-blood” Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Eventually, through his alliance with star Shawn Michaels, he helped form the legendary faction known as D-Generation X. During his illustrious career, he was a five-time Intercontinental Champion, three-time World Champion by team, twice European Champion and fourteen times world champion.

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Prior to his recent health issues, Triple H was still occasionally competing for the promotion until recent years. His last match was an untelevised fight in Tokyo in June 2019. His last televised match had been several weeks earlier against longtime rival and former Evolution teammate Randy Orton.