On March 25, Triple H announced his permanent retirement from wrestling. It wasn't exactly a bolt from the blue, as The Game had moved away from the ring in recent years. The 14-time world champion was the main architect of the 'NXT miracle', making the 'Black and Gold' brand a great alternative to the Raw and SmackDown shows.
In September 2021, HHH underwent a delicate heart operation following a cardiac event. The long rehabilitation process led him to abandon the desire to return to fighting. "Now I have a chest defibrillator, I do not think I need to take risks" - confided Hunter.
The 'Cerebral Assassin' allowed himself a brief appearance on the second night of WrestleMania 38, in which he greeted the WWE Universe and left his boots in the center of the ring. In the latest edition of the 'Extreme Life' podcast, former WWE superstar Matt Hardy commented on the retirement of Triple H.
Matt Hardy opens up on Triple H
“We all have to retire sooner or later, it's a natural fact. I contacted Triple H when I learned that he had had a heart operation and we talked for a while. I have known Paul for a long time and have worked with him several times, we have never had any problems.
He is formidable in the ring, as well as being one of the smartest performers he has ever met” - said Matt Hardy. Matt also spoke of the breakup between his brother Jeff and WWE: “There have been several false reports, it is not true that Jeff was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
He always stayed clean during his last WWE stint. He had a weird behavior during a live event in Texas. It is not known why he left the ring and mingled in the crowd. Jeff has always been a quirky and original guy, we don't find out today.
Jeff didn't want to be fired, he acted that way because that's his nature." Former WWE Superstar Ryback has also taken to Twitter to send a message to Triple H. He had some harsh words for The Game before wishing him well in his retirement and good health.
He also attached a small clip of Triple H hitting him with the Pedigree during the build-up to WWE Survivor Series 2014. Back then, Ryback was part of Team Cena, going up against The Game's Team Authority. "You ended up being the biggest disappointment for me personally from loving you growing up, but I wish you well in retirement and future good health," wrote Ryback in his tweet.