Triple H announced his final retirement from wrestling shortly before WrestleMania 38. After undergoing heart surgery in September 2021, The Game had to go through a lengthy rehabilitation to get back on his feet. Speaking with doctors and loved ones about him, HHH realized that it was better to give up the desire to get back to fighting.
Hunter had stepped away from the ring in recent years, devoting himself full-time to his executive role. There is a hand of the 'Cerebral Assassin' behind the rise of NXT, which has become a great alternative to the Raw and SmackDown shows.
The 14-time world champion made a brief appearance on the second night of the 'Showcase of the Immortals' to greet the WWE Universe and deposit his boots in the center of the ring. In an interview with 'Monday Mailbag', former WWE referee Mike Chioda said he had a conversation with Triple H a couple of years before being released.
Chioda was dismissed from the Stamford federation in 2020 after 35 years of service.
Mike Chioda speaks about Triple H
“A couple of years prior to my release, I had talked extensively with Triple H. My wife and I had just moved to Florida and The Game told me there was no point in refereeing after 60 years of age.
He wanted me to stay healthy and enjoy my retirement with my family. The pandemic and the subsequent crisis did the rest. When I was released from WWE, I was upset and it took me some time to digest that news. I was recovering from a shoulder injury and couldn't work during the pandemic so I was fired.
They could have found a better way to end a business relationship that lasted over three decades, but that's how it went. They broke my heart. I've always been loyal to Vince, Linda, Shane and Stephanie. I don't know exactly what happened, but it was very disappointing” - recalled Chioda.
It was revealed that Stephanie McMahon took up additional responsibilities in recent months as her husband was dealing with serious health issues. While Triple H is seemingly back to work, his wife has decided that it's the right time for a well-deserved break.
"It was obviously a tough year with Paul Levesque being out for so long, and she had to pick up a lot of his responsibilities and obviously had to deal from a family standpoint with his health issues. Levesque is back in the office full-time now," reported Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.